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kballowe 03-13-2019 09:17 PM

X-300 Seat ?
 
This x-300 seat is the hardest seat that I've ever owned.
:surprise::surprise::surprise:

What is everyone else using ???

Mohawk 03-14-2019 04:29 AM

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I tried 3 reworks of the stock seat which made it into a tall seat & whilst it was better than stock it was still not perfect.

I have the last of those foam mods on eBay. Happy to send to anyone for the cost of shipping.

So I bought a seat concepts tall seat foam & cover. They are the best I have found. It’s much better than stock & better than my own version. Still not perfect, but good for a few hours in the saddle, where as the stock seat would kill my ass in 45minutes.

See pics. The last one includes a Ricohet bash plate too.

Be good to your butt, replace the seat 👍😀

TexH 03-14-2019 07:48 AM

Terry Adcox Custom Seats
 
The biggest bang for your buck....
https://www.terryscustomseats.com/

Tex
Lajitas

kballowe 03-14-2019 08:25 AM

Ooooops - forgot to mention my 29" inseam.

No tall seats ! :wink2:

:surprise:

twowheeladdict 03-14-2019 08:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TexH (Post 1609935)
The biggest bang for your buck....
https://www.terryscustomseats.com/

Tex
Lajitas

Terry lives within my riding circle and I have had him make several custom seats for me. He does great work at a reasonable price. He has quite a history and is a one man shop.

kballowe 03-14-2019 09:49 AM

Nobody said Corbin.

Yet

:wink2:

Mohawk 03-14-2019 11:10 AM

Not sure if Corbin make a seat for this bike yet. The biggest issue with the stock seat is zero padding & what’s there is to stiff. The frame rails are angled upwards, such that the rear of the rider portion of the seat only has 20mm of hard foam over the seat base ☹️ It’s also angled forwards which is bad. So the tall seat benefits in two ways, there is 50mm+ of foam & it’s a softer density !

weljo2001 03-14-2019 11:42 AM


kballowe 03-14-2019 12:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mohawk (Post 1609983)
Not sure if Corbin make a seat for this bike yet.

Corbin makes a seat for the x-300 - I went out to their website and they're there.
The factory spec seat height is 32.1" and Corbin lists theirs as 34.5", so that's not gonna work for me.

twowheeladdict 03-14-2019 04:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kballowe (Post 1610003)
Corbin makes a seat for the x-300 - I went out to their website and they're there.
The factory spec seat height is 32.1" and Corbin lists theirs as 34.5", so that's not gonna work for me.

i have had and have Corbin seats on my cruisers. They make a great cruiser seat.

My problem with Corbin is that is all they make is a cruiser seat. Sure they make seats that fit on other bikes but they put you in the cruiser riding position. When I have sat on non cruiser bikes with Corbin seats I get myself situated on the seat and then close my eyes and reach for the bars. When I open my eyes I am several inches above and back from where the grips should be.

If you aren't interested in the above suggestions take a look at sargent because they make adventure style seats for various bikes. I had one for my KLX250S.

Fuzzy74 03-14-2019 07:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mohawk (Post 1609983)
Not sure if Corbin make a seat for this bike yet. The biggest issue with the stock seat is zero padding & what’s there is to stiff. The frame rails are angled upwards, such that the rear of the rider portion of the seat only has 20mm of hard foam over the seat base ☹️ It’s also angled forwards which is bad. So the tall seat benefits in two ways, there is 50mm+ of foam & it’s a softer density !

Installed my Corbin yesterday. Took an hour ride. Much improved over stock and I am told Corbins get better after a break in period.

kballowe 03-15-2019 08:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by twowheeladdict (Post 1610019)
i have had and have Corbin seats on my cruisers. They make a great cruiser seat.

My problem with Corbin is that is all they make is a cruiser seat. Sure they make seats that fit on other bikes but they put you in the cruiser riding position. When I have sat on non cruiser bikes with Corbin seats I get myself situated on the seat and then close my eyes and reach for the bars. When I open my eyes I am several inches above and back from where the grips should be.

If you aren't interested in the above suggestions take a look at sargent because they make adventure style seats for various bikes. I had one for my KLX250S.

I'm interested in all suggestions. :wink2:

I've used Mean City Cycles for seat mods, bought Seat Concepts, Corbin, Mustang, etc - over the years. My options are somewhat limited because of a short (29") inseam.

Perhaps there's a set of platform shoes in my future ? :grin2::grin2::grin2:

2wheels4fun 03-16-2019 05:22 PM

I've had a Corbin on both a '09 ninja 250r and a 2014 FJR. Both were a little better than standard seat but still way too hard for me.
When I got my new 2017 x-300, seat was very hard for the 40 mile slow trip home. From experience I learned on my FJR, I ripped out all the foam and put in a little bit of different foam and used modified this to fit:
Purple Portable Seat Cushion
You do loose almost all vibrations in seat and some feel of the bike but way better and very cheap compare to lots of other seats.

It also lowered the seat a fair amount on purpose since I have short legs.

zebraranger 03-16-2019 11:54 PM

Its the worst factory seat of any bike that I've ever owned. I've ordered a Airhawk that should arrive on Monday, I'll post the results as soon as I have time to do some serious seat time on it. If it works as well as the one I had on my Triumph Thunderbird, it will be well worth the price.

hdrider02 03-17-2019 06:25 AM

Seat Concepts for my 300 is the most comfortable seat I have ever had.
On other bikes have had Sargeant which was good, and Corbin which was not good.

chudzikb 03-18-2019 08:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hdrider02 (Post 1610361)
Seat Concepts for my 300 is the most comfortable seat I have ever had.
On other bikes have had Sargeant which was good, and Corbin which was not good.

Did the seat concepts seat raise the right height?

hdrider02 03-19-2019 06:01 AM

Same height as stock. I wonder why Kawasaki couldn't have spent a few extra dollars on better
foam and have the same results as Seat Concepts.

kballowe 03-19-2019 08:07 AM

More on the X-300 Corbin seat:

Factory seat height is 32.1 and Corbin lists 34.5 for their replacement seat. OK, so I emailed Corbin about the seat height asked if they had a lower version of that - and here is their response:

"I'm sorry to say that we cannot make the seat as low/narrow as the stock seat. For a better, ride we made it higher and further back"

RooneyCameron 03-21-2019 09:20 PM

Wallet Damage
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TexH (Post 1609935)
The biggest bang for your buck....
https://www.terryscustomseats.com/

Tex
Lajitas

What are we looking at as far as wallet damage goes for a Terry custom seat?

Brockie 03-22-2019 12:36 AM

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The most economical choice is the purchase of Kawasaki's optional "higher seat" as you can replace it with the original when you sell the bike and sell the higher seat separately. It has a different seat pan, is 2" longer (1" for the passenger, 1" for you) 1" or so higher, and has a far more comfortable shape towards the tank.
Perhaps not as flash or as comfortable as the aftermarket, but still a giant leap forward from the low seat.


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