Do ALL the Gens seats fit the other V650s? - Kawasaki Versys Forum
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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-28-2018, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Do ALL the Gens seats fit the other V650s?

I've seen this question come up, now-and-then, and I have ALWAYS figured that - YES - they're the same.

Well, yesterday I came into possession of the seat from a '16 V650 LT, so I removed the seat from my Gen 1 ('08) and installed the '16 seat.

They DO interchange, altho' I had to PUSH down on the rear of the seat for the 'latch' to latch. (I'm pretty sure that the NEWER seat doesn't have 80,600 miles of riding on it.......)

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It is my "belief" that all three Gen's seat pans are the same.............
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all kawasaki versys 650 07-18 come from the factory with the same seat. OEM part# 53003-0311-ma reference#53003 Go to this site put in your bike make year and model. click on seat. you will find that it is #53003. https://www.cheapcycleparts.com/#&panel1-3

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As a test, I installed a 2008 Versys 650 seat on my 2015 Versys 650. It fit perfectly.
I also used a 2014 seat on my bike for a few rides without any problems.

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.
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So...is one seat different than another? If so, how?
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the real question is.... do they all suck?

actually, the seat on my '15 isn't too bad once I raised the front end 3/4". ya know, for an extra what.... 5 bucks, Kawi could have made a really pretty good seat. I sat on the V300.... jeebus what a plank. terrible, a park bench is an improvement

if I'm answering your question I assume the basic points have been addressed, such as: did you do a compression test? is it still on fire?
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Me think its has more to do with the riders who come in all shape and size....
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My 15's seat was not comfortable......most stock ones aren't even though I'm an "average size" and most bikes are designed for average people. I modified mine in several ways and now I can spend 10 hours or so in the saddle and not be crippled when I get off the bike.
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So...is one seat different than another? If so, how?
See Confused seat question.

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.
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I mean, is there a difference in design as far as padding/softness/width, etc...?

I know when I had my 2015 CTX, then sat on a 2014 CTX I felt a totally different seat. Turns out the 2014 was more deeper and allowed you to slide backwards toward the passenger area, whereas the 2015+ pushed you more forward.
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I mean, is there a difference in design as far as padding/softness/width, etc...?

I know when I had my 2015 CTX, then sat on a 2014 CTX I felt a totally different seat. Turns out the 2014 was more deeper and allowed you to slide backwards toward the passenger area, whereas the 2015+ pushed you more forward.
Don,t think there is difference in the padding/softness/width as these seat are mass produce to specification. All models/Gen that i came across are the same..
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