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I got a quote for $550 to "fix" an extra seat I have for my 2020 BV350. Figured that was too high, so I'd do it myself. What an epic failure...
1. remove the cover and start cutting the foam pad I bought at WalMart for $11.
1. remove the cover and start cutting the foam pad I bought at WalMart for $11.
2. Start layering the cheap foam until you get the desired shape (in your mind).
2. Start layering the cheap foam until you get the desired shape (in your mind).
3. wrap the whole thing with a layer of cheap foam to "even it out".
3. wrap the whole thing with a layer of cheap foam to "even it out".
4. Pull the original cover back on, knowing it's too small, and start yelling about how the foam is for expanding.
4. Pull the original cover back on, knowing it's too small, and start yelling about how the foam is for expanding.
5. take everything apart & make a huge sticky mess in the kitchen. Also, make sure to damage the original foam.
5. take everything apart & make a huge sticky mess in the kitchen. Also, make sure to damage the original foam.
6. Put it back together like a hobo would & cower in disgrace.
6. Put it back together like a hobo would & cower in disgrace.
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But was it more comfortable, at least?!

Thanks for the chuckle. It's good to laugh at ourselves sometimes.

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Sargent modified mine. It's a 2013, they did a decent job comfort-wise and made a new cover in black as well. The cost was $330.00 since I too have attempted seat modification myself and also failed miserably, I felt the price was cheap!
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You're being too hard on yourself. At least you gave it a go. Did you watch any videos on doing this? I think using a solid piece of denser foam that you could shape with a bread knife and rasp might have turned out better. It looks like the original cover is still in tact. I vote for you to give it another shot.
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Bueller wrote:
Sargent modified mine. It's a 2013, they did a decent job comfort-wise and made a new cover in black as well. The cost was $330.00 since I too have attempted seat modification myself and also failed miserably, I felt the price was cheap!
What did you have them do? I've been thinking of taking my BV 250 saddle to Corbin. Particularly hate the placement of the step….
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bdonley wrote:
What did you have them do? I've been thinking of taking my BV 250 saddle to Corbin. Particularly hate the placement of the step….
The BV350 seat had a piece that bolted to the seat between the rider and passenger sections. I had removed it years ago to get a bit more room, and the seat pan was hitting my tailbone. They inserted foam to soften and reshape that area. I was good with the rest of the foam in the seat.

It's not perfect because there is no way to increase the size of the rider area, but it's pretty damn good!
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Since you were thinking about heading to Corbin, Here is what a Corbin refinished seat looks like on my BV350.
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Wow that Corbin looks great, and comfy.

Did you ride in and get it done the same day? What was the experience like? Cost?

I've had Corbin saddles on previous motorcycles, but I've never purchased one personally though I am considering it for the BV.
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Hey - at least you weren't hurt (physically).

I reckon after that experience, you'll do an even better job next time. Don't give up.
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The Corbin experience was great. I set up an appointment and rode it in. They did it in a day. I remember there were two Harleys, a BMW RS1200?, and the BV all getting seats at the same time. One tech is assigned to do your job.

They used the existing seat pan, so you don't get your seat back. I probably did like 4 test rides to get the fit right prior to making the cover. I was trying to get it as low as possible as I'm on the short side, but there is only so much that can be done because the seat pan curves down.

I don't remember the cost exactly, but seem to remember it was about the same price as one of their seats. I didn't quite understand the pricing because they have a different rate for a custom seat but they charged me less. Not sure why, I just remember the tech telling the purchasing agent to charge me xxx amount, so it seemed variable.

It was definitely a splurge for a scooter, but I've put about 27,000 miles on the seat and no complaints.
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Thank you! That is great feedback.
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