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post #1 of 6 Old Apr 10th, 2008, 7:04 am Thread Starter
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2001 Saddle Configurations

I need some help understanding what options were available in 2001 for saddles. Rick Mayer built up a set for me (work looks awesome by the way); however, the pan he used does not have the flip-down feet to elevate the saddle for us tall folks.

I called Rick on it yesterday (as I need the extra height) and he seems to have been taken by surprise. From my discussions with him early in January, I wanted the stock height (padding, thickness) saddle and use the "feet" to adjust the saddle down for friends or future owners who don't have legs as long as mine. As I bought the bike used, I'm curious, is the adjustment on my saddle an option the original owner would have selected? Anyone know how the LTs were sold in 2001?

I know, better to have this work done in person, tough to do when the better saddle makers are on the West Coast and I live 1/2 way across the country!

Thanks for any insight you can provide.

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Re: 2001 Saddle Configurations

The metal rod on the bottom of the pan that allows you to set the seat in either high or low position is a standard stock part on ALL LT OEM seats, from 99 to current. It is not an option.


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Re: 2001 Saddle Configurations

It does however just snap into place, it does not come out easily but it does come out, perhaps they had it removed when they were attaching the new cover and forgot to reinstall it or maybe it came out in the packaging when they shipped to seat to you.


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Re: 2001 Saddle Configurations

I used to ride with the OEM seat in the high setting. When Rick Mayer made my seat, he designed it to work in the low setting - I assume that this is what he did for you.

I asked him about this, and he told me that it was beacuse it's not a simple case of raising and lowering the seat for height consideration. He told me to always leave my seat in the lower position, because raising it causes completely different dynamics as far as weight distribution, and therefore, the effect on your a$$.

I never raise my seat anymore (even though the adjustment bar is still in place on the pan). Rick probably used one of his pans on your seat, and the bar was gone. I doubt he even noticed. If the seat is comfortable, I wouldn't worry about it.

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I used to ride with the OEM seat in the high setting. When Rick Mayer made my seat, he designed it to work in the low setting - I assume that this is what he did for you.

I asked him about this, and he told me that it was beacuse it's not a simple case of raising and lowering the seat for height consideration. He told me to always leave my seat in the lower position, because raising it causes completely different dynamics as far as weight distribution, and therefore, the effect on your a$$.

I never raise my seat anymore (even though the adjustment bar is still in place on the pan). Rick probably used one of his pans on your seat, and the bar was gone. I doubt he even noticed. If the seat is comfortable, I wouldn't worry about it.
With a 36" inseam, I need all the height I can get! That being said, I didn't want Rick to build me a "tall" saddle, as I still want the flexibility for someone with shorter legs to ride the LT (or maybe buy it in the future?) by lowering the saddle with the "feet".

I've since talked to Rick and he found a pan for the optional "low" saddle got into his inventory by accident. He's building me up another saddle on the correct pan and will ship it next week.

For a cheap, shameless plug for his services, he's been real good to work with. He's been honest about delays that he encountered and has kept me informed. I can't wait to have the correct saddle and put some miles on it. Workmanship is awesome.

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Re: 2001 Saddle Configurations

When Rick built mine, the height on the Mayer saddle on the low setting worked out to be the same height (from the ground) as the OEM raised.

Glad he's taking care of you - that's his M.O.!

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