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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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Since i was pointed to this thread, i figued i'd share a bit of a revelation i had tonight. While considering setups for highwaybars for my 78 DEEEElux, i noticed that my header goes below these mounting holes on the block, making it so the thread coupler nut probably wouldn't work. So while dejected, and pondering my stack of various parts i have sitting in a box, i noticed that the rear foodpegs conveniently fit on that block mounting lobe with a bit of modification. Sure, they won't hold any real weight, and i'm still a tad sketchy about attaching anything to a cast aluminum block, this seems like it might be a cheap and easy option for some of us. The only issue i foresee is toasty warm feel from the header!

more tomorrow when i get to modifying stuff!
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