:: Yamaha Virago XV Forums That Rock!!! XV750 82 seat options (SOLVED)

#1:  82 seat options (SOLVED) Author: qbs Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:01 pm

I'm looking to replace my seat, doesn't seem to be a lot of options for the 82
Does anyone have experience with the Saddlemen DoubleBucket or LTD,
I'm only 5'4" and don't want to raise the height, need some thing comfy for long rides with a passenger. My wife would like to be a little higher, tired of looking at my helmet.

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#2:  Re: 82 seat options Author: anaman51 Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:40 pm

Retraction: I have found out that this website, Cyclewareables, may be a scam, and at the very least has gained a reputation for accepting the money and sending nothing. I would no longer recommend it to anyone. I'm very sorry if anyone lost money to these people.

There's an online company named CycleWareAbles that has several options for the older bikes, from a straight seatcover to some very nice Saddleman covers that come with the foam and apply directly to your old seat pan. Check 'em out at CycleWareAbles. I haven't used these covers before, but others on this forum have and liked them. They're made by Travelcade, the same company that makes Saddleman seats.

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#3:   Author: funkamongus Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:15 pm

there is one on ebay right now that they say is a great seat,,, its for a 750 IIRC. travelcade or saddleman one of those...

#4:  Re: 82 seat options Author: qbs Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:40 pm

Thanks guys, i will check ebay right now, I am hoping for some feedback from someone who has riden on one of the seats.
I'm a little concerned from the pictures they might increase the seat height and my legs are just log enough now.

#5:   Author: pofarm Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:49 pm

I have one of the double buckets and it is about the same driver seat height as stock. It is a bit harder to throw your leg across because of the higher passenger seat, though. Much more comfortable than stock. It does sit you further forward than stock, too. At 5'9", it cramped me up a bit but at 5'4", this shouldn't be a problem for you.

#6:   Author: qbs Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:29 pm

Thanks pofarm,
I usually step on the footpeg to swing over as it is now :) I like the height of the back seat as shown in your picture, it isn't too cramped on the back for a long ride???

#7:   Author: qbs Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:41 pm

Found the one on ebay, but the seller doesn't ship to Canada.....looks nice too

#8:   Author: pofarm Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:50 pm

You can get the cover and foam as a kit from JC Whitney for around 130.00 usd. It's real easy to install on your seat pan.
I can't say about the passenger room. My wife can't ride any more so I haven't had a passenger since adding the seat.

#9:   Author: funkamongus Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:58 pm

Looks taller, but shallow...

There may be a midnite version of your seat thats like mine.. I have an 82,
(but its an 83 midnite seat in my signature)... Taller, fluffier.. but I had to buy the rear fender that goes with it..(had the taillight assy in it) If you want more info on that I can write you up something...

this is what it looks like stock. (I kept the stock seat and rail too)
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#10:   Author: pofarm Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:13 pm

funkamongus wrote (View Post):
Taller, fluffier..


#11:   Author: qbs Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:24 pm

Thanks Scott:
I don't think I want to get into changing that right now, I have my sissybar and rack already in place.

I do like the looks of yours, and Saddlemen have a kit or seat called the LTD for the 82 that looks very much like your 83 Midnite seat.

I will probably order a new kit, the question is the doublebucket or the LTD???

#12:   Author: funkamongus Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:24 pm

HA you know!! thicker and not as hard!! Fluffier!! HA!!

#13:   Author: nraluke Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:29 pm

JC Witney sells the Saddleman Double Bucket Seat Kit for first and 2nd generation Virago,s. The picture below is a picture of the 2nd generation seat on my 85 XV700. I'm short, 5' 7" and love the way the seat holds me in position. It's flatter and stiffer then my original seat and also much more comfortable. Passenger area is much wider then original. Can't tell much difference in height. You won't go wrong with with this seat but you need a really strong staple gun to staple it down with 1/4" staples. I used contact cement to hold everything in place then stapled it down like the original. Had to lightly hammer a few of the staples in to full depth.

