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post #1 of 5 Old Nov 6th, 2006, 3:24 pm Thread Starter
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Thumbs up He's a tough act to follow...

While I won't go through all the gory details, I would like to do a "Hat's Off" tribute to a class act and a class guy who creates a class product. Those of you who live in the garden spot of Northern California may know who I am talking about and why... but those who don't? Listen up...

We all know (and to some degree, we all agree) that BMW makes a great riding machine. To make ours a little more personal, we farkelize (Raffy, help me here... did I spell it right???) We add radios, GPS's, sooper dooper lighting kits... But, there are some basic off-the-production line items that leave a lot to be desired on these machines we call by a pet name. But to be fair, BMW has done a pretty good job.

My concern on "Wild Blue", my 1200LT ( and that of my co-pilot), was the "sitter mechanism"... that's the part we sit on... and the basic "sitter" wasn't too comfy. Hours of research and almost as many hours in verbal discussions (my many thanks to TallyHo and his co-pilot Jeanie), we decided on the Rick Mayer "sitter" alternative.

This boys and girls, is a class act! Rick is as down home as you can get. He believes in his product, knows his stuff and backs it completely. I originally thought that I would drive "Wild Blue" to his shop, be ushered into a lavish waiting room and be allowed to see her majesty only when the new seat was installed (which I could have done by the way, however, I opted for being an active partcipant... ). Rick Mayer has only good people working for him, and Seth, Rick's co-partner in creativity, is pulling Wild Blue's seat as soon as we get off the bike. Seth walked us thru the removal process, material selection, cutting process... this guy is a credit to the whole seat reconstruction application. He's as true a craftsman as Rick is... and he cares not only about you as a customer, but the machine as well.

This was a three hour magical mystery tour. Thru it all Rick explained who, how and why; along with a healthy dose of kibitzing between he and Seth. But to watch Rick and Seth "sculpt" the final product... well, let's just say it was dam entertaining AND very educational. What is even more amazing is to watch Rick crank out the stitched product. The words "Master Artisan" comes to mind...

While there are many manufacturers out there making custom seats, I whole heartedly recommend Rick Mayer's Motorcycle seats for looks, construction and support by the manufacturer.

I have been there;
I have seen how it's done;
It was explained to me in detail and works as advertised;

The finished seat looks almost like the bike was built that way from the factory.

It was also a most enjoyable day of riding...

If the basic version of your "sitter" is a tad uncomfortable (and those of you who squirm in the seat after 2 hours of solid riding, you know who you are), you should look into a more comfortable seat. I put Mr. Rick Mayer's seat on the highly highly recommended list. If you can make the trip to his shop, it's even more fun to be there and watch the whole process in person. Just don't be surprised if he puts you to work...

Mr. Rick Mayer, et. al. this "Hat's Off" award goes to you sir!

For those of you who may not know or who may be thinking about it...

http://www.rickmayercycle.com/

For those of you who already know about Rick Mayer's seats... well... you just know.

nuff said...

Uncle Mark

BMW '06' 1200LT "Wild Blue"
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post #2 of 5 Old Nov 6th, 2006, 8:16 pm
 
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Yup, had a great experience too, You described the experience, the product and man well.
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Yup, had a great experience too, You described the experience, the product and man well.
I'll third that emotion.
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I'll third that emotion.
Yes, Rick is hands down the best seat maker out there. I keep a stack of his cards on my desk and I park my GS in front of the store. The seat gets a lot of attention

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Love at first sit....

I have a Rick Mayer on my GT and love it, this is the third bike it's been on. I wasn't lucky enough to get to see the process in action, I sent in photos and was sent a seat that fit me as if I had been there. I did get a chance to meet Rick in person not long after at CCR in Breck and you're right, he is an outstanding human.

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