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Offline rider47

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2015 and newer seat question
« on: January 07, 2018, 05:54:39 pm »
Recently purchased a 2017 Concours and the stock seat is more comfortable than the 2011 Concours stock seat that I had.  Put a Sargent seat on the 2011 and liked the Sargent seat much better than stock.  It has been a while since I rode with a Sargent seat and am not sure how much more comfortable the Sargent seat would be over the newer stock seats.  Has anyone with a 2015 or newer Concours replaced their stock seat with a Sargent or Saddleman and felt that there was a significant gain in comfort? 

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Re: 2015 and newer seat question
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 06:24:45 pm »
i have a 2016, tried sargent but found it not that comfy..also tried a custom made by seth laam, even after rework didn't position me where i wanted. finally ended up with the kawasaki touring seat(no gel), fit me great and 600 mile days are no problem with no hot spots.. i am 6 ft and 240, all this is IMHO..that' my 2 cents.... :)
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Re: 2015 and newer seat question
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 11:21:28 pm »
Recently purchased a 2017 Concours and the stock seat is more comfortable than the 2011 Concours stock seat that I had.  Put a Sargent seat on the 2011 and liked the Sargent seat much better than stock.  It has been a while since I rode with a Sargent seat and am not sure how much more comfortable the Sargent seat would be over the newer stock seats.  Has anyone with a 2015 or newer Concours replaced their stock seat with a Sargent or Saddleman and felt that there was a significant gain in comfort?


I had my 15 seat reupholstered by baldwin, whos out of business now :(  but the factory seat was TERRIBLE. I never would have made it across country on the factory seat.   OUCH.


Now, I would go with LAAM if I had to do it again.

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Re: 2015 and newer seat question
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 11:27:12 pm »
On my 2015 I first tried a Sargent, only slightly better than stock.
Then I sent my seat to Seth Lamb and it's very good, not perfect, but ten times better than stock.

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Re: 2015 and newer seat question
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 11:23:11 pm »
Same as above. 2015 seat not good. Seth Laam 10x better.

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Re: 2015 and newer seat question
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2018, 01:16:54 am »
+1 for Laam seat, love mine.

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Re: 2015 and newer seat question
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2018, 03:28:10 am »
I have a 2017, the stock seat was not good.  I replaced it with a Sargent and it’s better.  I can go about 2 hours at a time before getting off to stretch out.  It mostly because I have a 38” inseam.

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Re: 2015 and newer seat question
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2018, 10:44:41 pm »
 I put the Russell Day Long seat on my new, at the time, 2011 and it now has over 50.000 on it and it is still very comfortable. They are a very good company to deal with.
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Re: 2015 and newer seat question
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2018, 11:52:47 pm »
2016 C14
My 2016 oem is a much improved seat relative to my 2008 oem seat.

I purchased a Sargent in April 2017 with the intention of shipping my oem to LAAM when he had time available in June 2017.
I rode the Sargent for 2k miles.

I found the Sargent to be as comfortable as the 2016 oem, slightly more firm but I tend to slide forward on the Sargent. I believe the "butt-pan" on the oem was deeper, not as firm and that oem fabric was not as "slick" as the carbon-fiber looking material on the Sargent.

I did send the oem to LAAM and received it in June. I like the LAAM seat more than the Sargent because the butt-pan is wider by 2"
The LAAM needed a break-in and is now more comfortable now than when it was new.

I sold the Sargent on the COG classifieds. I liked the Sargent seat as do other C14 owners but the LAAM is a less-expensive option,, unless you can buy a Sargent for $400.
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Re: 2015 and newer seat question
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2018, 09:32:19 pm »
For me the Sargent was a lot like the stock seat, because I still felt I was sliding forward.

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Re: 2015 and newer seat question
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2018, 11:13:02 pm »
$200 used Sarg from forum member. Fit and finish shows it's used and not a super snug fit on the bike, but 9/10 for comfort is why I haven't replaced it. No sliding up for me. 35" inseam, though.

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Re: 2015 and newer seat question
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2018, 01:35:06 am »
Buy a Russell Day Long saddle. I've had Corbins, Sargents, Bill Mayer Saddles (Rocky Mayer-be careful he has a crook brother) and Russells on different bikes. The Russell is amazing and what I'm going to put on the Concours. If you're concerned about looks too, the Bill Mayer saddle is good. I'd rank them: Russell, Bill Mayer, Corbin and a distant last, Sargent.

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Re: 2015 and newer seat question
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2018, 03:17:07 pm »
Started with stock seat on a 2015.  I am 5'10", 215 lbs.
Stock seat was TERRIBLE!  Slid me forward into the gas tank constantly, relentlessly.

Had the stock seat modified/reupholstered locally.  Looked beautiful, but not much better.  Actual leather, pretty slippery, still slid me into the gas tank, not as bad as stock.

Replaced it with a Saddleman RS.  Much, much better.  Doesn't slide me into the tank, and has a pocket for my butt.  Don't think about the seat much anymore, which means to me that it must be good.  Reasonable price too.  May not be the very best seat out there, but anything is better than the factory.  I literally wished I had the seat off my father-in-law's Cub Cadet instead, when I was on the factory one. 

I've never yet bought a Kawasaki that started off with a good seat - or windshield.  I think they do it on purpose.