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Old 06-30-2014, 07:11 AM   #1
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GSAW - sticky seat in the heat

The stock seat on my 2014 GSAW has been getting progressively more sticky to the touch over the last couple of months and also leaving residue on my jeans.

I originally thought it was related to something falling from some trees that are close to where I park. However over the last week I have parked clear of these and it is still happening.

From what I can see in the cooler mornings (I am in California) it is not sticky but by the afternoon in the heat it is.

Anyone else noticed this? I have an Olive Green GSA and the seat is grey.

Thanks, Ian
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:31 AM   #2
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Very common problem with various cycle seats, you can put a cover over the seat when parked, I had my wife sew some elastic around a piece of terrycloth cut to the shape of my seat for my old GS to keep the seat clean and cool, I need to do the same for my GSW.
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:24 PM   #3
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I will be heading into my local dealer next week to get their view.

As far as I can see it is melting/disintegrating in the sun/heat.

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Old 07-02-2014, 04:09 PM   #4
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I will be heading into my local dealer next week to get their view.

As far as I can see it is melting/disintegrating in the sun/heat.

:(

Good luck with that one.
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:11 PM   #5
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That's a crazy issue. I live in El Paso, my bike is an outdoor bike. No seat issues on the '12 GSA seat, maybe the new ones are made out of a different material? Or perhaps some kind of chemical got on to it.
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:15 PM   #6
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Put a cover over the bike when you park it for the day. Keeps the sticky fingers away, as well as the sticky seat.
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That's a crazy issue. I live in El Paso, my bike is an outdoor bike. No seat issues on the '12 GSA seat, maybe the new ones are made out of a different material? Or perhaps some kind of chemical got on to it.

It is a different vinyl altogether, softer and maybe a little less durable, I've scuffed my seat with my boot throwing a leg over it.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:16 PM   #8
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I've notice the same thing.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:04 PM   #9
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Mine has got significantly worse and I am finally heading up to the dealer tomorrow and see if they can explain it.
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:36 AM   #10
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My seat melted on my '08 GSA....and BMW replaced it under warranty. The replacement did not melt...at least for the couple of years I owned it with the replacement seat. Its not normal, go get it replaced, I'd say.

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Old 07-22-2014, 07:42 AM   #11
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The seat covering is vinyl plastic. The plasticizer in the vinyl is migrating to the surface and making it sticky. The vinyl fabric was manufactured incorrectly using way too much plasticizer. There is no way to fix it other than to replace the seat covering with a new or different type of covering. You can remove the plasticizer with a solvent, but it will keep migrating to the surface. The vinyl will eventually dry out and the problem will go away, but that could take a long time, possible a few years.

http://www.flex-europa.com/products_plasticizer.htm

A high ratio of plasitcizer in the seat covering makes it softer and slightly tacky. I think BMW is shooting for slightly tacky to reduce people from sliding around on the seat, especially during demo. rides. If the manufacturer gets the ratio a little too high, your problem results. A high ratio of plasicizer also makes the vinyl soft and less resistant to scratches and scuffs.
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:07 PM   #12
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Dealer has ordered a new one, lets hope this one is better.
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