We’ve added the Yamaha MT-07 Tracer Comfort seat to our Long Term Tracer 700, which gets plenty of miles, including 150km per day commutes, including freeway and some mixed national park twisties.
We mentioned fitting the Comfort Seat a while back, and it’s really simple, just unlock the standard seat with the key, remove, and replace with the new item. It doesn’t get easier than that!
The Comfort Seat is an interesting piece of kit, it’s actually a fair bit more solid than the standard item, and features a more textured finish. We didn’t get the heated option, but we do have some heated grips we’ll be fitting. A heated seat seems like overkill, although that’s speaking as the weather gets warmer.
Surprisingly I actually found the Comfort Seat less cushioned than the standard item, which is, I’ll grant you, a pretty good item. In normal motorcycling jeans (DriRider Rapid jeans), for regular distances such as 50-75km, the seat actually seems like it’s less comfortable than the standard offering.
In contrast, in my heavier winter Macna Iron pants, offering more padding and layers, the Yamaha Comfort Seat does feel more comfortable than the standard offering, especially over longer periods of riding. I also weigh in at about 70kg, and often lug around another 10-plus kg of camera gear, so whether it’s more ideal for a heavier rider is another question.
The seat also looks the business with that embossed tracer logo and different sections, which are apparently special zones, designed to offer better comfort.
Contributor Richard Collins head down to Phillip Island for MotoGP, and did 3000km on our Tracer, mainly in two-hour stints in the saddle, across a week, and was highly impressed with the Yamaha Comfort Seat, saying it offered great comfort for the longer touring type riding he was doing, with the MT-07 Tracer really proving its sport-touring prowess. Stay tuned for the full MotoGP trip feature, and quick test on the 2017 Yamaha MT-07 Tracer by Richard Collins.