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 Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800

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alfie92
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PostSubject: Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800   Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:43 pm

Had some time on my hands so decided to alter the seat,went for a 20 mile run,but still needs tweaking a bit.I must say though it was more comfortable than stock.I done a lumpectemy as well whilst it was stripped down.Pretty easy just cut the the piece of plastic that is your anchor point away and inserted a flat plate in its place,soz did not take any pics as phone was flat.The whole job cost me £6.00,that was for the Vynil (leatherette) could of got it cheaper of ebay but did not want to wait.

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PostSubject: Re: Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800   Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:16 am

Looks so much more comfy and supportive, good job
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PostSubject: Re: Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800   Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:29 pm

Looks very good Alfie
I have been considering reshaping the cruiser seat for a while but not had the bottle to do it as I was worried about fecking it up.
Have you used one single piece of material?
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PostSubject: Re: Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800   Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:11 pm

I like your profile alfie92. Haven't had the need to mod my seat but did the SV yesterday. It was becoming too low for me so added 30mm of dense foam and recovered with a single piece of stretchy cover from Hobbycraft, stapled inside and removable as the original cover is still intact underneath. Makes my bike much more rideable for me. The SV is a bit smoother fabric than my Intruder. If I was to recover it I'd need to look for a different material. The stretch makes one piece fitting not too bad although I did have a couple of small pleats at the back which could have been avoided I'm sure if I'd pulled a bit harder! Here it is:





Bike's a bit dirty I know!
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PostSubject: Re: Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800   Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:18 pm

Stretchy fabric sounds like a great idea, is it waterproof?
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PostSubject: Re: Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800   Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:29 pm

captain crash wrote:
Stretchy fabric sounds like a great idea, is it waterproof?

Stretcy vinyl so should be waterproof.
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PostSubject: Re: Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800   Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:30 pm

Looks good Alfie similar profile to a corbin seat at a fraction of the cost Bluesman how tall are you ? or is your bike the low seat model 20mm lower than standard I feel like I'm perched high up on the sv after riding the Intruder
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PostSubject: Re: Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800   Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:40 pm

simbo wrote:
Looks good Alfie similar profile to a corbin seat at a fraction of the cost Bluesman how tall are you ? or is your bike the low seat model 20mm lower than standard I feel like I'm perched high up on the sv after riding the Intruder

I used to be just over 6' but I think I may have shrunk a bit! Seat height on the SV is 800mm which takes me to 830mm now. I can just get my feet flat but before I was a bit cramped riding.Sports bikes vary - the R6 is 850mm, the Daytona 675 is 830mm and most others around 810-20mm. The SV is a bit low in my opinion but is aimed at less experienced riders. I like being higher up - the fall in to corners is a bit quicker. The good old Intruder is a different kettle of fish...nice and low, just how we like them! I do find it a bit strange hopping from one bike to the other but you soon adjust. What height is your thou'?
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PostSubject: Re: Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800   Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:53 pm

The 1000 is 810 but they did a low seat option of 790, Good job on the seat by the way and excellent idea of leaving the original cover on in case you ever need to remove it, I'm going to have the Intruder seats modded over the winter by the guy that Smart recommends, I'm hoping to have names embroidered in them so Ill keep the original covers and foam just in case I ever sell the bike.

I really like the shape of your seat Alfie it's give me idea's for when i get mine done
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PostSubject: Re: Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800   Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:21 pm

Cheers lads I could not get to grips with the profile of the standard seat,and found it uncomfortable.John yours looks a lot more comfortable,I tried to sew pieces together but results were not to good so went for a single sheet.this is the seat of my mates VTX1800 which gave me idea.

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PostSubject: Re: Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800   Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:40 pm

alfie92 wrote:
Had some time on my hands so decided to alter the seat,went for a 20 mile run,but still needs tweaking a bit.I must say though it was more comfortable than stock.I done a lumpectemy as well whilst it was stripped down.Pretty easy just cut the the piece of plastic that is your anchor point away and inserted a flat plate in its place,soz did not take any pics as phone was flat.The whole job cost me £6.00,that was for the Vynil (leatherette) could of got it cheaper of ebay but did not want to wait.

Really very interested in this Alfie, I keep looking at the Corbin's but cant really justify the cost, so I think I may give your idea a try.
I think I will remove the standard cover and will then cut the original seat foam off in one complete piece and put both in to storage. That way if I wanted too, I could put the seat back to stock. Love the idea of the stretch vinyl so with that and some fresh foam along with the original seat pan, for only a few quid you have very little to loose if it goes wrong but stand a good chance of getting a bespoke seat thats real comfortable.
Great idea Alfie, your an inspiration
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PostSubject: Re: Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800   Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:24 pm

Hi Dave keep your eye on the rear part of the seat,as that is the place that you sit mostly,your weight just falls there with the geometry of the bike.I took the fastening piece out and made it flush with a piece if steel,the method was off an american site.It is good to me as I am only 27" inside leg,so I can flat foot easy now as it drops your riding position by around 2" or so.Your idea of taking the original ones off and putting them away is a good idea,I tried to use my as templates,(they got filed in he end)Good luck there are loads of places for the Vinyl and sponge on ebay,and it does stretch pretty well,it also marks easy so place your seat on a towel or something to cushion it whilst you are working.
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PostSubject: Re: Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800   Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:19 pm

alfie92 wrote:
Cheers lads I could not get to grips with the profile of the standard seat,and found it uncomfortable.John yours looks a lot more comfortable,I tried to sew pieces together but results were not to good so went for a single sheet.this is the seat of my mates VTX1800 which gave me idea.


Built in armrests .... coolio ! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Riders Seat Reshape on Suzuki M50 / M800   Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:04 pm

Nice to see you are back Mick.
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