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I did a ride-in at Rick Mayer's in Anderson, CA to get a custom saddle for my LT. Only 200 miles to ride, and I couldn't wait the 4-6 weeks lead time to get a new seat. By the way, the stock seat had me squirming by the time I got to the shop; as usual, I had to stop once an hour to get the blood flowing properly in my posterior region.

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1. If you live anywhere within riding distance (or are always looking for an excuse to ride), RIDE IN is the way to go, no matter who you buy your seat from. It was great hanging around with the other riding enthusiasts waiting for their seats, and swapping ride stories and wisdom. FWIW the other 4 bikes with ride-ins this day were all BMW. That tells me two things - Beemer riders are willing to shell out the dough for a great seat - and BMW stock seats suck (that right there may not be a "news flash" to many!). The bikes I saw were 1 LT (mine), 3 GS, 1 RT.

2. It was interesting watching the seat being made. As we all know, after seeing how it's done on the LT, you may say to yourself, "Wow, I could have done that!". I didn't find myself saying that...

3. When I first tried to contact Rick with questions about his seat, it took a few days to get a response. My first impression was, "Wow, this guy isn't on the ball at all when it comes to closing a deal!" If you want to talk to Rick, you must be patient - that's because he puts a lot of time into each customer's experience - I saw that first hand. During conversation while at his shop, I also learned that he's not a real "computer guy", so email is not his bag. You're spending a lot of money - and he uses his time to take care of customers, not POTENTIAL customers. Besides, his web site answers any questions you might have.

4. The service: They have a great waiting area; cool, plenty to drink, and at lunch time some first class cheeseburgers and fries arrived (I'm not kidding, better than home made). I was joking with Rick that along with the $700.00 burger, he threw in a seat (driver seat and passenger, and backrest). :) Rick and his entire crew are first rate, friendly people, and true craftsmen.

5. The SEAT. WOW! What a difference - I went non-stop home (except for fuel) from the shop. Since then, I can go a full tank without wanting to dismount. Of course I do get off to enjoy a great view...

Overall: If you're thinking about replacing your OEM seat, DO IT. There are many great builders out there (my brother loves his Corbin), and this isn't meant to single out Rick Mayer as the "Guru of the Gluteus". Just trying to let everyone know what my new favorite farkle is!
 

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Did the same with his brother Rocky in Ojai. Great people and just a awesome place to hang out. Love seat also.....
 

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I've had a couple of those cheeseburgers at Rick's; one came with a seat for my RT and one for my LT. I believe there will be one of his seats on every bike I ever own, and riding in is always preferable. BTW, if you ride in to Hollister you get a free Corbin seat with a $500 breakfast. I had three such breakfasts on previous bikes and loved them, but I found Rick's seats to be even more to my liking.
 

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I had been a Corbin guy on prior bikes, but when I bought my first BMW, an LT, the HDDC all recommended Rick. So off to Rick's I went. I too had a great time, and got the perfect seat. The GS I bought has Corbin seats, but they're not long for the bike as I now prefer Rick's creations. And he does spend whatever time it takes to make you fully happy with your purchase. :D
 

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I saw Rick at the Chief Joseph rally last weekend...........
Getting around pretty good after that unplanned get off.............
 

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How much without the cheese?
 

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STARFIGHTER said:
I saw Rick at the Chief Joseph rally last weekend...........
Getting around pretty good after that unplanned get off.............
Yeah - he showed me his leathers, and the "Custom Tailoring" the medical crew did when they cut them off of him!

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How much without the cheese?
Actually, the cheese is at no extra charge!
 

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I have a Rick Mayer front/rear seat on my LT he made 1.5 years ago. Unfortunately, this was done when he was moving his shop location and I think this caused a lot of confusion for him. My original seat was a factory lowered seat and the pictures I sent him were of me on that seat. The seat I received back was built on a different seat/pan than the one I sent in. I also had a backrest sent from the manufacturer to Rick for covering and that didn't get installed. However, he covered shipping back/forth to Redding for installation of the backrest and that works great. I don't have the ideal seat that I'd like, however I am planning a ride to Reno this summer and will run up to Redding for a ride-in and he'll make it right. Shit happens. Quality is top notch.
 

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I have the first Rick's seat for K1200LT in 1999 and that was my first add-on on my 2002 LT, and my first add-on on my 2003 GS.

Sometimes it didn't get right at the first time, but he is always ready to make it work and it does.

3 bikes and 3 custom seats made by him.
 
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