I've had my "new" bike for 10 days now and have put just 242 miles on it so far. Filled up today and it took 4.8 gallons - about 50½ mpg. Not bad for mixed city and highway and lots of fooling around and experimenting.
A couple of things became clear in a hurry, tho'. I'm 6'0" but my height is in my torso and I wear a 31" inseam. This thing is just too d****d high and I was as spooky as a cat at the dog pound. Almost lost it a couple of times, teetering on tiptoes. Reading a lot on this forum, browsing the web, I came up with some ideas.
First and foremost - The Seat. I bought the 2" lowered Seat Concepts kit for $150 after talking with him at length on the phone. The kit couldn't be more straightforward......
Pull all the staples out of the stock seat and carefully, with a very sharp knife, cut the old foam loose from the seat pan. I took care with this to save it for possible future use. It was only glued at the nose and rear and didn't take long. Positioning the new foam was a snap - the bottom is molded exactly to the seat base. Spray a little adhesive front and rear and start on the fabric. A trick I learned - he said to use an air stapler because the hand snappers don't penetrate well. OK, but my shiny new air tool isn't here yet and I wanted to play.
I found that the Arrow T-50 will only drive 3/8" staples about halfway. Fine, it's holding, so move on. I found that the half-driven staples are easy to pull to reposition the fabric and even out the seams and it's holding fine for now. When the air stapler comes in, I'll do it for real.
Now for the good stuff. On the left, the stock seat. On the right the new Seat Concepts. The rider's position is 2" longer as well and that sure helps.
The nose is still narrow so you can put your feet down without spraddle legging but flares at the rear for more support. The stock seat pan works because the stock seat tapers strongly from base to top. Does it work ??
This is more like it. Way good. Lookit how well my skinny ol' butt is supported now. What a pleasure.....tho' there is a slight tendency to slide forward. Partial cure for that in a minute, but I may just do some minor surgery to it to cure that. The height problem ??
I'm stretching a little but both feet are flat on the ground - and does that EVer feel GOOD ! ! ! Yesss ! ! ! Now for a couple other things I like.....
The bike lifts easily onto the Happy Trails center stand and the grab handle is very nice icing on the cake.
The 1" extended Moose shift lever makes an amazing difference for my size 12's - can't believe one little inch could make such a difference.
I worried myself silly over how that 1" crossbar with footpegs was going to mount with that aluminum skid plate, but Happy Trails says they're compatible. They are. The crosspiece replaces the engine/frame triangle. 10 minute installation.
Those footpegs are my #2 favorite out of all this, after the seat. I got used to them so fast that when I had to shift gears I had to move my feet so far back I felt like I was sitting on my heels. Very, very comfortable.
Another angle of the same thing. Also added a Laminar Lip to the stock windshield and with the lower seat the wind hits me high on the helmet with no turbulence. Lotsa fun, lotsa work and lotsa money. What Fun ! ! !