Seat Sucks - Kawasaki Versys Forum
Versys-X 300 General Discussion Please post any 2017+ Kawasaki Versys-X 300 related topics that DO NOT fit into any of the other topics here.

 24Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Jeff Lev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: New York State Catskills
Posts: 25
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
Seat Sucks

Almost 6k on the Versys and my butt is finally crying uncle. Put a call into Terry's Custom Seats and put myself into the que. He has quite the backlog. Next season I hope my butt is happier
Fastoman, weljo2001, TexH and 3 others like this.
Jeff Lev is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 08:47 PM
Super Moderator
 
Fastoman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Ipoh.Perak.Malaysia
Posts: 7,088
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
I really don,t get , this complaint on the Kawa seat is ongoing from 08 and kawa don,t seem to bother.

Maybe Japaneses butts are a bit different
Jake Wheelie and Mattias like this.
Fastoman is offline  
post #3 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 10:54 PM
Member
 
zebraranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Florida
Posts: 57
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
The worst factory seat of any bike that I've ever owned, and I've owned quite a few over the last 40 years.

Moto Guzzi Griso 1200, Kawasaki Versys X-300
Harley Super Glide Custom
zebraranger is offline  
 
post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-22-2019, 10:40 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Lajitas, TX
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Love my custom seat from Terry...

Tex
TexH is offline  
post #5 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-23-2019, 01:00 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: North East Illinois USA
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
The seat on the V650 was no picnic either. Tried a Sargent seat which improved things a bit but still really uncomfortable after a half hour of riding. Same issue as stock, like sitting on a slope tilting towards the tank. Finally ordered, then received my modified seat from Terry's Custom Seats. Could not be happier. Feels more like sitting in a bucket, no sliding forward. The only slight tradeoff was my feet could not reach as far to the ground due to the side wings on the seat. For me this is a very happy compromise. Can ride hours now without seat induced torture. Now on to the rear shock ... Pix of Sargent and Terry's seats.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20170506_181311.jpg (48.1 KB, 82 views)
File Type: jpg 20190421_111337.jpg (54.4 KB, 84 views)
File Type: jpg 20190421_111212.jpg (29.3 KB, 81 views)
Randyjaco and Jeff Lev like this.
HelloFrom2012Versys650 is offline  
post #6 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-23-2019, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Jeff Lev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: New York State Catskills
Posts: 25
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
I'm 6 ft so touching the ground on the X300 is easy. I am going for the full bucket also. Should make life less a PITA!
Jeff Lev is offline  
post #7 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-23-2019, 12:15 PM
Member
 
weljo2001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Norwalk CA
Posts: 15,658
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Garage
I'm a big fan of Terry's seats. Had him make a flat seat for my V-650 & V-1000.....

IMG_1503 by weljo2001, on Flickr

P1020355 by weljo2001, on Flickr
Jeff Lev likes this.

2009 Blue Versys.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Sold
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My Farkles...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My Video Channel
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My Photos...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


I'm not a Gynecologist. "But I'll Take A Look"

Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth...
Mike Tyson

"Ya'll can go to hell, I'm goin' to Texas!"...Davey Crockett
weljo2001 is offline  
post #8 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-25-2019, 02:22 AM
Member
 
falcon.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Spain
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
the fastest and cheap solution is buy these cycling padded shorts

versys-x 300
falcon. is offline  
post #9 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-25-2019, 11:12 PM
Member
 
whisperquiet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Near St. Louis, MO
Posts: 116
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Or look like SNL’s Widettes.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 962A3302-E5CC-4DBB-BBEC-110162018B59.jpg (26.9 KB, 36 views)
TexH likes this.
whisperquiet is offline  
post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-26-2019, 06:04 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 16
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Other low cost option is to use Purple® Portable Seat Cushion in Black/Purple, use a coupon to make it cheaper. I took out all the original foam in seat, put this in on top of some foam (close cell, used under carpets). Then just before putting the seat cover on, put a layer of black plastic for waterproofing.

Before I did the X300, I did my FJR the same way and worked great.

You can also not use the the original seat cover and use Artic Vinyl Black with a 40% or 50% off coupon.

At same time you can play with the slope of the seat by adding a little more foam under the purple cushion to raise the front up.

Same idea can be used to raise or lower the seat depending on how much foam you put in.

I used Black Duct tape to keep cover on while going out for ride to see how it feels and to make it easier to make adjustments.
2wheels4fun is offline  
post #11 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-22-2019, 09:39 AM
Member
 
MMStingray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Beverly MA
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
I had been hemming and hawing for months what to do about the seat situation. I'm actually fine with it for the most part as I like my seats firm; the problem was that the squared off sides started to cause discomfort in my inner thighs after a while. There's actually nothing I'd like more than a heated seat from Sargent or Corbin since I ride it year round in New England. However, since I have seemingly dropped almost as much coin on accessories as I did on the bike itself, I figured I'd try something cheaper first and go from there. I have an Airhawk on my CTX1300 (also fantastic) but wanted more connectedness to the seat (read: not sitting on a pillow) for my X. Then I found this at Cycle Gear:

https://www.cyclegear.com/parts/speedmetal-gel-seat-pad

I bought medium, and it's absolutely perfect in size and feel. Just enough to cover the squared-off sides, and thin enough to not add too much ride height. I barely even know it's there, usually only noticing it when my mind goes to "hey, I just noticed my feet aren't tingling!".
onewizard likes this.
MMStingray is offline  
post #12 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-22-2019, 04:15 PM
Member
 
kardan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Croatia
Posts: 82
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
After 11 000 km I like OEM seat. Maybe because my ass learned to sit 7 hours at work last 5 years without getting up if needed.

I have friend which added memory foam and changed the upholstery on seat and he say it is 100 times better than before.

