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post #1 of 32 Old 01-30-2015, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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As you probably know I own an 09 klr650, and I have the stock seat. I've looked into aftermarket seats but most of them are rather expensive. After a trip to the local kawasaki shop I saw that the 2015 klr's have a new and improved seat. Does anyone know if the 2015 seats fit on the 08+ klr's? And if so would it be any cheaper?
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post #2 of 32 Old 01-30-2015, 01:34 PM
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Should fit just fine .
No idea on if it's cheaper though, I don't know what Kawi would be charging for a new stock seat. I'm kind of guessing it would be pricey though.

Have you looked at the SeatConcepts seat kits? You use your existing seat pan and then put the kit's foam and cover on it. They have a couple of different styles and foam density's. I have the standard one (lol, only one they offered for the KLR when I bought it) and I really like it.

I also tried the Kawasaki factory gel seat kit. It was more comfortable than the stocker, but I didn't like how hot the gel got when it was in the sun. Also, I think the price was close to the Seat Concepts kit price.

Only drawback to the new seat for me is that since it's wider it spreads your legs out a little farther. Makes it harder to touch the ground! Lol!

Oops, I forgot to add the link for Seat Concepts. Mine would be the standard flat, if I had to buy again I would probably try the commuter.
http://seatconcepts.com/products#!/~...sort=relevance


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post #3 of 32 Old 01-31-2015, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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True, I csnt find any stock seats online so it may take a run to the kawi shop to ask. I'll have to look into those kits thanks.
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List price on an OEM seat is usually in the $315 range.

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I'm almost 100% that one can remove the front bracket from a Gen2 seat to make it fit a Gen1. If memory serves the Gen2 seat will fit without removing the bracket but will scrape the paint on the tank.
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List price on an OEM seat is usually in the $315 range.

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Man. That's like 5% of the cost of the entire machine and it probably costs around $10 to manufacture said seat in a Southeast Asian sweat shop manned by children. There's not much to a seat.

As a side note, another alternative to the stock seat is to procure one of these devices and spend a few hours a day sitting on it to numb the gluteal regions and accustomize them to the KLR seat:






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I'm just guessing, that's a saddle-horse instead of a saw-horse. lol.

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I'm just guessing, that's a saddle-horse instead of a saw-horse. lol.
It's called a "Spanish Donkey" or a "Wooden Horse;" medieval torture device.

Actually, since I don't ride long distances, I have no problem with the stock KLR seat. I had a Stearns ATV seat cover on it for awhile, but it soaked up water like a sponge when it rained and it was slippery against my riding pants when dry and I'd slide all over the seat, so I ditched it.

I can handle anything under an hour on the stock seat. I hit an hour and I'm pulling over for a break. I certainly wouldn't want to spend all day on one so I can see why folks search for alternatives.



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I've had both factory seats and don't see the big thrill with the new style seat. The suspension update is way better but the seat, not so much.

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my 2001 has a gen 2 seat with the gel seat kit from kawie I removed front bracket love it
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