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Seat Concepts seat - putting together a group buy (we only need 10!)

When I first sat on the '17 Duke I was surprised at the height. For what they advertise as a "beginner bike" it's pretty tall (for reference, Im 5'1"). Looking around, there really isnt another option, other than the Powerparts seat, which adds a bit of height. Other options would be custom Sargent or Corbin, both of which would run me ~$300+. I have had several Seat Concepts seats on a few bikes over the years, my husband also, and they are great! Worth every penny. They typically offer a low, regular, and tall option for each bike they have done R&D for, all with better shaping and foam.

Seat Concepts does not currently offer a seat for the Duke 390, they claim there is no interest. However, they said they would design a seat if there are 10 people committed and will preorder. Since the Duke seat is a tiny little half seat I am sure it would be pretty inexpensive (every seat Ive bought has been a full sized driver/passenger seat, and was under $200, but I will ask for more details on that). They ship internationally.

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We only need 10 people to make this happen! If there is interest we can set up multiple group buys for the different years (14-16 and 17-18) and also different options within the years (low, regular, tall).

I will update this thread with more details as I get them from Seat Concepts! Also, I have no association with Seat Concepts whatsoever, I am just a shorty pants person who is always looking to get good stuff for cheap.

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If you get more info on pricing I may commit to one
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Here is the response I got from Seat Concepts today:

"Hi Kristen,

The seat would cost 159.99 (same as our FZ-07 seat) retail and that is for a foam and cover reskin. A matching rear cover would be 59.95 more. We usually will do free shipping or something for the group buy participants if we get the required 10 committed peeps. If we get 20 or so we can talk about discounting the product at that point.

Now on to the seat design itself. Making a low seat is not a possibility. The stock foam is only 1 1/4 inch thick at the midpoint of the seat. I don't know if you have had your seat off yet but it is hollow underneath and not nearly as thick as it appears to be. That explains why the [KTM] comfort seat is thicker, as the stock foam has to be very firm so you will not crush the foam and be just sitting on the seat pan in effect. Making a comfort seat without adding height would be a challenge indeed. We will see if we can find a local bike and do some investigating.

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The cost is with stock seat sent to them for reshaping/recovering?

I might be interested in a '16 seat for my wife. It has more padding that can be removed on the sides to narrow it up and allow the legs to drop earlier.

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The cost is with stock seat sent to them for reshaping/recovering?

I might be interested in a '16 seat for my wife. It has more padding that can be removed on the sides to narrow it up and allow the legs to drop earlier.

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No, cost is for brand new foam and seat cover mailed to you. You install yourself with a pneumatic staple gun (it requires 2 people and some time, but isnt difficult) or you can take it to a local upholstery place for installation. No down time on your bike.

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