Russell, Rick Mayer, Bill Mayer are the top three mentioned. All are good, the LD guys seem to drift to Russell and Rick Mayer. I have Bill's seat on mine and couldn't be happier. Russell and Rick Mayer are up in your neck of the woods, Bill's in Ojai. What ever you do, arrange a ride-in fitting. Some do the mail order way, but that's kinda like having a custom tailored suit made from measurements that you send into Brooks Brothers. Just ain't gonna fit the same as when the tailor hand fits you, IMHO.
I like the rick mayer as far as looks, but I am thinking I need no wings for hanging off on twisties...so the bill are probably better...and thanks twowheelnut, I was not aware of the mayer seats...I was just on corbins site and like the smuggler seats, I had only seen the canyon seats for the fjr...the smuggler seats look nice...no wings and they look comfy, but the corbin seats I tried before where to hard. Has anyone tried the smuggler seats and have any info???
Ditto to Alan - 800 miles in one go no worries, never felt a problem with the standard seat, me or the pillion. Never even felt the urge to lift my butt or stretch my legs, not like my ZZR1200, GSX blah blah, mates in tow.
hmmmmmmm...now that I think about it...I always liked the seat, most of my riding is straight forward freeway, but after 1 1/2 hours on really working it in twisties, it really started bothering me...maybe there are different pressures at work on the old butt when in just twisties.
I upgraded to a Corbin Dual Canyon seat only because I wanted a heated seat. I found the stock seat to be pretty comfortable. Corbin offers a couple seats that weren't available during the summer when i ordered mine. www.corbin.com
I've sat on most every seat made for the FJR.....and actually have ridden on the majority of them. This includes the Russell, Mayers.....the whole bunch. My choice ultimately was the Sargent seat. Fit MY needs the best. There is probably no issue more influenced by personal preferrences, however, than the seat issue. Do your best to try them all, like I did, then make your choice.