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2 piece HD seat- Is it an option?

Hello again!

I've been wandering the globe looking for the "best" seating option that fits my needs and I've come across a Harley seat that someone is willing to give me, but I'm not sure if it will work on this bike.

It's a 2 piece seat that is much lower and wider than the stock seat- I am on a mission to get this stock seat replaced before my first long ride this season! Does anyone know if it is possible to put this style seat into action and make it look nice? Any tips would be appreciated. I'm prepared to cut off the sissy bar/passenger back rest, but before I do it, I'd appreciate some insight from someone who has been down this road before.

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If it sits on the frame then the only thing you need to figure out are mounting points/brackets to secure it. I know of at least one bike that used a Harley (Sportster 2 piece seat) I believe. It sat on the bike fine but didn't have a front tab and of course didn't have the two bolts to secure it to the toolbox area.

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I seriously doubt it would work without considerable fabrication, then it would not look right, and Harley seats are not known for being comfortable. I love my stock seat, and if anything should happen to it, I'd be looking for another one. But if the stock seat doesn't work for you, I'd look for a nice used Mustang. I understand they are considered the most comfortable of the aftermarket seats, and to me, comfort is number one, followed by looks, but, if it isn't comfortable, looks don't matter. Jerry.

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Hmmmph....sheeeesh

As long as it fits close to the lines of the frame you can always fabricate mounting brackets. I mounted a sportster seat to my 750 and all I had to do was get some T-6 aircraft aluminum, cut, bend and fasten out a new tounge peice, drill a hole into my rear fender and threw bolt it on using a wing nut for easy removal. And YES it looks good on the bike

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Oh Jerry, you are such a nay-sayer!
Unfortunately (?) not everyone has your butt or build
I found the picture of the Harley solo seat in my gallery
Here it is.. doesn't look too bad!

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If it sits on the frame then the only thing you need to figure out are mounting points/brackets to secure it. I know of at least one bike that used a Harley (Sportster 2 piece seat) I believe. It sat on the bike fine but didn't have a front tab and of course didn't have the two bolts to secure it to the toolbox area.
Thanks, these are exactly the thoughts I'm considering now. However, I'm hoping to eliminate the whole backrest/toolbox area completely. I just don't like it. I have pretty large saddlebags that hold the small tool kit I keep on the road. I think the sleeker look would sharpen the appearance of the bike. Might even consider eliminating the handrail piece altogether.

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They're coming. I haven't gotten the HD seat yet, and I don't want to tear my sled down while there is prime riding weather. Perhaps this weekend if the rain comes as forecast. Plus my camera sux

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I seriously doubt it would work without considerable fabrication, then it would not look right, and Harley seats are not known for being comfortable. I love my stock seat, and if anything should happen to it, I'd be looking for another one. But if the stock seat doesn't work for you, I'd look for a nice used Mustang. I understand they are considered the most comfortable of the aftermarket seats, and to me, comfort is number one, followed by looks, but, if it isn't comfortable, looks don't matter. Jerry.
Jerry, I always appreciate reading your posts. I've come to find you as a purist, preferring stock to all else. Someone who enjoys doing quality work and has a wealth of experience to offer people like myself who are completely ignorant in these things. Thanks for your feedback here. I have enjoyed the modifications I've made this far, it's taught me a lot on several levels- Thanks for your contribution there also. However, I stand 6'5" and 280#. The stock seat is ok when I ride solo, but 2 up it is only good for 20 miles before I have to stop. This is no good considering I'm planning a ride to DC in May. I've considered an after market seat, but I've heard the Corbin seat actually lifts you up and pushes a little closer to the tank (which is the opposite of what I need), and mustang seats are difficult to come by. Not to mention, I'm not really interested in paying $400-500 and up for a seat. My main concern is comfort. I know how my back 40 fits on a HD seat, and the ol' lady's too. Comfort is definitely the main objective here.

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As long as it fits close to the lines of the frame you can always fabricate mounting brackets. I mounted a sportster seat to my 750 and all I had to do was get some T-6 aircraft aluminum, cut, bend and fasten out a new tounge peice, drill a hole into my rear fender and threw bolt it on using a wing nut for easy removal. And YES it looks good on the bike

What I find so great about bikes is that as long as you put some thought into it, one can make just about anything they want to fit and work on a bike. Just plan it out and it will come.
Thanks, great insight. I knew it could be done, I guess I just need a push over the edge from someone who's walked the line. I'll acquire the seat this weekend and hopefully I'll figure it out. I've been really happy with the work I've gotten done on it so far. Every day I work on the bike, I kick myself for loosing 55 days to the shop last season in prime summer weather.

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Unfortunately (?) not everyone has your butt or build
I found the picture of the Harley solo seat in my gallery
Here it is.. doesn't look too bad!
That picture looks great! Thanks for sharing. I can't distinguish all the straps on the rear seat or what appears to be luggage on the back, but I'm hoping to remove the entire silver handrail if it looks ok.

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26,440 miles
MF Battery
Stator replaced (55 Days!)
V&H Cruisers
Relocate rear turn signals
Highwayman Saddlemen bags
Wingerline Highway bars
Ear Shave
Rejet carbs
R/R relocate
Coastered
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HD Heritage seat
12" ape hangers

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You can remove the handrail, HOWEVER.. you will need to replace it with something else since it also holds the rear fender in place.
What is used in that case is what is called Fender Struts
http://www.mcadvantages.com/fender_s...043,38,218.cfm
The other option is fabricating the existing handrail/fender strut or welding a piece to hold the rear fender
http://www.custom-choppers-guide.com...e-fenders.html

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I don't run fender struts and have not fabbed a custom fender,the two front bolts that hold the struts also bolt through the fender .There is plenty of frame that goes back to the rear of the seat for additional fender support bolts and the rear portion of the seat bears its weight on the frame.The rear seat bolt through the fender is there to secure the seat to the bike,so the struts aren't mandatory but they are good for supporting saddlebag bracket/supports,and you must use them with a backrest/ sissybar(factory style).




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Hello again!

So I got my new (to me) seat last night and just came in from playing with it a little. As I was preparing for, it doesn't fit at all right now, so I'll be starting to think how I'll be working the modification & hope I don't make it look horrible!

I'm attaching some pix and as always, your input and suggestions are welcome. Hopefully I can get this done in time for the run I'm planning over Memorial Weekend. It will be a long ride from Ohio to D.C. on that stock seat!

I like how far up the crotch part of the seat shoots up the gas tank. However, I'm not happy (at first sit anyway) with how high up it makes me sit- although I have gotten a little further back as I'd hoped. The rear seat is great size, but with the handrails as they sit now, we're looking and almost 2 3/4" between the bolt hole of the seat and the rear fender. I'm hesitant to start cutting on the handrail so will be playing with the idea of removing them completely and see how it looks from there.

Sadly I doubt I'll get much more done this evening as I'll be dismantling my stove/range to replace the electronic brain in it. A house with 5 hungry kids does not a happy dad make! Must get that fixed ASAP before I have to be committed
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"Vanessa"
1995 VN 750 (bought as 2nd owner 11/2008)
26,440 miles
MF Battery
Stator replaced (55 Days!)
V&H Cruisers
Relocate rear turn signals
Highwayman Saddlemen bags
Wingerline Highway bars
Ear Shave
Rejet carbs
R/R relocate
Coastered
Kuryakin ISO Duallys all around
HD Heritage seat
12" ape hangers

To Do:
Some sort of new grips
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Paint Job- should I do it myself?
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