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post #1 of 9 Old 05-03-2005, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Extreme Seat Modification

1000 Seat too high and too soft. 650 seat a little better but still not very comfortable for long rides. Knowing I'd never use the 1000 seat again, I stripped it down to the pan and covered it with some 3/32" neoprene bonded to black Velcro cloth (had it left over from a prior life making custom tank bags).

The pan accepts any short staples nicely. The finishing touch is an Air Hawk seat pad with three 2" Velcro strips that hold to the Velcro cloth cover on the pan.

Benefits: Drops the seat height almost 2 inches without changing bike setup (the Air Hawk only raises the seat about 1/2" if adjusted right. ) Allows me to sit "in" the bike instead of "on" the bike. REALLY feels more planted on the pavement, even using the OEM Trailwings. Also makes my 30" inseam seem like "34" at the stop lights. Makes the Air Hawk (a very comfortable long distance pad) even more effective because it adds room front-to-back and on the sides, and it works best on a hard surface like the seat pan. Feels better after a couple of hundred miles than the very firm Corbin on my K100RT. Provides a flat, hard surface where the passenger seat was for mounting a removable aux. fuel cell.

Drawbacks: Don't try carrying a passenger unless they have a nerve dead rear end. Will be really nasty on an Iron Butt run if the Air Hawk springs a leak and I forget the repair kit.

Link to pictures of the modified seat: http://hyperlites.com/stromseat/seatmod.html

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-03-2005, 10:05 PM
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modified seat

nice write up and pics. looks like you spent some time on it. however for me this is just the opposite of what i need. for me the seat is way to hard and if i lowered the seating position my legs would be even more cramped then they are now. i need the seat higher or the pegs lower. just goes to show ya how different we all are. :lol:

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post #3 of 9 Old 05-04-2005, 09:48 AM
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Hey Ron, that is a great job. Looks like a freestyle motocross seat. You could do a two-footed Can-Can on a Strom with that seat :wink:
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Re: modified seat

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nice write up and pics. looks like you spent some time on it. however for me this is just the opposite of what i need. for me the seat is way to hard and if i lowered the seating position my legs would be even more cramped then they are now. i need the seat higher or the pegs lower. just goes to show ya how different we all are. :lol:

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Actually, part of my solution might be your solution. Not only is the Air Hawk a solution for soft seats, but I'll bet it would help your problem by doing two things. Mounting it on your stock seat will add height. Since these were developed with technology created to ease burn victims' pain they create a neutral condition, not too hard and not too soft. They eliminate "hot spots". Find a buddy (or some guy you don't like but don't mind using) that has an Air Hawk. Borrow it for an hour and play with it. Bet you'll buy one.

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post #5 of 9 Old 05-05-2005, 11:43 PM
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Which model of Airhawk did you use? I looked them up online, and there are two pillion pads and three driver pads. The best price I have found so far is at www.derbycycles.com for $150.
post #6 of 9 Old 05-06-2005, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Air Hawk

I have the Bubba, or Large Cruiser. It works fine (although I didn't buy it for this bike originally) but if I were you I'd opt for the small cruiser or medium cruiser, primarily because they are narrower in front.

$150.00 is as good a price as I've seen. MSRP is around $165.00

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Re: modified seat

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nice write up and pics. looks like you spent some time on it. however for me this is just the opposite of what i need. for me the seat is way to hard and if i lowered the seating position my legs would be even more cramped then they are now. i need the seat higher or the pegs lower. just goes to show ya how different we all are. :lol:

kaos
Actually, part of my solution might be your solution. Not only is the Air Hawk a solution for soft seats, but I'll bet it would help your problem by doing two things. Mounting it on your stock seat will add height. Since these were developed with technology created to ease burn victims' pain they create a neutral condition, not too hard and not too soft. They eliminate "hot spots". Find a buddy (or some guy you don't like but don't mind using) that has an Air Hawk. Borrow it for an hour and play with it. Bet you'll buy one.
hi hyperlyte
thanks for this info. just what is an air hawk? it sounds like some sort of pad or cushion you add air to. where can i get info on one or see a pic of one. :?:

thanks, Kaos
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-07-2005, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Air Hawk Info

Here is the link to the AirHawk web page.

http://www.rohoinc.com/recreational/index.jsp

They have a lot of tech information. Basically, it's a series of connected neoprene chambers with a mesh cover. When adjusted properly you sit just 1/2" off the bike seat, but the pressure from your rear end is spread evenly, elliminating hot spots etc. A lot of long distance riders (including me) swear by them. They aren't cheap, but they're a lot cheaper than a custom seat and the ride is at least as good.

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post #9 of 9 Old 05-17-2005, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Testing

Just completed 600 miles in the NC mountains. The seat mod worked well under all conditions, superslab to swithbacks.

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