The exhaust tips have heat shields to protect the rider, but none apparently to protect the plastic side panels or the $$$ Fox shock on the left side. One tank of gas and the panels would show it. Not sure what happens when you heat a gas-filled shock for a prolonged period of time. It might explain why there's a "Do not dispose of in fire" warning label on some shocks, though. BOOM!I fear exhausts so close to my body, was once burned by a pipe when I was a kid. Once burned, twice shy and all that. The seat looks extremely uncomfortable to me and there's not enough support to keep me from sliding everywhere.
Everything else looks pretty good and Yamaha may sell some of those mods.
I'm considering a crossbar pad, myself. I just don't want one with loud graphics on it. Something simple and black or silver would do.The exhaust still looks like it's blowing straight into the fox shocks. How they've piped the exhaust does make for a cleaner look, but even with the heat shield I'd still be scared.
Gotta love this design more than the faster sons one, it's more practical to me. Didn't take note of the small front bag until you pointed it out. If you can somehow lock it, it'll be perfect for small tools. They even wrapped the handlebar with leather to match.
At least you already had the thread out.. a few stitches for the seat, a few stitches for you, a few stitches for the seat, etc.I stabbed myself in the finger whilst stitching leather freehand, learned that the back end can be just as sharp as the front with enough pressure, live and learn.
I rather just go to an upholster. This is a one time thing so spending the bit extra to have it done right by a pro will go a long way. Better to get quotes before deciding to do it yourself.