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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #45 on: July 01, 2018, 10:39:03 am »
Does everyone have the loose skin issue?  I am really close to ordering one of these.  Currently, I have a Rick Mayer's on there; but the leather makes the tank-slide issue horrid.  Even more, I am noticing that the seat mod did something to the rigidity of the seat, making it unlatch itself during rides. 

So, how is the construction of the OEM Touring saddle?  How well does it cure tank slide?

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I think it is fantastic. I do not slide forward and it is very comfortable. The "loose skin" is by design I am sure. If if it is glued to the foam, the seat will feel more hard. Sargent makes their seats this way too, though the Sargent seat top is not as puffy. It is a non-issue. I find the seat also does not heat up in the sun as much as any other seat I have used.

I have stopped using the AirHawk with this seat. It has been very comfortable for me without it. I have used it on a number of 800+ mile days so far and it has been great.

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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #46 on: July 01, 2018, 05:35:43 pm »
Please understand that I am offering my opinion as a rider.  I'm not an expert at much, if anything.  I am not happy with the Kawasaki Touring Seat.  In my opinion it is shaped exactly the same as stock with very little difference in foam placement.  It still slopes forward.  The only real difference is the texture of the covering which has more friction.  That's it.

The truth is I think I have been searching for a solution that does not exist because I have ridden on Big Boy saddles on a different style of motorcycle for many years.  The riding position on a cruiser is different and there can be no turning a Connie into a cruiser.  Just isn't going to happen.

Please refer to the first sentence if I touched a nerve.  There is no need to debunk an opinion.  Thx.
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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #47 on: July 02, 2018, 06:51:06 am »
Does everyone have the loose skin issue?  I am really close to ordering one of these.  Currently, I have a Rick Mayer's on there; but the leather makes the tank-slide issue horrid.  Even more, I am noticing that the seat mod did something to the rigidity of the seat, making it unlatch itself during rides. 

So, how is the construction of the OEM Touring saddle?  How well does it cure tank slide?

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The texture of the seat does cure tank slide for the driver and the passenger. I bought this seat for one reason only, so that my wife would be more comfortable. For that it works. For solo rides I still prefer the Kaw low gel seat. When I'm riding the twisties (such as they are in Illinois) I like to move around on the seat. The texture on the 'new' Kaw touring seat makes that more difficult.
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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #48 on: July 02, 2018, 10:52:15 am »
The texture of the seat does cure tank slide for the driver and the passenger. I bought this seat for one reason only, so that my wife would be more comfortable. For that it works. For solo rides I still prefer the Kaw low gel seat. When I'm riding the twisties (such as they are in Illinois) I like to move around on the seat. The texture on the 'new' Kaw touring seat makes that more difficult.

I seem to have no real difficulty sliding on the seat for the twisties. We have plenty here in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  It may be my choice of riding pants though. I wear AGV Teluride pants.

Though the material does offer better "stickiness," I think a big factor in why I do not slide forward on it is that the foam does not break down as much as you ride, so the front doesn't lower as much through compression.

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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #49 on: August 13, 2018, 07:49:37 pm »
Please understand that I am offering my opinion as a rider.  I'm not an expert at much, if anything.  I am not happy with the Kawasaki Touring Seat.  In my opinion it is shaped exactly the same as stock with very little difference in foam placement.  It still slopes forward.  The only real difference is the texture of the covering which has more friction.  That's it.

The truth is I think I have been searching for a solution that does not exist because I have ridden on Big Boy saddles on a different style of motorcycle for many years.  The riding position on a cruiser is different and there can be no turning a Connie into a cruiser.  Just isn't going to happen.

Howdy Tree. I feel your pain. I have spent a lot to get my connie to be more of a cruiser. It costs a bunch but can be done. Day long seat, lowering links and 10" high adjustable bars from Helibars- plus a barndoor shield from jurock.. oh yeah, canyon cages with harley highway pegs.. im sitting tall and pretty.. well not too pretty, but really straight... as much as i like the DL seat, Im gonna try the Kawi touring, cuz i try everything, looking for perfect... cant wait to give my report.
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Re: Kawasaki Touring Seat
« Reply #50 on: August 13, 2018, 10:57:46 pm »
I'll add 2 more cents-I was happy with the stock seat when I first got my bike (about 5 months ago), along with Murphs's lowered pegs. I commute on my bike 15 miles one way. All was good until the last month or so, noticed the butt burn was starting. With the mostly positive reviews, I ordered the Kawasaki touring seat from Partzilla-best price, fast shipping.

For comparison, I have 36" inseam and 36" sleeve length (6'2")

I put the new touring seat on a few days ago and found it very comfortable. It's like comparing a foam rubber seat to a memory foam seat. I don't feel the slide forward, but I sit at the very rear of the driver seat.

Feels like a keeper!