Solo seats on Airheads.

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by pbarmy, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    I was told yes for my R80gspd but it does not. Going to require welding for proper fit. Other may have had better luck.

    I ordered R80 solo seat
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  2. motog

    motog Been here awhile

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    Send me a PM and I'll dig out and send you the emailed descriptions of the work that I shared with a few mates who are doing similar things. I probably shouldn't put it on this site because the level of profanity (faux-swearing rather than actual) is a bit high for such a family oriented place. If some pseudo-swearing is not to your liking, let me know and I'll edit it out before sending
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  3. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    Has anyone tried to buy an oem 3/4 seat lately?

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  4. R100LT

    R100LT Chasing 11

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    One went for just under Aus$500 on Ebay UK about 4 weeks ago . Almost went for it .. but I had just bought a 22 litre top box for my RS ... Plus I like the option of being able to put someone on the back ... But YES the 3/4 do look dead sexy
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  5. GapRunr

    GapRunr Been here awhile

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    Does it require welding for the seat to fit the rack or for the rack to fit the bike? I just bought a new OEM luggage rack and am looking for a seat to fit it.
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  6. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    The welding will be to reposition the lock in tab - needs to move forward 10mm. I'm thinking I'll use some flat bar, machine slots for adjustment. Aggravating to need to do this.

    Other disappointment is quality of vinyl. I haven't had the privilege of sitting on it so can't say if quality of materials caries through to foam.

    Doesn't seem to interfere with factory racks.

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  7. Wdwrkr

    Wdwrkr Long timer

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    Pretty a /6 as I've seen. Loven the rear fender is that from a /2? Also no mirrors?
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  8. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    I got motivated.

    This is my very first weld project, wish I'd shaken the photo a bit. :lol3

    Overalll I'd describe the build quality of the S Meyer solo seat as China. I've hopes of some long distance on this bike so seat is going off to Renazco for foam and cover. I'm going to have too big a chunk of change in it, maybe I'll learn not to drink and ebay.

    First, detach misplaced prong.

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    Then learn to weld.

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    Next, handy chop saw.

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    Factory Fit

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    And you will need to custom fit to eliminate massive slop up front. I used closed cell foam and shoe goo.

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  9. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    I knew this would happen. :huh

    Busted the lock after 4th or 5th ride with solo seat.

    The seat has mounting brackets but the bike (84 R80gspd) is missing counterparts.

    Ideas on retrofit? Anyone else run across this?

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  10. hardwaregrrl

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    Yep, the lock doesn't eliminate the pivoting of the seat. You'll have to run some angle irons off of the bracket that houses the seat lock. I welded the nut on the bottom of the bracket for ease of assembly. I'll take a pic when I get home. I brake the angle brackets about once a year.



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  11. tofgasp

    tofgasp Adventurer

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    :thumb for the Giulliari Replica. Looks good as a solo, but still able to take a passenger for short rides.[​IMG]
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  12. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    'New Solo Seat' (Made from an Old one :lol3 )

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  13. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    Here's my hack-job solution...


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  14. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Excellent. :clap

    This will give me a reason to do some more "welding" :lol3.
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  15. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Nice example. Looks like I could do that without melting metal. :cry :lol3

    Are you guys using fasteners to secure seat supports to your customer brackets or is 'gravity' the retainer. Wondering for seat pop off ease ? :ear
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  16. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    I'm using some Ace Hardware sourced bolts that have plastic knobs on top and will be welding nuts on the bottom...

    Going to fab up some new, more respectable "L" brackets this winter as well.. BMW used to sell these, but they NLA about four years ago

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  17. Boxer Metal

    Boxer Metal Mad Scientist

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    Here is a solo seat on my R90 cafe made from a BMW S seat cowl and a piece of aluminum for the base. Simple and clean.

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  18. hardwaregrrl

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    i wish I could just pop my seat off....but then it would pop off as soon as I did some nasty off roading.

    <a href="http://s814.beta.photobucket.com/user/hardwaregrrl/media/6848D7EF-BB84-4B35-BE35-E6D5ACFDFD5A-524-000000EE118E9B8C.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/zz66/hardwaregrrl/6848D7EF-BB84-4B35-BE35-E6D5ACFDFD5A-524-000000EE118E9B8C.jpg" border="0" alt="Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App"/></a>

    Mine are much uglier that SOLO's....this is the 3rd set i've had on this year, so I don't really spend too much time making them pretty.:D
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  19. mendoje

    mendoje Been here awhile

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    I did it the other way around, I welded some bolts facing up, using threaded knobs to hold down the seat/rack. That way if I lost a knob or it vibrated off during a ride, the seat would still be pinned and not slip off.

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  20. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    That looks awesome, Chris. It's one of my favorite seats I've seen on an airhead. Any more photos?
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