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Old 18 Aug 2008
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Comfort seat on the cheap

While planning my trip to the HUMM (I rode my CCM604 down through France) I thought about ways of making my seat more comfortable. Working on a budget I rejected the idea of custom seats, not that I could get one for the CCM anyway, and even gel pads are not that cheap. In the end I spent £4 in millets for a thermarest type camp cushion. I tied a loop of cord to the frame on each side on the bike with the idea of using these to tie the cushion down.

On the way down I forgot to tie it on and got on the road. I was on a bit of a mission so didn't bother stopping to fit it. I made it down to my stop in Brive but had to stand up on the pegs through every town and village to stretch out. When I arrived, despite being knackered, it was definitely better to stand and walk around rather than sit.

On the way back I tied the cushion down but initially had too much air in it leading to a lack of support from the seat and a lower back ache. This problem was easily overcome by reaching back to the valve and letting some air out. I eventually made it up to Morlaix in 1 day from Llavorsi which took 15 hours and barely had a twinge from never mind an ache from my rear. £4 well spent I think.

The pic shows the bike back home after the trip. The screen/headlight was also a useful cheap mod created from an old bates headlight lying around in a mates garage, a couple of bits of scrap stainless and a £3 plastic waste bin. Not very pretty but better lights than std and really good wind protection.
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I love this kind of stuff. Nice work Rossi. Looks good too ... and for pennies.
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As a fellow 604 rider I can understand the need to do something about the stock seat. Half an hour had me squirming and an hour was about the limit. I'm now using one that was refoamed by a company in Yorkshire (can't remember their name) and that has made a big difference.

I'd guess you must be quite tall if you can add the cushion and still reach the ground. I tried something similar with the std seat but it was just too high for my 5' 8" frame.
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A few years back I rode a 604 down to the algarve. I gaffda taped some old camping mat onto the seat it seemed to do the job but this looks much neater plus you have a pillow/cushion to use around camp.

I tried a similar pad on my RT but the seat was an awkward shape so it didnt sit properly.

I am now looking into a similar fix with my Tenere but again the seat is sloping so its not as straight foward.
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An interesting read and an idea I shall carefuly look at myself.
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Get yourselves a sheepskin rug from ebay £35
A pair of scissors
Some elastic
Needle & thread

Job done.

Just put one on my Katoom 950.......superb.
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