Could not agree more! Kinda like the HD guys...Its all about the looks!I was talking about the discomfortable seat, to a fellow rider who had never seen a Versys before (not that many around here), he looked at the bike and said something like: "Maybe the guy who drew the seat just followed the lines of the bike, never giving a thought about confort"...
Maybe he's right...
I agree. I test rode an F800GS as well. I was squirming on the seat and trying to unbunch my jeans before I was even out of the parking lot.I tested an F800GS, that seat made the Versys seat feel good by comparison.
I am hoping to get some lowering affect out of carving off some of the padding of my original seat. I would feel a lot more comfortable if I could set a inch or so lower and could touch the ground flat footed. I dropped my bike once when I rode over a small curb it was only about 2 inches tall. But it was enough that I could not touch the ground and I ended up dropping my bike. Lucky I didn’t damage anything and a couple men came over and helped me lift the bike back up. Is there any utube videos out that show how to do this. I am worried about ruining my seatFigured I'd copy this into the appropriate forum, as I previously submitted it as a reply in the "Performance Mods" forum in a Corbin Seat thread. Probably more relevant here. I hope it helps those having issues with the stock seat. Apologies if this is long-winded, but I'm having great success with it so far.
As most of us know, the biggest problem with the stock seat is the downward slope and the elevated tailbone section. I did some surgery on mine to level out the tailbone area, give it a little bit of a cup / bowl shape, and padded up the fore section with small cuts of firm camping mattress pad glued to the front half of the seat pan.
The primary pressure point near the tailbone / upper butt area has been relaxed / removed, and the seating pressure is now spread over a much larger area of the buttocks. The density of the stock seat foam is adequate once you get it shaped right.
Here's a pic with the cover on:
The stock cover fits fine. It is stretchy. The only part of the modification you will notice visually when you put the cover back on is the small forward section of the pillion seat that I carved back and flattened (vertically) a bit. I don't think it looks bad, plus it gives me a "locked in" feeling in the seat. It touches the lower back, upper pelvis area and probably provides just a bit more seating room. Feels great.
A few tips: Careful pulling the stock staples out. Wiggle them up with a small screwdriver and then use pliers to yank them out. You can stop pulling staples about an inch or two aft the seam in the seat, then peel the cover back. They put a TON of staples in that thing. I only replaced about half the staples that were there to begin with, which is more than enough. The "driver's" foam section lifts right out. Don't remove the passenger / pillion foam, just carve it right there on the pan. Put on a particle mask!!
For the rider's seat, draw a line about 6 to 8 inches in from the rear of the seat, on top. Then slowly carve from the rear to the front, back and forth with the 2" drum sander (or other abrasive device) The idea is to remove the upward lip on the rear part of the seat, along the same plane where you drew the line. Don't take too much foam away at first, but also don't worry about the foam being too thin. There's plenty of foam there.
The blue foam camping pad squares are self explanatory. I used a dab of hot glue to secure them to the pan. Cut to size and put them on the forward half of the pan. None on the rear. Staple cover back in place, use short staples. I think mine were 6mm but I can't remember. The staples were my only expense here... about $3.00.
Ride report: I got about 1 hour and 45 minutes on it after work today. I set out with the intent of being mindful of the seat. Typically, after less than an hour, my arse begins to feel the burn. When I returned home I realized that the seat never crossed my mind the entire ride. I was enjoying the beautiful weather and the pleasant NC spring scenery. I'd highly recommend giving this a shot before dropping big bread on a new seat. If it works for you half as well as it felt for me today, you will consider it a major success. Also, there is no sliding forward anymore at all. No more "front wedgies". I'm loving it and can't wait till I have the time for a 5 or 6 hour day in the NC mountains!!
NOT true.But the mechanics I talked to said you have to lower the front the same amount. By having some one take apart the front forks and rebuild them to match the lowering of the rear because if you don’t it will upset the handling of the motorcycle in the turns.And you will need to have that done by a professional front forks building expert.