I took this picture of the Arctic Fox to show that even though there's a lot of RVs in this parking lot were still not packed together like sardines.
For the last couple of weeks I've been trying to figure a way to make the little Beta 250's seat more comfortable. Before I got to Ajo I hadn't spent a whole lot of time sitting on the Beta, but since I rode it a lot more there the shortcomings of the seat became more apparent.
Now don't get me wrong, the seat is way better than standing up on the footpegs all the time but it's still very narrow and very hard and it doesn't take a lot of bouncing over bumps to make you wish for a few more inches of foam.
The problem is the seat is not built like an ordinary motorcycle seat so it can't be readjusted like an ordinary motorcycle seat. It's basically just a fairly stiff piece of black foam with no cover over it glued to the plastic gas tank.
Ordinarily to make a motorcycle seat fit your unique posterior you just Unstaple the Naugahyde or leather cover and reshape, add, or take away some foam and staple the cover back on. But the Beta design is not conducive to that method of remodeling the seat.
I knew that foam is going to have to be used to change the design I'm just not sure how. But this morning I went to a shop called "A Foam and Fabric Place" in downtown Tucson and bought a few pieces of foam for the motorcycle and another project I want to work on. I must say the part of town they were located in had seen better days and the shop itself wasn't much to look at but they had all kinds of foam and the guy that helped me was very nice and very knowledgeable knowing exactly the firmness of foam I needed for a motorcycle seat.
If you haven't bought any foam lately I'm here to tell you the stuff has gotten really expensive. Apparently global warming has just about wiped out the foam farmers in the Midwest so most of the foam is now grown on farms in China where the foam is picked by hand raising the price considerably. And from the prices I saw on the Internet I expected this little store was going to be outrageous but they had so much foam of different kinds that they had lots and lots of scraps and most of the scraps were just the sizes I needed for my projects. And since scraps are priced way less than blocks or sheets of foam I walked out of the store with an arm load of foam of different thicknesses and firmness for 20 bucks, I was very happy.
So now I've got plenty of foam to play with I just need to go to Lowe's to get some glue and figure out how I'm going to make this project work.
This is one of my neighbors he's been here since I got here and Fortunately he doesn't crank up the race truck every morning before dawn. I'll bet if he did run it every now and then it would be a long time before I would complain about somebody's generator. Click the picture for a short video