Like many of you, I want to gain more comfort on longer rides and would like to achieve it without dropping $400-600 on an aftermarket seat.
That being said, I scoured this site, the ADV site and others, in the attempt to gain enough positive feedback that I could forge ahead with a plan to make an economical mod on my own.
Initially, I considered purchasing a new top layer of comfort foam and may come back to that idea if necessary. However, I keep seeing a lot of positive feedback with the gel cushion that WalMart sells in the automotive section. Even saw where some of the Airhawk users converted to this inexpensive, and seemingly effective cushion.
After a collection of ideas gathered from 357,984 different posts
, I devised plan A which consists of the following.
- Source gel cushion from WalMart
- Remove staples from front portion of seat to expose foam
- Remove foam and filet a section of foam from bottom (a- lowers seat height, b- accomodates space for said cushion, c- corrects downward slope to tank, d- maintains OEM seat shape on top, e- dishes seat to be more saddle-like)
- Trim section from gel cushion to fit base of seat pan
- Insert cushion, install foam, pull seat cover in place, staple to secure
My goal was to lower the seat, maintain stock appearance, increase comfort, and minimize cost. So far, I can say that I have achieved most of these goals, the only uncertainty is increased comfort...time will tell. One thing I am sure of, is that I have read enough on this topic that I'm confident that I can continue to modify the seat, if necessary, in order to maximize comfort (i.e.- modify contour, add comfort foam, etc).
I can't take credit for inventing this mod, as it is an accumulation of ideas I've sourced on this forum and many others. I'm so glad that I attempted the project, and send out a big
to the folks who have posted their info and success...it was an encouragement and education.
Now, I'll need to make some time to go for a long ride and put it to the test; it feels good in the garage. Total time researching=
, too much; total time to modify= about an hour and a half (start to finish). Pics below.