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All bike manufacturers seem to build their bikes around some fictitious body size that in the real world does not fit most Americans. If you are going to sell bikes in this market, build them with some options for taller, larger bodied people. Remove the driver's backrest and pad and cover the holes left behind. That change alone gives us taller drivers critically improved legroom. Additionally, make an alternate set of handlebars that are an inch or two taller and swept back just a little more. If parts were available to make the bike actually fit americans and the bikes could be ordered that way, then you would have much happier customers and, rather than the aftermarket making the money, the manufacturer could make some of that. Think about it Yamaha, you are leaving money on the table and leaving your customers only partly satisfied...and you could turn it into a win-win for you and us. The same goes for the Windshield...if that was an option and if I could trade the stock shield for the taller shield without dropping an extra $200 for the shield that fits my body, I would be a much happier customer.
 

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It's amazing how horrible the Majesty seat looks with the backrest removed. I removed mine last night and tried it out... I really like the extra inch or so of leg room this gives me.
 

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hotshoetom said:
All bike manufacturers seem to build their bikes around some fictitious body size that in the real world does not fit most Americans. If you are going to sell bikes in this market, build them with some options for taller, larger bodied people. Remove the driver's backrest and pad and cover the holes left behind. That change alone gives us taller drivers critically improved legroom.
The Majesty was built with a standard defacto average body height of 5'10" anybody else suffers, since the taller drivers knocking off the seat backrest, taller windshield, and raising the handlebar...

I have seen 6'4" drive the Majesty400 and they had a handlebar/knee problem in turning because they didn't put their feet on the front frame pegs....that front lump on the floorboard, not the side board part.

I'm much shorter at 5'5", so after a zillion isdeas and plans for a narrower seat to flat foot 2 sides, I just took the seat off, and drive it raw on the Seat's Bottom Plate...feels very responsive and no parking lot incidents :cry: ...

I feel that A 6'2" could ride it quite well this way too, butt(<---pun) some have a seating rigidity problem with the seat, this sort of diseappears when your legs are outstretched, and not Taught Seated...Try it... Vive La Difference....
 

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Yamaha could have made a lot of people happy by lowering the floorboards 2" , making the windshield a little wider in places and be able to slide up or down about 3" and the mirrors more adjustable. We all could go on and on, but I think these features would cover the majority of the Majestys "problems"...........
 

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PCM84 Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 12:04 pm Post subject:

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It's amazing how horrible the Majesty seat looks with the backrest removed. I removed mine last night and tried it out... I really like the extra inch or so of leg room this gives me.
I removed mine also and made a template for a riders back rest. I cut, ground and drilled the template from a 3/8" piece of metal, although a 1/4" metal could do. As I am 5'10" and 200+ lbs, I like to lean back a bit and felt the heavier guage metal would do for me.

The four lower holes are bolted through, and the removed seat now becomes a raised back rest. The whole thing now fits snugly into the small of my back, and eases my back aches on longer trips. Does not interfere with my riding at all.



Riders back rest with Maj seat removed and raised to fit the small of my back.



To cover up the white plastic at the back of the removed Maj seat. I made a removable cover out of an old black terry cloth bathmat.

Total cost for the entire drivers seat. $2.42 for four bolts, washers, lock washers and nuts.

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2005 Yamaha Majesty 400
 
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