Hi guys picked up a 15 plate z1000sx yesterday awesome bike but just a few things, while riding the bike seems to have a lot of vibration I.e you can feel it all through the frame is this a feature or something wrong ha also by looking through posts on here it seems everyone has issue with the seat so is this a recommended change
Hi guys picked up a 15 plate z1000sx yesterday awesome bike but just a few...
Mine was quite vibey. Seat was bloody awful! I got a gel insert fitted to the standard seat by Tony Archer in Huddersfield - for £70 after spending over £300 on the official Kwak gel seat which was just as bad!
Does changing the seat help disguise the vibeyness ha
It didn't with mine but this did! LOL!
Kawasaki think that the vibes add to the experience, personally I could do without them. At 7000rpm something vibrates on the front end too so I need to find out what that is.
I used to struggle with vision in the mirrors as they vibrated so much. I remember looking at the fuel station price per litre green lights in the mirror once & could not make out a single number as they looked like fireflies flitting around!
Ooooh where did you get the monkey from I'll see if it helps with me be
He's a sheep!
A well travelled mucky sheep called Settle who has been on the back of my F800ST, VFR, pictured here on my SX & now on the R1200RS.
Was Tony's seat alteration better then Helen? I am looking to change or alter mine for something more suited to long rides.
It was fantastic! We do 3,500 miles on tour over 2 weeks each summer & it made all the difference for a fraction of the official gel seat. He uses medical grade gel & extra foam on top & visually it doesn't look that different. The official gel seat looks well sexy but I hated it. Other blokes loved it but I would try the insert option first and save the cash towards Ackros or something!
Helen Skidmore that sounds great. It is hard to choose when you can't actually try the seats out first and I don't want to spend a few hundred and find there isn't much difference. Do you have a photo of your seat? I did phone Tony last week but he didn't have any sample shots. It was £100 to alter both seats (I presume by adding foam and re-covering) and an extra £60 per seat if gel is added.
Never had any problems with mine apart from the seat, I just added extra foam to the seat, oh I am a upholsterer!
Struggled to find a pic but zoomed in on this from the blog of our Slovenia tour!
I only had the rider seat done as the pillion was happy with his!
Thanks Helen! I think I will give Tony a try then. Do you think the extra foam is enough or do I need the gel as well?
I would go for the gel. It's medical grade so what they use for bed-bound patients in hospitals.
I've fitted a Sargent seat on mine and it's a cracking comfortable seat highly recommended as for the vibration I get a vibration on mr foot peg but that's all it's a bit of the kawasaki feel
What are you trying to say Helen?!?!?
If it's good for people lying on their backs for days on end then it's good enough for an arse on a bike for 8 hours!
I don't have any of the vibrations issues, but the seat is awfull. I'm going to order a 40€ gel seat.
Check the pannier bracket has rubber washers between bracket and mountings as this was a problem on mine. Was a quick easy fix for me
Never had a problem with the seat really, but I'm used to quite firm seats. And never found it particularly vibey, but my previous bike was a vtwin