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Old 04-23-2011, 06:21 PM   #1
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Here is a mod I made to my 1998 XL1200.

At 6' tall the bike felt a bit too small to be comfortable for my riding preference. Almost got rid of the bike.

Then I got to thinking..............and thinking.

I picked up a CB360 Scrambler seat on CL for $10 local and ordered a new cover for online.

Here's what it looks like now. Figured I'd share as it may be a good option for taller riders who like the Sportster, but find it a bit small to ride.





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Old 04-23-2011, 06:38 PM   #2
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Big thumbs up! That gives the bike a real classic look, without making it look like every other classic bike or Sportster
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:36 AM   #3
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Thanks.
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:22 AM   #4
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Nice. You were really thinking outside the box on that.

Any plans to cut down the nose of the seat to follow the tank contour more?
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:12 AM   #5
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how did you get the 'base' to fit ?..J.F.
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Old 04-24-2011, 12:18 PM   #6
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Nice. You were really thinking outside the box on that.

Any plans to cut down the nose of the seat to follow the tank contour more?
I'll be keeping the seat as is. Kinda like the boxie look it has. And it rides nicely in it's current state.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:39 PM   #7
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Yep. You fixed the one thing I hate about Harleys..the UGLY low seats....


Hmmm.......

Suddenly Harleys don't seem so horrible...
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:42 PM   #8
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Damn good lookin seat, big improvement.
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:31 PM   #9
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how did you get the 'base' to fit ?..J.F.
+1 It doesn't look like you used the rear center fender bolt. Inquiring minds (and tall guys) need to know!
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:32 PM   #10
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Thumbs up, man. That's sweet.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:03 AM   #11
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Nice. I may get an Ironhead and do that to it.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:11 AM   #12
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+1 It doesn't look like you used the rear center fender bolt. Inquiring minds (and tall guys) need to know!
The seat sets on the frame nicely. I bent the tab, which holds the stock seat, up. Cut a composite 2x4 to the shape of the nose.

Tha took care of the front and eliminated any sideways movement. Then used the rear tabs orininally used for the passanger stap and turned them 180 degrees. The tabs line up with the saddlebag brackets nicely. You can use a nylon strap with D rings or heavy duty Tyewraps to pull the seat tight.

It holds it's position well and doesn't move at all.

Not very hard to do with limited skills and tools almost anyone could do it.

Rode it a bit today. Feels tall like my KLR did, comfortable as an old GS750 and almost quick as my previous Buell wrapped up in one Sportster. I'm very happy with the results and the way it rides.

If that helps, great. If you need any more info send me a message and I'd be happy to give any more info I can.
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:35 AM   #13
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Here's a pic of a nice seat I saw on line. There is a Japanese company that makes them - a direct bolt-on for Sportsters, but the prices are pretty high.

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Old 04-25-2011, 10:24 AM   #14
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How it used to be. Nice job.

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Old 04-25-2011, 02:20 PM   #15
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Yup, a taller seat will definitely help get your feet off the ground.



Glad to see the Evo guys are doing this too. I would have never thought to try that. Yours looks really good in a classic kind of way. Now you just need a turtle tank.
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