Memory Foam Addition
As one of my 2011 Ottawa
winter projects, I decided to tweak the stock
seat on the 2001 Concours. The foam in the driver's seat slopes down
front-to-back, while the seat cover curves up towards the back of the
driver's seat, leaving a gap. Never much liked the downward slope or
the gap, and I also have a pre-'93 seat, so I could still ride if
things go south.
Removed the staples and cover, and the transparent plastic sealing
layer underneath which is held by elastic between the seat
pan and foam edge. Seems to be there for waterproofing, and
unfortunately it was torn under the passenger seat area, probably from
transporting camping equipment.
Bought a pillow made of memory foam, about 12" x 20" - only needed
approx. 13" width. Using a cardboard template and a bread knife, hacked
it down until it fit under the cover without bulging. Chopped little
bits off with scissors for the final shaping.
Glued the new foam in place with Elmer's spray adhesive, good
sticks well, stays flexible. Installed a plastic garbage bag for
waterproofing, stretched and stapled the outer cover back on. The seat
is now smoothly rising and there's no gap. My kind of project, $6
for the foam, $6 for the glue.
The memory foam makes the
seat feel more luxurious when trying it out
in the garage. It does make the seating position a bit higher. Need to
test it for a longer ride or two.