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Offline mholc123

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The Great Seat Debate
« on: March 13, 2018, 07:14:33 PM »
I need a new seat for my RD400D, has anyone had any experience of either the Yam bits or the RDLCCRAZY seat or any other after market seat?
Pictures would be great and any advice would be welcome.

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Re: The Great Seat Debate
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2018, 07:49:30 PM »
Hi guys
Can anyone tell me if these seats are ok
Thanks Steve

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Re: The Great Seat Debate
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2018, 09:21:46 PM »
I don’t know the seats in questions and they could even be from the same source but RDLCCrazy is Norbo, he doesn’t sell anything he wouldn’t be more than happy to put on or has put on his own bikes. I would happily buy anything from him sight unseen but just having chatted to him.
Yambits are jack of all trades, you really need feedback from folks who have used stuff to be comfortable it’s going to do what you want. They do a great job providing pattern widgets that are NLA from Yamaha but some of it isn’t to OE standard, so a good deal of pragmatism is required should you buy from them. Ie second option is often the only option.
 
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Re: The Great Seat Debate
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2018, 09:58:03 PM »
Have to agree with Peter. Norbo's stuff is excellent and posted very quickly. Yambits...well I guess I'm lucky as every part I have bought from there has been perfect, fast delivery too. However there are horror stories about some of their parts...

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Re: The Great Seat Debate
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2018, 08:33:55 PM »
Thanks for the replies guys - has anyone got a picture of one of Norbos seats fitted on a 400?

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Re: The Great Seat Debate
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2018, 07:51:48 PM »
This is the best I can find.
Norbos seat from RDLC crazy about 5 years ago, you will need the document flap, see RDjames.
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Re: The Great Seat Debate
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2018, 07:52:41 PM »
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Re: The Great Seat Debate
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2018, 01:18:04 AM »
I purchased a Yambits seat for a RD250E and it fitted the frame very well. Ok. it is not a metal base, but it will not rust like the original seat bases. I have just purchased another one for our next restoration project.
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Re: The Great Seat Debate
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2018, 11:54:34 PM »
Thanks everyone for your replies, I think I'm drawn towards the Norbits seat - still any more pictures would be welcombe

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Re: The Great Seat Debate
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2018, 06:26:20 AM »
I did consider using one of Norbo’s seats but then managed to pick up a somewhat battered D model seat base that nsrnick is kindly sorting out for me. Hopefully the end result will be worth the effort/cost but it is good that there is an alternative option, or a lot of projects would likely get stalled.
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Re: The Great Seat Debate
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2018, 08:58:52 AM »
I have one of the fglass based seats on one of my E's.  It looks OK and with its gloss black inside finish, it is quite smart.  You can improve the ones like mine that have plastic "stopper" type fittings by carefully removing them and fitting the OE rubber stops and supports. You have to carefully drill the holes for the OE rubber mounting nipples.  Also, the OE bolts make a big improvement, if you are wanting the most original look.  Overall, pretty good for the money.   ;)

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Re: The Great Seat Debate
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2018, 02:07:14 PM »
As I said in an earlier post, the Yambits seat fits okay, but the rear fibreglass cowling needs some crafty remodelling on the sides to follow the contour of the seat.
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