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After reading a bunch of reviews here and elsewhere I bought a new Sargent saddle to replace the stock saddle on my '95 SSCR. After riding on it for a couple weeks I thought I'd post to share a couple thoughts but mainly to post some photos of the seat for anyone who's interesting in the seat. I couldn't find much in the way of photos when I was shopping, so consider this post a sort of community service ;)

I ordered the saddle directly from the Sargent website and it was shipped and delivered pretty quickly along with a free led flashlight. The flashlight is pretty low quality and didn't come with batteries, so whatever, just another piece of junk on my desk. Nice gesture though.



Anyway, my first impression was that the seat is very well constructed, attractive and durable looking, as well as wider and more comfortable than the stock saddle. It's more like sitting in a seat than sitting on a barrel (like I feel like on the stock saddle). The rear cowl does fit over the rear, but I felt uncomfortable putting it on because it was so tight. Also, when it was on I lightly tugged up at the cowl and it popped up and off which kind of disturbed me that it was so easy to pop off. So I'm just riding without the cowl and I'm used to the look and kind of even like it better now.



I've removed the rear fairing from my bike so the yellow plastic that makes up the underside of the seat is visible at points as you can see in the photos. This bothered me for a couple of minutes, but I got over it. After all, it matches the rear shock. Also, if you've still got your fairings on, you'll never, ever see this.



The storage tube underneath is actually pretty big all things considered and was a huge selling point for me. More than enough room to keep my registration, pressure gauge, and (real) flashlight, and set of fuses in. The foldable hooks look pretty convenient, but I haven't had the chance to use them, and even if I did, I might just hook my net to my frame instead.

So far, the only negative I've discovered has been that it's not the most comfortable seat for stop/go traffic (neither is the bike itself I guess :p). The same wider seat and contouring that make it more comfortable during a ride makes it generally uncomfortable when you put your feet down at a stop. The seam puts just a little bit of pressure on the inside of my thighs and gives me the feeling like I'm cutting off circulation to my legs. I'm 6'3" 180lbs, so height/weight shouldn't be a factor really. It's not terrible, but it's annoying enough to make me consider swapping my stock seat in for my daily commute, and putting the Sargent back on for longer rides.

In any case, it's a great saddle and I'd definitely recommend it as a replacement/supplement to the stock saddle.
 

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Just so happens I got the same exact seat but with the red trim a couple weeks ago and feel the same way about the comfort. It feels good cruising but stop and go not so great. I'm still trying to find the "sweet spot" so hopefully it breaks in or breaks me in. Also it is considerably higher changing the center of gravity a little which I really like for the leg room since I am 6'2" 180. However, this puts a little more pressure on my wrists. And with the stock seat I used to rest my stomach on the tank but this one seems a bit narrow up front to comfortably do that.
Regarding the flashlight, I was thinking maybe it was home-made or something, I had to fiddle with mine a bit to get it working.
 

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Thank you for posting the pics. :D I am looking to get an aftermarket seat as well.

Did you consider the Corbin saddle before you made your decision?
 

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Sorry :eek:. I have a Sargent with red passenger section and red piping I'd like to sell. Perfect condition. Very comfy and well made. I haven't taken any pictures yet which is why I haven't posted it in the classifieds. It's for the carbed SS 1994-1998. $200 + shipping (they're $330 new). Wonderful seat, I just don't use it anymore (my 1997 is now a track bike with a piece of foam for a seat; my 1998 is an FE with the solo seat). Thanks for the free advertising, jbergen:eek:.
 

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Thank you for posting the pics. :D I am looking to get an aftermarket seat as well.

Did you consider the Corbin saddle before you made your decision?
I did consider the corbin seat as well. I read a lot of positive reviews about the saddle, and not do positive things about customer service. Though most posts about bad service were relatively dated. The primary difference seemed to me that Corbin saddle top is made of leather while the Sargent seat is made of vinyl. I love leather and I love to take care of it too, but I don't have a garage and so my bike sits outside exposed to the elements a lot. I cover it mostly, and especially during bad weather, but I just felt that vinyl would hold up just a little better than leather given my situation. While the leather does break in, it also means that each Corbin seat is molded to its owner's posterior. Great if you keep it forever, but less great if you need to sell it later.

Anyway. The prices were identical I think and it was kind of a toss up. Ultimately it came down to the vinyl and the built in storage for me.

Either way im sure you can't lose


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I got my Sargent a couple of months ago (though in red), for all the same reasons (in fact, I was part of that last big discussion about Corbin vs. Sargent, etc.), and have to agree with all of you and Peter's comments as well - in fact, at 6' and 175lbs., we're all oddly close to the same size and shape, too.
One thing I can add is that I also had the same problem of feeling the seamed edge of the seat cutting into the inside of my legs when putting feet down (not on the pegs); it will subside and "soften" a bit as it gets broken in. I hardly notice it at all already, so it feels very comfortable and supportive in all positions, and is a massive improvement over the stock seat. I've even gotten used to bumping up against the butt-stop like on my cafe bike. ;)

 

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My 96 SP already had one on the bike when I bought it. Probably the most comfortable aftermarket seat I have ever used.
 

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Here's a Sargent seat on my very modified '96 SS/SP. I sold that bike years ago. My current '05 SS1000DS just got a new Sargent. Love these seats and the customer service is top notch.
 

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