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Rick Mayer seat question


Dan B.

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Hello all,

Well I've had my 08 R12RT for a few months now and can't help but start looking at touring seats. I pulled up the Rick Mayer site and I really liked the looks and the design of his Solo and dual seats. I have also looked at Russell, corbin and sargent. However I just like the way the Mayer solo seat fits the look of the bike and still looks like it offers a lot of support.

Anyone out there running a Rick Mayer seat?? If so how do you like it. Also my bike is a SAND color, and I was hoping to go with the Mayer leather seat but can't decide on a nice color other than black. Maybe a tan, palamino or brown. Any suggestions.

Thanks, Dan B.

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I rode my new '07 RT over to Rick Mayer last October. I had the BMW low seat on the bike. The ride home was far more enjoyable for my backside and I could reach the ground better than when I rode over. Subsequently, he did two identical Harley Classic seats, the seat for my R1200C and my R1200GS Adventure. I am going to have him do the seat for my new GS in the near future.

 

When I rode over on the Harley with a trailer in tow full of seats, he adjusted the padding on the RT seat at no charge.

 

I recommend his work.

 

BTW. The "day long" seat was designed by Mayer's father.

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I didnt have an R bike with a Mayers seat, but I had an 07 K12R Sport with a Rick Mayers seat. Awesome seat, I did 3000 miles/10 hour days on it 3 days later and felt great. I will be taking my K12S and VFR there as soon as I get the money.

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The Rick Mayer is well made, good customer service, but in my opinion the russell is worth the wait and wins hands down. A lot of the long distance guys use them. Id rather have an ugly saddle that is really comfortable than a great looking saddle that is uncomfortable after a 100 miles. The Mayer FOR ME was no more comfortable than stock.

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These photos were taken on a frosty morning in Paso Robles, CA, last January, 2008.

I did a ride-in to Rick's in January, 2007. I'm 6 feet, and he offered to build up the seat to so I could mount the seat on the low setting but the overall height would be the same as the stock seat on the higher setting. Great idea.

I chose leather instead of vinyl--I don't have to park the bike in rain very often.

I'm happy with the seat. My sore butt (as if sitting in a church pew for too long) is gone. I still haven't conquered the skin chafing problem, though.

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I have been reading your posts regarding my seat question and am very appreciative of your thoughts and comments. The photos were a added plus. I will likely decide w/i the next few weeks which type of seat I will order. I have always been a form over function kind of guy, so I will likely sacrifice some comfort for what I thinks looks better on my machine.

Thanks again and chime in with more info if you like,

Dan B.

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It looks like Bill is giving the discount not Rick. Both have great seats, but I will likely opt for the Rick Mayer seat. Thanks for the suggestion though,

Dan B.

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Alright, I'm confused. What's the difference between Bill Mayer and Rick Mayer saddles?
Bill Mayer "created" his seat and then sold the rights to Russell (as in "Day-long.") In his spare time, he also had two sons: Rick and Rocky. Both picked up on the "craft" and now both make custom seats. However, they're not exactly business partners as apparently they had a "falling out" some time ago. So, Rick's in Northern CA making seats under his own name and Rocky's making seats under his father's name in Ojai, CA.

 

Clear enough? :)

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Alright, I'm confused. What's the difference between Bill Mayer and Rick Mayer saddles?

 

First name :grin:

 

Rick's seats are stitched and, I think, look better. BTW, Rick always has a discount for BMW riders (since he's one too).

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Rick's seats are stitched and, I think, look better. BTW, Rick always has a discount for BMW riders (since he's one too).

 

Rocky is a BMW rider also.... I haven't tried a Rick seat so I can't comment on the comfort ... but the seat I got from Rocky is great! I sent my seats (rider and passenger) to him via UPS and he had them both modified and back out to me within a few days. Completely satisfied with that seat.

 

DB

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Ok, I'm glad I didn't buy a Sargent seat too quickly before really looking at both the Rick Mayer and Bill Mayer saddles. I've settled on getting one of the latter. I've put a call in to both waiting for a call back and possible production date. I like both but am leaning a little to the Bill Mayer.

Does anyone have an idea how long in advance you get a production date? You think I'll have to wait a few weeks before shipping my seats to him?

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As I recall -Rick won't provide a production date until they have your saddles. Think about it - what if you don't ship when you say, they get delayed in route, etc..... he is protecting his delivery reputation. Mine actually arrived back at my house on the production date I was given. Pleased with the service and product.

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Does anyone have an idea how long in advance you get a production date? You think I'll have to wait a few weeks before shipping my seats to him?

 

10/27 Sent order to Rick which he acknowledged 10/28

11/7 received reply with production date of 12/10

 

He had a set of seat pans for my RT in stock that we'll exchange after I receive the new seat. Sadly, you missed the 50% OFF sale he had last month just for R1150RT's (For real, the whole deal was $250!)

 

 

 

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I just got a deal for $408.70 total including shipping on Bill Mayer. That's for a two tone black/grey vinyl basketweave. Sounds good to me! I was expecting to pay a little more for such a good saddle. They were willing to do it next week for me but I'll have to send it to them after Biketurkeyfest!

Hooray for me! -I finally will have a custom saddle for the first time ever and my rear will soon be happy. I always got sore before the tank was empty.

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I always struggle making decisions between form, function and value. I never really disliked the stock comfort seat. I then got a great deal on an used Corbin that I held for about 2 years. Earlier this year, I could not stand it any longer and put my stock back on. I then borrowed what it must have been a low Sargent and it killed my knees. Went back to the stock.

 

I put the Corbin up for sale and ended up trading for a Russell with someone on the board. I have to say the Russell, eventhough used, it is the most comfortable I have ridden to date.

 

The Rick Mayer is well made, good customer service, but in my opinion the russell is worth the wait and wins hands down. A lot of the long distance guys use them. Id rather have an ugly saddle that is really comfortable than a great looking saddle that is uncomfortable after a 100 miles. The Mayer FOR ME was no more comfortable than stock.
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