First off, that's a good looking seat Jack and if it's comfortable and you're happy with it,
I'd say you did all right.
I'm on BMW # 6, so I've had a few seats and I have more than a few opinions,
and of course you all are "entitled to my opinion"
Many years ago I found an "original" Mayer seat in the salvage department of the local BMW shop (Haps) I don't know how many miles it had on it already, but I put over 80K on it and my 76 R90/6, there wasn't much left of it by the time I sold the bike, I loved that seat.
Mayer was no longer making seats and he sold the business to his partner Russel. (Day long saddle)
I had Russel build a seat for my 83 R80RT, wore it out too,
I was so happy with the Russel seats that I bought one for my 90 K75RT,
In 96 when I got my K1100LT I took the seat to a local auto upholstery shop that was recommended by a few HD guys I know, he recut the seat so I could sit back further
(remember the knees against the fairing) and then recovered it with some industrial strength vinyl.
That seat was indestructible, but man did it ever hurt my ass,
that vinyl was so tough it wouldn't give at all.
I bought a gell pad from "Bunz-eze" great product, I still use it today.
Learned quick though, not to leave it out in the sun, yoouwee hot, hot, hot.
And when it gets cold, it stays cold for a long, long time.
Now I use these "qualities" to my advantage, on trips when it's really hot, I place the gell pad in the cooler, at the next stop it goes on the seat and I feel "cool" all under for 30-40 minutes.
Eventually I bought another Russel seat for the K1100LT,
it still looked like new when I sold it some 87K later.
Then I got the 02 LT, everybody on the forum said Rick Mayer was the way to go,
so I sent him my seats (3 pcs leather)
the day the seats arrived I called Rick on the phone and told him:
no way was I gonna pay $750 for anything of this poor quality,
we had words, I sent the seats back,
(In all fairness I should mention that this was the last seat he did before running the Ironbutt rally,
I think he had other things on his mind)
A couple months later I got the seats back,
quality was better but I still wasn't very happy with the comfort level,
after a couple hundred miles the piping on the edge of the seat would dig into my thighs
and start to burn,
I was back to using the gell pad.
On our trip out west last spring I did a ride in at Rick Mayers shop,
That changed my opinion of him, I found him to be a very like-able, personable guy,
he redid the seat (no charge) and made it a lot more comfortable,
looking at that seat today it seems he put a lot more "effort" into detail and quality
during the "ride in" rebuild than previously and even comparing it to the seat on the 05
(rivets instead of staples etc.)
(That just means he knows what side his bread is buttered on)
Unfortunately, three weeks later I totaled the 02 LT.
Fast forward a few months and I bought the 05 LT which came with a Rick Mayer seat
(3pcs grey leather) more comfortable than the 02 seat was when I first got it,
fast forward another six months and 20K later,
I'm getting ready to send the seat back to Rick,
same issue that the 02 seat had (the piping)
So finally if you can get your seat done locally
(read: no six weeks without a seat) you might be better of,
going with a "good" name is no guarantee you'll be happy.
Anticipating the next question I'll be asked,
would I buy another Rick Mayer seat?
by now I know what I want from him,
or I might try another Russel because I never had any complaints about their seats.