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post #1 of 13 Old 08-19-2018, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Low or Standard Sargent seat?

I just installed 2" lowering links, a great improvement in reaching the ground now, and now I'm looking at a new seat.

Have read quite a bit, and I'm leaning toward a Sargent, but undecided about the Low VS the Standard seat height.
The Sargent Standard is slightly lower than the stock seat, and it would probably work just fine.
But the lower model might be even better, except...and here's my question...how much comfort is sacrificed with the Low seat due to less padding?

Anyone with experience care to comment?
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-19-2018, 07:15 PM
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I have a Sargent 'low' seat on my KLR. I find it's comfortable. Probably the most comfortable seating arrangement, including seat, of my three bikes, i.e., cruiser, sport-tourer, and KLR. I have not compared it to the 'standard' Sargent seat. It's pretty wide which is what I think makes it nice for long periods of time.

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post #3 of 13 Old 08-19-2018, 07:50 PM
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I would be on tip-toes without my sargent low seat. It is super comfortable, slide your ass back to the wide part of the seat and you wouldn't know that your sitting on 2" of foam or gel whatever. Expensive seat
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-20-2018, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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Much gratitude to you both for your comments.

I had read (only) one negative comment about the low seat being uncomfortable due to the very thing that made it low.. reduced foam thickness.
Butt there are so many factors to consider.
I want to believe that Sargent would not/could not offer a low seat if it was awful.

Thanks for your real-life feedback.
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-21-2018, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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I ordered a low Sargent seat, should be here in a few days.
Then I'll post my impressions for others who may be considering one.

This KLR has cost me some money recently, but it sure is fun!
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post #6 of 13 Old 08-21-2018, 01:11 PM
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just order one of those Coleman seat pads off Amazon for like, $18. All the reviewers say that's the way to go. I think I'm gonna try one out myself.


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post #7 of 13 Old 08-22-2018, 09:14 PM
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just order one of those Coleman seat pads off Amazon for like, $18. All the reviewers say that's the way to go. I think I'm gonna try one out myself.


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No need to order from Amazon. My local WalMart carries them in the ATV section. Probably available in most all WM's. I bought one and to me it was a big waste of $. Didn't make the seat any softer or more comfortable, but it did make it a good inch taller. I barely can touch both toes without it.
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-23-2018, 01:35 AM
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I have a Seat Concepts lower seat. It allows my 30" inseam legs to handle the bike without lowering links. I'd lower the seat and see if I can give the suspension back an inch from a different pair of lowering links.
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-23-2018, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Exactly my thoughts SimplyT.

Update on shipping tracking indicates the new seat arrives tomorrow, so I'll know shortly how this is going to play out.

I may indeed raise the bike with another set of links.
I don't mind the 2 inch drop ride, in fact I kinda like the cushy feel,
and I'm not going to be jumping this bike or hauling a passenger.
So I may go with both a lower seat AND the 2" drop links.

We will know soon if I need to have my buddy cut off and re-weld (thus shorten) my kickstand.
It's tippy now, so I have to be very selective where and how I park.
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-25-2018, 12:25 PM
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Woodboy3,
I shortened my side-stand because it felt so tippy, as you put it. I removed approximately 3/4" . I like it, not tippy, but 3/4 was almost too much. Just a heads up for you. With stand on bike, I cut off the foot with the 3/4 of stand, removed foot and cleaned up, placed foot under stand with weight of bike and welded the shit out of it. Have fun. By the way, I have a center stand which made it easy for me

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