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.
Pics would help us help you too...
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
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.
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.
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.