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post #1 of 10 Old 11-25-2008, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
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In case anyone's interested, I recently did this mod to my '07, looking to change the feel of the bike. Out of the box, when compared to my previous bike (93-95 ZXR750R, or ZX7R depending on where you are), it felt like I was perched up on top of it rather than down 'in' it. So, after having a go at the foam with an electric carving knife - and butchering it beyond belief - I took it to a local car upholstery place, who for $30 cut the foam down as far as practical and recovered it with the original cover. Last week I took the bike to Phillip Island for a couple of track days, and before throwing it down the road on the second afternoon, formed an opinion on the revised seat.

What a difference ! It absolutely transforms the bike, and I love it ! There's probably 2 inches or more out of the foam, you obviously don't notice the comfort aspect on the track, but for an old '90s bikes rider it felt like home, much more confidence -inspring and not feeling like you may be pitched over the bars under heavy braking.

Each to their own of course in terms of feel, but I personally can't recommend this highly enough. And it even saved 123g of weight :)

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I thought it was just me that felt that way. I hate that feeling of being perched so high. Nice write up, I will look into that here in S. Florida. Now my question- how did you ask them to cut or shave the foam? Or did they just cut it down sufficiently enough for the foam still function properly?

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Can you show us any pics?

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Nice! I might try this out for myself. Thanks for the pics
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I thought it was just me that felt that way. I hate that feeling of being perched so high. Nice write up, I will look into that here in S. Florida. Now my question- how did you ask them to cut or shave the foam? Or did they just cut it down sufficiently enough for the foam still function properly?
My instructions were pretty simple : cut it down as far as you reasonably can, while still leaving some foam in place. I had bought a spare seat to experiment with ; in the event I didn't like it, I could go back to the OEM seat, but that's no longer required.

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Here we go, apologies it's a little blurred : I'm a crap photographer

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Here we go, apologies it's a little blurred : I'm a crap photographer

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Brian that looks really really good!!! I have to ask how you shaved the seat so well and did you have to glue the cover on to the foam??? I just shaved mine but i think i effed up???? Not positive yet as i havent stapled my cover back on. LMK,sam.

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great idea, im sure seats on race bikes are like that for a reason.


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Brian that looks really really good!!! I have to ask how you shaved the seat so well and did you have to glue the cover on to the foam??? I just shaved mine but i think i effed up???? Not positive yet as i havent stapled my cover back on. LMK,sam.
Thanks Sam, I can't really take any credit though :) Following the advice of a friend, I used an electric carving knife to shave down the foam, but it turned out to be a bit blunt and started to hack the surface (wife was also extremely unimpressed that I would dare to use one of her kitchen implements in the garage - sigh ...). So, I took it to the upholstery shop, with instructions to tidy it up, cut down it down further as far as they thought was sensible, and re-cover it with the original cover. Apparently, the cover was just big enough to do the job, and I don't beleve they glued it at all.

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