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.