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Seat adjustment

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Michelle
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Seat adjustment

Post by Michelle » Sun May 19, 2019 9:12 pm

When I am on my bike (Virago XV400) I feel like I'm too close to my handlebars. I'm constantly trying to push my butt back against the seat to get more room. If only I could adjust the seat a little bit backwards my bike would be amazing to ride.
So I'm wondering..... Is there a "best way" to accomplish something like adjusting the seat? So far I'm considering dismantling the seat and trimming the foam padding to allow me to sit fit further back.
Moving the entire seat backwards is not an option given its shape conforms to the bike.
Has anyone else had this problem?
Are there custom seats available?
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Re: Seat adjustment

Post by ViragoJoe » Mon May 20, 2019 8:38 am

Michelle,
You are the first person that I have heard say this.
How tall are you exactly?
What is your inside seam leg length?

Could you post pictures of the bars you are using? A couple different angles, please.

Yes, they do make custom seats for Virago's, however, I don't think you will like the prices for them!!
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Re: Seat adjustment

Post by Michelle » Mon May 20, 2019 9:45 am

:lol:
I'm 5'10" when not in heels and I do have long legs. I'm getting some new handlebars this week. They are the original ones (high bar) so I'll wait till I have them and they are installed. I just feel that if I could sit back about 2 more inches or so I'd be more comfortable. Bike now has floorboards and they do feel more comfy. I didn't want to be fitting highway bars or moving the foot controls forwards. Too expensive and fiddly.
I can just reupholster the existing seat after reshaping the foam. We'll see.
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Re: Seat adjustment

Post by ViragoJoe » Tue May 21, 2019 7:46 am

Folks on the taller side have a little more difficulty trying to fit comfortably on an average sized Japanese motorcycle.
Reupholstering the existing bike seat by reshaping the foam sounds to be a viable option.

Keep us posted on how it goes, if you decide to take on this reupholstering project.

I don't recommend riding your bike in high heels. :lol:
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Re: Seat adjustment

Post by Michelle » Tue May 21, 2019 8:10 am

Ohhh. NOT in high heels? :shock:
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Re: Seat adjustment

Post by ViragoJoe » Tue May 21, 2019 8:27 am

Michelle wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 8:10 am
Ohhh. NOT in high heels? :shock:
Well, nothing above 3 inch heels!! :P
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Re: Seat adjustment

Post by Michelle » Mon May 27, 2019 7:09 am

Problem solved. I got new handlebars (92 Virago standard high bar) and suddenly it has all come together. The seat no longer feels like it has to move backwards a few inches, and even the mirrors and the brake reservoir now sit properly. They were at some very odd angles with those old bars. And all of my lines, brake lines, clutch, etc, now just fit.
Yay!! :lol:
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Re: Seat adjustment

Post by ViragoJoe » Mon May 27, 2019 3:05 pm

Michelle wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 7:09 am
Problem solved. I got new handlebars (92 Virago standard high bar) and suddenly it has all come together. The seat no longer feels like it has to move backwards a few inches, and even the mirrors and the brake reservoir now sit properly. They were at some very odd angles with those old bars. And all of my lines, brake lines, clutch, etc, now just fit.
Yay!! :lol:
Great!! Glad it all worked out for you. :shock: 8-)
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Re: Seat adjustment

Post by ViragoJoe » Tue May 28, 2019 9:24 am

Michelle,
How about adding photo's of the before and after pictures of the two different handlebar applications to show others of the differences the bars made. It may also give them more seat room in the saddle. Thanks.
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Re: Seat adjustment

Post by Michelle » Tue May 28, 2019 9:25 am

Will do. But it shall have to wait till the weekend as I work all the hours of daylight during the week and the bike is under a patio, not in a lit garage.

My bike with before and after Handlebars:

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