Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
The BMW "Soft Touch" seat, which was an option on the pre-'05 models, is NOT a good long distance seat. The pre '05 standard seats were MUCH better, and have suited a great many of us for LD riding as is. No seat is good for everyone, and some will absolutely need a custom seat for comfort. I rode 120,000 miles in 4 years on the stock '01 seat, and had no reason whatsoever to get a custom, so I was one of the luck ones that stock suited very well.
I don't know anything about the '05 seats, but it seems that they really screwed up a good thing when they changed it from previous years to make the bike more suited to people with shorter legs. Seems they narrowed the front and dropped the front down a little, which has caused "standard height" people to hate it.
If you have an '05 or later, before putting a lot of money in a custom, see if you could beg, borrow, or steal a pre '05 standard (NOT the Soft Touch)seat to try out for a few hours.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.