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Author Topic: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe  (Read 1123 times)

jmalona

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Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« on: January 26, 2013, 09:17:18 PM »
Hey folks,

So I'm finally getting around to fitting a solo seat on my G5 Deluxe. Last time I took the stock seat off I remember this big bracket that runs under it and thinking, "this is going to look awful when I put on that solo seat." Can I just unbolt the whole bracket or is a fixing point for the rear shocks? Anyone work around this?

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Re: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2013, 11:31:49 PM »
It holds the fender and I think it's welded on, not bolted.  The nicest thing I've seen done is bolting a chrome oval luggage rack to it.  I think it's a standard piece from NField Gear and/or Hitchcock's for an older bike.  It bolts up, looks good and is functional, and the shiny chrome makes the ugly subframe largely fade away into the background.  Sorry I don't have the specifics, I'm sure someone will chime in.

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Re: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2013, 12:57:43 AM »
Can you post a picture of what the G5 looks like with the seat removed, jmalona?

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Re: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2013, 03:29:51 AM »
If you search "single seat" in Members Rides" you'll find a pic of John Hut's G5 DL with Hitchcocks studded solo seat & rack (available in black or chrome) fitted.
Both bolt straight on.
I tried the same set up on my G5 DL, but didn't like it so much when I saw it "live". I wasn't too impressed with the quality of the seat either.
http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/gallery/2155_06_09_10_5_58_46.JPG
http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/gallery/2155_02_02_11_9_18_06.JPG
« Last Edit: January 27, 2013, 03:34:22 AM by WillW »
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Re: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2013, 07:11:12 AM »
I went with the sprung solo from Hitchcocks, I like the little chrome rack idea if I can't get the entire thing off. I'll post a photo with the seat off when I get down to bolting the thing on.

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Re: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2013, 01:19:29 PM »
Just thought I'd throw my 2 cents in. This is what I wound up with.
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Re: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2013, 01:21:06 PM »
Here's another
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Re: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2013, 05:29:13 PM »
Looks doable. How do you find the ride hight? Same as the dual?

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Re: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2013, 06:49:48 PM »
Looks doable. How do you find the ride hight? Same as the dual?
Actually it felt a couple of inches higher at first. I don't even notice the difference now. I have a 34" inseam, when standing supporting the bike my butt is still a couple of inches above the seat. Very comfortable ride.
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Re: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2013, 01:31:25 AM »
Jack, can you confirm that it is welded on? Or is that frame removable that is over the rear fender?

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Re: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2013, 09:47:59 AM »
Official conformation : it is Bolted on .
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Re: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2013, 11:06:27 AM »
I stand corrected :)

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Re: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2013, 09:58:48 AM »
So it's bolted on...

You can't take it off without the rear fender being unsupported, though, I suppose.

I want to run a solo seat without that frame just for the clean look. Would that be possible if I don't carry a passenger?

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Re: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2013, 11:45:56 AM »
The fender bolts to the frame piece. No frame, no fender.
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Re: Solo seat on a G5 Deluxe
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2013, 12:38:43 PM »
I have seen the fender on a G5 suported with only the Rear fender braces used on C5's. it takes some fender drilling, & a small home made bracket at the footpeg ends. Not especially hard, & looks clean when finished. I'm not using a brand new pair of the black ones,  if you are interested....
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