Sargent World Sport Performance BMW R1200GS 04-12 Seat
Great seat from a great manufacturer.
Even during the test ride I knew that if I bought the '12 R1200GSA I was riding, the stock seat had to go. I left the dealership with the bike that day and immediately started researching which seat to buy. With a shortish inseam, I wanted a low version. It is important to know that just because a manufacturer makes a great standard seat, the low version they produce might miss the mark for most people. Other manufacturers will make a seat and then never back there product in the event of an issue. Having switched over from HD to BMW I had never really looked over Sargent but everything I read about their product were mostly positive. What I did find was a distinct lack of complaints about the company, only that some people weren't totally satisfied with the seat. Well you can't please everyone all of the time, but a company that gets such good compliments is hard to find so I took the leap. When I first opened the box, I was impressed by the fit and finish of the seat and the nice extras, like the stowage bin under the passenger pillion. The seat did take a bit of maneuvering to install the first time but once you do it a couple times it becomes second nature. I immediately noticed how much better the shape was than the stock seat. Firm but not overly so and the shape allows the rider to put their feet down without feeling like their femurs are being spread from their pelvic sockets! I experimented with the different heights, and yes, if you adjust the low version up to high setting (equal to a normal seat) you'll have a 3/4" gap at the tank. It isn't bad looking that way and just noticeable IMO. With the shape of the tank and frame, it is impossible to have an adjustable seat and not have a gap. Comfort-wise that seat hits its stride after about 500 miles. Your butt will need to do some acclimating as well, so ride ride long and ride often and you come to love the seat as I do. I have one criticism though: the seat is a bit more slick than I prefer. Sargent offers an upgraded version with a new, less slippery material I will probably spring for and have the seat recovered in a few couple years.
Keep the rubber side down, my friends.
February 1, 2013
Great upgrade seat
Much better than stock GSA seat. Low version takes about 3/4 inch of height. You can ride much longer with no soreness in the backside. I like the seat alot.
September 23, 2012
Better than stock BUT.................
I had an issue with installing the seat, had to remove the owners manual from its perch to install the drivers pillion. There is also a huge gap between the fuel tank and the seat, I can slide my hand between the two, just does look right, I have the seat in the high position. The comfort is far better than the stock seat.
September 3, 2012
Better than stock seat.
Seat is comfortable, passenger seat eliminates the forward tilt of the stock seat....wife is happier passenger now!
August 27, 2012
An improvement over stock...but far from perfect.
Ten times better than the Bavarian torture device BMW call a seat but still misses the "all day comfort" mark. Seat is quite firm at first but does ease up after a few hundred miles...having said that, by the end of a ten hour day of riding it takes a toll. After 8 days and 2,500 miles I'm looking at other seat offerings. Not bad but I'd say if you're planning long riding days, look at all options.
August 19, 2012
Fits very well and looks nice
I am a short rider, with this seat I feel very confortable and low the cycle without change anything else. For long ride is very confortable, better than the original seat.
August 13, 2012
Seat is way better than stock
I tried to use the stock seat for two years. It is awful to ride a bike with an uncomfotable seat. I decieded to try the sargent seat . I'm still breaking it in and it is firm but comfortable. It's a great improvement.
August 7, 2012
A bit better than stock - expected more
Although I do appreciate regaining some circulation in my nether regions, I still find myself squirming in the seat after an hour of riding. I probably should have taken the time to visit a ride-in site like Rick Mayer or Corbin, but a trip came up and I really wanted better than stock for the distance. I do understand that no butt is the same, and these might well be great for other builds. Once you use the seat, you forfeit any return/exchange option. Unfortunately, I now own the seats and will probably eat the cost for better.
May 7, 2012