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#14:   Author: funkamongus Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:30 pm

Right on, well, dont forget to let us know which you do, where you get it, how much, etc... take pics too, if ya can, just in case someone else wants to do the same mod to their bike!! then mark it "solved"!!

#15:   Author: qbs Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:56 pm

Thanks Guys,
I'm impressed with the quick response I've received.
I will let you know what I do, and maybe get a picture or two.

#16:  Re: 82 seat options Author: anaman51 Post Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:10 am

Retraction: I have previously sent people to who were searching for seat covers. I've discovered that the website may be a scam, and at the very least they have been known to accept money and send nothing. My apologies to anyone who's been had by these people at my recommendation. It no longer applies, and I am personally extremely hacked off by this development.


#17:   Author: qbs Post Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 3:06 am

Well as you can see from my updated signature I have my new seat, I purchased the Saddleman DoubleBucket kit from J C Whitney and it installed nicely on my original pan. I think I am going to like it, the longest ride I have had was today an hour ride for lunch and 1 hour back and was very comfortable.

#18:   Author: anaman51 Post Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 7:09 pm

I'm glad you got what you needed, Brian. A better seat can make all the difference, and mine is being done right now as I write this. I was going to do it myself, but the best upholsterer I have ever known volunteered to do it for me, and I let him take it. This guy does great work! I look forward to a nice seat upon its return. I'll try to get pics.


#19:   Author: qbs Post Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 9:57 pm

I look forward to your pics Dan, nice to have talented friends.

#20:   Author: anaman51 Post Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 10:06 pm

He's doing it in a super-vinyl of some kind that's been introduced since I quit the biz, and I told him I don't want any foofraw on it. A lot of cool artwork gets stitched into bike seats on special request of the owner, but the truth is that every stitch means that much more water gets absorbed into the seat. It'll be as simple as possible, with no welt and top-stitched seams for comfort. And finally big enough for my big fat @$$! This oughta be cool!


#21:   Author: anaman51 Post Posted: Fri May 21, 2010 2:49 pm

Update: Things did not go as planned. The seat foam from the '83 920 turned out to be worthless, full of hard spots that were crumbling to dust, and it refused to be steamed into condition. The guy called me about it, and I reluctantly agreed to let him cover the seat using my old foam, with added back support, and minus the butt-breaker bar Yamaha so thoughtfully provided. It looks good with the new cover on it, but it's not what I wanted. The seller has agreed to refund my full purchase price for the bad seat. I'd love to take it for a ride, but the weather has turned to sh!t here for a week or so. Today brings hail, thunderstorms, 50-mph wind, and what they refer to as "occasional downpours." I'll pass.


#22:   Author: qbs Post Posted: Fri May 21, 2010 3:18 pm

Sorry to hear it didn't go as planned, but I'm sure it will be an improvement anyway.
Don't blame you for not riding, this week , we are having beautiful weather her but I got caught in one of those "Occasional downpours" yesterday. Got totally soaked before I even knew it.

#23:   Author: grampa Post Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 10:28 am

i have the same issue with my 1996 xv 750 will it work on mine. front is ok wife don,t like passenger seat she says it is to small.

#24:   Author: anaman51 Post Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 4:27 pm

Best I can offer you is the J.C. Whitney deal on Saddleman (Travelcade) seatcover kits. I think Yamaha got out of the habit of installing that gawd-awful bar on the seat pan before they made yours. A good King and Queen kit will take care of your wife's discomfort, and won't cost nearly what a new seat would. It takes a wee bit of work installing the new cover, but it'll go on your old seat pan and wear quite well.

The kit covers arrive with new foam, and the cover is already mounted on it. You only need to glue the foam to your own stripped seat pan and then shoot down the edges of the cover with a good stapler, like the old one was fastened on.

Here, I swiped this from Pofarm's post on the first page:

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