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I recently sold my great condition 1987 GL1200A to a friend. It's not my daily rider anymore and just deserved to be that for someone else.

Problem is that he's a big man, about 6' 2" tall, 330 pounds and "round" as he says! We've got the stock seat (which is great actually) all the way back on the adjustment latch and his knees still hit the fairing!

Has anyone found a "big man" seat for a GL1200 that allows the rider to sit back farther? Or, has anyone figured a way to perhaps modify the stock seat or mounting arrangement to allow the seat to move back farther?

It looks to me like you could move the two mounting brackets on the bottom of the seat pan forward a couple of inches. If so, that would allow the seat to move back the same amount.

Any other ideas or experience on this problem would be appreciated.

Thanks.
 

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Probably the best option is take it to an upholstery shop and have it altered.
 

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Just to remind you, an '87 seat, in good condition, is a rare animal.
You might be better served to buy a used pan on eBay and have that modified. The the stock seat can be sold to pay for the work.
 

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Just to remind you, an '87 seat, in good condition, is a rare animal.
You might be better served to buy a used pan on eBay and have that modified. The the stock seat can be sold to pay for the work.
:rolleyes:
I pitched one a few months ago … along with a Hartco GL1500 seat. :LOL: It felt good too.
 

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Just to remind you, an '87 seat, in good condition, is a rare animal.
You might be better served to buy a used pan on eBay and have that modified. The the stock seat can be sold to pay for the work.
Yup, the one-year-only 1987 Gold Wing seat was one of the best seats Honda ever put on a Gold Wing. Mine was in perfect condition, just like the rest of the bike. It won "Best in Class" a few years back at the GWRRA Wing Ding national rally.

I would never mess up the Honda '87 seat. What I am thinking about doing is moving the two brackets bolted to the bottom of the seat pan forward on the seat as far as possible. That would allow the seat to move back the same amount. We may give that a try to see if it works.
 

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The trunk limits the rear movement. Mine won't go any farther than the slider allows anyway.
 

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The trunk limits the rear movement. Mine won't go any farther than the slider allows anyway.
I have a trunk relocation kit on mine. Moves the trunk back anywhere from 1 to 3 inches. So, there's plenty of room to move the seat back with that arrangement. Presently set on 2" but undo four screws, move it back another inch, and reinstall the screws = 3 inches back.

If by "slider" you mean the two brackets that the hold down bolts on both sides of the seat hold the seat in place, that's what we plan to change. I propose moving those brackets 2 inches forward where they bolt onto the bottom of the seat pan. Reuse the forward of the two studs that are there to mount the brackets and install a new one at the new location of the forward mounting hole in each bracket. That should allow the seat to move back 2 inches more and still be able to use the brackets to secure the seat in place.
 

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I sold mine last year, but I recall that hook under the front is just so deep.
 

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On the stock seat there is a spring loaded system that allows the seat to move a couple of inches.
I know it'll cover the OEM range good, but if he relocates the brackets a couple inches ... is my thought? Plus, then there's a question of under seat to frame contact points, if any?

Might be better to find another seat to modify, pull cover, remove padding in coccyx or lumbar area to allow rider to sit back, then reattach cover?

Another thought is maybe add a couple inches under the butt area to raised the rider, might pull the knees back enough? At 6'2" he could still reach ground?
 

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On the stock seat there is a spring loaded system that allows the seat to move a couple of inches.
Yup, it's already moved all the way to the forward position in the slot, which puts the seat all the way back.
 
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