I have included all three issues here as they are all related and seem to be the 3 most frequently discussed items in their respective categories.
Pictures for these and other Mods below.
The issue (DL650):
I love this bike and out of all the bikes I have owned this qualifies and “Most Fun” to ride. However shortly after getting the bike I noticed two obvious negatives. First, although I am 6 feet tall I only have a 30 inch inseam. This put me on the balls of my feet right out of the box. Second the seat is just plain horrible. After 30 minutes I was squirming trying to get comfortable. After two hours my butt was chaffed and sore.
Let’s just say after seeing some of the seat mods in this forum I decided to first try the gel seat for 150.00. Two rides in 100+ degrees weather told me this was the wrong choice as the gel not only heats up, but retains the heat cooking your private parts for about 45 minutes after you remount. The gel seat is also 1” taller no matter what measuring point you use. So on both counts this was counter productive, less comfortable and taller. Now I was on my tiptoes.
After returning the gel seat and counting out the other $500 to $600 seat option I decided to take one step at a time.
Lowering the DL650: First I lowered the bike using a 3/4” inch lowering dogboness I found on Ebay for $16.00. (Link Below). This mod took all of fifteen minutes and was done with a wrench, ratchet and a standard car floor jack and the side stand. I then lowered the front end by sliding the chassis down the fork tubes 22 MM or 3/4 “ inches. This mod took ten minutes and costs nothing. Now the bike was lower and ready for the seat mod below.
The seat mod: I looked high and low for the answer to this problem that wouldn’t cost a fortune. I went into every type of store looking for something to put on the seat that wouldn’t look terrible or put in the seat that wouldn’t destroy it’s looks. Then one day when I was at one my own companies stores (a car dealership) my eye was caught by a 25.99 car seat lumbar support made out of memory foam. It is black and already had straps on the back so it could be secured to a car seat. I couldn’t believe that after weeks of looking in retail stores and on the internet I found a possible solution that I had walked by a thousand times. I went home, strapped it on the seat using the included strap and in less then one minute and $25, the problem was solved. (Phone number for this provided below).
Lowering the bike and the front end brings the handlebars further away from you. I was contemplating raising them anyway before the lowering mod, but those adjustments made it necessary for me. I ordered a set of raisers/barbacks from twistedthrottle.com (Link bleow) for $99.00.
Lowering the bike 3/4 “ in the front gave more than enough slack on the cables and hoses to accommodate the bars being raised and brought back 1” respectively. This was another 30 minute process.
For less than $150.00 and in a little over 1 hour I solved all three of the problems I had with this bike. Now it took me 2 months to figure all this out, but it was worth the wait. The seat cushion does add about 3/8 to 1/2 to the seat height when you sit on it, but since the bike is 3/4 “ lower it is not a problem for me. The cushion is also covered with a pre-scotchguarded material that breathes so much better then the stock seat.
1. Do not lower the front end more than 22 MM as it will interfere with the fender on a large bumps.
2. Although they sell lowering links up to 3 inches, do not lower the rear more than 1” as this may cause drivability problems.
3. Make sure you cover your tank before installing the bar raisers.
4. Make sure the seat pad is secured tightly and does not shift around when riding.
5. Make sure you unload the rear shock before removing the dogbones. If you can not easily remove the dogbone bolts in the rear, then you have not unloaded the suspension properly and will undoubtedly hurt yourself or the bike.
6. There are risks to doing any bike modification. The risk for any of these mods is entirely yours!
Where to find these items -
Bar Risers and setbacks (99.00):http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/2016
Seat Cushion/Lumbar Support (25.00)
Vista Honda - 805-654-0066
Lowered Forks 22MM
12 Volt Power / Car adaptor from Radi Shack
Garrage Door Opener (Radio Shack Switch soldered to Genie)