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Norton Commando 961 Touring Seat

Discussion in 'Norton Motorcycles (Modern)' started by TonyA, Aug 19, 2018.

  1. TonyA

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    In a small way similar to a Corbin Gunfighter . I had (Seat Guy) Name of Business modify my seat. Some may not like to look but it delivers the goods for me so far. When I taken a LONG trip I start to get leg cramping after the third or fourth tank. This is more of a problem for me then the dreaded num bum . At any rate If you like riding your bike a long distance and you have discomfort , look into this. I raised my seat height about an inch and that relaxed the bend in my knees and what a difference that made.
     

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  2. Eljahara

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    Tony,
    Really like it - have been looking for something less numbing myself. Also had a look at MxMartin’s post - seat cover ideas wanted. My ache is in the hip area and the choice is lower rearsets (not likely) or higher seat. Now have two ideas to work from.
    John
     
  3. Clive

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    Got my seat re-trimmed and gel pads put in which has worked for me...
     
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  4. thesixthelephant

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    I have spent many years eating Pies and have developed self contained comfort , although my touring set up may well have cost substantially more than a Custom Seat !!
     
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  5. Wodgedodge

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    I had a Buell S1 with a minimalist seat. I found wearing padded cycling shorts beneath my leathers made a big difference on longer journeys!
     
  6. TonyA

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    I have used those type shorts and agree they help. I have two seats for my 961 now. One has the Norton Logo sewn in (factory seat) and the other is the original that came with the bike . This is the one in the picture that I am having modified. I am sending it back for an adjustment too tall in front and need wider in back.
     
  7. TonyA

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    Final revision of this seat , softer foam at the front and slightly lowered.

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    I see now why some owners are breaking the seat mounts. If you look you will see a metal support bracket holding the captive nuts. The newest seat has only plastic . Not all newer design changes are better , just cheaper .
     
  8. TonyA

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    Do NOT over tighten your seat bolts , they could break the plastic mounts !
     
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  9. MxMartin

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    I have had 3 seat bases, and all 3 the plastic bars looked like they had been cut out by a 3 year old... terrible design and extremely poor workmanship!
     
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  10. Fast Eddie

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    Yeah, but apart from that...;)
     
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  11. Britfan60

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    That's a very nice seat. Is that a fabric? What's with the zip tie? Does it stay there and if so, how's the clearance. I hate the mounting design on these.
     
  12. MxMartin

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    Tony, I've just noticed your rear spring covers, good idea for those that ride in all weathers.
     
  13. ntst8

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    NIcely done, have just had a variation on the same theme completed. I went without the side seams.
    A full days riding a couple of weekends back and what an improvement.
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  14. TonyA

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    Your seat looks good . I needed to make mine narrow at the front so I can reach ground flat footed. It’s thicker like yours mostly for my knee bend. I had to ease the angle of my knees .
     
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  15. TonyA

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    Not fabric , it’s vinyl . The zip tie is holding the captive nuts on only during shipment so they don’t get lost.
     
  16. ntst8

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    Yes the reduced knee bend is a nice benefit. Only my opinion but i think the thicker seats also suit the overall look better than the thin early seats.
     
  17. TonyA

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    Available on line .
     
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