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post #1 of 11 Old 04-21-2019, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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While I had the bike on the lift last night going over routine maintenance, since I don't know has actually been done by the PO, I decided to try something. When it came time to put the seats back on, I left the pillion seat off and rigged up the rider seat to see if I could get more room for my fat butt on this bike, without spending any money. I had a block of 2x4 laying around and a big bag of zip-ties, like any real man with a bike (lol ), so I set the seat on the block, which also allows the seat to sit back farther on the fender, and tied it all in place. When done it measures 3" back and 2.25" up, roughly, from the normal position. That puts your feet about 3.75" farther away from your hips, (a squared plus b squared = c squared) which doesn't sound like much, until you try it. What a vast improvement! I'm 6'1" and 200-and-too-many-pounds (240) so I'm already at a challenging size for this bike. I'm long past the stage of caring what people think how I look on a bike, and I just want to enjoy the ride. Now it reminds me on my '74 Honda CB360 which I learned to ride on. It is so much better that I may just leave it like that for a bit, while I fabricate a new bracket system for it. I work in sheet metal fabrication and run a turret punch press and press brakes, etc, so in my spare time I will see what I can come up with. I need to adjust the shifter linkage to fit me better also, but that is simple enough since it's on a knurled rod and lever. I may just change out the brake pedal to one that actually pivots by the peg, thereby reducing the amount of travel my foot has to do to engage the brake. I saw the parts on a thread about forward controls. I won't even need forward controls if I can make this seat mod work. Here are some pics of it. Remember: If it's stupid but it works, then it isn't stupid. I was actually surprised how solid it felt while test riding it. Of course I won't leave it like this for long. If those zip ties break that will make for a bad day.
Oh one more thing: I rotated the handlebar up a tad as well. More comfortable on the wrists and can actually adjust the mirrors to use them.
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Several members here have done similar, yet permanent seat mods. You can find their threads with a tag search.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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I remember some guy that used to be here a long time ago, I believe his name was soulsearcher, that rigged up a seat using a 2x4. I would love to modify my seat to make it comfortable, and looks don't matter, but it would have to be reversible. I have a new condition 2016, and I'm not going to start drilling, cutting and welding on it. I could get an eBay seat, and modify that all I wanted.
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Jerry, IIRC, none of the seat mods referenced above required drilling, cutting, or welding.

Here's a link: https://www.hondarebelforum.com/tags/seat%20mod.html

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Thank you for the links! I will check them out when off work in the morning

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Not to highjack my own thread, but, I have learned two valuable lessons about the Rebel thus far: 1) this is the first bike I have had that will engage the starter while the kill switch is in 'kill' position. Glad the battery is good. 2) The fuel petcock really does turn the fuel off. You should have seen me trying to figure that one out haha. I'm used to FI. All is good now!
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One other thing: I found out that the speedometer is right on, as well. I have never seen that before. That's pretty cool.

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One other thing: I found out that the speedometer is right on, as well. I have never seen that before. That's pretty cool.
I still wonder about mine, those courtesy "you are going ##mph" trailers left out by the police say it's right on at 35-40, but all 3 of my cage-types speedo's read a tad higher than the trailer tells me??? (*conspiracy by the auto manufacturers?*)

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I wouldn't trust the trailer things the cops put out to show your speed. They could be rigged to show your speed as fast. I use a GPS, and more than one to keep each other in check. The app on my phone works good as well. The only time my 4-wheelers have ever been off is when I buy new tires and use a different brand than what came with them new. Within 1% isn't too bad, but I have seen as much as 10% on my bikes. That's way to much, IMHO, but it would seem that big brother isn't too concerned about it. Accuracy with the mileage is what concerns me more, as that affects value down the road.

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I've been through a number of the radar trailers in various states, and they were all consistent.

I know one rider reported that when riding very winding roads, his GPS wasn't alwys accurate. Would probably be smack on on a straight road.

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