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I happen to find myself with 3 different seats, so thought I would post some pics showing some comparisons.

For my butt, I really like the Russell followed by the Sargent. The stocker kills me. I am 5'10", 30" inseam, 190.

Note that the Russell seat pictured is approx. 1" taller than a normal Russell (it was build for a guy 6'3").

I have had all three seats on fire roads and thought the Russell did just fine even though it is much wider. I found that when the going got tough I was able to scoot up and the nose of the Russell is not much wider than stock, so I was able to put a foot down when necessary.
 

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Good work, Kevdod; nicely shows the butt room, side overhang and passenger room.
 

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Very nice comparison. Wish I knew how to do stuff like that.
 

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Very good comparison, combined with profile pictures. Pictures are worth a thousand words...
 

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Those bucket style seats really only show their awesomeness, if they were done to your specific hip measurements. Kevdod musta got lucky on his sizing. Too wide, or too narrow, they just aren't going to feel right, or be that much of an improvement - except for the much firmer foam which is a 10x improvement over the marshmallow stocker.

The other downside to custom bucket style seats is that the break in process is longer than most people can endure without forming a bad initial attitude about their 'investment'. For it was only yesterday, after about 3 months of riding, that my 'custom to my measurements' Rick Mayer actually felt right and didn't bug me in all the wrong places. I'm beginning to understand why all the experienced custom seat users always stress the importance of waiting thru the break-in process before forming an opinion.
 

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Very good comparison, combined with profile pictures. Pictures are worth a thousand words...
+1, really nice comparison photos.

Any comments between the Sargent and stock? I have a Sargent on my KLR650. It's not bad but it still has some funny pressure points for my butt after about 2-3 hrs in the saddle.

I'd like as seat that didn't lock you into a fixed position so that you could slide around a bit.

I'm leaning towards a Baldwin Saddle but I hate having to cut up my stock seat to get it. I wish Loren started with a new base and foam like Sargent does. Maybe I can buy a used seat to start from?
 

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Thanks for nice comments on comparison. Not hard to do - I did it all in Powerpoint and then saved the Powerpoint slide as an image.

For me, the wider seat takes off some of the pressure from my "taint". The stocker was like riding a horse saddle, both the Sargent and the Russell are like sitting on a seat. After a few hours, the Sargent begins to feel a bit like a saddle as well, but the Russell feels like a seat for the entire ride.

For under 3 hours, the Sargent felt fine to me. But for the all-day multi-day touring rides, my vote goes to the Russell.

As for custom seats only fitting the person they were customized for, I mostly agree. The exception is for the wide seats like the Russell - because you they are more like a chair seat it is easier to sit on them even if they were not customized for your butt. I have tried a custom Rick Mayer that was made for someone else - because it is more like a "saddle" it was not a comfortable ride for me - our butts were too different.
 

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Everybody's diferent, but I just came home from an 1800 mile trip around lake Michigan, and a coming storm front made me decide to hot-foot it home the last day. 643 miles from Manistique, MI in the UP, to Wesport,IN in about 12 hours. The Sargent seat on the Wee was worth $10,000!:hurray:
 

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Suffered for miles with stock seat and then Suzuki gel.....borrowed my son's Sargent seat from his Wee. Life is good now. Can ride all day.....and walk upright when I get to where I'm going.
 

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In 2010 I started with the stock Wee seat, WAY too low. I bought a Vee seat and it was better but not great. I had Spencer work his magic on the stock Vee and it transformed the seat. With a sheepskin cover it was pretty comfortable, no butt burn, no sliding forward.
Early this year I picked up a Sargent seat and thought it was the best ever. Shortly after that a Russell Day Long came available at a price too good to pass up.
I got the Russell and see now why people rave about it. It is the singular most comfortable seat I have ever put my butt on. Did 2,400 miles in 7 days two weeks ago and it was fantastic.
My son in law has the Sargent now and I plan on selling the Spencer modified seat on this list in a day or so, just have to figure out a price. Oh and in case you are in the market PM me.
 
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