Post by The General on Feb 28, 2009 11:30:55 GMT 1
A wooden block is probably OTT if you wanted to recover your seat, a piece of firm foam would be as good, if not better. I know you probably haven't much call to take passengers, but I guarantee, within a few days of converting you will think "bgger" and wish you had a pillion seat.
You could bungee or strap a pad on top of your seat, or buy a small patch of tool drawer liner to place on the driver's seat area to stop you sliding around. You can buy this kind of material for pillion seats anyway, but you will probably find out just how much you shift around when riding.
My suit has a couple of patches of anti slip on the "cheek area"
I've had similar thoughts and bought a ratty old seat off eBay to get the base. Plan is to have two seats, one standard with pillion, the other with "go faster hump"
If you strip back seat cover (original or spare) you could probably attach wooden hump, and by making hump first, you could then cut seat from from that point back, thus ensuring riders seat is still comfortable (ie. as it was, so to speak)
As for covering, removing cover and re attaching underneath with staple gun might mean you could use original cover still.
Could give you the riders seat as it is with the Hump area you want.
If wood was sealed painted and varnished (marine varnish) i would have thought that would be a pretty close match to bike paint work.
Joint to seat area (Seal line) could or would be visible.
This would seen quite normally if tidy, or you could fill in with 'plastic' padding type filler (the stuff used for dents) filed, smoothed and painted, altho' that may crack with the bike flexing..
Or use fibre glass (again comes in dent sized packs) although can be a B*tch to use...
Another idea assuming Hump is fixed to seat by screws/bolts would be to use rubber strip in between seat and hump or failing that door insulation tape (the spongy stuff) when compressed between seat and hump a dab of paint MIGHT make the tape less obvious.. (some testing would be required prior.
So spare seat £10-40 =rough/ripped/torn to pretty good.
Wood for hump £0-20 =salvage/all ready got some or trip to BnQ type outlet
Screw nuts £3+
Trim £1-£10 =£ store for insulation roll v ? for rubber seal, £10?
Paint, sealer, varnish and Filler around Score, possibly?
Total cost cheap £30 + Quality £100.
Would be tempted to go the cheap route for 2 reasons.
*Will you like it ............. (As McF says 'soon as you put it on, you'll want to take passengers! " ) *When your sitting on it you can't see it, and some improvements/enhancements in the 'Comfort' area may be needed, (Think of it as your prototype ;D )
As a pointer if you go cheap the scruffiest seat will do (as long as foam is ok) Haberdasheries sell 'Simulated Leather' cloth by the metre £2-3 would be ideal. Staple this over foam, would give a decent enough finish.
£30+ job done..... ;D
wait for paint to dry, add 'rizla' 'castrol' and Number sticker and enter in the isle of man TT.............
Now McF you must know the people see what THEY want to see........... Anything you want get off your chest.. ;D ;D
So what did i see...?
Strip..............ok (specially if its nell;D ) Hump............ok ;D (see above...if only.. ) Screw Nuts....ouch Rubber Seal.....kinky... ;D Joint...Just say No! Crack..Just say yes, Yes, yes! (Obviously depends where crack is )
Post by rj2para (Bisto) on Mar 2, 2009 13:41:02 GMT 1
No I almost fell off ;D pushing my skill levels a bit. Nobody else was at risk so it was ok.
Not as dramatic as it sounds, user error I did not set her up properly for a couple of bends. I had to use the back brake the second time to pull the back end round. Glad to know I can but not the smoothest way to turn right ;D
Called myself a muppet and rode on.
Definatly plan to keep the hump, it's a big improvement. I am now thinking how I can adapt it for some additional storage for my bike lock.
(Old bike Honda 1990 Revere 600) (New bike Honda 1997 VFR 750)
Great work RJ you're getting there an excellent day for the ride you did I was indulging in my other passion and spent all day on a boat - nice Preparing for the Round the Island Race and a few others this season King of the Foredeck - that's me ;D
Post by De Graaf van Salland on Aug 6, 2009 21:20:09 GMT 1
Upgrade of a block of wood
Recently a certain member of this forum (who has been seen riding his daughters bike) kindly supplied me with a certain “euphoria-inducing, brown powder”, which is not available on this side of the north sea, but widly available in most supermarkets in the UK.
This certain forum member has also been seen riding around with a block of wood on his seat, to prevent him from sliding backwards during his gigantic accelerations.
As a way of thanking this member for the mentioned powder, I set about thinking of ways of upgrading his block of wood.
Below is my first attempt; the wood is replaced by aluminium. Of course, it’s not yet finished. I still have to find ways of securing the structure to the bike. Also, the actual back rest is not yet there.
I will post photo's of further developments.
NTV650 (1996) owner from 2004 to 2014. Current bike: Suzuki DL650 ABS (V-strom / 2012)