I also had an additional problem where the seat would retain water. The best way to describe it would be that water would "wick" from the bottom. When someone sat on the seat, their butt would get wet and it was embarrassing. Moisture would come through the stitching. I never had this problem in HD seats I purchased in the 70's - 80's. Harley's position was that seats were moisture resistant, not waterproof so "wicking" was to be expected, especially since I ride in storms but that means my seat is wet most of the riding season.
If a seat with bad stitching was replaced during the original warranty, I often got lucky and had no wicking problems (quality control problem?).
Last edited by Jeff53404; 02-09-2015 at 08:57 AM.