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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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All Original 82 GL with Original seat is 33.5 inches on center stand. And yes even at 5'10" my Knees and legs cramp-up. I Added some Hi-way pegs
You don't get off that easy. Post some pictures of your highway pegs if you don't mind. I tried making some about a year ago but they didn't work out. I'm always looking for fresh ideas.

This is as simple as I could make them just a set of aftermarket footpegs,and spacers (threaded rod couplers)I re-bent the U shaped attach bracket to fit tight around the spacer and the corner lugs on the engine and used a longer bolt thru the spacer with another smaller spacer to reach past the pipe. I put them on in mid june and there holding up fine ,there ok to rest your feet on but dont try to stand on them. with a little practice you can shift and brake with you heel. I am working on plan "B" to make them stronger.
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