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Standard seat for the K1600 GTL question

I have the STANDARD SEAT that comes with the GTL model. It looks like you should be able to raise the seat and turn over the front Barrel that it slides into, which looks like it then raises the seat about an inch.

I tried that and everything works, except that the seat will not latch. Am I doing something wrong or is it not designed to do that? It looks like the latch might be missing closure by several mm and a few washers might solve the problem.

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Re: Standard seat for the K1600 GTL question

No you are not doing anything wrong. If you want to raise the seat with the barrel you will need to shim the front of the latch that is attached to the bike. You will also need to build a support in the middle of the seat. It can be done but will take some work, not as easy as it looks.


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Re: Standard seat for the K1600 GTL question

Thanks - That's sort of what i thought.

I don't think it will take much in the way of shims (washers) to get it up several mm's.

I didn't notice a support problem, but I'll have to look a little closer.

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Dan I did that to mine & the seat latched just fine. The problem I had was after about 30 minutes of riding there was a lot of pressure on my "Boys" from the front of the seat being higher then the rest of the seat. I flipped the bracket over the all was good in "Man Land". I use the AirHawk to put me up a lil higher & it works great. I did about 120 miles today mostly slab & I put a little more air in the Airhawk for more cushion and it worked great. At the end of the ride I was on some twisties so I just let some air out to get closer to the bike. You can let air out as you go just by unzipping the back of the cover & twisting the valve a little.

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Dan I did that to mine & the seat latched just fine. The problem I had was after about 30 minutes of riding there was a lot of pressure on my "Boys" from the front of the seat being higher then the rest of the seat. I flipped the bracket over the all was good in "Man Land". I use the AirHawk to put me up a lil higher & it works great. I did about 120 miles today mostly slab & I put a little more air in the Airhawk for more cushion and it worked great. At the end of the ride I was on some twisties so I just let some air out to get closer to the bike. You can let air out as you go just by unzipping the back of the cover & twisting the valve a little.
Thanks Steve - Good advise and I really appreciate it... I was riding yesterday with beads and when I removed them later for some variety, I really noticed a seat height difference. This was telling me that I do need the seat raised at least another inch or so, but after looking at the gap and realizing that the seat won't be level, I think that flipping over the "barrel" in the front won't be the way to go. (I wonder why it's made to flip over? - maybe for the other higher seat?)

I'm going to see if the dealer can get in the higher seat to try as that might be the ticket. I've got peg lowering brackets coming in from Suburban Machinery and should have them later this week to try. I was surprised at how something as simple as the beaded seat added to my comfort.

I've always been intrigued by the custom seats, but since I have a stock butt, I haven't felt the real need. Wish there was a way to try out one of Ron's as in Florida, the heat can be a bear...

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I had 2 different seats on my LT. I started with the stock one & put 25,000 miles on it. Then bought a Used Rick Mayer From Dan Martin & put another 30k on that one. I had the 2nd seat recovered by a local auto upholstery shop & install a new layer of foam. I still did not like the seat so I ordered a "Gel" pad & rebuilt the seat myself. Finally I had a great seat but then I sold the bike. So here we are with a "New" stock seat on a new bike & I'm starting all over. I spent about $400. total on the seat for the LT so I might just bite the bullet & get Ron to do me a seat this time. I would go with his Magnum Seat as it is about an inch taller.
I'll Make my decision after I come back from CCR. Doing 2 SS1000 should tell me if the Airhawk will work or not.

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Re: Standard seat for the K1600 GTL question

I put a Corbon on my LT. It was hard low and broke down after about 4000 miles. I will never buy a Corbon again.


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I put a Corbon on my LT. It was hard low and broke down after about 4000 miles. I will never buy a Corbon again.
My LT came with a Corbin with back rest when I bought it. I also got the stock seat with it. I put the stock seat back on it. Actually liked it because I could touch the ground better, but eventually put the Corbin back on because of the backrest. First year was pretty good, but the last two it's as hard as a rock. It also seems to be pushing me forward, which I hate. I'm gonna put the stock back on for awhile until I decide to do something else. I don't know whether or not anyone has rebuilt a Corbin or not.

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I think that flipping over the "barrel" in the front won't be the way to go. (I wonder why it's made to flip over? - maybe for the other higher seat?)
The movable barrel is for use on the GT, which does have a 2-position rider seat (separate pillion section is fixed). Both GTL seats (the low seat that you have and the optional high seat) are 1-piece and non-adjustable.

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Things I noticed on my demo ride.
Even though it was just a 40 minute suburb jaunt one of the first things that got me was the fit. I have long legs and could still straddle the seat on the cs. The seat is way low for me. No, I did no adjustment but during the ride I had to wiggle and stretch to stay comfortable. I even had to lean much further back on my wife than I'm used to (she normally leans forward on me)
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Things I noticed on my demo ride.
Even though it was just a 40 minute suburb jaunt one of the first things that got me was the fit. I have long legs and could still straddle the seat on the cs. The seat is way low for me. No, I did no adjustment but during the ride I had to wiggle and stretch to stay comfortable. I even had to lean much further back on my wife than I'm used to (she normally leans forward on me)
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A high seat is a no-cost option (adds 1" to rider height) and a still-higher seat (from the GT) is available as an extra-cost accessory.

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