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So a little background first. I had been searching for a VN900 seat to mod to fit my bike for a while. I missed two really good deals on ebay...turns out that is probably for the best. The more I looked at pictures of bikes with the 900 seat, the more I got to feeling I didn't like the way there was extra fender space showing. You can't see it with saddlebags of course, but I don't have any (yet...they will be here Thursday... but that is beside the point!). So I decided I would mod my stock seat and save some money.

The real drivers behind this are 1) I really didn't like the banana seat look of the stock seat and 2) when riding 2 up there just wasn't enough room for my wife and I to ride comfortably. So, I had already bought a backrest from a Honda 1100 and I figured I would just mod the stock seat to lay flat and give her the extra room.

I didn't take any pictures of the steps because you can find those in other threads here. Basically I took my dremel and a cutoff wheel and cut the seat pan where it curves up at the back. Then cut both pieces square and used a piece of scrap metal and some short bolts to hold them back together. Anyway, here are some pics of what it looks like.

Here is the bike from the side for the overall effect:


Here is a closer look of the backrest and all. You can see that I used cap nuts for a cleaner look. I fashioned a bracket for the back side. I'm going to redo it because as you might have noticed I have no rear turn signals (not required in FL anyway) and I want to extend the brackets a little so I can mount the new turn signals I bought on ebay on them.


Now, to support the seat I used a couple of pieces of closet maid hanger rod stuck into the frame with a set screw holding it in place. It's white. I need to paint it. But here is a shot of how I supported the back. I used the brackets that held the seat in place in the stock configuration.


There is a longer bolt a little further up that goes all the way through the fender and is held down via another cap nut underneath to hold it all down. It's all very sturdy.

So, some things I still want to do:
Cut off the grab rails so they don't stick out so bad.
Modify the seat padding to move my butt back a little and make it more comfortable all the way around. I may see about talking to Spencer at greatdaytoride about that.
Recover it to get rid of the buttons. Sorry couch look...this is 2012.
Some how fill in the space on the back part. Any suggestions for how to do that? I was thinking about maybe making a frame out of wood that would cover it all and allow me to still staple the cover back down. Not sure yet.
 

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Well judging by the overwhelming responses y'all are either unimpressed with my efforts or tired of seeing another seat thread. :)

Anyway, I did a little more today. Made my new brackets and added the rear turn signals. I need to go back and do the wiring better I just did it temporary like for now. Gotta cut the grab rails, paint the closet rod, and try to fill in the gap in the back somehow still. I'm shooting for this weekend for that part. Oh, and my saddlebags should be here on Thursday.

Blinkers side view:


Rear view:
 

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I like it. Nice that you can take the passenger back rest off when you're solo.
 

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Thanks guys. I still want to clean it up some cause I'm still not satisfied with the gap under the seat. But I have some thoughts on how to make that look better.

thtanner, it's not as easy to remove it when riding solo as you might think. But it is something that is doable. I had looked at some of the quick release back rests but most places seem to be pretty proud of them.

So far I'd guess I have about $60 in it so far. That includes $30 for the back rest, about $10 in nuts/bolts/flat bar, and $20 for 4 turn signals, even though I only used 2 so maybe I can get a little back on that. That's still a lot cheaper than I have been able to find a vn900 seat to go with my back rest. Plus it has given me a project...something other than just drinkin beer. ;)
 

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I cant see the pics but that idea similarly reminds me of something im gonna do to my 750. I chopped the seat up real short. But theres just enough room for a rider...but no backrest.
What i was thinking of designing was getting smaller stock tubing and making a 'slide in' back rest for the passenger. Use a simple bolt and pin to keep it in. Yank out when taking it solo.

Gotta find tubing first that slides up inside the frame.
 

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That is a good idea. The closet maid hanger rod is the right size to slide in the frame, but I'm not sure if it would be strong enough to support someone leaning against it on a backrest. Something to guide you as to what size to look for anyway.
 

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Plus it has given me a project...something other than just drinkin beer.
There ya go bro !...and best yet, YER FABBIN !!!!...thats the first step that so many are afraid of...once ya get past that first hurdle, never know !!!! :smiley_th
 

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I made some updates last weekend but I just got around to taking pictures to post. I added some 2x2 wood under the back part of the seat to make it thicker and hide the underneath bits. I also covered over the wood with some fake leather stuff I had so you can't see the wood reflection in the tail light cover. Then I cut off the side rails. And lastly I put my saddlebags on. So I think I can say I'm done with my seat now and pretty pleased with it.

Cut side rail and bracket:


Seat thickness now:


Rear view:


Side view:


Overall look:
 

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that looks alot more natural. this is actually a mod im gonna do this winter. i already did the vn900 seat mod, but my wife dont like the feel of the driver seat at all, and i actually liked the stock seat better too. just need the bigger back seat so i dont have to drive all hunched over and unsafe like. wasn't sure how to support the back side that gets folded down. now i got my ideas. almost wanting winter to come along now lol... ALMOST
 

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My wife finally took a ride with me for the first time since I modded the seat. It was soooo much more comfortable for both of us. I was able to sit where I normally do instead of feeling like I'm way forward and hunched over. And she was able to lean back against the back rest instead of being draped over my back (which I honestly didn't mind). Was a much more enjoyable ride for both of us.
 

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Could i See a Picture of the backside of the seat please since i can not find any other pics of how it was done . I really like this mod and want to do it as well. Thank you in advance
 

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What type bags are those? They look very much like a set I have been looking at, but wanted to actually see on a bike. This helps immensely!
 

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LoneVulcan, when you say the backside of the seat, you mean the underneath part? There's not much to see at the back end because I covered it with some black vinyl so you can't see all the ugliness reflected in the chrome of the taillight housing. :) But I can still pull it off and snap a couple of pics if you want me to.

I've been toying with modifying the seat some more or maybe just getting some sheet metal and building my own seat pan and padding and covering it. That way I don't have to be without a bike while I'm working on it.

Okie, those bags are from Leatherup.com. They are model x860. They have lots of different styles and sizes. They were only $70 and I think there was a coupon code that got an additional 10% off.

Having ridden with them on there for a while now I can say I'm pretty happy with them. They are holding up well and have enough space most of the time. Sometimes when the wife and go somewhere and need to carry extra layers of clothes there isn't enough space, but that doesn't happen often. One of the tie downs broke when my wife was getting on and her foot caught the saddlebag just right. The loop that the tie down goes through pulled out. I think that was just a freak accident though.
 

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Well judging by the overwhelming responses y'all are either unimpressed with my efforts or tired of seeing..........
Any redesign of a seat for the 750 is usually an upgrade. Glad to see you making it a person design. I, myself, just couldn't ride on the stock seat more than 20 minutes at a time. I have the 'noassatall' desease and I'm a heavy set guy. Boney ass and the 750 seat,,,,, should not even be said in the same sentence. Thats why I went with the 900 seat with Spencers foam upgrade. Extra width is well worth it. Now my butts all happy happy happy:beerchug:.
 

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LoneVulcan, when you say the backside of the seat, you mean the underneath part? There's not much to see at the back end because I covered it with some black vinyl so you can't see all the ugliness reflected in the chrome of the taillight housing. :) But I can still pull it off and snap a couple of pics if you want me to.
Main thing I want t know is what you used to mount to the bike, did you just use the original holes and use a plate what size plate you used after you cut the backrest down to piece the 2 together and did you mount anythig under the seat to support the pssenger, it looks like its off the tail light from the pics, since I only have 1 seat I need as much info as possible.( i'm the kind of guy that reads n reads then procedes wth caution)
thank you
 
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