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I am really loving the way my bike feels now, runs great, all-balls in the triple and new fork seals, rebuilt the pro-link squeaks, handles fine, but there's still something about riding position that's not quite right. It seems like I'm sitting too low. I've sat on a couple other CX/GL bikes and the seats are definitely higher. My seat is an obvious re-upholster job, nice new cover.

Someone told me that the original seats had a layer of soft foam for comfort on top of a layer of "hard foam" - the stuff that gives the seat its shape and height. Mine seems to be missing the "hard foam" layer -- you can feel the plastic pan with your fingers.

Seems to me this affects handling because I'm sitting lower. Also, knees are bent at more than 90 degrees in normal riding position, so they start to ache like hell after about an hour. And I can feel the plastic pan with my butt bones, bumpy roads mucho oucho.

I would like to re-stuff the seat. The new cover is stapled on, so I think I can remove it and re-staple it after I add whatever material I need to.

I would like to know what the stock seat thickness is, and what material I should use.

Instead of measuring seat thickness, I thought it might make sense to determine what the stock measurement is from floor to seat surface with the bike on its center stand. With mine on the center stand, I put a level across the seat about even with the "W" on the side cover SilverWing badges, and measured 33-1/4" from concrete floor to the bottom of the level. If anybody would oblige me to give me your height measured the same way, that would be a great help.
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It's really up to you how tall you want your seat.  I modified mine because I felt like it locked me into place too much, so I took the cover off, shaped the stock foam a bit to make it flatter, and then cut and glued together strips of a closed cell foam pad I bought at walmart in the camping section.  I just added progressively smaller pieces on top of each other, like a very gradual pyramid, and made a little cut out in the stock foam to place my pyramid into and fit the stock seat cover over top of it.  The cover doesn't fit perfectly now so it's not a beautifu, custom seat look, but it works and feels better than it did before.  As for the layer of soft over the hard in the stock seat, mine was old and the 'soft' foam in the cover itself had rotted out.  For the deluxe at least, it looks like Honda made the foam on the seat pan relatively hard, and then put a layer of soft, open cell foam into the seat cover.
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