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made a seat for the track

hey guys,

wanted to experiment with another seat just for the track, so i made it lower and slimmer.

bought another seat and took it apart and started carving on it and adding foam where i wanted it.

took it out for a test tonite, i can't believe the difference.
i could carve turns so much better, with so much more control compared to my taller and wider one i've been using.
it feels like a totally different bike under me.

i wouldn't want to ride very long in a straight line with it though.
but will be great for the track where your always moving from one side of the bike to the other.

that ABS plastic cowl is just Velcro'd all the way around, so it gives me easy storage access.

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Wow! That looks great! New seat shape and angles are very pleasing to the eye. Does it feel as good ergonomically as it looks? Nice bodywork too. I like the clean sharp lines. Great fit and finish. Cool color too.
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Wow! That looks great! New seat shape and angles are very pleasing to the eye. Does it feel as good ergonomically as it looks? Nice bodywork too. I like the clean sharp lines. Great fit and finish. Cool color too.
thx!

i find the skinny seats really hurts me on long rides, (like riding a bicycle)and i think this one would for long touring.
at least for me.

but if your moving around alot like i will on the track, it's perfect.

i wanted a sharp line on the edges, so i know right where it's at while hanging off the side, to have a place to gauge right where the side is everytime, so you can put your butt crack right on it .

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here is how i make the back rest.

there's a piece of wood for the rest, then i support it.
my everyday seat has a foam padding on the front side of the wood.

i wear a Knox chest and full back protector all the time, and when accelerating hard, the the full, stiff back protector rest right up against the back rest and supports you all the way up your back, feels like a high back dinningroom chair.

when i do longer trips i remove the plastic cowl and strap a bag to the back.

thats how i started makinng these seats, i wanted the bag to sit down lower on the seat, so i removed the passenger foam, and went on from there.....

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Looks great...good job.

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Hey Dave,

Great looking seat. i also turned my seat to solo with back rest and I was looking for ideas for the passenger part of the seat. I like your cowl, is this a part off the shelf or did you build it an if so how?
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Hey Dave,

Great looking seat. i also turned my seat to solo with back rest and I was looking for ideas for the passenger part of the seat. I like your cowl, is this a part off the shelf or did you build it an if so how?
thx guys,

the cowl is made from .060 ABS plastic, and its velcro'd all the way around.
so you can just lift one side up , to throw stuff in there and seal it back down.
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here are both seats.

that big one is SOOOO comfy, but i can see how the narrow one performes so much better on the track, alot skinner.
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thx guys,

the cowl is made from .060 ABS plastic, and its velcro'd all the way around.
so you can just lift one side up , to throw stuff in there and seal it back down.
Did you start from a sheet and heat mold it?
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Did you start from a sheet and heat mold it?
nope, it will bend perfect, but still stiff once you velcro it down.

anything heavier then .060 won't bend on it's own and stay attached to the velcro.

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