Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: The Treasure Coast of FLA
Had to make an 80 mile interstate run down and back (160 miles total) and am happy to report the seat proved fantastic for me. Note I said "for me"- YMMV. While I never found the OE FJR seat horrific, I could only last about an hour before the serious squirming started. I think I have now figured out the "why?"
With the OE seat, I always felt like I was riding ON the motorcycle. There's a definite build-up to the top of the curve of the bike's seat which caused pressure to the sitz bones and that's what caused the discomfort.
But with the Sargent seat, it's kinda like the seating area is scooped out so you now sit IN the motorcycle, not ON. This scooped area cuddles the butt and there's no sliding into the tank with your private parts. Of course, the cut, shape and density of the Sargent foams are also different than what the OE seat offers. All I know is there is real magic there for my hindquarters.
Of course, the serious measure of a seat occurs when you don't even notice it, and that is what the Sargent seat for the FJR has accomplished. I was immediately more comfortable on it, no break-in required- zero, zilch, nada- and could've easily gone a full tank w/out stopping, if necessary.
So winner-winner chicken dinner for the Sargent seat.
Now, having said all that, let me also disclose that this was not my first Sargent seat- it's probably #5 or 6. Of those, I've only had one Sargent seat that didn't work well for me and that one was purchased for my Ninja 1000.
I've also had seats modded by a local auto upholstery shop and had Spencer, from "GreatDaytoRide.com", alter a few others. None, however, have EVER matched the level of immediate comfort I experienced today, with this bike and this seat. Kudos to Sargent!
I'm thinking I might send my OE seat to Spencer and see if he could mimic the cut/style of the Sargent, especially the scoop. If he could, that would be a much less expensive route to go, as between costs, shipping and handling, Spencer does some great work for under $200. But that's another project for another day.
Last edited by spectreman; 12-04-2019 at 06:50 PM.