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02-21-2017 07:33 PM
Motor7 Marty keep in mind building/changing the existing foam is not too difficult. I put 1" jell pad in a Roadking seat with wonderful results. I tried the same thing on my DRZ seat and failed miserably in the comfort dept. The problem with the 'strom seat is that is is just too narrow for some of our wider arses and does not support the hip flexors which causes 99% of our pain. So building a seat that is 3" wider in your garage may prove to be more work that you can justify. If your oem cover will not fit, so you will need an upholsterer.
If you find you need wider, I also suggest Terry Adcox:
terryscustomseats
02-21-2017 11:43 AM
96sled Thanks for the link Joe. I called and they were just as you described and will send me out a sample packet for me to start hacking sway at.

Cheers
Marty
02-21-2017 11:42 AM
96sled That's for the links Joe. I called and they were as you described and will send out a sample packet for me to start hacking away at. Your seat looks just what I'd like to do.

Cheers
Marty
05-23-2016 02:11 PM
joeroberts37 I've been down this road quite a few times as well. Best source I found for seat foam was: Dynamic Systems, Inc. - SunMate, Pudgee & FIPS Orthopedic Cushion Materials They will send you a free sample kit of the density of foam they offer. I wouldn't waste my money again on the pudgee for a motorcycle application (my opinion). Very difficult to cut and didn't work well on my last project. Ended up using sunmate soft and extra soft the most. If you call they have 'seconds' that they can not sell at full price. Best to call in my opinion. They sound like a small shop.

The problem I always ran in to was the seat cover. When I finally got a seat shaped how best suit for me, the seat needed a custom cover. Quoted the work by some local shops and they were in the $150-200 range just for the cover due to the complexity of shape. Ended up contacting Terry Adcox and sent my seat to him. Great quality and by far the best mod I've done to the V2 in my opinion.

-Joe
05-23-2016 01:57 PM
ToadRide The two tone seat is a big attraction for me. Would hate to lose it. Not a problem there as this is the best seat I have had in a while stock and my fat ass enjoys it. (Picture happy fat ass.)
05-23-2016 12:13 PM
richlandrick I found my stock seat and plan to begin this project tonight. The stock seat pan causes the the stock foam to be very thin in the area of the tail bone. The first thing I'm going to do is remove the part of the pan under the tail bone.
05-23-2016 06:59 AM
PeteW The best mod I've found is gel between the seat pan and the foam. The main reason is that it doesn't require real skill as the shaping of the seat doesn't get messed up.
05-22-2016 04:28 PM
Wallydog Have a look at:

DIYMotorcycleSeat.com - Home Page

I read their tutorial and then modified the seat myself. Works a treat plus I reused the original seat cover (which a Kea has now chewed a hole in). Minimal cost, just some foam which I got from an upholstery (offcuts) and a can of spray on glue, total around $30 for a seat which I can ride on all day. Probably the most important bits were getting the right shape for my butt plus, putting in some really soft bits for the pin bones and getting the position correct. Note, I didn't modify the rear part of my seat but as I rarely take a pillion this is not a problem.
05-22-2016 02:35 PM
NVDucati I haven't felt the need for my V2 but on other bikes including my SV650 I have replaced the top 2.5 inches of the OEM foam with 3 inches of aircraft seat foam. On a couple of them I widened the tailbone section (leaving the front as is) and had a upholstery shop add a "v" of fabric to the center of the stock cover. Very inexpensive and by using a contrasting fabric, as opposed to a bad match, the job looks professional.

The foam source: BACKSAVER FOAM from Aircraft Spruce or CONFOR FOAM SEAT CUSHION from Aircraft Spruce

That foam is used by endurance glider pilots and while it isn't as cheap as you can get, at the end of a day I'd pay twice that much.
05-22-2016 01:59 PM
Bugzy The problem with it being too custom is that you need to be able to move around on it constantly, cornering, stopping at lights, backing the bike up etc. If you have a perfect pocket to sit in, then you are limiting what you can do. It sure would be nice on long highway stretches though.

I didn't like the cover that came with my bike so had a leather one cut and at the same time the seat modified to remove tailbone pain (after a few hours riding). These are not things I could do on my own.
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