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post #1 of 3 Old 06-18-2011, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Sweet Cheeks

I ordered my sweet cheeks from cycleanalyst.com. I had them in my grubby hands on Wednesday.

First off, this is a preliminary review.

I had the Sargent seat on my KLR. I looked at the sizing chart. The KLR calls for an 8 inch gap between the bottle holders. As my seat is wider than stock, I ordered the 9 inch unit. This was likely a mistake. My wife has some similar canvas material and she is going to sew me up an 8 with larger pockets to allow for 2 liter bottles wrapped in foam. I may also have her make the pockets with a cover snap to prevent any movement of the bottle front to back. Finally, I think I am going to have her place reinforced slits in the flat part or the bottle section closest to the seat to allow me to run the tie downs for my Wally world seat pad to go through. This will prevent you from being able to stand and move them back, but if you are off roading, I would pop them off anyway. It would take 30 seconds.

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The material is a canvas type material. It is simply a long rectangular piece with the ends bent back around and joined on the edge of one of the bottle sections. This gives you a big circular cylindrical piece of material. Bend over the edges of the cylinder and sew them. Then flatten it out and sew across the piece in two places to form the pockets. Now we have a thing that would look like a set of binoculars. Sew along one long edge to close that end up. Sew the other side so that the flat part between the pockets is closed up completely thus leaving the openings for the bottles. Webbing loops are sewn in at each corner. The craftsmanship is quite good. The stitching is good with a heavy thread.

I know now that I should have ordered the 8 inch unit. I initially though that the 9 was going to be too small. It is too big. The material pulls flat as pressure is placed on the bottles when sitting. This forces them over the side of the seat. Mine goes a hair too far over and doesn't provide enough support to relieve my discomfort. I can tell that the principle is solid. It is my fault for ordering the wrong size, and I am not going to beg the vendor to do an exchange. I am not going to offer to make any if my wife succeeds in making me what I want. I would consider that cheating the vendor of an innovative and good product. However, if you can sew, you may want to try making your own first as the vendor is making a handsome profit on these, and God bless him for it. This can be made for $10 if you know what you are doing. If you don't want to make your own, then buy from the guy that thought it up.

After my wife makes me the new one, I will post further on the principle behind this product.

Thanks -David
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Tell her to sew fast, I want to see some pics.

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Hehe, I live with the woman, sleep with her, and she is familiar with a scalpel. NO!! I ain't going to hurry her!! However, if she doesn't get to it soon, I will do it myself. Yes, I can do rudimentary sewing. I learned it from my grandmother on a 19teens singer treadle machine. I hate electric machines....far less control......but they can do some nice tricks.
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