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Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« on: October 26, 2013, 10:24:12 pm »

I am having a hard time deciding on a new seat. I am currently using the stock seat with the Spencer LD modification (& lowered by an inch).  I am good with the current set up until a 500 mile day or more.  I need to stop every 170 to 180 miles due to comfort.  I have pressed beyond this distance, but I am feeling it.  My current thoughts for potential seats are the Laam, Baldwin GT, of the Saddlemen Explorer RS.  If anyone has one in OH, I will buy you a beer to let me sit on your seat for a few minutes.  I don't want to spend a good amount of $$ on the wrong seat.  Any input on these seats is appreciated.

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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2013, 10:48:22 pm »
Heated Corbin front and rear with smuggler trunk and passenger back rest.  :great:


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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2013, 10:57:31 pm »
You may have to rule the Baldwin GT out, but the lesser expensive one might fit your budget, and is very nice.

I love my Baldwin GT, in 40+ years of riding it is the most comfortable seat I've ever sat on.

EDIT : Crap, not too long and I will have to say 50+ years of riding. OMG I'm getting old as the hills.  :rotflmao: :beerchug: :motonoises:
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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2013, 11:00:42 pm »
I had Seth Laam do my seat and I'm very happy.  I know many others that feel the same way here on the forum.  Cost is about $253 from Laam plus whatever it costs you so send him your seat
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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2013, 12:41:56 am »
I had Seth Laam do my seat and I'm very happy.  I know many others that feel the same way here on the forum.  Cost is about $253 from Laam plus whatever it costs you so send him your seat
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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2013, 12:44:57 am »
I like my LAAM seat too, but I have a skinny butt and still use a sheepskin on top. Can't beat the value.

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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2013, 01:58:19 am »
Baldwin.
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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2013, 12:56:10 pm »
I love my Bladwin GT seat
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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2013, 12:59:44 pm »
I recently went through the same decision and I'm completely satisfied with Laam. The cost is reasonable compared to others and I prefer the sport look with touring feel. I wouldn't hesitate going with Laam on another purchase.

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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2013, 02:39:31 pm »
I got my Baldwin GT just over a week ago, and it is amazing.  The stock seat was OK for a couple of hours, but it was downhill from there.  My wife is equally impressed.  We are looking forward to many hours in the Baldwin saddle.

Perhaps it is worth mentioning that Loren Mock is the owner of Baldwin Motorbike Saddles, and he is a COG member and rides a C-14.  We sat on his bike at the National, and set the date to send the stock seat to Loren before we left Idaho Falls.  The turnaround time was one week from Tennessee to Kansas and back. 

Loren is a great guy, and he is committed to pleasing every customer.  I am confident that he has a very high percentage of happy customers.  He, for sure, has two in Tennessee!

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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2013, 07:54:02 pm »
Baldwin GT...Love it...
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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2013, 12:02:33 am »
I know Corbin is not on your list but I love mine (with Smuggler case). But then anything is better that OEM... I also don't ride more than 100 miles before needing to get off of the bike, but I'm old...

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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2013, 06:19:55 pm »
I went with an Explorer RS. I like the way it's flat in the seating area (very little forward lean) and it's lower than the stock seat by at least 3 inches when sitting on it. It has gel pads in the rider and passenger sections. The passenger section is much wider than the stock seat and eliminates the forward lean just like the rider section. It also provides a nice lower back rest with the step in the seat. Plenty of pics on the web to check it out. It was 350.00 from Revzilla, another selling point for me. I can now ride until I need gas (200 plus miles). Huge improvement over the stock seat

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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2013, 09:35:48 pm »
Baldwin GT. It is a good amount of $$ for the RIGHT seat. After a 1200 mile/22 hour Iron Butt run this summer, the ONLY part of me that didn't hurt was my arse. I'm in love...
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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2013, 10:44:00 pm »
  I got the Russell Day Long Seat on my 2011 and it's the best seat I've ever used in 50 + years of riding. It will raise the height of the seat about 1 1/2" above the stock seat but I can ride all day on it.
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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2013, 11:58:30 pm »
The height issue was the only reason I wasn't considering the Russell. A buddy has one on his 1200GS, and he likes it.  However, I am not tall enough.

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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2013, 12:49:43 am »
Laam seat.  Great seat and great customer service.  Had to send back to hzve a twaek and Seth did a nice job!

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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2013, 01:09:35 am »
Love my Laam! told Seth exactly what I wanted and he delivered. The only way I could be more comfortable is if I could trade in this 40yr plu.... alright, 50yr plus body! ;D
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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2016, 03:55:48 pm »
I went with an Explorer RS. I like the way it's flat in the seating area (very little forward lean) and it's lower than the stock seat by at least 3 inches when sitting on it. It has gel pads in the rider and passenger sections. The passenger section is much wider than the stock seat and eliminates the forward lean just like the rider section. It also provides a nice lower back rest with the step in the seat. Plenty of pics on the web to check it out. It was 350.00 from Revzilla, another selling point for me. I can now ride until I need gas (200 plus miles). Huge improvement over the stock seat

I know this thread is old but it is relevant. I am considering the Saddlemen Explorer RS for my 2014 Concours 14.  Has anyone purchased this seat and mounted it on the 2014?  Canada's Motorcycle says it fits but other sites say it doesn't. 
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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2016, 04:26:33 pm »
Canada's Motorcycle says it fits but other sites say it doesn't.


Seems pretty cut and dried. I know what I would do, but if you try the seat anyway and it doesn't work…

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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2016, 05:02:10 pm »
LOL.. does it.  We always blame our leaders.

I've seen some guy selling a 2014 with the seat mounted.  I don't know if he 'made' it fit or if it fits. Just thought I would see if anyone else tried it otherwise.
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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2016, 02:46:07 am »
I had a Laam on my totalled bike. Wish to hell I had figured out a way to salvage that one. That was wonderful. Rode thousands of miles on it. Replaced with a Baldwin that I really like but on long days .....I miss my Laam.  Got a spare stocker in the barn.....may need to send that out to Cali....

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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2016, 03:19:40 am »
I purchased the Explorer RS, hated it in short order. Contacted Saddleman wanting to know if they would modify it. Never got a reply, zero customer service. Two thumbs down. Got a Baldwin made for me, best money I have ever spent.

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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #23 on: July 05, 2016, 11:53:11 am »
I would like to say more about my new Baldwin seat, but I am to busy enjoying it. :)
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Re: Seats - Laam, Baldwin GT, or Saddlemen Explorer RS
« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2016, 03:26:03 pm »
I love my new Laam seat. I recently rode to Seattle, the long way and had no discomfort issues. My first day was 1560 miles in 22hr 45 min in the saddle.
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