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Easy guess - "honeycomb" and "old-school Web site" were dead giveaways ;)

I pondered a seat rebuild by him a few years back, but opted for something else, for reasons that escape me now (nothing bad, I'm sure). Good to see the Web site is still the same.
 

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Does anyone have the rich Phillips bench seat on their R ninet? I can’t find any reviews. Wondering if this is a good comfort option for touring. I’d like to get a comfortable one piece bench seat. But if I can’t find a comfort touring option I may just get a Sargent seat. Since Sargent has the most positive review results I’ve seen.
https://richphillipscycles.com/bmw-r-nine-t-bench-seat/#details
 

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@gopam, I'm really curious about the Rich Phillips bench as well – one of the few aftermarket seat folks that even offer a bench option for us.

The higher BMW bench is imho not worth the cost (I bought it). Sargent I checked again a few days ago btw, nothing. And to pay $220 just for a cover (Luimoto, plus taking the old one of and installing or having the new one installed) doesn't completely make sense to me.

Thus my interest in a Phillips bench. If you find out something please do post here - thanks!
 

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@gopam, I'm really curious about the Rich Phillips bench as well – one of the few aftermarket seat folks that even offer a bench option for us.

The higher BMW bench is imho not worth the cost (I bought it). Sargent I checked again a few days ago btw, nothing. And to pay $220 just for a cover (Luimoto, plus taking the old one of and installing or having the new one installed) doesn't completely make sense to me.

Thus my interest in a Phillips bench. If you find out something please do post here - thanks!
I did find out that the Rich Phillips bench seat is compatible with the Pure model and with the stock tail light fender. I might pull the trigger on the Rich Phillips bench seat in May. I'll let you know if I do. Been spending too much $ lately on mods, the seat mod has to wait a little while :)
 

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The Phillips would be my first choice too if I had to buy one today, plus at $439 it is relatively reasonable. Just checked pricing and colour; the brown looks very nice. Keep us posted please, and I'll do the same if I pull the trigger first.
 

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Anyone on this forum actually own the Roland Sands seat and have an opinion on it? I like the look - but curious about comfort, craftsmanship, etc.
Anyone on this forum actually own the Roland Sands seat and have an opinion on it? I like the look - but curious about comfort, craftsmanship, etc.
I just purchased one. Put about 60 miles on it. To me it’s more comfortable than stock but I wear bicycle shorts under my pants. I’m 70 and the butt gets a little thinner when you get old. It’s a bit narrower than stock but again it works for me as I’m a bit height challenged
 

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I have just got my new Scrambler and when I took it for a road test I didn't last more than 20 minutes before feeling the pain of the standard low seat. So when I got back to the dealer he put on the high seat version for me to ride it again. Not perfect but I found it to be a huge improvement so the dealer swapped the seats out for no extra charge and on my 2 hour journey home had no problems what so ever.
I say no problems, that is other than my short 28" legs meant that it is a long way to the ground so I try and keep the wheels rollung as much a s possible!!

After using a fantastic Sargent seat on my GS for the last 30,000 miles with up to 10 hours in the saddle at a time, I will eventually get one of these for the scrambler but will have to save up first.
 

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@RoadRide, congrats on your ride! Your experience mirrors mine, except I bought my bike used and had to endure a 3+h ride that got my squirming badly. The high seat is better but still not ideal.

Itm, I tried a gel pad that gets way too hot in Florida summer weather, so that's out.

Going back to beads (yes, the classic taxi cab seat cover) until I can budget a Sargant or Phillips. Waiting for a brown bead cover from Amazon that may match the Scrambler seat cover, sort of.

If you do get beads, make sure to get ball-shaped ones, not cylindrical. They latter may look more comfortable but in reality they are not, and the shape defeats the purpose. Forming a square bead cover to your liking and seat shape is very easy btw; I'll be happy to explain.
 

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Just as all of you have remarked, I found that the stock R9T seat is [literally!] a P.I.B.
The wider seat base and some of the fitting problems with the after-market seats encouraged me to opt for custom seat upholstery on the stock seat pan. The plan is to maintain the standard lines of the stock seat but replace the foam with thicker closed cell memory foam [this will slightly increase the height]. Just the front seat is costing me CAD 400. IMHO having the ability to ride longer and eliminate the P.I.B. is worth it.
Here is where it is getting done:
 

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Got mine back from the local upholstery workshop - unfortunately the color looks much darker when I choose the vinyl - but for this season it's ok !
I like it I am thinking of something along those lines. Just a bit more imaginative.
 

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I’ve recently installed a Wunderlich seat (cafe racer style with an integrated hump instead of a pillion). It looks great, is comfortable and adds a little bit of height too. Best of all it was super easy to install.
 

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Was looking at this pretty, rather dear, 'WunderBob' leather seat (made for the bobber conversion) as a possible answer to 9T touring aspirations, looks nice on paper.

Some questions: Does it last in the rain, does the leather remain subtle or go hard? Is this seat maybe the answer for long distance riding, comfort-wise? Can one use it with a hump; as a 'Rider Seat'?

Can't find much on the forum, but this seat features prominently in the Wunderlich catalog.
I was wondering if anyone has tried it?
 

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I’m currently also looking into alternatives, unfortunately this one won’t work for me, as I want to keep my expensive faux aluminIum hump. Know that „The 44852-000 rear conversion is required to secure the seat.“, otherwise Wunderlich has a reputation for game-changing quality. Just drop them your questions directly!?
 

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I just put a /5 seat on my 2020 classic. BMW happily got got me one. Looks better than I expected - (also says Option 719 on the strap for some reason). It's a little higher than stock and when I first mounted I can't say it felt more plush. Going for a ride tomorrow. Will report back.


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I just put a /5 seat on my 2020 classic. BMW happily got got me one. Looks better than I expected - (also says Option 719 on the strap for some reason). It's a little higher than stock and when I first mounted I can't say it felt more plush. Going for a ride tomorrow. Will report back.


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What a difference! Did a 2 and a half hour ride - through the bad roads of San Francisco, highway and some twisties - and no more soreness. Also at highway speeds I've felt the suspension hard at at bumps like the ones you get sometimes when going over a bridge. This added just the right softness to make those smoother. I'm very happy with this one. Gets my recommendation.
 
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