New guy from Tennessee


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Johnny Boy
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New guy from Tennessee

Post by Johnny Boy » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:26 pm



Hey all. I'm John from Crossvile, Tennessee. Been riding and wrenching for a long time. Picked up a really nice '80 Interstate with low miles. I like almost everything about it. It came with a brand new MAC exhaust that is a little too loud, but I'll live with that. It has the 80 mph speedo, wish it had the 140 mph one. I would love to have a kick-starter like the 1000s. Is that possible?

I HATE THE SEAT.

Not comfortable at all to me. It seems to roll me forward and I don't like the King/Queen step-up. It is the stock seat and it's in good condition. I'm normal size at 6 ft. and 190 lbs. I would like a seat similar to the 1000s.

I would like some suggestions and advise. I know it's possible to re-shape or cut new foam for the stock seat pan but I don't think the stock cover will fit tightly fit over new flat foam. And I'm not sure if a (flat) seat cover from a 1000 will fit right on my '80 stock pan. Also, will a 1000 seat bolt up with some not too involved mods to my 1100?

Anyway, your forum is really helpful, especially the How-To section. Been reading here for a couple of months.
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Johnny Boy
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Re: New guy from Tennessee

Post by Johnny Boy » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:28 pm

Sorry about the pics. Don't know how to set right from my antique i-phone.

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Re: New guy from Tennessee

Post by Johnny Boy » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:53 pm

I figured it out with the help of a younger family member.
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Re: New guy from Tennessee

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:45 pm

Looks exactly like the one I had and sold.

Nice colour and yours looks to be in very good condition. You can maybe adjust the seat backwards a little bit which might make it feel a bit more comfortable.

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Re: New guy from Tennessee

Post by Hoosier Jack » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:50 pm

Welcome. I too had a problem with sitting forward a bit too much. I put new tires on the bike and then installed progressive springs. The springs seemed to raise up the front end and it did improve the riding position. Not much but I could feel the difference.

I'm going to try to put in a 1" riser on the handlebars and play around with the back and forth position. BTW, my speedo is the same. Just the man puttin us down.

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Re: New guy from Tennessee

Post by Johnny Boy » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:00 pm

I know about the seat adjustment. That's not it, just don't like the seat shape. Looking for some wisdom about the 1000 style seats. Thanks for your replies.

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Re: New guy from Tennessee

Post by Johnny Boy » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:09 pm

Pretty cool avatar Hoosier Jack.

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Re: New guy from Tennessee

Post by chrisz » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:40 am

I had a similar issue with my bike's seat, took it to a reupholster to reshape the foam, add some firmer foam to raise the height a bit and recover with new waterproof vinyl. Cost about $400, and I'm happy with the final product as it looks original.



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