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Post  BanditDave on Sat 20 Sep 2014, 8:57 am

I know this is not on a Bandit but I thought some might still find it worth considering.


Firstly being built a little like a Hobbit has required me to have the seat modified on both the previous Bandit and now the CBR650.


In Queensland seat cowls are no longer acceptable for single seat registration

Single seat registration can be gained by having the seat less than 500mm long. The workaround is to have a "hump" added to the back half to make it "non user friendly". The modification will save me around $190 per year in the reduction of CTP.


A local motor trimmer did the deed for $120. I would have asked Paul but it is a bit of a ride to get there.


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Post  Kiwisteve on Sat 20 Sep 2014, 10:31 am

That looks the goods non bandit Dave Very Happy

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Re: Seat Height Reduction and Single Seat Modification

Post  paul on Sat 20 Sep 2014, 10:44 am

BanditDave wrote:

A local motor trimmer did the deed for $120. I would have asked Paul but it is a bit of a ride to get there.

 But it's worth the trip once you get here though   Laughing 
Looks the part Dave .............($120.......... they must work for peanuts up there ......you sure it wasn't an upholsterer Razz Razz  lol! )

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Re: Seat Height Reduction and Single Seat Modification

Post  BanditDave on Sat 20 Sep 2014, 11:53 am

I didn't have any peanuts on me so I had to pay him in cash.



BTW Shannon (the motor trimmer) said he has had many opportunities to do household upholstery but has stuck to automotive thingies because the former is way too boring and monotonous.

I think he gets a good deal of his business from "petrol heads" restoring older cars so his work is very varied which must make it interesting.

I reckon my new seat is similar to what Valentino has. I think that is about all we have in common. He goes just a little bit quicker than me.

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Post  paul on Sat 20 Sep 2014, 12:17 pm

BanditDave wrote:I didn't have any peanuts on me so I had to pay him in cash.



BTW Shannon (the motor trimmer) said he has had many opportunities to do household upholstery but has stuck to automotive thingies because the former is way too boring and monotonous.

I think he gets a good deal of his business from "petrol heads" restoring older cars so his work is very varied which must make it interesting.

I reckon my new seat is similar to what Valentino has. I think that is about all we have in common. He goes just a little bit quicker than me.
Correct ...trimming is far more varied & interesting than upholstery ( I've seen the result of "some " upholsterers taking on stuff like hoods & some of the more intricate parts of trimming etc. ..............each to their own I suppose , but a little beyond their  field me thinks  pale  )

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Re: Seat Height Reduction and Single Seat Modification

Post  Bosco15 on Sat 20 Sep 2014, 12:26 pm

Looking great, Dave. 
The hump looks more comfortable than most stock pillion perches of late. 
You can get single seat rego and still throw ya missus on the back. Well done. Wink

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Re: Seat Height Reduction and Single Seat Modification

Post  BanditDave on Mon 22 Sep 2014, 4:50 pm

Well, after a mere 7 weeks from buying the bike I fronted up to Queensland Transport with my modified bike and all necessary paperwork.

It was fairly clear to me that the Customer Service Officer (funny title - I question the middle word!!) had never encountered such a process before. She had to seek advice from two other Customer Service Officers before finally handing me the letter advising the change was done.

What probably hurt my feelings a little was that my bike was not inspected for compliance. What if I was trying to cheat the system??

Anyway, contacted CTP provider and sent paperwork to them.

Looking forward to refund of 10.5 months of $190 per year fee difference and $190 each year thereafter.

I guess this can be regarded as a happy ending. Smile Smile

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Post  madmax on Mon 22 Sep 2014, 5:03 pm

You went to a government department and ended up with a happy ending Exclamation Exclamation

I'm moving to Queensland

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Post  paul on Mon 22 Sep 2014, 6:21 pm

BanditDave wrote:

I guess this can be regarded as a happy ending. Smile Smile

Not what I was led to believe " happy ending" meant  Embarassed ................but a good result none the less Dave  Very Happy  more money for accessories now ( or more " happy endings "  Razz)

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Post  1wheeldrive on Mon 22 Sep 2014, 7:15 pm

BanditDave wrote:I know this is not on a Bandit but I thought some might still find it worth considering.


Firstly being built a little like a Hobbit has required me to have the seat modified on both the previous Bandit and now the CBR650.


In Queensland seat cowls are no longer acceptable for single seat registration

Single seat registration can be gained by having the seat less than 500mm long. The workaround is to have a "hump" added to the back half to make it "non user friendly". The modification will save me around $190 per year in the reduction of CTP.


A local motor trimmer did the deed for $120. I would have asked Paul but it is a bit of a ride to get there.


Wow, only not quite 4 - 5 months ago I single seated my storm and all I needed was a seat cowl and exhaust hangers that didn't have passenger peg holders. Took that to an inspection station and $50 later had a certificate to take to the main roads client relations officer, (the spud behind the counter)and bobs your auntie. Very Happy

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Post  Corsa79 on Mon 22 Sep 2014, 8:18 pm

I'll have to get details of you to get my bandit seat done next time I'm in the bay seeing the family. I want to keep the height as I'm tall but a bit of reshape and better padding.
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Post  Ghostbandit on Mon 22 Sep 2014, 8:23 pm

Hmmm seeing it was that easy I might have to go searching for a good motor trimmer in Mackay to see what they can do Laughing, can't see the mrs getting in the back any time soon
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Post  BanditDave on Tue 23 Sep 2014, 8:19 am

Bosco15 wrote:Looking great, Dave. 
The hump looks more comfortable than most stock pillion perches of late. 
You can get single seat rego and still throw ya missus on the back. Well done. Wink

What a horrible thought Shocked Shocked  Maybe she could be secured with cable ties and duct tape so she doesn't fall off.

Actually, I wouldn't want to get caught up here in Qld. I don't think our police officers have a lot of sympathy for hardened criminals (people who carry pillions)

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Post  BanditDave on Tue 23 Sep 2014, 8:27 am

madmax wrote:You went to a government department and ended up with a happy ending Exclamation Exclamation

I'm moving to Queensland

1. There's a rainforest plant up this way called Happy Moments. The leaves have a beautiful top but lots of prickles under which apparently cause extreme pain. I think I would wrap myself in these leaves rather than visit some government departments

2. We don't want any more Mexicans up here. We probably should build a fence to keep you lot out Smile Smile Smile I understand it worked for rabbits.

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Post  BanditDave on Tue 23 Sep 2014, 8:30 am

Corsa79 wrote:I'll have to get details of you to get my bandit seat done next time I'm in the bay seeing the family. I want to keep the height as I'm tall but a bit of reshape and better padding.

Hi Corsa,

PM me for details

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Post  BanditDave on Tue 23 Sep 2014, 8:33 am

Ghostbandit wrote:Hmmm seeing it was that easy I might have to go searching for a good motor trimmer in Mackay to see what they can do Laughing, can't see the mrs getting in the back any time soon


I had my 09 Bandit seat done by Corbin Motor Trimmers in Juliet Street

I paid close to $200 for an initial plus follow up visit as I had to take it back as I wasn't happy with the shape.

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Post  Ghostbandit on Tue 23 Sep 2014, 7:34 pm

BanditDave wrote:
Ghostbandit wrote:Hmmm seeing it was that easy I might have to go searching for a good motor trimmer in Mackay to see what they can do Laughing, can't see the mrs getting in the back any time soon


I had my 09 Bandit seat done by Corbin Motor Trimmers in Juliet Street

I paid close to $200 for an initial plus follow up visit as I had to take it back as I wasn't happy with the shape.

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