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Firefight911 05-28-2009 03:44 PM

Renazco Seat for F800GS - A photo comparison/review
 
Well, it arrived today!!!!! Yes!!!! I got home from work and there was the tell tale sign in a well wrapped and protected box. The Renazco has arrived!!!!

I have compiled a series of photos for you to peruse. These photos are taken with my F800GS. I can, upon request, do the same photo compilation with my wife's F650GS (twin) in case anyone wants to see this.

I had James build my seat based on a 33" inseam with a weight of 205 lbs. My seat was delayed by 2 weeks from the promised timeline. This, however, is NOT due to James not following through with his promises. It was due to James having had an opportunity to spend some quality time on an F800GS and learning some things about the bike and its ergonomics which caused him to restructure how he builds the seat. I am, therefore, not at all concerned by the delay.

James did a fantastic job of communicating with me concerning my wants and desires on the seat and its construction material. For example, I wanted a suede seat as I love the look of them and their function is very good having used one on a friend's KTM950 Adventure a while back. Unfortunately, James would not do suede on this seat due to the design and stresses placed on the materials. He indicated that the seat would not hold up with time and use. Instead, he offered a faux suede for the sides. I have to say, I am VERY impressed.

The seat does nothing but exude high quality. It is constructed very well with plenty of attachment points to keep the material where it belongs, on the seat. The stitching is perfect. It looks like a high end vehicle interior when it comes to construction. It is that good!

So, here are the comparison shots for you. If anyone needs a differnt angle, etc. just let me know and I'll do my best to get something for you. As the seat relates to height form stock difference I ask that you look at the pictures and compare the backdrop to the seat for a reference. I tried to keep the camera at the same angle and height between pics. I do not have a tripod so it's about as good as it will get.

Here ya go!

http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548744310_rLEKB-M.jpg

http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548744429_vq63n-M.jpg

Low seat
http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548744772_AZ826-M.jpg

Regular seat
http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548744648_tgD3D-M.jpg


Renazco Seat
http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548744535_4UNW9-M.jpg

Low Seat
http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548745454_FJCAK-M.jpg


http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548744875_R3QNg-M.jpg

http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548745567_CkUMP-M.jpg

Regular Seat
http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548745336_A7jxX-M.jpg


http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548744969_H4pfF-M.jpg

http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548745669_rTDqK-M.jpg

Renazco Seat
http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548745220_35uze-M.jpg


http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548745104_6gT3h-M.jpg

http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548745756_Aqrrk-M.jpg

Here are some different angle shots of the Renazco.

http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548746417_juNkm-M.jpg

http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548746304_MKZ48-M.jpg

http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548746185_twnEY-M.jpg

http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548746063_vtycv-M.jpg

http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548745946_SjG2Z-M.jpg

http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548745840_ST72G-M.jpg


I have no seat time yet. I can say that the initial feel from sitting on it is an improvement. The angle appears to eliminate the uncomfortable stock seat feeling and the material feels better. Not just the outer shell but the inner foam. It appears the my weight is better supported which, should, in turn eliminate "hot spots" and butt squirm. Of course, time will tell but I am initially VERY impressed. I give Renazco a solid 2 thumbs up. More to follow after I have had some ride time.

David_S 05-28-2009 04:41 PM

Seat looks good :thumb I'm curious since you have the regular seat and the low seat did you find the stock height any more comfy than the low? I have the low seat and don't find it very comfy but after seeing it side by side with the non low seat I can't help but wonder if the dish in the low seat is adding to the discomfort.

Thanks,

DS

DolphinJohn 05-28-2009 04:50 PM

Looks great.

So, 1bmwfan, since you still have your stock seat, I assume you don't have to send your seat to Renazco, they use a new seat pan?

mesopotamia 05-28-2009 04:54 PM

Great pics man. Thanks for sharing.

1 Bored Clerk 05-28-2009 04:58 PM

That is BY FAR the best seat comparison photo set I have ever seen. Nice work!

The seat looks great too...enjoy. Only 1-1/2 more months for mine. :cry

Trout 05-28-2009 05:02 PM

Thank you for sharing! Order in - can't wait!

anodyne 05-28-2009 05:17 PM

Great comparison/range of pics. Renazco seat looks very nice. Thanks for the report!

Firefight911 05-28-2009 05:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DolphinJohn
Looks great.

So, 1bmwfan, since you still have your stock seat, I assume you don't have to send your seat to Renazco, they use a new seat pan?

When we bought my wife's F650GS, we got both the low and regular seat as she was undecided as to which way she wanted to go. 2 months later, my F800GS showed up which gave me an "extra" seat to work with so I sent the extra regular in to James for the build. Now I have the Renazco on mine, my wife still has the choice between teh regular and low.

Quote:

I'm curious since you have the regular seat and the low seat did you find the stock height any more comfy than the low? I have the low seat and don't find it very comfy but after seeing it side by side with the non low seat I can't help but wonder if the dish in the low seat is adding to the discomfort.
My wife has the miles on the low and has found that the seat is not that comfortable. She complains of it diggin in to the back of her thighs after a while. She really likes, comparatively, the regular seat. She has indicated that now that I have the Renazco she will be riding hers with the regular seat to see if that improves her riding comfort. She is vertically lacking and likes the flat foot confidence of the low over the regular. She is so comfortable with the bike now though that this is not really an issue any more. We'll see.

rockinrog 05-28-2009 06:46 PM

Renazco higher?
 
Judging by the background in the pics it looks like the Renazco is higher than the BMW standard?

PackMule 05-28-2009 07:24 PM

My biggest complaint is the 'slope' of the stocker (regular). I've got a 34" inseam, so looks like James should be able to take care of things nicely!


Can't wait!! :lurk


http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/photos/548745104_6gT3h-M.jpg

WoodWorks 05-28-2009 08:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1 Bored Clerk
That is BY FAR the best seat comparison photo set I have ever seen. Nice work!

+1

Great job, 1bmwfan. :clap

David

Firefight911 05-28-2009 09:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rockinrog
Judging by the background in the pics it looks like the Renazco is higher than the BMW standard?

Yes.

Steffo 05-29-2009 02:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PackMule
My biggest complaint is the 'slope' of the stocker (regular). I've got a 34" inseam, so looks like James should be able to take care of things nicely!

+1. I wonder what the people who designed the stock seat was thinking about. Crushed nuts?

JRWooden 05-29-2009 04:45 AM

Where'd James go to "foam school"?
 
Thanks for the pics!

The website http://www.renazco.com doesn't really cover any details on the internal construction - what does James do there in terms of foam and etc.

Is he from the layered school, the tempur-foam school or some other school? :lol3

Thanks,
Jim

GB 05-29-2009 07:29 AM

Thanks for the pictorial comparison. James certainly knows how to build a comfortable seat :thumb


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