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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.

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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!

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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.

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