Hi all has anyone had any ideas how to stop the front edges on the comfort seat rubbing through on the fuel tank, I've just bought a new one and would like to stop any damage to it before it starts, I've thought abought sticky foam pad on the tank wear the seat edges touch but think that would make no difference, I've pulled edges out and that works but only for a short while until it goes back to normal shape. Any ideas? Cheers
Post by superspirit on Apr 3, 2019 13:48:32 GMT -7
A member posted a while back that he put the soft side of some little round Velcro pieces on the front of the seat, so that the Velcro would slide on the tank not the seat. Looked like a good idea. I have over 5000 miles on my comfort seat no problem yet. And I haven't done anything but ride on mine. I've seen pics of the problem I just haven't experienced it.
Post by RedAndBlack on Apr 3, 2019 14:12:00 GMT -7
On the bottom of the seats are like 4 rubber grommets that rest against the frame when you lock the seats in place. The rear two are taller than the front two. I took the tall ones off my stock seat and moved them to the comfort seat this way the comfort seat had taller rubber grommets towards the front in addition to the rear. This raises the front of the seat up off of the tank a little bit better.
It makes the seat a little harder to lock into place but since there's no storage space under the seat, it's rare to take off anyway so hasn't been a big deal. I bought my comfort seat used and it already had some minor wear. But it doesn't seem to have gotten worse since I did this.
Great seat, poor design by Yamaha and a shame for a seat that costs so damn much.
What actually damages the paint/seat is the up and down movement of the seat at the front, due to a large gap it shouldn't be there. And also due to the seat being too tight at the edges, due to having the wrong curvature. That's baffling, since it uses the same base as stock, which is perfect. At any rate, I solved both potential issues a little different than RedAndBlack. Since I didn't want the seat any higher than it already was, I glued a thick washer cut in half under the front tab where the seat latches into (invisible), but before that, grinded the leading edge at a 45º angle so the seat could slip under it easier. It required some trial and error, until I found one that eliminated the gap while still being relatively easy to latch the seat. I just had to push the seat down harder to latch it, but easily done. In addition, I added soft Velcro rectangles (in black) exactly where the edges touch the paint once seat is latched, just in case there was any movement. Since my bike is black, they're basically invisible unless you look at them an inch from them. Finally, I also adjusted the seat latch as rearward as possible, to minimize the pressure the seat edges were putting against the tank. I was surprised at the amount of work I had to do on an OEM seat, but didn't have any alternative, so just went ahead and did it. I didn't want any seat 'skins', and neither the ultra tall and heavy Corbin seat. By now, Sargent should be out with their seat, so newer buyers should have another alternative. I've owned a few, and much prefer them over Corbins, especially for light folks. They're cheaper, more comfortable (at least to me), lighter, and with seat storage, so never bought another Corbin after that. Hope this helps.
Can't stress this enough, the Corbin seat is not taller for the rider and really doesn't weigh much more than the stock seat, at worst it's the same height, and at best I think I'm a little closer to flat-footing both feet at the same time. I really wish you would stop acting like you have first-hand knowledge on products you've only seen a picture on a website of.
When I get the right Corbin in (Corbin sent the single seater and not the one with passenger seat) I will do final measurements to put this issue to rest.
So what I've done is warm a piece of hose pipe up and slide it over the front locator left about 3/8ths or 10mm if your in metric, obviously it's left a bigger gap but if it solves the problems I can live with it.