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Re: Anyone try the Kawasaki Touring Seat?
« Reply #225 on: July 16, 2016, 10:56:52 am »
Nice write up on the seat mod.  Since starting this thread, I did get the touring seat.  I'm 6', 170 pounds.  The touring seat isn't great for me. Still pushing me into the tank and rotating me forward too much.  The problem is the sloping back part of the seat, If I scoot back at all, the seat want to rotate me forward a lot.  I tried a bunch of garage mods on the original seat and never really got it.  Likely will try a Baldwin this year.  If I can't get the ergos right, the bike's gonna go.
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Re: Anyone try the Kawasaki Touring Seat?
« Reply #226 on: July 16, 2016, 11:48:52 am »
 Try a Laam!
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Re: Anyone try the Kawasaki Touring Seat?
« Reply #227 on: July 16, 2016, 01:05:24 pm »
For under $50 you can do what I did.  Buy T50 heavy duty flat-tip staples, Gater 2" combo kit $15, a can of Adhesive spray and experiment.  Work outside your garage and wear a mask.
After digging my hole I still have 2" depth of Foam.
Before selling your Concours, see if you can find a Corbin seat made for a 2012+ ZX14r.  It has a nice shape and keeps you planted in the back.  It has hard foam.  I put a bead pad on it.
I'm 5'10" 200 lb. 65 yrs old with a slipped Disc, left Knee partial repair, Carpal Tunnel in both wrists, neck injuries  and now a right Hip Flexor pain.  The Touring Seat is about an 1" higher than my stock seat and I get relief.   Motorcycle riding for 45 yrs and hope to get a couple more yrs before I trade my Bikes for a Convertible. 
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Re: Anyone try the Kawasaki Touring Seat?
« Reply #228 on: October 04, 2016, 09:56:33 pm »
Shameless bump ;D    as much as I loved this seat, I sold my bike and now the seat is in the forum classifieds
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Re: Anyone try the Kawasaki Touring Seat?
« Reply #229 on: June 12, 2018, 09:28:06 am »
I just bought one and I have one complain about the Kaw touring seat. I'm not sure if mine is defective or if this is the way they come from Kawasaki.

In both of the seating areas it seems that the outside cover doesn't stick to the pad (or whatever is directly under the cover). It's like they needed to spray some stickum on the pad(s) before the installation of the cover and this wasn't done. So if you press your hand down on the cover there's a pocket of air that gets forced out on both the driver's and the passenger's seating area. It's not a big deal but it just doesn't seem right and with this pocket or air I'm concerned that the seat could rip more easily. Once you sit on it the air pocket goes away of course.

You guys that have this seat, is yours like that?

I could take some pics if you don't get what I'm asking?   
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Re: Anyone try the Kawasaki Touring Seat?
« Reply #230 on: June 12, 2018, 11:17:18 am »
I just bought one and I have one complain about the Kaw touring seat. I'm not sure if mine is defective or if this is the way they come from Kawasaki.

In both of the seating areas it seems that the outside cover doesn't stick to the pad (or whatever is directly under the cover). It's like they needed to spray some stickum on the pad(s) before the installation of the cover and this wasn't done. So if you press your hand down on the cover there's a pocket of air that gets forced out on both the driver's and the passenger's seating area. It's not a big deal but it just doesn't seem right and with this pocket or air I'm concerned that the seat could rip more easily. Once you sit on it the air pocket goes away of course.

You guys that have this seat, is yours like that?

I could take some pics if you don't get what I'm asking?


I noticed this as well. Seem peculiar to me why they would be content with that, but it does not seem to effect anything.

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Re: Anyone try the Kawasaki Touring Seat?
« Reply #231 on: June 12, 2018, 04:23:47 pm »
I just bought one and I have one complain about the Kaw touring seat. I'm not sure if mine is defective or if this is the way they come from Kawasaki.

In both of the seating areas it seems that the outside cover doesn't stick to the pad (or whatever is directly under the cover). It's like they needed to spray some stickum on the pad(s) before the installation of the cover and this wasn't done. So if you press your hand down on the cover there's a pocket of air that gets forced out on both the driver's and the passenger's seating area. It's not a big deal but it just doesn't seem right and with this pocket or air I'm concerned that the seat could rip more easily. Once you sit on it the air pocket goes away of course.

You guys that have this seat, is yours like that?

I could take some pics if you don't get what I'm asking?

If you glue the material to the foam, it will feel harder than it does with it loose. Not gluing it allows the cover to move independently to the foam. Sargent seats are made that way as well.

Here is a quote from Sargent Seats, " Foam suspension interference - Gluing the upholstery to the foam doesn’t allow the foam to "move" independently from the upholstery resulting in foam that feels too stiff or hard.  By allowing the foam to move independently from the upholstery, the full dynamics of the foam suspension can be fully utilized."


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Re: Anyone try the Kawasaki Touring Seat?
« Reply #232 on: June 12, 2018, 10:47:16 pm »
is this touring seat the same as they used to sell as the "low gel" seat? anyone?  Steve

Steve I had the Kawasaki gel seat which I swapped for my original seat,looking at the pictures and description on the Kawasaki web site it looks different and no mention of gel inserts.
It was very uncomfortable.Sold it since.
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Re: Anyone try the Kawasaki Touring Seat?
« Reply #233 on: June 13, 2018, 09:22:10 am »
I just bought one and I have one complain about the Kaw touring seat. I'm not sure if mine is defective or if this is the way they come from Kawasaki.

In both of the seating areas it seems that the outside cover doesn't stick to the pad (or whatever is directly under the cover). It's like they needed to spray some stickum on the pad(s) before the installation of the cover and this wasn't done. So if you press your hand down on the cover there's a pocket of air that gets forced out on both the driver's and the passenger's seating area. It's not a big deal but it just doesn't seem right and with this pocket or air I'm concerned that the seat could rip more easily. Once you sit on it the air pocket goes away of course.

You guys that have this seat, is yours like that?

I could take some pics if you don't get what I'm asking?

If you glue the material to the foam, it will feel harder than it does with it loose. Not gluing it allows the cover to move independently to the foam. Sargent seats are made that way as well.

Here is a quote from Sargent Seats, " Foam suspension interference - Gluing the upholstery to the foam doesn’t allow the foam to "move" independently from the upholstery resulting in foam that feels too stiff or hard.  By allowing the foam to move independently from the upholstery, the full dynamics of the foam suspension can be fully utilized."

Thanks for the word on this guys.

And thank you Phil for that info from Sargent. Makes sense now. I have two other Kaw seats, the stocker and the low gel, and neither one is like I described the touring seat to be.
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