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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?
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Get a Sargent Touring Seat.

https://www.sargentcycle.com/Seats-A...ent-Seats-BMW/
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I'm happy with the Touratech tall one piece seat

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Air Hawk cushion

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

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PoppyGreg makes a good point. Pants and underpants with no seems between your bottom and the seat makes a world of difference.

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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.

https://advrider.com/f/threads/russe...-seat.1198192/
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