Switch Out Your Seat for a New Look, Feel to your Ride

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13 Apr 2011

When you think about it, switching motorcycle seats to achieve a different look or to suit a specific purpose makes perfect sense — especially when you consider how simple it is to change out a Mustang seat. There’s really no easier way to dramatically alter the appearance of your bike — or the overall feel of your ride.

We all change our look, don’t we? We’re always switching sunglasses and hats. We wear shoes one day and boots the next. We change from one lane to the other even when the first lane was just fine. Why? Because we can. Like David Byrne sang in Life During Wartime: “I changed my hair style, so many times now, I don’t know what I look like.” We like change. So why not change the overall look and feel of your bike when the mood strikes you?

Say we start off with a two-up wide touring seat (like the one pictured above) with a driver backrest for those longer trips with a partner to Sturgis or Florida. Then we switchy-changy to a low, lean or a solo seat for hopping around town or short day trips with our friends (like the one pictured below).

It doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. You can invest in a Harley-Davidson XL 2004-2011 vintage solo with no studs and no Conchos for just over two hundred bucks. Or you can impress your main squeeze on the back of a Yamaha V-Star 1300 by mounting a comfy, 12” wide passenger seat matched to a 17” wide solo with driver backrest—all for a little more than $700. And then the two of you can travel about a million miles without getting butt cramps. Can’t get much more romantic than that!

The best news about all this, of course, is that changing out a seat is a relatively simple process and you don’t have to be a licensed mechanic to perform the switch-out. In most cases it’s a simple matter of unscrewing a mounting bolt and disconnecting the front of the seat that nestles up to the gas tank. Lift up on the back, pull the seat toward the back and off it comes.

All Mustang seats come with mounting instructions, which is important for the two men who will read them. The important thing to remember is to make sure the replacement seat you’re buying is specifically made for the make, model and year of the bike you’re riding.

So go ahead and make a change. Your riding buddies will be impressed, your passenger will be comfortable, and when you switch back to a solo seat, you’re going to enjoy the solitude of you and the road.

As they say, life is better when you add a little flavor…and variety…and comfort!

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