So a good job carried out on my seat and a lesson learnt. I don’t believe the ebay seller in the USA deliberately sold me the wrong foam but it’s been a sobering experience nonetheless. Of course the acid test is whether the re-covered seat is comfortable and I’m delighted to say that the transformation has been remarkable. The P&K foam absorbs bumps as it’s supposed to and the ride is vastly improved. The next time you get off a bike and complain of numb-bum take a look at the foam and see if it’s time it was replaced. You really won’t believe the transformation until you try it.
12/ The cover is slipped on and manoeuvred gently into approximately the correct position before any adjustments are made. 13/ –and unlucky for some. Despite protracted fiddling, faffing and adjustment I cannot position the cover correctly. With the cover clamped down both front and back it’s simply not possible to get the sides fitted correctly. At this stage and after several hours of struggling, frustration and ever worsening curses I gave it up as a bad job and called in expert help. Phil Turner of P&K Seating very kindly agreed to take over as I’d almost lost the will to live! Packing new and old foams, the seat base and new cover everything was sent off to P&K for a severe sanity check and the result was… 14/…simply glorious; a Yamaha RD350 seat to be proud off. Fortuitously Phil had recently decided to start making seat foams for the round-tanked RD250/350 and fitted my base and aftermarket cover to one of his brand-new seat foams. 15/ Andthisisthe cause of all my angst. The P&K foam (right) is the correct size and physically smaller than the one I was trying to cover and although there are some similarities there’s an awful lot more disparities. My foam was simply too big for the cover! Lesson learned! 16/ Underneath the fitting is absolutely superb; Phil opts to glue the cover to the seat pan all the way around rather than relying on the all clips. It’s a much better job and way beyond anything that Yamaha achieved let alone my clumsy effort!
9/ Sometime later… the base has been cleaned and painted. The new foam has arrived from the USA and I’ve managed to buy a high quality pattern cover here in the UK. 10/ A vital piece of kit, the original plastic edging trim prevents the seat cover from being torn by the seat edge. If it’s missing, rubber car trim can be substituted which is readily sourced via ebay. 11/ The foam’s laid on the base and a layer of thin, crinkly, plastic is laid over the top to facilitate easy manipulation of the cover over the foam.