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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #30 on: July 26, 2015, 08:16:56 am »
A basic question.  Does the OEM Kawa Touring Seat fit a 2012 Connie?   I don't believe they have changed the mounting structure or pan bottom for years?  I bought a new 2013 (after having a 2008) in 2014 but 200 miles is all I can do with the stock seat.  Help 

Here's some help:   http://laamseats.com/

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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #31 on: July 31, 2015, 05:08:22 pm »
I found the L seat c/s not customer focused/friendly.  I just bought the Kawa Touring seat instead.  I still take the corners with speed but just need a little more butt support for the long hauls.   Tx. I had 18 BMWs over my 55 years of motorcycling and had 15 Bill Mayer/Long day saddle/rick mayer/bill mayor jr. seats.  Great for touring very long distances  >250,000 miles for me.  But I have returned to the thrill of performance in motorcycles and cars (race Porsche) and hanging out on curve still races my aging heart.  I will live until I die!!!  Other bikes:  Whizzer motorbike, Cushman scooter 1957, Honda 50 sport 1961, Honda 90 trail, Honda Elsinore 250 (lived there), Kawa 650 KX (for Baha 1000-), Yama 500 IT, Duc 996, 6 R100RTs, 1 R100S, 5 R100RSs, R75, R80, 2 K1200 GTs, 1 HD custom soft tail, 2004 HD Road King, Kawa C14 2008, now 2012 (new in late 2014).   I have forgotten several dirt bikes used in So. Calif. Riverside general area .  Malcolm Smith was a neighbor in 1960.

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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #32 on: August 04, 2015, 06:47:55 am »
I found the L seat c/s not customer focused/friendly.  I just bought the Kawa Touring seat instead.  I still take the corners with speed but just need a little more butt support for the long hauls.   Tx. I had 18 BMWs over my 55 years of motorcycling and had 15 Bill Mayer/Long day saddle/rick mayer/bill mayor jr. seats.  Great for touring very long distances  >250,000 miles for me.  But I have returned to the thrill of performance in motorcycles and cars (race Porsche) and hanging out on curve still races my aging heart.  I will live until I die!!!  Other bikes:  Whizzer motorbike, Cushman scooter 1957, Honda 50 sport 1961, Honda 90 trail, Honda Elsinore 250 (lived there), Kawa 650 KX (for Baha 1000-), Yama 500 IT, Duc 996, 6 R100RTs, 1 R100S, 5 R100RSs, R75, R80, 2 K1200 GTs, 1 HD custom soft tail, 2004 HD Road King, Kawa C14 2008, now 2012 (new in late 2014).   I have forgotten several dirt bikes used in So. Calif. Riverside general area .  Malcolm Smith was a neighbor in 1960.

Corners are a priority for me too, not a goldwing style comfort seat. I'm so pleased with my kawasaki touring seat for the combined comfort/performance  ;D
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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #33 on: August 11, 2015, 11:18:07 am »
I just got the Kawa Touring seat and completed a 6 hr. trial run.  It is slightly more butt sparing than the stock seat on by 2012 Connie 1400. I like the non-heat absorbing material.  Is it worth $400 more than the stock.  Not quite sure.  I am 6'2" 200# 35 " sleeves, stock bars and seemed to slide a little towards the tank.  Perhaps Murph's risers will cure that with this seat with a slightly more upright sitting position.  The rear portion is clearly more comfortable for the passenger than the stock seat.

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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #34 on: June 10, 2018, 08:10:00 am »
from the 'What did you do to your Concours today?' thread.

I just ordered a new Kawasaki touring seat.

https://www.kawasaki.com/accessories/item/touring-seat/999940500

My wife won't ride with me anymore cuz she can't get comfortable on either the stock seat or the Kaw low gel seat. She keep sliding forward and it hurts her back. I've heard a lot of good things about the 'new' touring seat so we'll give that a try and see what's what.

My new seat was delivered yesterday. It was raining yesterday (today too) so I wasn't able to take 'er for a spin.

The seat is very well made and looks great. I installed it with no issues. I sat on the bike in my garage and the seat feels good. It's at least an inch taller, maybe more, than the Kaw low gel seat that I had on it. That's not good for me since I'm 5'5" but I'll adapt.


The weather cleared yesterday afternoon so I was able to get out for a ride and try out the new seat with my wife.

Goof news! She loves it! "100% better than either of my other seats" she said.

We rode for two hours or so and no pain for either of us. The seat soaks up the jarring from bumps in the road that the old seats transferred to our backs and neither one of us slid at all. On both of my other seats I was always having to adjust my position because of sliding towards the tank, no longer. It's not just the material that the cover is made from either. The geometry of the seats is different than the others.

The only negatives for me is that the seat is taller. Two issues with that. The first is that since I'm 5'5" I'm tip toeing at stops. The second is since I'm sitting higher that means that I'm leaning forward a bit more and that puts more pressure on my hands and arms. Other than that I'm happy and I'll deal with those issues.


I almost forgot to mention...

