Triangle Tag o' Rama - Let's Play!

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by JerseyBiker, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. wb57

    wb57 Long timer

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    I've heard good things about Seat Concepts, but mainly in the dirt world. Not sure they make seats for anything other than dirt bikes and dual sports. Just looked and they don't have anything for the Bandit or the Concours.
  2. Maniaxe

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    I was thinking of modifying my extra stock scrambler seat today and came across a video for a DIY modified bandit seat. I'll go back down the youtube rabbit hole and try to drag it out. Look doable, especially if you have a extra seat laying around or a cheap one on craigslist.
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  3. Drummer

    Drummer BMW/Sonor

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    So why is it acceptable for a bike manufacturer to supply us with seats that make their product unusable after X amount of miles? I had to get a Russell Day Long (on sale) and now I can ride all day without pain. Just don't understand where they get this mentality ...
    Best of luck on a new seat WB
    OOPS - Sorry WB, I mean STBNE
  4. wb57

    wb57 Long timer

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    It's STBNE that's having the seat issues right now. Mine's acceptable for the riding I've been doing for the last 18 months or so. Only becomes an issue on long days or multi-day rides - neither of which have been on the radar in a while.

    I think the manufacturers realize that they can't make a seat that works for everyone. They aim for what they think is an average, but don't put a huge amount of money in it since it's not going to work great for most people.
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  5. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha ADVenturer

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    Bingo..it always comes down to money....
  6. wb57

    wb57 Long timer

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    I don't see a way for manufacturers to ship a seat that fits everyone.
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    hscrugby "That guy"

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    16 way Power adjustments just like in a Denali...

    And when it breaks, it costs you 4700$ to fix, or you ride around with the front of the seat straight up. It also weighs an extra 300lbs, so mileage and performance are gone
  8. wb57

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    Or they could make 10 different seats for every model they sell.
  9. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha ADVenturer

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    Thanks..its not that they cant..its more like they wont...these days everything is standard...you dont order a car anymore you just pick one off the lot..all the option packages are standardized....that makes the cost of production cheaper..Its all about how cheap you can make it on one end... and how much you can sell it for..on the other end...
  10. wb57

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    How would you suggest they deal with seats? I don't want an RDL seat.
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    STBNE Yamaha ADVenturer

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    The only way I could see them(manufacturers) doing so would be to have an option for a custom made seat ...
  12. wb57

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    Many do, but from what I can tell, they're marginally better than the OEM seats. Personally, I'd never shell out for one of the Kawasaki gel seats. As far as a real custom seat, like the Day Long, you need the seat pan anyway. I think we're just stuck with the way things are. My current seat is adequate. The FZ seat was actually good. Versys seat is well above average. The KLR seat was quite possibly the most miserable piece of shit ever slapped on a bike.
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  13. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha ADVenturer

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    Well then..I havent an answer...I think its a well orchistrated conspiracy between OEMs and the aftermarket industry...they're prolly sleeping in the same bed...
  14. wb57

    wb57 Long timer

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    A lot of these seat makers are just one or two guys in a small, rented space.
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    BlueM00se 'Cuse LAX Fan

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    Everyone wants a bike at the lowest price they can get it. If they offered all kinds of seat options they'd have to increase their price to cover the costs and everyone would shop elsewhere.
  16. wb57

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    I'd love to see options, but Kawasaki, or Triumph or anyone isn't going to keep a full line of aftermarket seats in the store. These guys don't even keep air filters on the shelf. I'm sure they're not going to tie up many thousands of dollars on inventory that isn't going to give a decent number of turns. I think we're just stuck with what we've got. If there was one seat that worked for everyone, the shops would carry it.
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