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    Tall Seat question
    on: Mar 08, 2023, 03.23 am
    Mar 08, 2023, 03.23 am
    I'm a big guy, not tall - just big.  :016:  I'm about 5'10" and about 270lbs.  Does any one have experience with the ergo/tall seat who is close to my weight that can comment on the actual  support or squish?   Does the cushion offer support or will my weight flatten it down to the same height of the stock seat?

    Comfort is subjective, but the physical compression under weight is my concern.   I can flatfoot both feet in gear with the stock seat but am concerned that the higher seat may find me more tip-toeing when stopped.  I'm also concerned about the impact on my position.  Will being higher on the seat make me ride in a more hunched over position?

    1" more height can do a lot to a riders position and stability.

    Any insight would be appreciated before I drop over $200 on this seat.   I have a 2020, but am looking to get the 2017-2019 seat because I believe it has the Kawasaki logo.  Thanks!  :821:   
    Last Edit: Mar 08, 2023, 03.24 am by broderp

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    Re: Tall Seat question
    Reply #1 on: Mar 08, 2023, 04.18 am
    Mar 08, 2023, 04.18 am
    While Iím a fair bit taller than you (6í 6Ē), Iím about 270lbs with all my gear on. Iíve got the tall seat on mine and itís definitely an improvement. As for how squishy it is, it took a while to break in, but is fairly comfortable. It did improve the angle of my knees compared to the stock seat, so does make you sit a bit higher, but I donít feel like it makes me sit/lean forward anymore than normal. As youíve said, the 1Ē difference can change the ergonomics, but if you can flat foot on the bike, 1Ē higher shouldnít put you on your toes.

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    Re: Tall Seat question
    Reply #2 on: Mar 08, 2023, 01.34 pm
    Mar 08, 2023, 01.34 pm
    *Originally Posted by broderp [+]
    I'm a big guy, not tall - just big.  :016:  I'm about 5'10" and about 270lbs.  Does any one have experience with the ergo/tall seat who is close to my weight that can comment on the actual  support or squish?   Does the cushion offer support or will my weight flatten it down to the same height of the stock seat?

    Comfort is subjective, but the physical compression under weight is my concern.   I can flatfoot both feet in gear with the stock seat but am concerned that the higher seat may find me more tip-toeing when stopped.  I'm also concerned about the impact on my position.  Will being higher on the seat make me ride in a more hunched over position?

    1" more height can do a lot to a riders position and stability.

    Any insight would be appreciated before I drop over $200 on this seat.   I have a 2020, but am looking to get the 2017-2019 seat because I believe it has the Kawasaki logo.  Thanks!  :821:

    Why not just tape an inch thick of newspaper to your low seat and literally try it for size?

    I'm 250lb. The tall seat won't squish an inch. Probably less than 1/2 inch max.

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    Re: Tall Seat question
    Reply #3 on: Mar 08, 2023, 02.11 pm
    Mar 08, 2023, 02.11 pm
    *Originally Posted by RobZ900 [+]
    While Iím a fair bit taller than you (6í 6Ē), Iím about 270lbs with all my gear on. Iíve got the tall seat on mine and itís definitely an improvement. As for how squishy it is, it took a while to break in, but is fairly comfortable. It did improve the angle of my knees compared to the stock seat, so does make you sit a bit higher, but I donít feel like it makes me sit/lean forward anymore than normal. As youíve said, the 1Ē difference can change the ergonomics, but if you can flat foot on the bike, 1Ē higher shouldnít put you on your toes.

    Improving the knee angle is a good thing.  At 53, I feel long rides (over an hour) in my knees.  Thanks for that bit of information.  :062:


    *Originally Posted by Cazzy_R [+]
    Why not just tape an inch thick of newspaper to your low seat and literally try it for size?

    I'm 250lb. The tall seat won't squish an inch. Probably less than 1/2 inch max.

    I baby my bike, the thought of tape and dirty newspaper makes me cringe.  lol   

    I hope your comment means it won't collapse under weight and has some spring to it and not that it's hard as a rock and not forgiving.  :084:

    Cheers

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    Re: Tall Seat question
    Reply #4 on: Mar 09, 2023, 02.55 am
    Mar 09, 2023, 02.55 am
    Well I bit the bullet and bought the Ergo-Fit seat.  I went with the 2017-2019 part number simply because I like the stitching, logo and the two types of material used over the mono-looking 2020-2022 seat.

    I'm not worrying about flat footing it when stopped and hopefully it will break in a bit and get me what I need in terms of comfort.  If it doesn't work out, I can likely sell it here on the forum since every one I searched for here had sold fairly quickly. :821:

    I should have it in a few days, no rush since the weather here will be 30-50 all week.  :230:

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    Re: Tall Seat question
    Reply #5 on: Mar 12, 2023, 12.25 am
    Mar 12, 2023, 12.25 am
    Arrived today.   Weather is bad, so I can't even test it out.   :230:

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    Re: Tall Seat question
    Reply #6 on: Mar 20, 2023, 04.01 pm
    Mar 20, 2023, 04.01 pm
    Took the Z out on a test ride (in 34-degree temps) this past weekend.  Maybe because it was cold out and I was freezing, but I'm not sold yet on the new seat.  The additional leg room is great, but I don't feel like I was sitting "in" the bike, more like "on" the bike.  But it was so cold I could barely get up past 25mph around the block and won't call a final judgement on the new seat. Yet.  :006:

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    Re: Tall Seat question
    Reply #7 on: Mar 21, 2023, 07.05 am
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    I put the tall seat on mine over winter, Iíve done 2 or 3 rides with it and I canít honestly say I even notice any difference to riding position.

    The test for me will be on a all day ride to see if my arse goes numb like it used to on the standard seat.

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    Re: Tall Seat question
    Reply #8 on: Mar 21, 2023, 11.53 am
    Mar 21, 2023, 11.53 am
    *Originally Posted by Jordzee900 [+]
    I put the tall seat on mine over winter, Iíve done 2 or 3 rides with it and I canít honestly say I even notice any difference to riding position.

    The test for me will be on a all day ride to see if my arse goes numb like it used to on the standard seat.

    Agreed!  Now for that warm weather.....it can't come soon enough.  :821:

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    Re: Tall Seat question
    Reply #9 on: Apr 10, 2023, 06.28 pm
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    Iím 5í10Ē and 250 pounds. I just got the tall seat and really like it. Itís definitely more comfy and squishy, reduces the forward push into the tank a good amount, and relieves the knee angle just enough to make it perfect in my opinion.

     



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