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Gonna need a seat

With only 200 miles on the '12 I can see two issues with the stock seat. Sliding forward is going to a real pita, but worse than that is the pillion bump. In the showroom wearing jeans I got a leg over ok... wearing atgatt I need a box to stand on.
The two options I have found on the forum seem to be a i" lowering link, (is this something I can do myself with reasonable mechanical ability?) and the Adcock Flat Seat. The flat seat pushes my button since I ride solo so can someone give mr contact info? All comments are appreciated.
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The lowering link instructions:
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http://www.motowerk.com/uploads/Kawa...tions_Rev2.pdf
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I lowered mine with this link, and then dropped the fork tubes in the triple trees by about an inch.
You will need to cut off the sidestand and install the new foot. The foot is a much larger area and I really like it. Not hard to do - simple instructions.

Search the forum about seats. Stupid me, I lowered the bike and then went with the Seat Concepts seat cover/foam. It turned out to be a very comfortable seat, but it raised me back up an inch and a half.
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Terry Adcock has an eBay presence. The flat seat was a custom seat built to my specifications. Never expected it to become as popular as it has. I should have asked for a discount.

If you can't find him on eBay, pm me and I will dig up his email address.

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With only 200 miles on the '12 I can see two issues with the stock seat. Sliding forward is going to a real pita, but worse than that is the pillion bump. In the showroom wearing jeans I got a leg over ok... wearing atgatt I need a box to stand on.
The two options I have found on the forum seem to be a i" lowering link, (is this something I can do myself with reasonable mechanical ability?) and the Adcock Flat Seat. The flat seat pushes my button since I ride solo so can someone give mr contact info? All comments are appreciated.
Try SEARCH for threads on raising the front of the seat. Works VERY well for me (up 9/16"), and I have OVER 81,xxx miles since....

Try getting on by doing the "KLR shuffle". Right leg extended to bike, then hop on the left as your right goes directly over the seating area.

The other way is to mount from the right (bike on side stand):
...right foot on peg holding rear brake ON, right hand holding front brake ON;
...weight onto right foot as you transfer your left hand to the left grip swinging your left leg over, transferring weight left.

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With my side cases installed, and in the morning... before working the stiffness out of all of my joints.... bike on sidestand.... grab front brake lever with right hand. Stand on left foot peg with left foot and swing right leg over. (like getting on a horse).

I'd kill myself trying to mount the bike from the right side. At the very least - it would not be pretty. Hell, it's not pretty NOW.

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My method of mounting the bike is grab the left grip with my left hand and then put my right leg through the rider seat like a hurdler. Then I slide onto the seat and raise it off the side stand in one motion as the suspension compresses. Swinging a leg over is dangerous with hard bags and luggage strapped on the back of the seat.

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Here is the link to his ebay ad. That is my seat in photo mounted on his son's bike.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-650...6704ee&vxp=mtr

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My method of mounting the bike is grab the left grip with my left hand and then put my right leg through the rider seat like a hurdler. Then I slide onto the seat and raise it off the side stand in one motion as the suspension compresses. Swinging a leg over is dangerous with hard bags and luggage strapped on the back of the seat.
hehehehehe yes it can be dangerous, but it makes for good entertainment at the local motel when all of the "adventure riders" are mounting up and leaving.
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lol..who is your yoga instructer??
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hehehehehe yes it can be dangerous, but it makes for good entertainment at the local motel when all of the "adventure riders" are mounting up and leaving.
There's always the KLR shuffle
Almost sounds like doing the time warp
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There's always the KLR shuffle
Almost sounds like doing the time warp


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I too mashed my nads a time or two on the OEM seat...Yeah it's slippery..But if you use your knees to grip the tank when slowing down..it won't happen...Mashed nads are caused by bad riding technique more than the seat...
There are a couple of low seat options out there..a Kawasaki low gel seat shows up from time to time in the For Sale thread...The link is easy peasy to put in if you know how remove a couple of bolts and put them back again and you can get the new foot from speedy at the same time...I did both..got a low seat (Sargent's) and the Speedy lowering link...Yeah short inseam here...

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How do you like the Sargent low seat? Is it all that and a bag of chimps?
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lol..who is your yoga instructer??
I will do any workout to keep riding. At least until I complete my bucket list.

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How do you like the Sargent low seat? Is it all that and a bag of chimps?
Is that anything like a barrel of monkeys?

I've heard that the Kawasaki Gel Low seat is a decent option for the shorter inseam crowd. I had the Adcock Flat seat and it was nice, solved the sliding forward issue too.


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Yes - lol! - I think it is about the same!
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I too mashed my nads a time or two on the OEM seat...Yeah it's slippery..But if you use your knees to grip the tank when slowing down..it won't happen...Mashed nads are caused by bad riding technique more than the seat...
There are a couple of low seat options out there..a Kawasaki low gel seat shows up from time to time in the For Sale thread...The link is easy peasy to put in if you know how remove a couple of bolts and put them back again and you can get the new foot from speedy at the same time...I did both..got a low seat (Sargent's) and the Speedy lowering link...Yeah short inseam here...

Yeah - how do you like that seat?
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How do you like the Sargent low seat? Is it all that and a bag of chimps?
I've been described as a bag of hammers in the past...I think the chimps would be an upgrade
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It was pointed out to me after poor searches on this website to use google and OMG there is all the forum threads. Me dumb!





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Google works for me too .
Lowering kit should arrive friday. First I will try that, I have an Airhawk left over from the old Beemer and it stops the slide and brings a smile to my cheeks. So for now I will hold off on the seat. Still trying that" raise right leg and hop to the bike". If I can master that I will apply for Dancing With The Stars
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