You won't be disappointed!
Testimonial:About 3 years ago I had a seat done (mail order) by Rick Mayer and was very unhappy – I sent it back a second time and still was not thrilled.
Last week I had the “better brother” Rocky do my seat in Ventura, my wife and I drove in and had it done on the spot. They were GREAT!! I would highly recommend them / quality / helpful support / choice of materials / great price.
Don’t be like me wasting your money and trying other custom seat companies. Go to BMS / Rocky Mayer and get it done right the first time. You won’t be disappointed.
Its hard to put a finger on all the things that make BMS special.
BMS’s key asset is their people. How many companies respond to email questions within an hour on a Sunday afternoon? After conversing with Rocky via email, I was convinced this was the kind of company I wanted to deal with. Everyone at BMS was friendly and went out of their way to ensure my experience was great from the pre-order process through planting my butt on the seat for the first time. BMS’s web site was clear and concise, their response to my inquires was professional and they kept me informed as my seat progressed though the build process.
Seats are very personal items, typically they can either look good or they can feel good. Rarely do you find a seat that does both. Rocky and crew seem to have that unique talent to be able to put out a good looking product that feels good as well. That said, its the whole package of services that make the difference and will keep customers coming back. The internet is convenient, but its hard to establish a personal or long term relationship with a web page. BMS employees made me feel welcome, like I was a part of their family. Between the quality end product and great services I’m sure I will be back in the future should I ever buy another seat …
In the mean time, I’m enjoying a quality built custom seat from the “seat whisperer”
New Saddle... Worked like a charm.
Hi Lynda. Just wanted to send a quick note to you guys out there. Got my seat back last week and I really must say that it is beautiful!!! Went for a 300 mile run out to the hill country here in TX and it worked like a charm. Please let everyone know that I am very satisfied with the results and finally look forward to some long, comfortable rides in the future. Best regards. Thanks.
You have a customer for life.
First of all, I have to thank you and your staff for the terrific saddle you built me.
I have been riding for over 35 years and through many motorcycles, I have never had a seat that I could ride with for much more than 300 miles. Even after trying (2) famous brand “premade” seats, I still suffered from back aches. With a previously crash injured back, I was about to give up.
After speaking with you at the 2014 BMW rally in Minnesota, you thought that you could help. After seeing me siton the bike model that I ride, you immediately said, “How do you ride like that? That seat is all wrong for you.” You and Adrian took some notes and asked me to send in my seat pan. You also suggested installing bar risers for my R1200GS.
Well, about a week later (and just in time for my big trip) the seat arrived. It was beautifully finished and the stitching was gorgeous. Even the staples under the seat were perfectly straight. I installed it and gave it a try. Now, they say you should never make a major change to a motorcycle before a long trip. Well, I took a BIG chance as I left on a 3300 mile trip the very next morning. I did not even have a chance to ride the bike around the block first. The bar risers that I installed certainly felt a bit odd as I felt as if I was sitting too high. Just to be sure, I brought the right tools to remove the risers and I also brought along an inflatable seat cushion and a bottle of “Aleve”.
I listened to what Rocky said on how to arrange my bars and posture on the bike and I copied what he told me.
I would not be writing this testimonial if the result was not beyond my expectations. Needless to say, the seat is unbelievable and my back never felt better.
My wife asked me the first night how my back felt and she was happy to hear I had no pain! I have never had a better riding experience. After 7 days and over 3300 miles of a mixture of highway and sinister mountain roads, my back was great. I never even took the Aleve. Certainly, I was surprised.
Really long distance rides seemed like an impossibility before this seat. I now know how it is possible. A custom seat, designed for the rider and the bike is essential. Rocky, you and your team have the knowledge and experience to make it happen. Great job guys. You have a customer for life.
Just a quick thank you for the seat you did on the K 1600
Just a quick thank you for the seat you did on the K 1600. It is much better than the factory saddle, in fact I just finished an all 48 states in 8 day ride with it. Through the gulf states I tangled with the trailing edge of Hurrican Cristobal, along with thunderstorms through Oklahoma and the Carolina’s. I also did two 1500 mile days during that trip, Honestly the only part of me that wasn’t soar was my Butt. I’ve recommended you more than once since then.
