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I wonder if I can pick your collective brain :)

Now that I have the yamaha flat seat I'm considering having a custom made seat using the stock seat as donor. I'd like to have something made out of leather, retro looking (yep, late hipster here), and slighter higher at the back, so that I can attach my rear seat bag without running the risk of it catching fire for brushing the akra high exhaust.

I'd like it to be a bit more comfortable, so I ordered a gel pad (link). I will ask the upholsterer (guys that have done a few cars for me over the years) to put it in. I'm debating if I should include an heating element. It never gets too cold in here, but temp does drop into the low teens in winter.

This is the best I could find, and if nothing else changes that's what I'll be asking them to do. Silver stitching (mine is garage grey), perforated leather on the driver and passenger area, suede for the sides and full leather at the rear.



Anyone seen a good looking seat I could use for inspiration? I considered the seat of the BMW R Nine T (below) which I rather like, but maybe not enough retro.

Any general words of advice?

Thanks in advance.
Luis

 

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I really like the top one and to be honest have been thinking along the same lines as you. I really like this one from Macco Motors

http://www.bikeexif.com/macco-motors-custom-yamaha-xsr700

Personally I think that if retaining the standard tail light and rear fender the seat needs to taper the off at the tail end. I think the kick up makes the tail piece look a little 'chunky'
 

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Personally I think that if retaining the standard tail light and rear fender the seat needs to taper the off at the tail end. I think the kick up makes the tail piece look a little 'chunky'
That's my concern as well... the stock seat tapers upward, which reduces the bulk somewhat, but I fear it's not going to look too good, especially as I'm planning to get rid of the tail light. But I do need the extra clearance, I've got the sw-motech tail bag and it barely clears the exhaust.



I've also considered a single seat and a discrete rack. Not sure it would solve the issue, it would have to stand high above the exhaust. Does anyone know were the rack in this bike comes from?


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So I reckon that single seat is probably the better option, I think that rack is standard Yamaha is it not? Can you not then attach a piece of timber or something similar across it (east-west) to provide support to the underside of the bag.
 

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Yes, you are right. That's the standard Yamaha rack. Only works with the single seat.

Three problems I would have to solve:the base shell is most likely different from the standard seat, so no donor. Would have to remove the passenger pegs support as it would look silly with a single seat, and I think I need them, either for the exhaust or the bag stay. And finally the Yamaha rack is rated @ 1.5kg max... What the heck? Is it made of styrofoam?

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I ve been wondering whether the XSR900 and the XSR700 seats are interchangeable. The 900 seems comfier and a bit larger
 

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I've also considered a single seat and a discrete rack. Not sure it would solve the issue, it would have to stand high above the exhaust. Does anyone know were the rack in this bike comes from?


Luis

Did you find the rack provenance? I think (not sure) it is the stock Yamaha one sold with the single seat.
 
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