New Sargent Seat Initial Review
I installed (attached, don't want to make it sound hard) my Sargent Seat today and took a short test ride. I purchased the standard model, not the low. I didn't want to compromise the rider geometry for comforts sake even though I wouldn't mind the seat being a bit lower. I had read that the seat is a bit resistant to install to the Versys 650 but mine snapped right in, easier than the stock seat as a matter of fact.
I went for a short ride with the stock seat before replacing with the Sargent as I had not rode my bike since last October. I should preface, I never hated the stock seat like many here do, my biggest complaint was some cramping and pain along my thigh on very long rides. So how was the Sargent by comparison, the first thing I noticed is how much denser/stiffer the foam is as the seat is less soft. The next thing it felt like the rider area of the seat was shorter and I was sitting higher. Neither were true. The rider seat only felt smaller because I wasn't sliding forward and pushing backwards anymore, I was essentially staying put. And because I was staying put and the seat wasn't as soft I was simply sitting on the fatter part of the seat so it felt taller.
Other than that the other immediate difference that I noticed is that the step or bump that your tailbone rests against is more pronounced. The stock seat slopes to the passenger seat a lot more gently where the Sargent cups you more and you feel the step or bump along your lower back/butt.
As many have stated, it doesn't feel immediately better or more comfortable than the stock seat and maybe it's not a big enough difference for the cost. I really don't have the answer for that until this riding season starts and I take my first long trips. If I were to take a guess I would say it's sneaky better in many little ways that make it worthwhile. Speaking of worth, I purchased mine during the President's Weekend sale for around $375. I didn't add any pinstriping or heated elements so it's just basic black.
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