Unique and money saving products for motorcycle riders
I wrestled with getting an aftermarket seat for my BMW R1100S for several years. But after a 6,000 mile ride from Dallas to Alaska I knew there had to be a better seat than the factory brick from BMW. Rocky cornered me at the Laguna Seca MotoGP race and learned I had ridden there from Dallas so he invited me to stop by and try out a custom seat. The BEST decision I ever made. It took several hours and a few test rides to get the fit just right but WHAT A DIFFERENCE a custom seat fitted for your butt makes! When I purchased a used BMW K1200RS the first trip I planned was out to Rocky’s. My girlfriend had flown out to CA on business so I rode out, met up with her, and we both rode to Rocky’s for a custom seat for two. Now is that commitment or what! My bike has a seat made for her ass and her ass only. I might as well got a tattoo with her name in it.
LEGAL SPEEDING ENTERPRISES
Made BMW 1600k GTL long range rideable
Bought my 1600 and after a month of around town break in rides, rode from Venice, CA up to Canada and across to Montreal, down to Hartford CN and then back to CA along mostly interstates, a 10,000 mile ride…..and it was VERY uncomfortable on the stock BMW seat. All you have to do is set on one and you’ll understand or ride one for 200 miles and you’ll really understand! So, found Rocky (Bill Mayer Saddles) on the internet, read reviews and called Rocky for initial conversation and scheduled appointment right on the spot. Rode up from Venice and had a custom fit seat that afternoon! Took two local test rides with seat modeled up per my input and then they completed the seat and off i went. I can’t tell you how much more comfortable it is now to ride…..I can ride all day in my Mayer saddle and often do. Have taken another cross country ride that was SO much more comfortable and just rode to Colorado where I met a buddy who rode from MI. We met in Boulder and rode all thru CO and UT before we split up and went our different ways; it was a 3500 mile ride in complete comfort! Thank you Rocky, much appreciated.
BMS Saddles are The BEST Motorcycle Seat
As you know I make waterproof seat covers for folks who use custom saddles. As such I speak with riders who own every type of saddle under the sun on a regular basis. I can pass along the following: riders who use a BMS Saddle are the most satisfied of all. In the course of my business I purchase and use almost every one of the major custom saddle makers offerings. I need to know what my customers use and how my covers fit. I have no less than 7 custom seats for my Triumph Tiger 1050. EVERY time I go away I use my BMS seat. The thought of being hundreds 9or more) miles from home on anything else is too much to bear!
Thanks for a great product!
Jim Morabito AKA King of Fleece
King of Fleece LLC
This seat saved my bike.
I almost sold my R75/5, that I bought in 1976, because I just couldn’t ride it anymore without back problems. I had an old EZBerg on it. My last hope was to get a better seat, so I ordered a BMS because I liked how they wanted photos of you on the bike, and your measurements. When I got it, I thought, Hmm. That looks not like I expected. The first time I rode it, I was amazed. I can now ride that old R75/5 as much as I did when I bought it when I was 22 (I’m 60), Recently, I did a Saddlesore 1000 (my first) on the old beast, and although it may get me into the IBA, it did not require an Iron Butt to do so. I can ride and ride and never is my seat an issue. This seat saved my bike.
125K and Counting...
When I sold my ’07 K1200LT with 97k miles and bought its ’08 twin, I swapped saddles to keep my BMS – despite the fact that the ’08 came with a much more expensive custom saddle from a competitor. I bought the bike in Tucson, AZ and rode the 500 miles home to Orange County, CA on the competitor’s saddle and knew it had to go. So I’m at about 125,000 miles on my BMS saddle and still going. If it wears out before I do, I’ll be back for another!
Keep up the good work!
enLumen Leadership Services
My butt has never been so happy!!
Here is a picture of me 1000 miles into doing a Coast to Coast ride in 48 hours. My butt has never been so happy!!
9K on the seat and no complaints!
The K1600 seat you made for us continues to amaze my wife and I. It is so comfortable and our riding days are much more enjoyable. 9K on the seat and no complaints. Thanks!!
