Seat Issue


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Seat Issue

Postby SAILOR » Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:37 am



I just bought a 83 Apencade. I'm a big guy 6' 3" and 260 pounds. It seems to me the seat will not go back far enough to be comfortable. It seems like I am sliding forward all the time. Any suggestions on how to adjust the seat or an after mark seat for a big guy?



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Re: Seat Issue

Postby Mooseman » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:47 pm

Sailor,
I have had an 85-A and now have an 86-A. I am not sure if the 83 or 84 had an adjustment on the seat?
My 85 and 86 had a small pull release on the left hand side and you could move the seat back a couple of inches. That said I use to find my 85 a little uncomfortable after many hours in the saddle. My 86 is a much better seat. Honda made a slight change in the seat for 86 over the 85.
I am 6-4 and 250.
You can rebuild your seat, get an after market, or look for one that came off an 86. You will have to check and see if the seat pans are the same? You said 83 but your side bar says 84? I believe that the 84-87 have the same seat pan.
If you modify your seat you need to make it so you set just a little deeper and/or add a small rise to the front of the seat to keep you from sliding forward.
Here is a link, good info for working on seats.
http://www.diymotorcycleseat.com/index.php
Hope this helps.
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Re: Seat Issue

Postby SAILOR » Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:18 pm

Yep should have been an 84. Thanks for the links. I'm considering making myself a new seat. I've done lots of fiberglassing so I'm thinking of making a new pan out of fiberglass and the adding foam until it fits the way I want it, and then make a cover. If I go this route maybe I'll post some pics of the process.

First I have to get the mechanial stuff done, like timing belt, and brakes, then comes the seat.

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Re: Seat Issue

Postby starfleetengineer » Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:07 am

The 84's seat is adjustable. The handle is in the back side of the fauls gas tank. Moding the seat is a good idea too. Do you have fwd. foot rests on your engine guards? That too is also a big help.
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Re: Seat Issue

Postby Mooseman » Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:54 pm

Yes I do have the forward foot rest. I don't use them to often. But do strech out the ol legs every once in awhile. Mine has the wings mounted to the side and I wind up playing kneezy with them.
Will take a couple phots of my seat and post them later. You will see the differance between the 84 and 86.
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Re: Seat Issue

Postby Mooseman » Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:47 pm

Salior,
OK, I finally got to it. I have posted a few pictures of my seat in my photos. You will see that there is a difference between your 84 and my 86. A couple of things address the issues you spoke of. Notice the slight rise at the front. This keeps you from sliding forward. The seat is also wider with sides for your cheeks. These seats are also a little deeper at the rear. Hopefully this will help. Like I say this seat is much more miles friendly than my 85 was. You can see how the older seats are rounded in the seating area and no rise to the front. They don't set as deep either.
Also here is a link for a 87 seat that's on e-bay. The price is sarting out right, but who knows.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1987-GL1 ... ccessories

Or just type in "GL1200 Seat" You will see the diffrent types over the years.
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Re: Seat Issue

Postby SAILOR » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:36 am

Don't seem to see your seat pics.

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Re: Seat Issue

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:45 am

You can see them here.




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