My problem was that, 1. I always felt as though I was going to slide off seat under breaking, 2. Felt squashed, and 3. Just a bloody awful seat………..
I did raise front about an inch, which did help a bit, but then felt I was stretching to reach ground, and I am not short legged, (33” inseam), but just did not feel comfortable when stopping. Also, fitted foot pegs, which again helped a bit, but I then felt even more sure I was going to slide off front if I had to break hard……
So, what I wanted was to reduce height and move the passenger “hump” back.
I removed seat first, simple enough. Four allen bolts. Don’t forget to remove plastic cover and disconnect seat sensor.
Removing cover was easy, just lift centre of staples and pull out with a pliers, like pulling teeth!!!!!
As can be seen in photo, cover is held stretched by a piece of stiff plastic that fits through centre of seat sponge, just fold it and push back through.
What I wasn’t expecting was the cut-out in the seat with the black strip in it. This by the way was covered with a piece of light sponge to cover it and fill in the groove. (I, unfortunately, forgot to get a pic of it). The black strip is the seat sensor. I do not really know why, but I was not expecting the sensor to be like this, I thought it would be more of a mechanical mechanism of some sort. So I just left it alone.
Because of the sensor I could not really lower the seat on that part, so what I did was to place a piece of 1” foam on the front hump to rise up the front of the seat. I did trim a little off the rear.
Now the passengers “hump”. I got a hack saw and started cutting, (I tell you, I was nervous, because once you start there is no turning back……). You can see the piece I removed.
I also did a fair bit of final trimming and fitting, placing pad on seat and checking all was ok, and re-adjusting several times. To do the trimming and smooth off the pad I found an angle grinder the best tool. Just be careful not to dig into foam and leave score marks. Just gently, as flat as possible, move it from side to side or just pull it towards you. Take off small amounts at a time as you cannot add back………….
I also removed about a 1/4 “ off the height of the passenger seat so the “hump” would be lower as well as flatter because of the piece I cut off.
Once happy, I then re-stretched cover and stapled it back on.
You can see a bit of difference in the “before/after” photo, looks subtle, but feels hugely different.
Is it better? Well, not gone for a long ride yet, but on going a few miles felt less inclined to slide forward, could sit further back and therefore get my feet in front of my knees, felt better using foot pegs and also, as I had removed front seat risers and just fitted a pad there, was actually sitting lower on bike and the screen gave better wind protection. Also, because of this, could get feet better on ground. So overall, yes happy enough, (still not as comfortable as my Harley Softail was though).
Would like to get rid of passenger “hump” altogether, but that would mean a total re-covering of seat, maybe at a later date………
Sorry about some of the bad photos..........