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I am going to be picking up my FZ6 this weekend....CANT WAIT!!! I am wondering if anyone out there has complaints about the seat getting hot from the exhaust? Passenger complaints??
 

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Ernesto said:
I am going to be picking up my FZ6 this weekend....CANT WAIT!!! I am wondering if anyone out there has complaints about the seat getting hot from the exhaust? Passenger complaints??
No complaints at all, however, I will tell you this, if you have a gel seat insert and leave it out in the sun it will bake your butt when you get back on it.

The gel seems to hold onto the heat and then not let it disperse.

I always keep the bike under cover or put my jacket over the seat in direct sunlight.

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I notice it more on cool mornings, but otherwise it's fine IMO.
 

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No heat from exhaust at all, which is surprising and nice. In fact, my seat gets warmer from the sun than the exhaust! As far as the discomfort that many complain about, my commutes are so short that I haven't had any issues with the stock seat. Maybe as I take longer rides, I'll want to replace it. We'll see...
 

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the seat is not heated because there's an isolated plate in between which takes most of the heat and absorbs it (pay attention when you open the seat after a ride it is freakin hot).
 

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my seat can get a little warm, but I normally wear riding pants over my clothes so its less of a factor. My seat actually is getting worn in and softer....or at least not as firm as I remember it to be.
 

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No heat problems at all for me. You would think it would, but it's not an issue.

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No complaints at all, however, I will tell you this, if you have a gel seat insert and leave it out in the sun it will bake your butt when you get back on it.

The gel seems to hold onto the heat and then not let it disperse.

I always keep the bike under cover or put my jacket over the seat in direct sunlight.

Skippy
Hey Skippy, I'm dying to get some gel inserts for my seat and was gonna use the same place that FAZR6 used... but now a buddy of mine is trying to convince me to do it myself. He says that it's too much money to pay. Any advice?
 

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No heat problems at all for me. You would think it would, but it's not an issue.



Hey Skippy, I'm dying to get some gel inserts for my seat and was gonna use the same place that FAZR6 used... but now a buddy of mine is trying to convince me to do it myself. He says that it's too much money to pay. Any advice?
It is actually quite simple, there was a thread on it in the old forum that I followed, from some guy in the UK that did it.

I just purchsed a slab of raw gel from a surgical products company and then cut it to fit my seat. I hollowed out the foam a little to give it somewhere to sit in, then covered it with a little vinyl to stop it moving around and stapled it back together.

I did use a powered stapler as I was not sure my hand opereated one would do it.

I will probably go back into the seat in the winter and cut away a little more foam to bed it in a little more, however, I am extremely pleased with the way it softens my old iron butt.

Total cost was around $60 for staples and the gel, I'll try and find a link to where I got the gell from and post it in here.

http://www.amspecialtiesusa.com/shop/index.php?shop=1&cat=2

I think this was it.



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Regarding the seat getting warm. My wife notices the seat getting warm more than I do. When we go 2 up, she says it gets pretty toasty on the pillion. However, It doesn't seem to get that hot for me. Nice in the winter, but not so nice in Texas summers.
 

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I commute 70 miles a day in the desert. I have ridden from 40 degF to 110 degF and have never noticed any heat from the exhaust in the seat.
 

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Hot Seat, continued

Patpuma said:
No heat from exhaust at all, which is surprising and nice. In fact, my seat gets warmer from the sun than the exhaust! As far as the discomfort that many complain about, my commutes are so short that I haven't had any issues with the stock seat. Maybe as I take longer rides, I'll want to replace it. We'll see...
I dont know about you guys. My seat heats up pretty bad. Is this a function of a new bike/seat? I hope not. Any suggestions to fix this problem?
 

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Wife said on the two rides she went with that her seat was getting slightly warm but not to the point of being uncomfortable although that could change in the summer when its warmer then 50 and the heat doesn't feel so good. The front seat I don't notice any heat and the back doesn't matter anymore as we picked up my wifes first bike last wed.
 

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I've never noticed any problem with the heat under my seat even after multiple hours of riding. My bony ass does get a bit sore after that amount of time though. I wear thick padded Alpinestars Drystar riding pants over my jeans though so it probably does a somewhat decent job at isolating my ass from the seat.

Which brings me to a good point. Everyone talks about replacing the seat, but would it not be cheaper and safer just to get a good pair of riding pants that provide a bit of added plush for your tush? Works for me. If I ever go on any really long trips with the bike, I think I'll just make myself some kind of strap-on ass cushion. :)
 

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Everyone talks about replacing the seat, but would it not be cheaper and safer just to get a good pair of riding pants that provide a bit of added plush for your tush?

Ever worn riding pants when it's 90 deg fahrenheit outside? It's practically unbearable!
 

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Ever worn riding pants when it's 90 deg fahrenheit outside? It's practically unbearable!
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Yeah, not only riding pants but warm-up pants over them so I don't scratch the tank. I also wear a balaclava over my face and head with a full face CL14 helmet on too. Warm, yeah and at 110 it gets real hot but I just go faster. My longest run on the FZ6 was 245 miles and 7.5 hours in the actual saddle. The reason it took so long is I went surface streets and Pacific Coast Highway from San Juan Capistrano north to Malibu; I took the freeway and Ortega Highway (SH74) over to San Juan. During the ride, which was actually 9.5 hours total time, I found the seat to be very nice with no problems relative to getting warm, hot, or uncomfortable. The ambient temperature for the day was roughly 80. I will however say that my wrists and shoulder blades were toast as I was looking for a hot tub and masseuse...LOL

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Never noticed any heat but the seat sucks for more than 30 minutes. The corbin seat is a must. Have had it for 2 weeks & it is awesome!! Pricey yes $400 delivered but best investment so far. LAst year went on a 1500 trip & my ass was broken. That will no longer be a problem!! An added bonus is the seat looks cool & it is level so you are not leaning forward putting pressure on your wrists. (Corbin.com)
 

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Yes, there is heat coming up, no doubt about it, especially for the passenger. I live in a cold country and I really appreciate it :) but I hate to see what it's going to be like in the heat of the summer. I'll definitely add a reflective tape under de seat.

As far as seat comfort forget it. I've had a Kawa Concours, which is a touring bike, and never even tought of changing the seat, even after a 7 day ride.

As is this bike is just great for city driving and commuting. Lots of guts, easy as hell to handle, just great in corners.

After testing 2 and 3 hour rides, alone and with my wife, with my FZ6 I didn't even hesitate to order a Corbin seat. If you only commute there's no problem, but if you are touring you need a little more comfort.

YJ
 
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