Is It A Bun Burner if Your Buns Don't Burn?
Thanks for helping to make the last half of the summer a lot more pleasant for me and my wife! After having our new BMS saddle made at the BMW Rally in St. Paul, Emily and I set out on a fabulous 8-day ride from Minnesota to Seattle. Black Hills, Big Horns, Yellowstone, Tetons, Lolo Pass, The Cascades and our new Grandson in Tacoma. I left the 2014 GSA there for a couple weeks and Iron Butted back this weekend after working a trade show all week. All I can say is… Can you legitimately claim it as a Bun Burner if your Buns don’t Burn?. I rolled up to the house after 1,600 miles in less than 34 hours and invited Emily to ride somewhere for dinner. I don’t know what magic you put into the foam, the shaping or the sewing, but it must be in there. You don’t necessarily go “ahhh” when you climb on for the first time, but when you get on after that last gas stop, and its dark, and you’ve gone 850 miles that day, it still feels pretty darn good! I’ve never had a motorcycle that didn’t hurt to ride after a long day, but I have one now!
Thanks for the great passion you put into your product and for the great craftsmanship your crew put into our new saddle!
A New Member of the Happy Butt Club from BMW MOA Rally
Rode 550 miles home Sunday on the new seat.
Only stopped for gas,
all good, thanks.
Rode 550 miles home Sunday on the new seat.
Only stopped for gas,
all good, thanks.
What a Huge Improvement!
Rocky and staff,
I met you guys last week at the MOA rally in St. Paul. I had ridden my new K1600GTL Exclusive from Oklahoma and ended up having to buy an airhawk after day 1. The airhawk provided only minimal improvement and after talking to Rocky and staff decided to purchase the BMS saddle pad (editor’s note: that would be the ERGO).
What a huge improvement!!!
I made it back to Oklahoma without any issues and now would like to talk to you guys about re-building my saddle this winter.
I just wanted to write and tell you THANK YOU and that you have a great product which I will recommend.
How the Best Saddle on the Planet is Created...One by One!
I took a few days off from the office and had no idea how much enjoyment I would have by being your “rookie” for a couple days!! I want to thank you guys for the opportunity to have such a good time working hard and learning about how the best saddle on the planet is created…one by one! Many thanks and much appreciation for earning the best seat my butt has ever been on!!! It is absolutely perfect!!! I hope I did a good job for you despite how little I knew!
Blessings my new friends,
Mark Chounard (Tom Dowell’s buddy)
Many thanks to you Rocky and your crew.
Leaving the MOA rally in St. Paul on Sunday I rode nine hours in rain, sleet and hail and the only thing that felt good after this ordeal was my butt. Who knew that a lowered BMW seat could be made to feel so good?
Many thanks to you Rocky and your crew.
Diane from Canada
Fantastic After 5000 Miles!
Rocky – After 5000 miles, I have to say that the seat you made for me is fantastic. We had an initial hiccup, but after all those miles I am totally pleased. In fact, I think sometimes the seat makes me a better rider. The previous saddle was a RDL, but it just did not work for me.
Thanks. I will recommend your saddles when I can.
Great to meet you guys...
Dale and Fielder,
It was great to meet you guys while getting our custom seats made at BMS in Ventura on May 9th! Here are some pictures from my 10 day, 5k mile journey across Canada, east to west. I was with my father in law Bob (who has a BMS seat), and cousin in law Evan. We all ride 2005 BMW K1200Ss. My seat was great! No bike or rider issues! Fielder, let me know when you are ready to sell your AeroStitch suit!
After this trip, we are thinking about getting BMW K1600s and taking them to Australia as our next adventure.
Photo album is mobile device friendly:
If you would like an interactive map of our stops, you can view it here. Fun times, 10 days and 5k miles up from Newport RI, across canada, and down into Washington.
Happy Butt Customer Review
1333 miles to Overland Expo to Grand Canyon on dirt roads and back. Saturday was a 575 mile day. Never had to squirm. The seat was the last thing I had to worry about. No discomfort whatsoever.
How do you spell perfect?
Just a quick note to offer a hearty "THANK YOU!!"
