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Offline NAGPAG

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Concours saddle replacement
« on: March 22, 2013, 12:47:00 pm »
So how else doesn't like the stock saddle?
I hated my 1997 saddle and I dislike the 2008 but I have never tried an aftermarket saddle.
I have been looking for a couple of weeks now and would like to hear from you on your choice.
There is on post about Baldwin. Has anyone used Corbin or Sargent? I would rather not have to send ing my core but don't want to waist my hard earned cash on a saddle that's no better than the stock one.
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2013, 04:07:13 pm »
My stock seat was fine when it came to comfort, but I wanted a lower model to get a little better stability when standing.  I am 5'9".  After reading all the posts about the "pre-made" seats, I had one made for me at Rich's Custom.  Not only is it lowered and leather, it has a gel insert.  It is wonderful.  Best Farkle by far.
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2013, 04:26:42 pm »
I decided to have my stock seat rebuilt by Laam.  I've always had better luck with rebuilds than generic seats from a factory operation.  We're also talking about $260 vs much more for either Corbin or Sargent.
Having said that if I were doing it and choosing between Corbin and Sargent I would try the Sargent first.  If for no other reason than Sargent offers a money back guarantee and i know they stand behind it.  With Corbin you have no guarantee of satisfaction at all.  Not a slam on their products I've used Corbins but know when you buy it thats the way it is.
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2013, 06:46:42 pm »
A number of us have done the Spencer mod, and as far as I know, we're mostly happy.  Far less than the other options with good results.  I've done a SS100 and BB1500 since changing to it.

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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2013, 06:57:20 pm »
A number of us have done the Spencer mod, and as far as I know, we're mostly happy.  Far less than the other options with good results.  I've done a SS100 and BB1500 since changing to it.

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I have had two bikes done by Spencer. I figure its good when I no longer give any thought to my a** no matter how far I ride.
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2013, 10:17:17 pm »
I bought the Sargent regular height with the silver piping. I thought about having my stock seat redone but I figured this way if I sold the bike (not likely for many years) I could always sell the Sargent seat and sell or trade the bike with the stock seat and re-coupe some money. my .02
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2013, 12:11:12 am »
I bought the Sargent Touring saddle. It works well, but for rides over 250 miles I like to add a gel pad. Rode from Raleigh, NC to Daytona and back last weekend with no complaints.
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2013, 07:27:00 pm »
I have a Corbin seat if you're interested...wife doesn't like it.  $295 shipped and it's yours. Came from another forum member.
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2013, 11:59:45 pm »
A number of us have done the Spencer mod, and as far as I know, we're mostly happy.  Far less than the other options with good results.  I've done a SS100 and BB1500 since changing to it.

http://greatdaytoride.com/Order_Form.html


What did you choose for your desired seating position?

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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2013, 02:37:50 am »
A number of us have done the Spencer mod, and as far as I know, we're mostly happy.  Far less than the other options with good results.  I've done a SS100 and BB1500 since changing to it.

http://greatdaytoride.com/Order_Form.html


What did you choose for your desired seating position?


Let Spencer choose it. Send him a picture tell him what you want. I told him I mostly did not like the forward slide. I don't even think of my butt anymore. $95.00
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2013, 02:47:29 am »
My .02
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2013, 11:58:26 am »
So how else doesn't like the stock saddle?
I hated my 1997 saddle and I dislike the 2008 but I have never tried an aftermarket saddle.
I have been looking for a couple of weeks now and would like to hear from you on your choice.
There is on post about Baldwin. Has anyone used Corbin or Sargent? I would rather not have to send ing my core but don't want to waist my hard earned cash on a saddle that's no better than the stock one.
Chime in an give me your thoughts

Concours is new to me - only 260 miles.  The seat is too high so  ordered the Sargent low seat.  It is a little lower but only good for 60-70 miles before I can start feeling the pressure points.  The seat is going back.  Sargent has a 30 day return window so you can try it without risk.  Having said that my son has a Sargent on his VFR800 and loves it.  I have a Corbin on my VFR800 and love it.  I had a Corbin on my Goldwing and it was so-so.  Better than stock but not worth the  money in my opinion.  I have used Spencer mods in the past and have been happy with them so I will try them again on the Concours.

Seats are kinda like windshields, you have to keep trying one until you find the one that works for you.  If you don't want to send in your core you might

1) find another used stock seat to send in for mods
2) start buying used aftermarket seats.  You should be able to sell them for about what you paid for them if they don't work for you.

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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2013, 03:34:12 pm »
I hated the Sargent.  I found it pitched me forward so that I basically rode on my nuts on the tank.  Not a great feeling.  I had to constantly push myself backwards.  Now, that said, while back on it, I found it better than stock.  But I kept sliding forward.

I have a Baldwin and a Russell and I'm VERY happy with both.  I use the Russell on longer trips.  I bot the Baldwin before Lauren started doing the "grand touring" version, or I might only have the Baldwin.  I will say that the thing I don't like about the "wings" of the Russell is that once I get TO the twisties, I wish I could drop the Russell and put the Baldwin back on.  I'm tempted to take a trip by mailing my Baldwin ahead of me to use when I arrive.

