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Old 09-23-2008, 12:17 PM
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K12R - Raising the front of the seat.

THIS IS FOR K12R / R-sport ONLY. [I do NOT know if it will work on the K-S bikes] [edit: it does. see following replies]
Some people might think that the stock seat slopes too much toward the front, causing the rider to slide into the gas tank. Here is a way to reduce that forward slope:
Remove the seat and unscrew the socket head bolt in the front seat hold- downs [round].
Find a large inside diameter washer to fit over the round metal post below the hold-down. The number and thickness of the washers will determine how high the seat front is raised.
Find and add to the bolt 5/16 lock washers to equal the thickness of the large washer.
The lock washers will drop down inside the rubber grommet and the large washers will set on top of the grommet.
You can use up to 3/16” of spacer washers using the stock bolts. To raise ” or more, you will need longer bolts. Much more than ” will be noticeable from the side of the seat and may cause too much flex in the seat back to the next support point for the seat.
See the attached photos. [I apologize for the fuzziness of the pictures, I did not have time to go back and take better pictures].
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:35 PM
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Re: K12R - Raising the front of the seat.

Nice! One of those, why didn't I think of that?

But when you raise it more than 1/4" does the seat gap from the tank badly?

Guess I can try it and see.
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:45 PM
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Re: K12R - Raising the front of the seat.

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Nice! One of those, why didn't I think of that?

But when you raise it more than 1/4" does the seat gap from the tank badly?

Guess I can try it and see.


I thought that I said that. Yes it will create a noticable gap if raised too high.
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Re: K12R - Raising the front of the seat.

i have my seat raised at least that high and there is not a noticeable gap.
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Re: K12R - Raising the front of the seat.

Use longer bolts?
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Re: K12R - Raising the front of the seat.

same bolts. two fender washers on each side. much more comfortable for casual riding. for more aggressive riding, i take them off. it seems to have an impact on riding position when shifting my weight.
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:25 AM
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Re: K12R - Raising the front of the seat.

Good idea!!!! I was wondering what would solve that NUT SLIDE feature aside from a new seat($$$$$$).
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Re: K12R - Raising the front of the seat.

This works the same on the S as well.
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Re: K12R - Raising the front of the seat.

I just did this and raised the front about 1/4". That little bit actually helped.
Thanks for the tip!
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Re: K12R - Raising the front of the seat.

I do believe I'll be trying this. Just like someone above mentioned.. a new seat is quite $$$$
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Re: K12R - Raising the front of the seat.

What it doesn't tell you when you raise the front it will lift the support bungs(that are on the seat) off the frame give gives the seat an odd feel,you will have to ajust that to suit but in the end the only real solution is a another seat because the original is just slightly better than the local park bench
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Re: K12R - Raising the front of the seat.

That is both good and bad to know!
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Re: K12R - Raising the front of the seat.

I spent months waiting for a the right Kahedo to turn up on german ebay but in the end another option turned up that was after having a stock seat then BM comfort seat which is only wider for the pillion.
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