I did a lot of shopping for this seat, both online and local dealerships. No one would come down from the MSRP of $535. Not even the dealer where I bought my bike back in 2009 (they said that normally they would offer a discount to former customers but since it's been so long since I bought anything from them they couldn't do it. I told him that it's going to be a long time before I buy anything from them in the future too). No local dealers had the seat in stock either. Amazon has it but at $535.

I ended up buying it from Partzilla for $414 with free shipping.

https://www.partzilla.com/product/kawasaki/99994-0500
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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #35 on: June 10, 2018, 10:54:07 am »

I did a lot of shopping for this seat, both online and local dealerships. No one would come down from the MSRP of $535. Not even the dealer where I bought my bike back in 2009 (they said that normally they would offer a discount to former customers but since it's been so long since I bought anything from them they couldn't do it. I told him that it's going to be a long time before I buy anything from them in the future too). No local dealers had the seat in stock either. Amazon has it but at $535.

I ended up buying it from Partzilla for $414 with free shipping.

https://www.partzilla.com/product/kawasaki/99994-0500

Good comeback. They need to hear that. I have always bought at a dealer if I could, and if it made sense, but the ones I deal with competed well with online retailers. I will pay more through a dealer for the service, if it exists.

I love the touring seat. It puts me in a better position compared to other seats I've tried, and the foam gives the right amount of support, and give.

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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #36 on: June 10, 2018, 08:07:05 pm »
Being mentally challenged I need some clarification.  I have been looking for a replacement for the stock seat on my '08.  The obvious reason is that it is a horrible brick that forces me to get intimate with the fuel tank in ways I would rather not describe.

I have read in this post that the Kawasaki Touring Seat is interchangeable with any year of the GTR1400.  So I should be able to get one from Partzilla, Kawasaki, or whomever and it will fit.

Remember, I'm mentally challenged.  It must have been all those years of breathing recirculated gaseous human emissions while deployed.  Or, I'm just naturally dim.  Either way.   :-X
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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #37 on: June 11, 2018, 04:18:58 am »
Being mentally challenged I need some clarification.  I have been looking for a replacement for the stock seat on my '08.  The obvious reason is that it is a horrible brick that forces me to get intimate with the fuel tank in ways I would rather not describe.

I have read in this post that the Kawasaki Touring Seat is interchangeable with any year of the GTR1400.  So I should be able to get one from Partzilla, Kawasaki, or whomever and it will fit.

Remember, I'm mentally challenged.  It must have been all those years of breathing recirculated gaseous human emissions while deployed.  Or, I'm just naturally dim.  Either way.   :-X

I can be a bit mentally challenged too at times...

You're asking if the Kaw Touring seat will fit on your 2008 C14 correct? Did you happen to notice what model year bike I ride per my signature?    ;) 
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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #38 on: June 11, 2018, 07:55:54 am »
Being mentally challenged I need some clarification.  I have been looking for a replacement for the stock seat on my '08.  The obvious reason is that it is a horrible brick that forces me to get intimate with the fuel tank in ways I would rather not describe.

I have read in this post that the Kawasaki Touring Seat is interchangeable with any year of the GTR1400.  So I should be able to get one from Partzilla, Kawasaki, or whomever and it will fit.

Remember, I'm mentally challenged.  It must have been all those years of breathing recirculated gaseous human emissions while deployed.  Or, I'm just naturally dim.  Either way.   :-X
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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #39 on: June 11, 2018, 12:15:51 pm »
I can be a bit mentally challenged too at times...

You're asking if the Kaw Touring seat will fit on your 2008 C14 correct? Did you happen to notice what model year bike I ride per my signature?    ;)

I did notice just now.  About that mentally challenged bit...  I stand by that statement.

There is one of these seats for sale on another forum!

I'll check it out.  Thx!
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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #40 on: June 11, 2018, 01:51:25 pm »
Had a Laam seat on my C14, and my observations were the same as the OP. Constantly sliding forward out of the pocket, and the material was either too hard or too thinly padded. I ordered a touring seat from my dealer for $482.00, and I am much happier with it. Nothing at all against Seth, he makes a great seat, and his seat was much more comfortable than the stock seat, but it fell short of what I needed. 

No more sliding forward, and the seat is quite comfortable.   
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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #41 on: June 11, 2018, 03:25:35 pm »
Damn, I wish I could use it.  But I can't use anything higher than the Sargent low.
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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #42 on: June 11, 2018, 05:52:12 pm »
Partzilla.  $413 with free shipping built into the price.  Now, does anyone need a stock seat?  I know a guy.
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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #43 on: June 12, 2018, 04:22:14 am »
I have one complain about the Kaw touring seat. I'm not sure if mine is defective or if this is the way they come from Kawasaki.

In both of the seating areas it seems that the outside cover doesn't stick to the pad (or whatever is directly under the cover). It's like they needed to spray some stickum on the pad(s) before the installation of the cover and this wasn't done. So if you press your hand down on the cover there's a pocket of air that gets forced out on both the driver's and the passenger's seating area. It's not a big deal but it just doesn't seem right and with this pocket or air I'm concerned that the seat could rip more easily. Once you sit on it the air pocket goes away of course.

You guys that have this seat, is yours like that?

I could take some pics if you don't get what I'm asking?   
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