I’ve been shopping around for a new seat for the Bonneville since I bought it. 0bviously, I wanted a café style solo seat. There are many, many options out there such as a fitting a Thruxton cowl, Dime City, Corbin, British Customs, tons of 3rd parties on eBay, etc. I spent a lot of time researching (ie, surfing). What really caught my fancy in the end was the Jarama seat from Tamarit Spanish Motorcycles in Alacant/Alicante, Spain (originally called Negro 8 when I first came upon them). A seat from Spain – gots to love the interwebs.
I reached out to Tamarit – He (I believe that his name was Enrique) with his very good english and I with my very broken Spanish. He sent me the seat via the Spanish postal service, Correos, to my neighborhood UPS store.
Before I knew it, UPS called and said that they had a package for me. I was totally stoked!!! I was dying to see the seat. It arrived surprisingly quick, eight days to be exact. The actual manufacturing process beforehand took a couple weeks.
Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. Pulling the seat out of the packaging, I was in awe of its build quality.
This is a beautiful seat. Beautifully crafted. Tolerances very tight. Superb paint job. Amazing stitching. I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I was with this seat when I pulled it out of the postal box. In fact, see for yourself. Here are several closeup photos…
There is a nice space in the cowl area accessible underneath – a perfect place for an emergency tool kit or whatever you wish.
Gorgeous, right? (BTW, I forgot to take studio shots of the seat with the cushion removed. I remedy this later in the post.)
I received this seat over a month ago but I didn’t put it on until now. We’ve had a bad winter here in NY with lots of corrosive salt on the road and I didn’t want to subject this seat to it, it looked that beautiful to me.
Well, bad weather has finally broken. I set upon installing the seat last weekend. Let’s begin…
Ha, ha. Let’s begin… There’s really nothing to explain. We’re replacing the stock seat. This has got to be the easiest mod yet. Pull off old seat, which was super easy as I’m using the British Customs quick removal bolts. Put in new seat. Wait! What about the grab rail? I totally forgot about that. I began to remove it and then it hit me… maybe the seat will fit. Sure enough, it did. Ha, this Tamarit Jamara seat has a pleasant surprise. It will allow you to keep the grab rail attached. So I decided to keep the grab rail on. FYI, I found that the Jarama seat fit in MUCH better than the stock seat. Everytime I put the stock seat on, I struggle with seating it properly (pardon the pun), but the Jarama slipped right on like a slipper and felt solid.
Time for a ride. Yowza! I hate to say it but the seat is very uncomfortable. When you look at the photos, the padding looks plump and plush but this doesn’t translate as such to the arse. I was sorely (pun intended) disappointed. The seat feels like a racing seat – I feel like I’m sitting directly on the fiberglass, and I could feel the 90° angled sides digging into my thighs. Since I was going back to the garage to remove the grab rail, I planned on removing the cushion to see if anything could be done to make it more comfortable.
Removing the grab rail is a five minute job that involves removing six T40 torx screws – four by the taillight and two behind the rear shocks.
Pull off the grab rail and slip the seat back on.
Yep, definitely much better looking.
I proceeded to remove the cushion. It is attached by way of two bolts and nuts. (You can see the set-up in the photos at the top of this post.)
As you can see, there isn’t a lot of padding and the backing is fiberglass which isn’t going to have much give. I really, really love the look of this seat. It’s definitely my favorite of all the solo seat options out there. Comfort, however, leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, sitting on the stock seat feels like a sofa in comparison. That’s a shame for such a beautiful seat. A 15-20 mile commute is tolerable, but no way are you going to be able to enjoy several hours on this seat. I’m going to look around and see if I can find someone who can customize the padding. Let me know if you have any good recommendations.
Anyway, let me leave you with a few last photos. I’ll have better shots at the end of the month for my State of the Bonnie section, so come back for those.
10mm Box Wrench (to remove seat cushion)
40T Torx Socket
Tamarit Spanish Motorcycles
390€ + International Shipping