Sargent Triumph Street Triple Seat 08+
HUGE improvement for long rides.
I just spent 4 full days of riding in Deals Gap on my new Sargent seat and wow, it is a major improvement in long-day comfort over both the stock and Triumph gel seats. It also looks good to me, but it does change the look of the bike a bit. The seat gives you more room to move around, which is a plus, but that also means more room to slide around, which is a bit of a minus. It is slippery, and I found that I want to add Stomp Grips to my tank now to keep from sliding in really spirited riding in the twisties. Overall though, this is a fantastic seat and I think a great upgrade to my bike!
May 14, 2013
Amazing feeling but some install issues
Just received my new Sargent seat for my 2010 Street Triple R and as soon as i sat on it i could feel the difference in the riding position. I have yet to ride it on a long distance but i would say the other reviews about the riding performance are spot on.
Two things i feel i need to highlight though:
1 - the seat definitely makes you sit taller on the bike, feels like 10mm. I'm about 5'6 so i'm pretty short and i was already a bit on my toes sitting straight on the bike so i'm planning to adjust the rear height of the bike to make it work better for me. The increased height also makes you lean more on the bars.
2 - There definitely is an issue with the rear latch not being 100% lined up to the lock. When you lock it, you have to push down a bit hard on the rear of the seat to make it lock properly. When you want to unlock it, it doesn't come out easily. I found it came off easier if you push down on the rear when you turn the key, then take the seat off.
To me i still recommend this seat as i was already aware of the height issue and the locking problem is not the best but there is a trick to it so its not a big problem. The pros of the better riding position and comfort on longer rides would outweigh the cons.
April 16, 2013
A beautiful seat
I decided to purchase this seat after having a sore behind from the daily commute to work over the summer. The first impression is one of quality. It's a beautifully put together piece and look and feel are both very high end.
The first ride was quite a surprise as it feels totally different from stock. It was much firmer than stock and you naturally end up riding further away from the tank. As a result, the riding position feels very different. This initial difference worried me as I decided whether I liked it or not. The seat also is a bit wider which means it's a bit longer reach to the ground at stoplights.
The best surprise was that I felt I could move around easier. This made shifting my weight on turns easier as I felt more locked in and supported. And while the seat is very firm, it never leaves you feeling sore.
Overall, it's a big improvement both aesthetically and functionally.
October 21, 2012
It grows on you
I bought the Sargent seat for my 2012 Street Triple R based on the positive reviews I'd seen in various message boards. To hear most people tell it, the Sargent will make it feel like your posterior is being lovingly cradled by a cushion of clouds and cotton candy.
Those positive reviews, I think, gave me somewhat unrealistic expectations for the seat and I was initially disappointed. The stock seat on the Street Triple is known to compel the rider into the seat, often uncomfortably. It's a very severe slant. The Sargent, however, feels a little wider and quite a bit flatter. That flatness allows you to comfortably sit away from the tank.
However, the "edges" of the seat feel quite a bit sharper, which can be uncomfortable to the backs of the thigh. That caught me off guard, and nearly resulted in me returning the seat. I'm glad I waited, though.
Within a couple more rides, I realized that I'd basically been trained to sit very close to the tank by the stock seat. Once I moved back a bit and realized the Sargent offered more usable seat space, I started liking it. And over the last week and a half, I've grown to love it.
For kicks, I switched back to the stock seat and took a quick ride this weekend, and I was aghast at how awful it was... and how much more comfortable the Sargent it.
I was expecting a drastic increase in comfort, but the reality is... the Sargent requires you to get used to it. I don't think you break it in: I think it breaks you in. Once it does, you're in love.
I only have two relatively minor complaints. First, I think it's a bit pricey for a seat. That being said, I'd buy it again, so clearly it's not that big an issue. Secondly, latching the seat into place requires more downward force on the seat before it clicks (as compared to the stock seat). Hardly a critical issue, but it is noticeable.
June 25, 2012
Comfortable, but with flaws
I recently purchased this Sargent seat before going on a 750 mile round-trip, knowing the stock seat would be too uncomfortable for the job. The seat arrived in just a few days and initially the fit and finish looked to be top-notch. Attempting to install the seat proved difficult, as the rear "peg" did not line up with the seat latch (it was about one quarter to one half an inch too far towards the back of the bike). I was able to maneuver the peg so the tip was at the latch and a swift thump of the pillion seat got it to lock.
Trying to take the seat off I learned that the key would not fully turn (thus preventing the seat from unlocking) unless I keep slight pressure on the key while thumping the pillion seat to complete the turn & unlock. There were several minutes of mild panic until I figured out that violence is indeed sometimes the answer. Given the cost of the seat, that is disappointing, but the seat its self is much better than stock when riding. In the past few weeks I have noticed that the seat is now a bit easier to remove and replace. I don't expect it ever to be perfect, but it's more tolerable now.
Better riding position; much less sliding towards the tank when breaking.
Wider seat means more comfort on longer rides.
Finish of the seat (excluding the lock peg placement) is excellent. Looks better than stock and suits the bike.
No passenger grab strap (another good excuse to ride solo is a pro for me, YMMV)
Includes hardware to accommodate OEM pillion cowl.
Seat pan does not have a spot for either the tank prop tool or the hex key from the OEM seat.
Seat lock peg out of position (several reports of this on Triumph sites).
Width of the seat puts a little more pressure on the inside thighs when at a stop with both feet down than with the OEM seat (minor, we're talking slight discomfort, not pain).
June 18, 2012
What the stock seat should be, but isn't.
Received mine last night and immediately could feel a major difference. The stock seat slides your junk up into the tank and gives a poor platform for your sit bones. This seat allows you to sit farther back and give some range of motion.
After eight hours in the saddle today I can say that if I could only have one mod for my STR this would be it.
If you find yourself sliding forward helplessly when you brake, or unable to position yourself towards the rear of your saddle, this is probably what you want.
May 26, 2012