Kawasaki Vulcan Forum banner

1 - 20 of 30 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
24 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
has anyone tried Kawasaki pillow top gel seat > is it better than stock and worth the money, I found one for 130 thanks
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,707 Posts
Yes, yes and yes......................... almost 50k miles on them...

DSCN1812.jpg
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,620 Posts
Wow if they can be had that cheap I'd be willing to give it a try!

Does anyone know if they are compatible with the Vaquero (are Vaq/Voyager seats intercompatible?) and does it work with the grasshopper backrest?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,707 Posts
I use the grasshopper base with a utopia pad.... I could not stand that grasshopper pad..... it went in the trash...

Seems like I paid about $110 for each of my seats and extra large passenger back rest on Ebay. But that was 3 years ago... almost 4 (july will be 4) Maybe the passenger seat was 90 bucks.... I don't remember.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
144 Posts
have 2011 nomad put seat and back rest on in the first 500 ml, just put my second seat on last winter at 20,000 ml, back rest still good. seat is bigger and firmer for a nicer ride. 6'2"- 285 lbs 130.00 cheap for what you get, payed over 600.00 to custom a seat and this seat is better. back rest priced high but worth it on long days, saves your back on starts and stops it also folds down for easy on and off.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,526 Posts
has anyone tried Kawasaki pillow top gel seat > is it better than stock and worth the money, I found one for 130 thanks
Please share where you found it for that amount. I found the same (rider only seat), on e-bay for $153.00 including shipping.



Does anyone know if they are compatible with the Vaquero (are Vaq/Voyager seats intercompatible?) and does it work with the grasshopper backrest?

A check of Part numbers on the Mustang seat web site shows the Voyager & Vaquero to be different.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,620 Posts
Please share where you found it for that amount. I found the same (rider only seat), on e-bay for $153.00 including shipping.



Does anyone know if they are compatible with the Vaquero (are Vaq/Voyager seats intercompatible?) and does it work with the grasshopper backrest?

A check of Part numbers on the Mustang seat web site shows the Voyager & Vaquero to be different.
I had to do some googling and apparently the brackets are different and the seats don't line up; they don't work. Evidently some have tried (i.e., bought Nomad/Voyager seats) and were not able to make them work. Wish I had one to play around with. It's a similar deal with the 900 Classic/LT and Custom, but a few washers will get a Classic/LT seat onto a Custom. But it sounds like there are enough differences the two are incompatible.

There is a (non-pillow) gel seat available for the Vaq. It looks a little wider than the stocker in the pillion but otherwise the same. I don't expect it to be any better but I'll let you all know. The real motivation for buying it was that it's cheaper than another stock seat and then I'll have something to ride while I send the stocker over the Russell for the "day-long" treatment. I did e-mail Russell and they told me that they could incorporate compatibility with a grasshopper backrest. But, honestly, I think I'll just get their backrest. The grasshopper isn't great, and it pushes you forward a bit. It's better than nothing though!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,897 Posts
For those that have it, does it change your seating position any? Higher, lower, forward or back? Does it increase the reach to the ground?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
226 Posts
I have both front and rear Voyager/Nomad pillow top gel seats and the Vaquero gel seat. The Voyager seats both sit about an inch higher than stock, mainly because they are much firmer. The pillow top seats have buttons to hold the cover in place, creating depressions in the top of the seat that hold water, and eventually rots the cover. After 3 years and 150k miles both my covers were toast, cracked and torn at the buttons, so I removed the covers from my stock seats and used them to re-cover the pillow tops and that works great, over 200k and the cushions are still firm. Whoever dreamed up the idea to make a motorcycle seat with buttons and depressions that hold water should be shot!
I use the Vaquero seat for solo riding, it fits directly onto the Voyager by simply adding a couple spacers under the latch plate. It sits a bit lower and further back to give me more legroom.
To fit the Voyager dual seats to a Vaquero you will need the catch to bolt to the rear fender, the latch plate for the rear seat, and the bracket and grommets for the front seat. The rear seat will sit about 1/8 inch higher due to the design of the latch mechanism.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,707 Posts
The gel seat is like 1 1/2 inches taller. It was a better fit for me. 6-2 285..... my knees thanked me....
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,526 Posts
After all the discussion I just decided to go ahead and order one. I ordered from Twigg Cycles on e-bay for $153.00. If I don't like it you guys will see it listed on here in a couple of weeks.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,620 Posts
Mine will be here shortly. I am hoping it's an improvement. But a Russell is the eventual plan. Glad to hear it raises you up.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,897 Posts
I have both front and rear Voyager/Nomad pillow top gel seats and the Vaquero gel seat. The Voyager seats both sit about an inch higher than stock, mainly because they are much firmer. The pillow top seats have buttons to hold the cover in place, creating depressions in the top of the seat that hold water, and eventually rots the cover. After 3 years and 150k miles both my covers were toast, cracked and torn at the buttons, so I removed the covers from my stock seats and used them to re-cover the pillow tops and that works great, over 200k and the cushions are still firm. Whoever dreamed up the idea to make a motorcycle seat with buttons and depressions that hold water should be shot!
I use the Vaquero seat for solo riding, it fits directly onto the Voyager by simply adding a couple spacers under the latch plate. It sits a bit lower and further back to give me more legroom.
To fit the Voyager dual seats to a Vaquero you will need the catch to bolt to the rear fender, the latch plate for the rear seat, and the bracket and grommets for the front seat. The rear seat will sit about 1/8 inch higher due to the design of the latch mechanism.
Thanks for the honest feedback. Since my bike gets road year round and I have no garage, the water collecting may be an issue. Raising me up higher would also be an issue for me at 5'8" I rarely am flat footed as is with 1" cut down on stock seat.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
144 Posts
i got my seat and back rest from kawasaki think it list for 120.00 back rest and bracket is more, bracket fits org back seat and you need to take seat rubbers of the front seat as they don't come with seat. look on kaw site for your bike accesseries
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,620 Posts
Got the Vaquero gel seat in from eBay today. First impressions is that it's a lot firmer (good thing) and does sit me up quite a bit higher. The real test is whether the wife likes it. Hopefully it's good enough to tide us over until I can get the stocker shipped off (and back) for a Russell. Will get to put about 20 miles on it this evening, which won't really tell me anything. Hopefully soon will have time to put some miles on it and get a decent amount of experience on it to see if it's any improvement.

Any improvement at all would make me ecstatic. The real reason I bought it is that it was cheap, cheaper than a second stock seat, and gives me something to sit on when the stocker is away!
 

·
BOTM Winner, May 2015
Joined
·
740 Posts
Romans,Does the Russel set up, do they add stuff to the passenger seat as well??
 

·
BOTM Winner, May 2015
Joined
·
740 Posts
I have a custom seat that came with the bike, Stitch by custom.. but the passenger seat is rock hard. I guess I could call them and find out.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,620 Posts
Russell does solo or dual setups. You can leave the passenger seat stock, or have it modified as well. Whichever. Or just passenger, etc. Just contact them. I'm doing the whole shebang, both rider and passenger seat along with a rider backrest. That along with the Kawi quick release backrest should make the bike plenty comfortable for long two up trips and ensure that I have no money left to actually take them! Ha!
 

·
BOTM Winner, May 2015
Joined
·
740 Posts
I do have a temperpedic set up in my seat, I rode home from the deal which was 3 hours away. and I could have ridden longer if I needed too.. Very pleased, better than what I had on the 900, as the 900 I had the saddlemen gel seat.. I will call Russell, as well as the guy that made this seat!
 
1 - 20 of 30 Posts
Top