Dealing with Sargent seats
- First, go to their website www.sargentcycle.com and print out all of
their instructions. Second, study up on their terms. Third, try to
determine what the changes are, in their terms, that meet your needs.
Fourth, create full-size templates (white posterboard, cardboard, etc)
from nose to tail for the middle and side planes (e.g., left, middle
and right front to back profiles). Fifth, make full size templates
for the cross section at key points and clearly label on the template
that it is a cross-sectional template 6", 12", 18", etc back from the
nose. When making and testing these templates, do NOT do them with
the seat sitting on a table in front of you. The angles are all
wrong. Make sure the templates appear to describe a three
dimensional saddle as you want with the Trophy propped to near
vertical on the side stand, not the centerstand (wrong front to back
Make sure all the templates are clearly labelled and indexed. Make a
separate sketch if necessary to show where all the templates are
designed to fit.
BE SURE to ask to talk to a technician so you can verbally go over
everything with them.
Or, you can just use their standard terms and movements, like move
the rise back an inch and raise the front platform an inch, leaving
the nose and rise at the original levels.
Or, you can use their examples 1-12 and provide the dimensions to the
Or, what I finally resorted to was removing the seat cover, gluing
some stiff foam on that came with as computer packing, and carved the
foam with a razor knife. I used an orbital sander with very rough
sandpaper to smooth the cuts out. Then I used duct tape to patch and
hold random pieces together until the whole thing looked and felt
right. With the rigid foam and the duct tape, I had a pretty close
to real feel. When done, I shipped it to them and it came back with
the exactly right profile in the materials, foam, and stitching for
which they are noted. It might even be that a local upholsterer
could take it from this kind of model, but I would want to be sure
they had the experience and materials for doing it right. Remember
that a m/c saddle is fully exposed to the elements for a large
portion of its life, unlike auto or boat upholstery.