Solo Seat


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Solo Seat

Postby pshaginaw » Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:23 am



Since my inseam is only 29in, I am on my toes when riding with the stock seat. I would like to have the option of a solo seat that gives me a lower seat height when I ride alone, but can easily swap to the stock seat when I want to ride 2-up. Have any of you Forum members tried something like this?



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Re: Solo Seat

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:21 pm

pshaginaw wrote:Since my inseam is only 29in, I am on my toes when riding with the stock seat. I would like to have the option of a solo seat that gives me a lower seat height when I ride alone, but can easily swap to the stock seat when I want to ride 2-up. Have any of you Forum members tried something like this?


I doubt you're going to find someone selling this - I would suggest the closest you'll come is to buy a second seat and cut it down yourself.

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Re: Solo Seat

Postby twaggoner » Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:47 am

Hey homie... I also am vertically challenged. The 77 Gl1000 that I have, when I purchased it, had a factory seat on it. It was Jacked up so I found a double bucket in good condition and chopped the factory seat.

As you strip the seat, down to the seat pan, be mindful of the foam and you could be able to re-use all of old material. I was able to salvage all of the foam and trim it to my liking. I hope that this helps.
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Re: Solo Seat

Postby wjnfirearms » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:12 am

There is another option.

When I needed to replace the seat on the '80 KZ LTD 750, factory fit replacements are scarce. I was at our local boneyard and found a pristine two piece seat off of a Suzuki Intruder. By fabricating the seat pan, I got it to fit perfectly. It looks like it always belonged there. If I wanted to do a solo, all I would have to have done it to leave off the buddy seat which was a separate section.

So, by getting what is a solo to begin with and making it fit, you would leave out a lot of cutting of the original pan. The mounting points would be the only things needed to fabricate. I only paid $35 for both sections, so it would be a low buck project. Seats for newer bikes are relatively plentiful from salvage.
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Re: Solo Seat

Postby bobrickel » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:14 pm

Corbin makes a Cafe' solo seat that drops you down. It is pricey but looks nice too. Corbin.com

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Re: Solo Seat

Postby Fred Camper » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:42 pm

lots of tutorials on cutting back the foam on a seat that already fits, not a bad option if you find a joker and queen seat for a tiny investment.

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Re: Solo Seat

Postby JellyBelly » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:24 pm

I chopped down the seat on my '78. There are a few things I would do differently next time.

1. Make sure it's a smooth cut if cutting off the top and not keeping the original shape.. I cut rough and tried to smooth it out by putting some extra padding on top. It kinda did the job but I shouldn't have been so careless.
2. Give your butt something to butt up against. I cut my so straight and it's kind slick marine vinyl. I sometimes feel like I'm gone to slide of when zooming off...esp on a cold day

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Re: Solo Seat

Postby JellyBelly » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:29 pm

Here is what I did with my seat.

http://wingthing1000.blogspot.com/2012/ ... vered.html

I recovered the seat at one stage before I decided to cut it down.
http://wingthing1000.blogspot.com/2012/ ... t-was.html


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