2017+ Sidecar seat upgrade

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2017+ Sidecar seat upgrade

Post by redtails » Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:51 pm

I have a 2014 and am considering upgrading my SC seat. How do the older/newer seats compare?
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Re: 2017+ Sidecar seat upgrade

Post by Lofty » Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:00 pm

My '18 has the new style seat, and I've ridden as monkey in a 2011. A sample size of two. Hope it helps.

-2011 (representing the old style): Ugh. I don't know the precise provenance of the seat, but it was lumpy and sorely undersprung. That style of seat doesn't look comfortable, and in my experience, it wasn't (this will likely vary according to your passenger). No under-seat storage.

-2018 (new): Much better. Mild sculpting for aesthetics and passenger comfort. Very firm foam. The lower cushion is retained to the under-seat storage tray by a small latch mechanism. The latch is dodgy to operate with gloved hands, so I added a pull lanyard that has the dual benefit of keeping passengers in line. :D

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Re: 2017+ Sidecar seat upgrade

Post by INSUBORDINATOR » Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:58 am

I came across, & traded for, one of RICH MAUNDS seats. It's RED tuck & roll, contoured, & extremely comfortable. Very similar to the classic seats Steib put In their sidecars. Very glad I got it. It also came with A matching RED Windshield Bib.
Not sure if Rich still makes them or not - but top quality.
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Re: 2017+ Sidecar seat upgrade

Post by windmill » Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:29 pm

According to my wife, the new seat is much more comfortable than the old one. She's usually oblivious to such thing, but immediately noticed the difference in comfort. I noticed she just settles in and stays put, without moving and squirming around on longer rides.

The old seat is a excessively soft, lumpy pillow with cover stretched over plywood boards. The new seat is ergonomically designed and made by an actual Italian seat maker. The under seat storage is another plus, I keep my jack, tire pump, and other necessities there.

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