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Hello Guys and Gals. New member here from Indiana just 4 miles east of the University of Notre Dame . Just picked up a new 2017 Versys 650 LT a week ago. I only been out twice so far and have 107 miles . I did the front seat rise and notice slight difference. Was wondering if cutting the seat foam say from the middle of the seat and to the back. I would taper it as I went back to inch off at the rear. Then re-attach the seat cover. Does that sound any good? Also trying to find the Puig 5999w shield.I got back into riding awhile back and have gone from Suzuki C50 to Suzuki S83 to a Yamaha Vstar 1300 to a 2013 Yamaha Road Star. I liked them all . Welcome any advice, Thanks, Jim
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Look at Seat Mod for details. When you go into doing your seat on your own , its may take a few adjustment before getting the sweet spot, so be prepared.
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Ok , I got it onewizard.
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Fastoman, Yep I will research some more before I do it . My main concern is if by taking away some rear foam to get at a more even seat angle that I would lessen the softness of the seat much. Hope to get a ride in again today.
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I did the front seat rise and notice slight difference. Was wondering if cutting the seat foam say from the middle of the seat and to the back. I would taper it as I went back to inch off at the rear. Then re-attach the seat cover. Does that sound any good?
I did the following on my 2015. It made a pretty good improvement in comfort. There is plenty of foam depth if a guy wanted to remove more than I did.

Be sure and scroll down the replies to find the pics I posted of my previous custom seats. You will notice the dished out structure on all of them. This is what makes for a very comfortable seat and lower ride position too.

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Oh, just remembered. Owners manual says up to 4000 rpm first 500 miles and next 500 miles up to 6000 rpm . How right is it to stick to that? I`m not wanting to go way over but somewhat over for awhile.
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Fastoman, Yep I will research some more before I do it . My main concern is if by taking away some rear foam to get at a more even seat angle that I would lessen the softness of the seat much. Hope to get a ride in again today.
I left the rear seat foam alone and just went back as far as the "rise". I took mine almost all the way down to the seat pan (about 1/4" left) and then inserted a 3/4" gel pad (about $80). I also added 1 1/2" of carped pad foam to the front 4-6" of the seat. Re-covered that mod with 1/2" low density foam and then put the seat cover back on. That in addition to the seat nose riser mod and it's pretty comfortable.
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Oh, just remembered. Owners manual says up to 4000 rpm first 500 miles and next 500 miles up to 6000 rpm . How right is it to stick to that? I`m not wanting to go way over but somewhat over for awhile.
Here's how I (and MANY other 'inmates' here) "broke-in" all THREE of my V 650s:

Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power

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Here's how I (and MANY other 'inmates' here) "broke-in" all THREE of my V 650s:

Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power
So you`re saying just ride it like you would a cycle with over 1000 miles? At 4000 rpm in 6th gear the speed is 55mph. So on a new Versys I would have to stay away from most highways.
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Here's how I (and MANY other 'inmates' here) "broke-in" all THREE of my V 650s:

Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power
So you`re saying just ride it like you would a cycle with over 1000 miles? At 4000 rpm in 6th gear the speed is 55mph. So on a new Versys I would have to stay away from most highways.
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hawkerjet , What you have described is kind of what I had in mind. Kind of like sticking your buns in a bowl. :-)
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Hello Guys and Gals. New member here from Indiana just 4 miles east of the University of Notre Dame . Just picked up a new 2017 Versys 650 LT a week ago. I only been out twice so far and have 107 miles . I did the front seat rise and notice slight difference. Was wondering if cutting the seat foam say from the middle of the seat and to the back. I would taper it as I went back to inch off at the rear. Then re-attach the seat cover. Does that sound any good? Also trying to find the Puig 5999w shield.I got back into riding awhile back and have gone from Suzuki C50 to Suzuki S83 to a Yamaha Vstar 1300 to a 2013 Yamaha Road Star. I liked them all . Welcome any advice, Thanks, Jim
I would suggest riding with the stock seat for a while before making any changes. It takes your body a while to adapt and first impressions are usually wrong with seat comfort. A very long ride is usually better a figuring things out. No seat on the Versys is going to have the comfort of a large touring bike although it should not be painful either. I've ridden many 8 hour days with the stock seat and no significant issues. 5'10" & 190lb.

If you need a riser on your seat it may be because the bars are positioned wrong for you. You should not slide down with the bars positioned correctly. That slight seat slope is so you can slide down to the narrow part at a traffic light and have more clearance under you with your feet on the road.

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I would suggest riding with the stock seat for a while before making any changes. It takes your body a while to adapt and first impressions are usually wrong with seat comfort. A very long ride is usually better a figuring things out. No seat on the Versys is going to have the comfort of a large touring bike although it should not be painful either. I've ridden many 8 hour days with the stock seat and no significant issues. 5'10" & 190lb.

If you need a riser on your seat it may be because the bars are positioned wrong for you. You should not slide down with the bars positioned correctly. That slight seat slope is so you can slide down to the narrow part at a traffic light and have more clearance under you with your feet on the road.
Would you suggest tilting the bars back toward you?
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Would you suggest tilting the bars back toward you?
Definitely, they are built to adjust You may need to rotate the mirror mounts to compensate for bar rotation so they are still vertical. The same is true of brake and clutch controls. The switch pods do not rotate on the bar as they have an indent that fits into a hole on the bar.

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So you`re saying just ride it like you would a cycle with over 1000 miles? At 4000 rpm in 6th gear the speed is 55mph. So on a new Versys I would have to stay away from most highways.
Nope. That 'break-in' takes just a few miles, then change the oil and ride it NORMALLY! (Maybe read it again....)

On ALL three of my V 650s I did the break-in on the ride home, ON highways, then changed oil.

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