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Trade - Mikes Standard Cafe seat for a 78 Special seat

Discussion in 'Classifieds' started by wannabridin, Nov 7, 2019 at 8:40 PM.

  1. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    Hey guys,

    I've a new Mikes Cafe seat for a standard, but I'm not sure if I'm wanting to put the work into adapting it to fit my '78 Special. I might be interested in trading someone for a seat that would better fit my bike. I've the hinge seat w/ a key lock. Replacement seat can be used in good shape, needs to have hardware including latch. I don't care about the kickstand as I foolishly trimmed mine off in early attempts to get the cafe seat to fit.

    Any takers? Seat is brand new, never mounted.
     
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  2. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Show the pics , You mentioned it’s a “Standard” Cafe seat ? Pics of pan too.
    I have the 78 Special seat
    :umm:
     
  3. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    Here are pics. I know the 78s are a bit wonky with the seat, so maybe I'm missing something???
     

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  4. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Tempting.
    Haven’t found what “kickstand” you are referring to? This 79 Cafe bike I’m fixing would look good with your Cafe seat but the frame is already “smoothed” and drilled for a flat seat, unfortunately.
    Still thinkin on this.
    Thank you, -R
     

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  5. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    Kickstand is the little rod in the center that keeps the seat from going too far over.

    That Seat looks lovely and I'd gladly accept it as trade :)
     
  6. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    I believe the confusion on my end is in fact in the title of this posting. “Mikes Standard Cafe Seat” A 78 Standard seat does not have that “kick stand” prop. The Special seat does. So I have to wonder how Mikes XS titled and sold the seat . It appears too difficult for me to adapt being my frame rails are flat.
    It’s interesting. Thank you -R
     
  7. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    My bike is a '78 Special and the seat I have does not have the kickstand, and when I purchased it from another member it was listed as a standard seat. I bought it in the hopes of adapting it, but have changed my mind since then.

    I believe the seat you have is exactly what I need, so if you feel it's worth the trade, I'm in.
     
  8. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Shoot, close but since my frame is modified I better just stick with the previous owners plan..
    Good luck ! Keep my seat in mind.
     

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  9. Bushyeyed1

    Bushyeyed1 XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    I fabricated my cafe seat like you have to work with the hinge and lock, but I still had to take off the right side cover when I wanted it to open it to the side. Just an aluminum bar and some enginuity to make the side mount on the hinge and the seat lock.

    http://www.xs650.com/threads/bushyboys-build-thread.53541/page-3
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2019 at 11:28 AM
  10. Bushyeyed1

    Bushyeyed1 XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Here is a picture of the underside
     

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  11. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    Interesting. Did you make your own latch? My issue seems to be that the hinges need a spacer, and the seat has studs coming out, meaning I'd need to do a threaded female piece to act as the spacer and have something to screw into.
     
  12. Bushyeyed1

    Bushyeyed1 XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Yes I made the latch by tracing the stock one and using a dremel. I used some of the spacers and grommets that came off the stock seat and the mikes seat as well. I took off the cover and foam and drilled holes and used bolts with lock tight to hold the braces onto the seat. You may be able to use some heavy rivets, because it really doesn’t support weight just keeps the seat in place.
     
  13. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    Ah, you removed the cover and foam, which I should do to do the swap right. Dunno do I'm willing to do that much work right now, haha. But if this avenue fails me, then I might do that.
     
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  14. GaryS-NJ

    GaryS-NJ XS650 New Member

    Price for the seat delivered to nj 07032?
     
  15. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    I'll get back to you with that. Thanks!
     

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