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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2013, 07:45:50 pm »
I came home to find my seat waiting for me to open today from http://laamseats.com/   Awesome job, and a very nice guy to do business with. :beerchug: :great:
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2013, 08:26:15 pm »
I put on a Corbin on a previous bike and loved it for longer distances. Figured it would be a no-brainer to put one on the Concours......do not have the same love affair with this one. I find that I still am guided forward on the seat until the boys are firmly against the tank. The wife likes the rear seat since it does just the opposite and helps her to keep from sliding forward.

If the stock was a #2 out of 10, the Corbin is a #4 at best. Wish I had made it to COG event to compare seats before shelling out the cash for this one.

I'm 5'11", 200#, 32" inseam.

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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2013, 01:07:39 am »
I purchased a Sargent seat with my bike in 2009 and have no complaints with some long (including a few 1100+ mile) trips.  Compared to the stock seat, it provides more support and allows you to move around a bit more.  I am 5'11" with a 32" inseam for reference- I don't find it pushes me into the tank; I sit centered in the seat.

With all of that said, I would swap for a Corbin because I have had excellent results with their fit in the past on other bikes- They DEFINITELY are not for everyone.  Most find a Corbin about as soft as white pine and if the seat doesn't fit your "shape" it seems they just aren't for that individual- I just happen to have a "Corbin Butt."

Not to hijack the thread, but if anyone with a Corbin is interested in a swap let me know.

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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #16 on: May 08, 2013, 07:54:23 pm »
I have a Corbin seat if you're interested...wife doesn't like it.  $295 shipped and it's yours. Came from another forum member.
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OK I tried the Sargent low version. Had it for 2 days now, not sure if I like it yet. Might be looking for that Corbin from Mark. I'm 5’11” but only a 30” inseam, it's nice to get more feet on the ground. I'll let you know how it goes. 
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2013, 08:02:47 pm »
I have tried the stock and the saddleman Sport Seat and it was pretty firm and very slick.
I would recommend not getting anything with what they call the carbon fiber look because it is very slick.

I ended up going with sending my stock seat to LAAM and having him redo the entire thing and it is great.
I have heard good things about the Baldwin Saddles but not sure about the other Saddleman.

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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2013, 12:18:54 pm »
Hated the Corbin.

Sargent is eh, take it or leave it.

Stock has been most comfortable for me so far.
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2013, 12:51:54 pm »
+ what ever for the Spencer stock seat mod with Alaskan sheep skin cover.
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2013, 01:34:08 pm »
 :'( So I have been riding the Sargent seat for several day now and I am sorry to say it's going back. I found it worse than the stock seat. Too hard, picked up a lot of road vibration I never felt with the stock seat and it only moved the hotspots form my inner leg to the bottom of my cheeks. Sorry Sargent your not for me.
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2013, 11:57:07 pm »
Seth Laam is the Man! I'm very happy with mine. Seth knows seats like John Wayne knew horses.   Kinda hard to know for sure till you try it. Some guys go through 3 or 4 seats before they're happy. After reading a ton on this site, I tried Seth first and am glad I did. The dude knows arses.
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2013, 04:44:16 am »
 I had a c10 for 10 years and tried many seats over 50k miles .I realize that 50k is not alot but it did not take long to decide when the seat was not the right one for ME.It is a personal thing.The first Corbin that I bought used was the wrong material,too slidey.Then another Corbin that was an older model from early 1990s with basketweave leather that was very comfortable.Next was a Mayers Day Long.I think that was the name anyway it has an unmistakable design and was just not right for me and someone got a great deal on that.Finally,I went and got the best seat .Rich's custom seats in Kingston,Wa.Then I sold the bike,kept the seat and sold it to a good friend. I bought a 2008 c14 with a new Corbin on it and sold the Corbin at half price to a fellow cogger.He is happy with the Corbin and I put another Rich's seat on the c14.So,its a personal choice.If you are within 500 miles of Seattle,go to Rich.Just ask anyone that has.
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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2013, 09:22:51 pm »



I thought I had responded to this post before but here's my previous comments about saddle replacement on the C14:

Just finished my first ride on the new Baldwin Saddle and had to post about the saddle. Previously I have had Corbin's, Russell Day Long's and Saddleman seats but on previous bikes. Liked them all but nothing has ever compared to the Baldwin Saddle. I ordered the saddle as soon as I had delivery on my new 2012 C14 and was short of time to get the seat here in time to ride it on a planned trip to Arkansas. Loren promised the seat on the Friday before I was to leave on Saturday and delivered it a week early.Yesterday was my first day with the seat. 450 miles in the rain, cold and wind. But for the weather I could have ridden another 500 miles. This is the most comfortable seat I have ever ridden. Well made by someone that obviously knows how to make a motorcycle seat. I'll give Baldwin Saddle my unqualified endorsement. Once you go Baldwin you'll never go back. Amazing.

The factory seat was miserable but I have never experienced any seat that was as comfortable as the Baldwin. Unbelievable!

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Re: Concours saddle replacement
« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2013, 01:13:21 am »
Seth Laam is the Man! I'm very happy with mine. Seth knows seats like John Wayne knew horses.   Kinda hard to know for sure till you try it. Some guys go through 3 or 4 seats before they're happy. After reading a ton on this site, I tried Seth first and am glad I did. The dude knows arses.

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