Overview of Saddlemen Replacement Seat Cover - K653
Cross reference number(s):K653
Specs for Saddlemen Replacement Seat Cover - K653
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Fitment for Saddlemen Replacement Seat Cover - K653See if this part fits your ride
Part 61772 fits the following machines
- 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000K Ltd
- 1981 Kawasaki KZ1000K Ltd
- 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000M CSR
- 1981 Kawasaki KZ1000M CSR
Using a very sharp carving knife, I trimmed the foam seat pad. The LTD seat has a pronounced step from the rider to the passenger seat and I trimmed the step back about an inch and slightly increased the angle of the step. This had the effect of allowing a bit more leg room on the bike and feels like better low back support.
The seat cover fit on over the original foam with no problem, and after my trim job on the foam, the lower seam, of the step area of the pad, fell perfectly into place along the curved base of the step.
Cosmetically, it is a one hundred percent improvement in the appearance of the bike.
A friend had stopped by on his bike, just as I was preparing to install the cover and he commented how great it was to see something that could make such a difference, come out of the box and go right on like that!
I've fitted several seat covers before and had not issues.
This cover is not cut right - the lower section of the seat driver is "WAY" to big such that it would take 1" of foam to take up the slop. To validate I took it to two upohlstery shops and they said the same thing, and confirmed the original foam is perfect - no settling, sagging (i.e. apart from a small seam separation the original cover fit perfect and looked really good).
The material texture is not as nice as the original.
As for durability - the seams are not reinforced with a double sewn layer of material covering the seam on the inside. The threads were allready starting to pull through on the install process. The seat cover is also about 1" to short which causes the front to crunch shorter and it doesn't intersect the tank properly like it original.
I called Saddlemens and they agreed to install the cover if I pay shipping. Ok good - but I still will be out $40 shipping, downtime, and a big hassle.
Let's wait and see - maybe they make it right after they recieve it - I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.
Thanks DK !
It came with a draw string. No way it could be installed with that and you wouldn't want to. You will want to staple it like the original was done. You will also want to remove the original cover. Oh, and your staple gun from the home center will not work. Even the best one (arrow t-50) cant drive staples into the hard plastic. You will need to find someone with a pneumatic upholstery stapler.
I found a guy who does furniture repairs for a local furniture store. he did it in exchange for a case of beer.
The cover was a very tight fit. It seems the seams are stretched too tight and could pull apart. It took two of us to stretch it into the correct position. I'm afraid the seams may pull apart eventually. I have only about 50 miles of riding on the new seat and so far so good.
I like the way it looks. No wrinkles, nice texture.