Gas for heating, diesel for plowing, electricity for cooking, petrol for driving
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
kardan is offline  
post #13 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-22-2019, 04:16 PM
Member
 
Doctor Shifty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Newcastle, Australia
Posts: 268
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
This is what I did to my seat - the bike was bought Nov 2008 and my pics are dated Jan 2009. It didn't take me long to get rid of the slope.

The seat is flattened at the rear by 35mm. I came up with this number by setting a spirit level on the seat on the bike and seeing how much higher it was at the rear over the front.

I did it with an angle grinder as a knife left cut marks. The angle grinder, used very very carefully, took it off as dust. I had a fan blowing across it and my back yard ended up covered with foam dust. The fabric remains in its original place, with an empty space underneath until I sit on it.

If I was to do something like this again I would look at what it takes to remove the foam from the underside rather than the top. This would retain the smoother foam surface.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Versys seat cutout 01.jpg (28.9 KB, 24 views)

You can help make Clem a household name

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by Doctor Shifty; 11-22-2019 at 04:19 PM.
Doctor Shifty is offline  
post #14 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-22-2019, 04:41 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Westchester County, NY
Posts: 34
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Another lower cost option is Spencer's Seats. He will reshape the foam to eliminate the forward tilt on the V650, lower it a tiny bit if you want (there is only so much one can do because the seat pan is very shallow), and replace the foam with Supracor material for around $75. I'm very satisfied with mine. The hard part was finding a box to ship it in.

Spencers Seat Mods - Home Page - Custom Motorcycle Seats, Motorcycle Seat Modifications, Motorcycle Seat Mods
Hankster is offline  
post #15 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-23-2019, 03:05 PM
Member
 
Versys206's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Seattle
Posts: 41
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
The OEM seat is garbage, for sure.

Throwing in my two cents on the Seat Concepts foam + cover option. I've had mine a couple of weeks including a 5+ hour ride recently. I went with the vinyl + low-slip cover option, in tall, with BMW foam as a request, (meaning softer than their standard foam) and am really happy with how improved it is (and how it gives you 2-3 different riding positions depending on how close you sit).

I'm 6' 3" and 208 lbs, FYI.

About 1/3rd the price of a Corbin or other custom seats at $195. Huge improvement in comfort and the look of it is nice and streamlined.

Oh, and I paid $40 to have an auto upholsterer do a far better job stapling the seat cover to the foam than I could. Money well spent. You can also mail your pan in to have them install for free (aside from shipping charges) but you're out a seat for the few weeks it takes if you go that route.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20191106_114608.jpg (53.1 KB, 32 views)

"Signals transmitted, message received." -Rush

Last edited by Versys206; 11-24-2019 at 10:46 AM.
Versys206 is offline  
post #16 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-24-2019, 12:05 AM
Member
 
hawkerjet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Fresno aka Shake & Bake California
Posts: 1,077
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Try this before you spend a ton for a custom seat.

https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...t-tune-up.html

Cookin Wid Gas

2015 V-650 of course it's green...it's a Kazawalski.
hawkerjet is offline  
post #17 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-24-2019, 08:54 AM
Member
 
Smiley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Elgin County SW Ontario
Posts: 1,163
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Versys206 View Post

Throwing in my two cents on the Seat Concepts foam + cover option.
I'm also a Seat Concepts fan, although I ride a V650. The flat surface is perfect, but after a while, I decided to make it even better.

See the process here. https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...ification.html
Versys206 likes this.

Observations on life and motorcycling, short stories and photos, with no annoying political or religious rhetoric
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by Smiley; 11-24-2019 at 08:57 AM. Reason: Clarity
Smiley is offline  
post #18 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-24-2019, 11:42 AM
Member
 
chucksklrst's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Aurora, Colorado
Posts: 207
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
I got 7k on my little Versys and 2 and a half years. Just could not stand it any more. Called Terry but his Que was a bit longer than I wanted to wait. There is a seat builder in Fort Collins (about 70 miles from me) that has a great rep and was able to build me a seat with in two to three weeks, and I was able to ass test it as he built/shaped the foam. 100 buck more than Terry but more convenient for me. Got the bike back and did a 180 mile ride the next day. No issues at all.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg SAM_4924.jpg (64.2 KB, 39 views)
File Type: jpg SAM_4923.jpg (50.8 KB, 45 views)
File Type: jpg SAM_4922.jpg (57.8 KB, 39 views)
File Type: jpg SAM_4921.jpg (56.6 KB, 39 views)
Erod likes this.

Chuck Henderson (US Army Active Duty RET) (Colorado) STOC# 086,
RIDE a little FASTER, RIDE a little FURTHER
14 FJR1300A (Ruby FeeJeR)
17 VX300 (Little Gray Bike)
19 V1000LTSE (Flying Nun)

Last edited by chucksklrst; 11-24-2019 at 01:26 PM.
chucksklrst is offline  
post #19 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-24-2019, 01:17 PM
Member
 
Versys206's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Seattle
Posts: 41
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by chucksklrst View Post
I got 7k on my little Versys and 2 and a half years. Just could not stand it any more. Called Terry but his Que was a bit longer than I wanted to wait. There is a seat builder in Fort Collins (about 70 miles from me) that has a great rep and was able to build me a seat with in two to three weeks, and I was able to ass test it as he build/shaped the foam. 100 buck more than Terry but more convenient for me. Got the bike back and did a 180 mile ride the next day. No issues at all.
Looks nice!

"Signals transmitted, message received." -Rush
Versys206 is offline  
post #20 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-26-2019, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Jeff Lev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: New York State Catskills
Posts: 25
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
The riding season is over and my sest has been shipped to Terry. Next season I will have a happy butt Lol
Jeff Lev is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Versys Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome