Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Prescott Arizona
Post Test Ride Thoughts
So this morning I took a longer test ride to try out this new concept I'm working on. The one think I'm realizing is that I need to look at this from a number of perspectives.
First Off ….The Seat:
This is going to get some getting used to. It's a reproduction of the classic Lycette style seat used from around the 1920's on and on many different types of bike. Unlike later foam filled seats this is constructed using 21 small springs under a light padding. When one first sites on it, it doesn't feel all that comfortable, no soft foam to 'sink' into, so this feels a little odd. The design comes into it's own thought when riding and hitting bumps. As the bike roles over a bump, pothole or dip, your rear sinks into the seat a little. The springs clearly designing to absorb any impact. It's worth remembering that these seats were originally fitted to ridged framed bikes, so this makes sense. So when fitted to a bike that already has suspension, it works really rather well and is not an unpleasant feeling at all.
Springs Mounted To The Swing-arm & Affects On Suspension:
This has taken me somewhat by surprise, as I feel mounting the springs to the swing-arm has actually improved the rear suspension quite significantly. On my ride this morning I headed for a dreaded wash channel, that always bottomed out my suspension (if I forgot it was there) requiring me to significantly slow down to avoid this. At any speed other than a crawl the stock suspension would always totally bottom out, sound a sharp 'bang' to the frame and send a jarring shock through my body. The morning I went over this a few times not reducing my speed at all (around 35mph) and to my surprise the suspension not only did 'not' bottom out but felt no more than a small comfortable little bump. I can only assume that as the swing-arm got pushed up, the weight of my pushing back retarded this affect. The construction of the small under seat-springs and pair of mounted springs soaking up the difference. I'm thinking this has to be better for the bike and me!
My main issues are two fold; seat position and aesthetics. For my preference the seat position needs to be just a little lower and more forward. If I move the seat as mentioned this will alter the pair of springs and I know I won't like the look of that.
As mentioned this as a proof of concept and although I have to 'live' with this for a while, initially I'm pleased with the concept and feel it has potential. To that end, I'm going to consider a new front bracket (to move the seat position) and to have spring brackets welded to the swing-arm to fascinate a cleaner more aesthetically pleasing design.
So for now chaps I'm calling this a success but with a little reservation as I need more time in the saddle and have further details to iron out. Also, I still have my other seat which I really like, so at any point if I don't like where this is going, I can change back.
Last edited by Roy; 06-02-2019 at 02:44 PM.