The Yamaha XT225 is one of the funnest Dual Sport Bikes I've ever ridden, but it is not the best in long ride (over 30minutes) comfort. Most everyone that owns one has struggled with this problem. Some have found relief in expensive seat modifications, others have experimented with different types of foam and/or covers. I've never found an acceptable answer to the comfort question; until now.

      Several years ago I made sheepskin seat covers for all my DS bikes. They do tend to improve the ride a little; but not much. The addition of a couple of layers of firm foam under the seat cover provides much more support, especially if the padding is wrapped around the sides of the seat, making it wider. As I am 6" tall, the added thickness/seat height resulted in a very much improved geometry between the pegs and seat, but caused me to lean into the handlebars. This quickly tired my arms and caused my back to ache after just a few minutes of riding. The fix for this then was to make and install 1" risers for the handlebars. The result of these modifications is a much more comfortable XT225 that still feels good, even after fairly long rides, and one that, for me, handles even better than stock.

Here's How

     Using sheepskin and a few layers of firm foam rubber, you can easily make a seat cover (saddle) that will make your longer rides much more comfortable. As you can see, I have taken few pains to make it beautiful, just utilitarian. Your butt will appreciate it’s functionality, not its looks.

Install three boat cover snaps on each side of the seat as

shown. They just screw into the plastic seat base, through the upholstery on your original seat.

Here’s the seat pad . . .

     Over the years, I have experimented with a bunch of padding material and I have finally decided that the foam kneeling pads available in the gardening department at Wal-mart or Target seem to work much better than softer cushy foams. Get one that seems too firm about an inch thick, and about the firmness of a mouse pad. Make sure it’s a little wider than the seat. The extra width will roll down along the sides and give you much needed support. The one pictured on the right cost about $7 at Wal-mart. Discard the vinyl cover so that it can be laminated. Trim it to roughly the outline of your seat, but leave it a couple of inches wider. Taper the width and thickness at the front. A second layer of 1/2” thick mousepad like foam is cut longer and wider so that it reaches the front of the seat and, when wrapped down, comes about 1/2” above the bottom of the seat. Nothing is glued to the seat.

Here’s how to make the seat cover . . .

      Get real sheepskin and trim it roughly a few inches larger than the seat. Lay the shaped pads on the seat and put the skin over it. Wrap all down the sides of the seat, making sure that you pull the skin tight so the pads wrap down. The next chore is to locate the snaps that go on the skin. I positioned the skin roughly where it belonged, and colored the tip of one seat snap with Magic Marker, then quickly transferred the mark to the skin. Once the first snap is installed, it’s easy to stretch the skin and locate the second one on the same side.

     When all the snaps are installed put the cover on the seat (over the pads) and trim the skin to your liking. Laminate the thick foam pad to the thinner pad with contact cement (used for laminating Formica) by putting two coats on each surface, and letting it nearly dry before putting them together. Laminate the pads to the skin using the same adhesive. As soon as the skin is applied to the pad, install the cover on the seat so that it dries to the shape of the seat.

     Leave it alone for 24 hours.

     The next day, when the cover is removed, you’ll have something that looks like a saddle that can be installed or removed at will. You’ll love the difference in comfort and frame geometry. Now you can ride all day and still sit down and eat in the evening. If with the installation of the seat pad and cover, you find the handlebars are too low, just add the 1 inch bar risers to correct the geometry for the increased seat height. It’s the most comfortable DS bike I’ve ever ridden. If you stand up and ride, or if your arms get tired on longer rides, you'll appreciate the added inch in height afforded by these blocks. Riser blocks are available for Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, KTM, Sherco, Gasgas, and many other bikes with 7/8 and 1-1/8” bars for $34.95 plus $4.80 postage (US) (includes longer stainless bolts) from dirtly. Five minute install. No modification of cables required.


Garden kneeling pad from

Wal-mart. Remove cover.

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