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” email@example.com
To : “Rocky Mayer” firstname.lastname@example.org
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,