Your Work is Top Notch
Dear Rock and Julie Ann,
I’ve put a few hundred miles on my new saddle, and I wanted to tell you how much I love it. Thank you!! It is very comfortable, looks amazing, and has actually seemed to change the riding characteristic of the bike (for the better). Your work is top notch, and I’ll not hesitate to recommend you to anyone I know who needs saddle work done.
Rocky and crew
Thanks for the great new seat
Ride in is the way to go truly a custom seat
Best seat I ever had
I have a BMW K1600GTL & like most stock seats it was sorry. I was only able to ride 300 to 400 miles without help from something between my rear & the seat. I had Rocky & his very talented guys rebuilt my seat. They raised the riders part & lowered the rear part. They also made the rear softer. I will be able to ride all day without any troubles & my Wife said it is the most comfortable seat she has ever sat on. They took the seat in without an appointment , rebuilt it very fast. From the time I shipped it to the time I got it back was less then 2 weeks. If you need a GREAT seat Rocky @ Bill Mayer is the only way to go.
Love the seat!
Took her out yesterday and love the seat! Beyond delivering a quality product your personalized and highly responsive service was amazing. Going to try the rain cover today, but I think I am going to like it. Head out Wed for 6,000+ miles and 9 states in 2 weeks. No way I could handle that much saddle time in the OEM seat.
This Seat is a Must Have!
My first long ride to Death Valley 600 miles round trip with my new Bill Mayer Saddle. The difference is truly amazing ..This seat is a must have for anyone doing medium to long distance touring !!!!!
Awesome Yamaha FZ1 Aftermarket Seat
5 years and 55,000 miles
Dear Saddle Masters,
Just wanted to let you know that after 5 years and 55,000 miles my saddles still look brand new and are just as comfortable as the day I left your shop. My arse thanks you!
Ron & Claudia Bitzer
2006 BMW R1200RT
I wanted to send the attached pictures from my recent trip and thank you for the incredible seat. On my ride-in appointment, I was thoroughly impressed with the care and attention to detail demonstrated by you and your staff. As you know I only had about 300 miles on the seat prior to leaving for thetrip. On the first day I rode 798 miles to Albuquerque to meet my brother who was riding in from Dallas. Although I was tired upon arrival, the seat comfort was exceptional. On the other hand my brother’s Corbin seat (which already had 3,000 miles on it) bruised his butt. Over the total 7 days, I rode 3,015 miles through NM, CO, UT and AZ. I never had any thoughts about my seat, but my brother complained every night. All I can say is that anyone who is serious about riding any distance at all, the very best investment that they can make is a BMS seat.
Once again I and my butt thank you.
Satisfied BMS Customer
I get older and the long rides get tougher on my tired butt. Last winter I did something about it. I replaced the saddle on my 2001 Royal Star Venture with a Bill Mayer Saddle, and my butt couldn’t be happier. If you take LONG rides, then you need one of these. At Deals Gap, that’s me on the right.
Yamaha Super Tenere Forum
Rode over to Ojai this morning to have a ‘seat-fitting’ done by Bill Mayer saddles (BMS). Of course I had to leave right after the big storm this weekend and I caught the tail-end of it …40-50mph winds and bitterly cold. Found some issues with my Gerbings, but that’s another story.
Original link to the forum: http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=3926.0
Left home at 4:30am and arrived in Ojai at 7:45. Met at the door by Adrian and promptly got to work.
First thing they had me do was roll the bike into a front wheel stand and observe how I was sitting on the seat/bike and if I was sitting to forward, backward etc. Since I did the seat-tilt fix with the reduced seat-height rubber bumpers, Adrian had me replace them with the stock ones (I brought them with me, just in case) so he could fix the seat tilt with the foam shape. He said BMW’s have the same issue with the seat tilt. They also wanted to know what type of riding I was going to do, street only, street & dirt, etc…this would help determine how they shaped the seat – as you stand and tend to use body english when riding off-road so the seat must no get in the way of this.
