Raising a Tiger Seat

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Stretch67, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. Stretch67

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    Here's a little mod I did yesterday to raise the seat another inch and a quarter.

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    I made these out of 1/8-inch thick steel, 2 inches wide, 7 1/2 inches long. I didn't measure the holes, I just clamped them to the seat frame and traced the hole placement with a scribe.


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    Bolted to the seat frame (unpainted for clarity)


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    The frame on the seat

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    I cross-drilled the seat pins and installed cotter pins to keep the frame from slipping off the seat pins.


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    And on the bike. Yes, It's kind of... up there. But when you're 6'7" (a hair over two meters), the seat isn't the only funny-looking thing on a bike. They don't call me "Stretch" for nothin'.

    I think some black foam glued to the bike's frame might do well to hide the open space that's visible under the seat.

    And spacers under the front end of the pillion will help to reduce the 'step-down' effect from the front seat to the rear.

    Stay tuned. Chapter 2 will be lowered footpegs
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  2. Northwoods Yeti

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    Stretch you took an idea that's been floating around in my grey matter for some time and did it. It looks super simple. I'm 6'9" and even with a gel pad added to the seat my 00' tiger gets a tad cramped over the long haul. The only draw back that I can see is sticking that grey matter higher in the air stream (plus nobody else can ride it, oh waite that's a plus). Have you noticed an incease in buffeting?
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    No, but I'm running a sport fairing (practically none). My skull was in the clean air beforehand.

    It is. It took me longer to go to Lowe's and buy the steel than it did to make them.

    Also, I ordered a pair of Buell Ulysses footpegs this afternoon. Installed, they're an inch lower than the Tiger pegs, so that will free up a little legroom as well.

    They're not a drop-in installation like on V-Stroms, but it won't take much. I'll post pics.
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  4. Cos

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    Nice work there Stretch. I'm 5'11, so raising the saddle has never occured to me :lol3

    The Uly pegs though...i'll be waiting to check that out
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    Heh. I found the bike here on the 'Flea Market'. Jamboa is 5'8" or so, and had the seat all the way down. I don't think he could do much with it like this.

    Have I told you I love my Tiger? :D
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    I bought a touring screen to replace the standard. I got the buffeting on the chest and shoulders with stock and now with the taller screen what do you know it's right in the face. A Laminar lip should fix it.

    Aren't you worried about the lose of ground clearence ? I'm no Mat Miladin by any stretch of the imagination but I do touch down from time to time. If the pegs were an inch. lower I'd be grinding all the time.
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    Thanks for the tip about the Laminar Lip. We're close enough to being the same size, that what works for one should work for the other. I have a touring screen (Jamboa threw it in with the bike), but I haven't put it on at all.

    I had been riding a Honda Super Magna. Compared to it, the Tigger has a mile of clearance under the pegs. But I won't go lower than an inch. Also, the 'feelers' on my Tiger pegs are quite a bit longer than those of the Uly pegs, so the actual reduction in lean angle will be only slightly less.

    I'm probably fifty pounds heavier than Jamboa, so I could probably crank up the preload and help with any potential peg dragging problems.
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    The Gustaffson? I've never seen one of those. :ear
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    Yeah, it is a Gustafsson.

    I don't have a standard Tiger shield to compare it to, but total height is 18 inches, width is 19 inches. No tint.
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    At 5'8 I'd like to drop down another 20mm or so.
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    Look for an 02-04 swingarm.
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  12. Stretch67

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    Here you iz...

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