Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Corona De Tucson, AZ
Leather is a great seat material.....with a couple caveats.
1.) It's expensive
2.) It requires regular maintenance and upkeep
3.) It doesn't handle wet weather as well as vinyl and can take days to dry out of it gets soaked, and it doesn't handle constant exposure direct sun as well.
If you prep for those things, you are golden. It is comfortable.
The down side to vinyl, is that it doesn't break in as mentioned above. However, with that said, it also doesn't break down, it sheds water, is UV protected so the sun doesn't bother it as much and it's about a quarter the cost of leather. Seal the seams and you have a waterproof seat.
I've had both......and in my less than professional opinion, even though my hands can tell the difference between leather and vinyl, my ass can't tell much of a difference when I'm sitting on the seat. Here in Arizona, the sun and dryness just destroys leather, so it's really not an option on a bike that sees constant use or can sit in the desert sun for a couple hours here and there.
Sick Mick* 2006 V Star 1100 Custom
--- Striping, lettering and paint by Sick Mick – 6* Tree - 2" extended forks – 21" front wheel - HK Sideburners - Progressive rear shock – Pods – Sick Mick solenoid delete - Spring seat - and other stuff