First thing Adrian did was remove the cover and stock foam from the seat pan. He then re-glued the foam to the set pan to make sure the foam was correctly adhered to the pan. He then really trimmed down the stock foam to act as a base for their special pre-formed seat foam. They have many different density foams to use based upon your riding weight. They bonded this to what was left of the stock foam and then used what looked like a right-angle carving knife to start trimming the seat foam. Watching them work was amazing, they make it look so easy.
After the initial trimming we did a trial fitting on the bike to see how it fit and I fit, especially how level the seating position was. They looked, made mental notes and went to work. Some more trimming, sanding, shaping, bonding of some different density foam and it was ready for the first test spin. 20 minutes later I was back and told them how it felt. At first it felt great but within about 10 minutes after the ‘newness’ wore off I started to tell what felt right and what did not. Adrian made some adjustments, I thought he was not removing enough foam as it was just a sliver here & there. 15 minutes later I was back out for another 20 minute ride. Wow. What a change. I could not believe that such a seemingly little change could make such a difference, but it did.
I got back and told them it was great. Now to make the cover. I picked out all vinyl, including a basket-weave top which might have been a mistake, as the seat is a bit ‘slippery’ compared to the gripper cover that comes on the bike. They also had the gripper material.
In no time they had the covers made and fitted. I had a passenger seat re-covered to match.
I was out the door a bit over 3 hours later. The 200 mile ride home was uneventful. Meaning no seat/butt burn, un-comfort, no nothing.
The Iron Butt Rally can be very hard on a bike. From taking Sport Tourers down goat paths to running an over-loaded dual sport on western interstate the rally offers plenty of opportunities to make a new motorcycle old in only a little over a week.
Fortunately I had no significant mechanical issues during the rally. I used an acceptable amount of motor oil and the only challenge was a weep from a fitting on my auxiliary fuel tank. I addressed this on the ship using some 5-minute epoxy I begged from one of the crew. Sailors care for their own and they were happy to help. My biggest frustration was the fresh chip seal I enjoyed for 20 or so miles in Montana. It got everywhere and made a bike that started the rally with around seven thousand miles look like an old wreck.
The bike is a 2012 BMW R1200 GS Adventure. The Adventure model comes with a little taller suspension, crash bars, aluminum panniers, fog lights, upgraded wind protection and best of all a large (8.9) gallon fuel tank.
This is the bike I love to ride.
That’s important because to enjoy the Iron Butt Rally you have to love your bike. I’ve heard it said that the best rally bike is one you love enough to ride for 11 days but not so much you’re unwilling to take a drill to the fairing. Fortunately I found a way to ride a bike I love too much to butcher *and* the bike is a perfect platform for the rally with very few modifications.
My goals for the bike were reasonably simple and in no particular order.
- Post rally daily rider
For the issues above I addressed comfort with a custom seat from Rocky Mayer. This is actually a seat he made for a previous GS which I would not sell with the bike. It won’t go with this one either. I also added a removable Touratech locking windscreen spoiler. I chose this one because it is removable.
Between the seat I already had and the spoiler I made the bike almost LT like for interstate work *and* I didn’t have to spend a ton of cake!
SMILES all the way 4 sure!
Love the ergonimic seat pad. For such a low profile seat it is AWESOME enough room to move about on and keeps me sitting straight and comfortable. Put over 900 miles on it the 1st day and recently almost 500 miles on it yesterday. Was a bit firm when 1st got on it – now fells like an old friend. Yes SMILES all the way 4 sure.
Ron Ayres Rides a BMS!
Email from Ron Ayres
From : “Ron Ayres”
Reply-To : “Ron Ayres” firstname.lastname@example.org
To : “Rocky Mayer” email@example.com
Subject : The Seat (R1150GS)
Date : Thu, 24 Jan 2002 07:40:33 -0600
After riding to Stockton, Alabama for the “last ride-in of the year” at the Stagecoach (650 miles each way) and after just returning from the White Stag in Beatty, Nevada (1,650+ miles each way) I can honestly say that the new seat works great. I didn’t experience any discomfort on the 800+ mile “leisurely” rides to and from Beatty.
I’ll provide another evaluation after I’ve got 40-50K on the saddle.
See you in Hyder.
