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post #1 of 5 Old Jan 20th, 2009, 9:00 pm Thread Starter
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Terrible standard seat on R1200R

Hi all.

I have had my 2006 R1200R for around 3 minths now and absolutely love it. Simply the finest thing I have ever ridden, with the exception of the seat. I think it is too narrow at the front and the profile seems slightly convex. In my case this means all your weight ends up on the perineum (crotch) and after only a few miles I am shifting around, trying to re-arrange my tackle and in agony, rather than enjoying the ride and looking at the road.

I am thinking I may have to get the seat re-modelled. Has anyone else had similar problems and, if so, how did you deal with them?

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post #2 of 5 Old Jan 26th, 2009, 6:46 pm
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Re: Terrible standard seat on R1200R

Get a new seat. The stock seat is a total POS. Checkout Russell, Mayer, Sargeant, or Corbin. If you have a local upholsterier that does car seats or m/c seats you might give them a call as well.

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post #3 of 5 Old Mar 2nd, 2009, 7:55 pm
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Re: Terrible standard seat on R1200R

A lot of people have issues with the R1200R seat so you're definitely not alone. That said, i LOVE the R1200R's seat!

There are two things i think might be at play. First, you need to sit back on the seat and not slide to the front. When you push back you'll feel a ridge and there's a flat spot that will support your bones. The seat is designed for feet on the pegs which creates the correct angle for a comfortable ride. The forward slant that is so uncomfortable with feet on the ground creates a lot of room for the tackle to breath when you're on the pegs and pushed back on the seat. Second, take advantage of how narrow the front is and pull your legs in close to the frame. BMW spent a lot of time getting a narrow profile and the stock seat exploits this.

I've done 4 hour rides without getting off and always feel great with the stock seat.
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post #4 of 5 Old Mar 14th, 2009, 9:10 am
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Re: Terrible standard seat on R1200R

+1 on the 08 1200 R seat. After having owned the 06 1200 RT, the seat on the R is much better than the RT.

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post #5 of 5 Old Mar 17th, 2009, 8:56 pm
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Re: Terrible standard seat on R1200R

I too have an R1200R
Seat is not the greatest

Here is a link from a different forum that might help


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