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Re-did my seat

I had to do something about the stock seat. I read all of the posts regarding this topic. I went with "building up the front nose form underneath" method. The end result kinda gave the seat more of a cradle feel to it. I rode for about 30 minutes and my backside felt fine. I will take a longer ride this weekend to see if I need to make any adjustments.
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I had to do something about the stock seat. I read all of the posts regarding this topic. I went with "building up the front nose form underneath" method. The end result kinda gave the seat more of a cradle feel to it. I rode for about 30 minutes and my backside felt fine. I will take a longer ride this weekend to see if I need to make any adjustments.

Super dig that GS hangin' in the background there. 650 also ? Very nice!

Oh yeah, I did my seat like yours too. Great improvement. I find I can ride about 60 minutes before I start to shift around.

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Any chance of getting in on the how to on the build up? I'm feeling the squirming around feeling, too. I've been reading over some of the seat reform topics, but as I just got my V, I have not attacked it yet.
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Adding soft sofa material sure helped with the pressure spots.
Triming/adding sponge at where it mattered makes it feel like a La-z-Boy.






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Any chance of getting in on the how to on the build up? I'm feeling the squirming around feeling, too. I've been reading over some of the seat reform topics, but as I just got my V, I have not attacked it yet.
There are pics and some commentary on how I did mine here:

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+1 on the GS..im rebuilding my 81 gs650E...frame up....
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Still looks stock - good job!
The stock cover went back on or did you get a replacement?

If it helps it was worth it. I keep studying the DIY seat build and thinking about tackling it. I'm pretty good at sewing canvas and vinyl, been a sailer for more than 20 years and have made a lot of stuff. http://www.diymotorcycleseat.com/foam_basics.htm

So you didn't do any grinding on the seat pan, just some build up on the nose?

I would just order up a seat from Baldwin but have other mods to do as well and no $$ to do them with. Man, he makes a nice saddle. And from what I've seen online, at a good price too.

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Cetzel: That is my son's Gs550L. It has about 7000 miles on it. It had been sitting for the past 10 years, with gas in it...Anyway, we got it running great now.
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CJBrown: I was able to use the stock cover. As hot as it is here in TX, the cover streched without any problems. I did not do any grinding or anything, just foam under the nose.

I thought about getting a baldwin, but my wife would have a fit if I spent more money on something she did not want me to get in the first place....haha.
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Hey stlee29: LOVE your seat!!! How did yoiu build up the nose that high? Did youi have to have a new seat cover made??
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I did a combo change on mine. I removed some foam from the back of the saddle area and then built up the front a little. It rides like a dream. That mod was 5000 miles ago.
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LoneRanger: Got any pics of your seat? How far on the back did you cut down?
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Hi Shadman,

A friend doing bike seats and sofa added foam at the front and trim a bit where needed.
Made a new cover as shape was different from the stock. Cost about USD 15.

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great job cetzel , i copied yer idea it works fine.
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great job cetzel , i copied yer idea it works fine.
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