R75 solo seat

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Jim Day, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. Jim Day

    Jim Day full manic mechanic

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    My standard R75/6 bench seat had several large cuts in it thanks to the previous owner. So I'm planning to replace the cover but I wanted to pull it and check out the foam before going further. Once I pulled the cover off, I looked it over and decided there was enough there to build a temporary solo seat. I've been thinking about trying to build one anyway so I figured why not.

    Started off with some sheet stainless.
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    Added some foam from an old Mercedes passenger seat, stretched the cover over the form and foam, heated it up with a heat gun, put some screws in to hold it, and I've now got a solo seat.

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    I was considering making some kind of rack but I'm probably going to combine it with this Corbin Pillion I've got sitting around.
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    You know how it is....... A good rack is nice, but there's times late in the evening when you just feel like giving someone a ride. :lol3

    At any rate this should work out for the time being.

    Jim
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  2. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

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    You will need to build a subframe for that pillion cushion, why not build a rack that you can fit the pillion pad to?
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  3. Jim Day

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    Good idea. That's one thing I was considering.

    I could go with a rack and make the pillion detachable.

    I was also considering running two curved 1/8 x 1/2 hard steel strips underneath the fender between the front and back bolts to make kind of an invisible under frame for it.

    Then again I could just put a sticker on the pillion that says max capacity 120 pounds. Works for me :wink:
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  4. Jim Day

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    Thanks again for your input. You got me thinking and I finally just broke down and started a rear rack tonight. Here's some pics of it just tacked together. I'll pull it off, weld it out, sand it clean and and paint it tomorrow.
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    I'm pretty happy with that, even with little spot welds it's already strong enough to sit on, I think it's going to work fine.

    Building the rack caused me to re-evalute the size of the seat and I've lengthened it a bit, but I just see this as a prototype, and will probably now make a much nicer solo seat to fit that rack.

    I'm sold and I'm definitely going to a solo seat with this bike.
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  5. chasbmw

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    That rack will take some pounding especially with a passanger. I would take the rear supports from the back of the rack and preferably I would weld them onto the subframe, those tabs on the subframe were only designed to carry the weight of the mudguard. iMHo etc etc
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