Constant discomfort - BMW R1200GS Forum : R1200 GS Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-Sep-2019, 05:59 AM (458) Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2019
Posts: 1
Constant discomfort

On a recent 8000 mile 20 day trip, I experienced constant pain, hot spots and chafing on my stock gsa seat. Recently, I purchased a BMS seat and saw little improvement on a 500 mile ride. The only relief is standing on my pegs Has anyone else experienced this constant discomfort?
Chise is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-Sep-2019, 06:28 AM (478)
Senior Member
enzo5000's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: SoCal
Posts: 146
enzo5000 is offline  
post #3 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-Sep-2019, 06:56 AM (497)
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 245
Perhaps an Airhawk pad, properly inflated, would provide you some relief. Or maybe a sheepskin from Alaska Leather. Aftermarket seats are an expensive crap shoot. Like boots, what fits one foot (or butt) may not work for another.
PoppyGreg, Southpaw and Ryno23 like this.
judgedelta is offline  
post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-Sep-2019, 08:54 AM (579)
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Brandon Mississippi
Posts: 51
I have tried different seats on different types of bike and while some are better than others after a few hours in the saddle they all start to hurt. I have found what works best for me is breathability. I start at the butt and if I am on a long ride I alway wear LD Comfort underwear. If not LD Comfort just make sure that what touches your skin doesn't have any seams between your skin and the seat and is not cotton. The other thing is some form of seat pad that breaths. The material on motorcycle seats is designed to be waterproof therefore they don't breath and your butt gets hotspots. Sheepskins and other types of textile wrapped pads allow for some airflow and the more air the better.
PoppyGreg likes this.
oilcan is offline  
post #5 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-Sep-2019, 09:22 AM (598)
Senior Member
Ryno23's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Northern Nevada
Posts: 475
I have owned three different BMW bikes and all three stock seats were crap, IMO. Some people are lucky and can handle the stock seat.
I found the GS stock seat way to narrow for my butt. Had a Kontour made from the stock seat pan and it didn't make much difference, still to narrow. Sold it. Kontour can make a wide seat too if you choose so. I did not choose too.
Sargent seats are much wider then stock seats and much more comfortable to me. Sargent seats do not interfere with off-road riding either.
I also add an Airhawk when on long rides.
I had a Kontour seat on my GTL and it was great with its air cooling.
PoppyGreg and ssilliman like this.

USN SCPO (Retired)
2017 GSA
Ryno23 is offline  
post #6 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-Sep-2019, 09:50 AM (618)
Super Awesom Person
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: San Diego
Posts: 367
While riding my K1600GT with the stock seat I found myself sitting on a concrete bench in the middle of no-place Texas and realizing the bench was more comfortable than the seat on my bike.
For me the Sargent seat is far better than any stock BMW seat. It needs to be broken in a bit and I still get a bit sore on long trips but I also get sore in my SUV.
A friend of mine swears the bead cover on his Sargent seat helps a lot on very hot days and I might give that a try but overall I'm happy.
PoppyGreg likes this.

2018 R1200GS
Rick92040 is offline  
post #7 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-Sep-2019, 11:32 AM (689)
Senior Member
Candubrain's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Kincardine, ON, Canada
Posts: 155
I'm happy with the Touratech tall one piece seat

Riding "Sir Falls Downalot"

A wish is a desire without an attempt.
Candubrain is offline  
post #8 of 30 (permalink) Old 13-Sep-2019, 12:20 AM (222)
Senior Member
PoppyGreg's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Central Coast NSW Australia
Posts: 288
Air Hawk cushion

and Moto-Skiveez boxers work well. Even so, I'm standing up after 2 hours or so on the road.
brownie likes this.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy
PoppyGreg is offline  
post #9 of 30 (permalink) Old 13-Sep-2019, 09:01 AM (584)
Super Awesom Person
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: San Diego
Posts: 367
PoppyGreg makes a good point. Pants and underpants with no seems between your bottom and the seat makes a world of difference.

2018 R1200GS
Rick92040 is offline  
post #10 of 30 (permalink) Old 13-Sep-2019, 09:30 AM (604)
Xlntcfp's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Colorado
Posts: 37
Seat pain

You might want to check out this thread

Russell day long seat, not sure how much it affects off road riding. Seems to be a great seat for longer rides.
Xlntcfp is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the BMW R1200GS Forum : R1200 GS Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome