Well it's happened! I rode my Forza up to Goulburn two days ago (Wednesday, 13th August) to leave it with Mick at MJM Custom Motorbike Seats to have my bike's seat re-upholstered. I picked up the bike early this morning (Friday, 15th August) and rode back home to Batemans Bay, about 150 km. I'l post a couple of pictures then tell you what's been done.
Firstly, the original Honda seat:
Now a series of pictures showing what Mick has done:
I think that looks terrific! But then I guess I would
The most obvious change is the removal of the "bum rest" and thus quite a bit of extra room to streatch out on. The foam base has been replaced and about 15 mm has been added to the height of the rear part of the rider's seat. In practice I can't tell the difference in the extra height, I can still easily reach the ground with both feet. However I do seem to sit a little higher (I had to adjust the mirrors) and it feels much more comfortable. Obviously, the seat cover has been changed with "non-slip" type material on both seat positions setting off plain vinyl on the rest of the seat. Overall, the workmanship looks very good.
We were chatting as I paid Mick's reasonable bill and he was saying that he had just finished a re-upholster for a Honda Goldwing seat and that the Forza seat is much bigger than the Goldwing's.
The ride home was much more comfortable than the ride up two days before. The seat base prevents to rider portion being any longer but the new seat is probably as long as you would want.
I think the Forza looks much better with the new seat, more sporty perhaps !
If you are thinking about re-upholstering your seat then I would recommend MJM.