Loneliest Road In America
Just thought I’d drop you a line and tell you how much I like my new saddle. When I left your shop, the seat felt fine, but it wasn’t until I’d ridden the first 800 mile day that I really appreciated it.
The last day of the MOA rally (Sat) I found out I had to be in Dallas for a meeting Tuesday afternoon. I also had to go back through the national parks in southeastern Utah to take pictures for a story I was witing. Without consulting a map, I estimated about a 2000 mile trip. I got up Sunday morning and made it down to Gerlach, NV and on to the “Loneliest Road in America”, then spent the night in Ely.
That night I consulted the map and found I had an additional 1700 miles to cover. Plan B was then to get to Albuquerque, NM and catch a plane. That would leave me with a doable 900 to 1000 mile ride. Well, when I got to Albuquerque at 10 or 11 I felt fine and decided to go on to Amarillo and catch a plane from there. Of course when I got to Amarillo I said, “What the hell” and went on to Dallas. After 1700 miles and 32 hours I was a whipped pup, but neither my back nor butt was in pain. In fact, without your seat a ride like that would have been impossible. I have ridden my R1150GS 900 miles with the stock seat, but my yee-ha was sore for days. Your seat was not only comfortable, but isolated my body from much of the engine and road vibration.
The Striking Viking Rides a BMS
WOW! If you have not read “One More Day Everywhere – Crossing 50 Borders on the Road to Global Understanding” it should be on your To-Read list. Glen, aka The Striking Viking. This book is an adventure in culture and the beauty of human spirit.
We are proud that Glen chooses BMS for his custom saddles.
Check him out at www.strikingviking.net.
Great Customer Service!
I just had to tell you that you and your staff are top notch and I could not have asked for better customer service. From my first conversation with you on Tuesday March 27th until today I have been treated like family by BMS. I shipped my seat out this past Sat and it’s ready to come back already, that is outstanding service. I will do everything I can to promote BMS to anyone with a bike. I also mentioned I work for a company that teaches all the MSF courses and I come in contact with hundreds of new and experienced riders during the year and I will be talking you guys up in my classes and every chance I get outside of class. Folks like you and a company operated like you run BMS is rare which is sad but I’m glad our group found you. I hope the Tenere guys come through for you and send a bunch of seats your way. God Bless and many thanks!
Regards, Vince from VA
Tough Miles. 24 Countries. 25,000 Miles on a Bill Mayer Saddle ENDURA.
Commencing on the 13th April 2012, we, Peter Foulkes and Jon Brookbanks, will embark on a 9 month round-the-world motorcycle adventure in order to raise money for Cancer Research.
After researching rider reviews, Peter contacted BMS about building two seats for he and his partner Jon Brookbanks. Their cause is dear to my heart and I decided to help sponsor with two custom saddles. This kind of distance ride is ideal for our ENDURA line and we installed a super tough, non slip, marine grade vinyl. We will be following Peter and Jon on their ride via their website and posts. Support their cause and live vicariously thru these two adventurers! View the slide show of the build process and video here.
Motoman's Custom Honda NC700x Saddle
Legendary celebrity photographer and vintage motorcycle collector Guy Webster brought his Honda NC700x by the shop for a custom saddle. Fantastic bike. The stock seat sucks, but we made it ready to ride all day…..and added a little BMS flash!
View custom saddle slideshow
I was skeptical at first
BMS, I was skeptical at first but the contour seating area on my new
Ergo fits my ass to a T, thanks Buddy in Austin.
My new Ergo has made my CanAm spider so comfy
My new Ergo has made my CanAm spider so comfy, all the girls I ride
with are jealous, thanks Mary Lou.
I am spreading the word!
Dear Mayer saddles I have just come back from a great ride in Mexico on my KLR, could not have made this trip with out my new Ergo.
Thanks for your great service, I am spreading the word.
Wow I think this was the right buy for me..
BMS, tried a air hawk, floated in the turns, received my Ergo day
before Christmas, after a few rides and adjustments, Wow I think this
was the right buy for me..
RT happy butt girl, ps I still love my GS saddle you made for me 10
years ago ))
800 Miles on a BMS Vespa MP3 Saddle
Hi Rocky and team,