Sargent Seat for the F650 Twin
I am seriously considering the "Sargent World Sport Performance" seat as a replacement to the stock seat on my 2011 F650GS. I have read numerous threads about seating choices and I understand that seats are one of those "individual fit" items.
Some of the advantages I see with the Sargent:
1) Underseat Tool Storage
2) Underseat Manual Storage
3) Based on other threads - Good Fit to Bike
4) Based on other threads - High Quality Seat Pan
So my last issue I am trying to resolve is that I am concerned with the placement of the seating position.
Specifically, will it be too far back for me? I am 5' 7" with a 30" inseam. From the photos available, it appears that the raised back edge of the "saddle" lines up with the middle of the gas cap. Based on how I fit the bike with the stock seat, this would put the raised back edge about 1.5" further back than my current position.
Does anyone have any experience they would care share regarding seating position on the F650GS with a "Sargent World Sport Performance" seat?
Update/First Impressions of New Sargent Worldsport Seat
I received the seat in five business days after ordering from Revzilla. It then took me about a week to find the time to get the bike uncovered and do some "static" tests (winter in Iowa means cold, snow, plenty of road sand, and not many riding opportunities). I took some pictures to show the influence of the seat on ergonomics.
First impressions are:
1) The overall quality looks good.
2) The staples used to attach the cover are properly aligned and produce no dimples in the black material cover.
3) The seat pan appears to be adequately stiff and of high quality plastic.
4) The Sargent seat foam is harder than the BMW stock seat foam.
5) The seat attaches to the bike just like the stock seat but needs slightly more force to get it to latch or unlatch as the case may be.
1) Seating height feels the same as the standard seat (did not measure).
2) For me, seating position and range (front to back) are very close to the same as that of the standard seat.
3) The Sargent seat is slightly "dished out" compared to the "crowned" stock seat.
4) The Sargent seat provides about an inch (two inches total) of added weight bearing support width on each side.
Note that this is on a 2011 F650GS and that I am about 5'7" tall with a 30" inseam. The three pictures below show a forward, middle, and back seating position. I am looking forward to doing some test rides soon, but for now my first impression is that the seat will be much more comfortable than the stock seat due primarily to a) the "dished" construction and b) the wider weight bearing support.