Recently we decided to test out one of Seat Concepts new Tenere 700 Comfort Seats on our Tenere 700 project bike.
We went with their One Piece Comfort Seat, Standard Height, with the Black Semi Grip (low slip) Top and Black Carbon Sides as the cover material. The seat is just over 10.5" wide at its widest point, compared to about 8" for the stock Yamaha seat. The seat tapers and gets narrower as it gets closer to tank, so it still allows you to easily move around on the bike. The combination of a wider seating surface, and the proprietary foam material they use, make it more comfortable than the stock seat, especially on longer rides.
The stock Tenere 700 seat is a two-piece design, so to remove the entire seat from the bike (like if you want to access your air filter or battery), you have to release the passenger seat with your key at the side panel, and then remove two allen bolts to take the front section of the seat off. I like the idea of this one-piece seat from Seat Concepts, because you don't need any tools to remove the seat... all you do is use your key to release the seat at the side panel, and then the entire seat comes off the bike. No tools required.
Cover Material Options:
The Tenere 700 Comfort Seats are available in several material combinations. The covers with the Gripper Top are best for aggressive riding if you really want to be held in place. The covers with the Semi-Grip (Low-Slip) top are slightly less grippy than the Gripper top, but still will hold you in place.... and these seem to be the most popular.
This is a complete seat (not a kit) and ready to install directly on the the bike. You simply take your stock seat off, and put the SC seat in its place... it's literally a 30-60 second install.
Overall I think this is a worthy upgrade for the Tenere 700. The stock seat is actually not too bad from a comfort standpoint, but it is relatively narrow, and for longer rides a wider seat like this one from Seat Concepts is going to usually work better and be more comfortable. I like the Semi-Grip (Low Slip) Top we went with for the cover material, and think it's probably the best choice for most riders, but if you really like to be held in place, the Gripper Top is a great option. The one-piece design is also handy, since you don't need any tools to remove the seat from the bike. Finally, these seats have a nice custom look to them with that semi-grip top and the carbon-look vinly on the sides. If you're doing long rides on your Tenere 700, definitely look into one of these Comfort Seats from Seat Concepts.
WHERE TO BUY:
At this time, we do not carry this particular seat, but may add it to our on-line store eventually. So for now, you will have to purchase it directly from Seat Concepts at the link below...
• Tenere 700 Seat Concepts Seats at SeatConcepts.com
TENERE 700 PARTS and ACCESSORIES...
• Yamaha Tenere 700 Parts at SRmoto
• Yamaha Tenere 700 Parts at Revzilla