Rear seat cowl?

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Re: Rear seat cowl?

Post by Drnick » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:48 pm


Once it’s on I don’t intend to remove it, as I don’t
Ride with passenger, quite honestly, I have yet to find a brave enough person to be a passenger with me driving 😜
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Re: Rear seat cowl?

Post by Vex » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:37 am


Yea. No concerns with it flying off or anything. It's stable. The tabs are strong and locking the seat down on the bike keeps them in place anyways.
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Re: Rear seat cowl?

Post by 78cobra » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:54 am


Anyone try a cowl from another motorcycle to see if it fits. I cam attest that a z1000sx doesn't fit. It messed up and ordered a 10 to 13 that has different mount system. It does look like it could with some trimming. I'm very tempted to try another one or two but unsure which one to order next.
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Re: Rear seat cowl?

Post by Burmashave » Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:40 am


Vex wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:37 am
Yea. No concerns with it flying off or anything. It's stable. The tabs are strong and locking the seat down on the bike keeps them in place anyways.
Slightly off topic, but funny story: I do have a cowl on my seat,. It is locked down securely; however, I think the tabs make it so the seat needs just a little extra pressure to lock the pillion onto the bike. How I discovered this was that I stopped for a break, pulled a protein bar out from the under seat area and then thought I had snapped the pillion back on the bike. I hadn't. I was at a rest stop, and about 3/4 of a mile after I wound it up on the highway, I felt the pillion give a bit against my butt. I was in light traffic, but was able to reach around with my left hand to grab the pillion and cowl just as it was lifting off the bike. I then had the extremely awkward task of grabbing onto it and bringing it into my lap so I could pull over with it. The quickshifter was a help in getting the bike slowed with one hand on the bars.

I was glad I saved it. I had my pillion professionally painted the factory emerald green, and it was not cheap.
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Re: Rear seat cowl?

Post by Drnick » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:27 pm


Burmashave, u had the cowl painted that metallic
Emerald green! They matched the Kawasaki paint?
How well did it match? And where did u get the paint?
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Re: Rear seat cowl?

Post by Burmashave » Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:26 am


Drnick wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:27 pm
Burmashave, u had the cowl painted that metallic
Emerald green! They matched the Kawasaki paint?
How well did it match? And where did u get the paint?
I got the paint from Color Rite:

https://www.colorrite.com/product/kawas ... n-3940.cfm

I got a pint of the Emerald Blaze Green plus the base. I made a big mistake in getting the rest of the paint from Color Rite: clearcoat, primer and reducer. That jacked the cost even more, and my painter said that they were crap.

I had a professional painter do the job. It was actually a body shop that came recommended to me. He also said that the cowl needed quite a bit of prep to make it paintable. In the end, I'm very happy with the result, and I think it looks better than black or carbon fiber.

Jet1319 was the first to get his painted. See this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=944#p8734
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Re: Rear seat cowl?

Post by Drnick » Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:40 am


Colorite, ok , I’ve dealt with them before, pics would be nice, I’m thinking of doing same, so you use all
Components ( base color and clear) from colorite?
And how was the color match compared to rest of bike?
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Re: Rear seat cowl?

Post by Burmashave » Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:29 am


Drnick wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:40 am
Colorite, ok , I’ve dealt with them before, pics would be nice, I’m thinking of doing same, so you use all
Components ( base color and clear) from colorite?
And how was the color match compared to rest of bike?
Color match was very good. I left the painter with a bit of trim to match against. What I was saying was that if I did it over again, I would only get the paint and base from Color Rite. I'd let my painter supply the primer and the clear. As for pics, see the pics in the other thread. Mine looks pretty much like it. Besides, all the plastic is off my bike now.
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Re: Rear seat cowl?

Post by 78cobra » Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:19 pm


Anyone know the color code for the non-se gray paint?
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Re: Rear seat cowl?

Post by Prof J » Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:49 pm


Drnick wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:48 pm
Once it’s on I don’t intend to remove it, as I don’t
Ride with passenger, quite honestly, I have yet to find a brave enough person to be a passenger with me driving 😜
I think the idea of a converted cowl, removing and gutting the seat covering and foam, some type of plastic forming the cowl to matchup with the rear seat frame, with as large a cut-out in the rear seat plastic frame to allow for a tool box area would be very useful.
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