Eight-dollar Vaquero seat improvement
I have the Vaquero AND the Voyager. The seat on the Voyager is extremely comfortable and I have gone 600 miles on it with no problem at all. So, why did Kawasaki use a much firmer foam for the Vaquero seat? Beats me.
Now everyone has their preferences and it is okay. If you think the OEM seat is perfect, fantastic! If you think a Mustang seat is the best thing since sliced bread, good for you! I bought a mustang seat as soon as I got the Vaquero and it hurt my hips. Luckily I got it for a good price on Ebay and was able to resale it for the same price. (Phew!)
This post is for those who want to try something different and inexpensive.
I had a sore butt after 60 miles on the OEM seat and can now go 200 miles with no problem after I changed the foam.
What I did:
I went to Walmart and bought a big piece of foam for $8.00 (yes that's eight dollars...NOT 800 like a Mustang seat!!).
I removed the staples, uncovered the seat, cut the foam out, replaced it with the softer foam, recovered, re-stapled and done!
It normally would take only 30 minutes but it took me about an hour because after an initial run I decided to replace 4 more inches in the back and the front of the initial cut you see on the pics.
What it will do it lower you into the seat. For those with short legs that is a plus. I have a 30-inch seam and already had my feet flat on the ground.
It will also feel like the handlebar is higher, if that is a problem just loosen the four screws and adjust it to your licking.
If you hate the OEM seat but don't want to fork over big money for aftermarket seat, try this inexpensive alternative. And don't worry, if you don't like it and really want to spend 800 bucks, they make mustang seats everyday and they will be more than happy to take your money!