Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Mauldin, SC, USA
Re: Heated Pillion seat
I'd second the recommendation to keep a watch on eBay. I wanted a driver's heated seat for my LT and began watching auctions. They say you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince, so be patient. I ended up with a good deal on a seat that was in better shape than the one on the bike.
I have casually watched some passenger heated seats on eBay but since my wife rarely rides in cold weather, it's not a priority.
BMW offered the standard seat (smooth finish) and the comfort seat with the ridges. Might want to make sure you match that, I guess.
Regarding 2005 and newer seats, just be aware that the colors may have changed a little. They introduced the grey upholstery in 2005 and it looks really good, but only if it all matches. Not sure how grey seats would look on a bike with the black knee pads.
I think the heated backrest and the heated passenger seats use the same plug. Not that I would know cuz my early '99 is not prewired for heated seats.
Another option is to install one of the aftermarket heated seat pads. Travelcade has made one for years, and I think there is a product in the Aerostich catalog again.