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    Junior Member Monkeykun's Avatar
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    Anybody here have a Burley Koosah?

    I picked up a barely used Burley Koosah a little over a year ago and have been enjoying the heck out of it since. Does anybody else have one of these bents? The only thing I'm not a big fan of is the seat... has anybody modified theirs or seen it done before?

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    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
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    I've never inspected those seats up close, but could you retro-fit it with a RANS seat pan?

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    Junior Member Monkeykun's Avatar
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    I'd like to retrofit a Rans seat and maybe make the seatback adjustable. Right now the seatback is fixed and it would be nice to be able to recline it.

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    If there are threaded holes on the rear dropouts for mounting a rack, then the Rans seat struts could mount there. Then, if you can adapt the seat mount for the Rans seat, you're in business. Is the frame where your seat mounts round?
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    Hello there,

    I came upon a thread from another forum that mentioned an adapter kit for the Rans seat making it useable on Burleys.

    The adapter kit was available from one of the online recumbent retailers. I've looked but couldn't find it. Maybe someone here knows about this adapter kit.

    If your Burely is like my Django when it comes to the seat mount - a rectangular aluminum rail, and the seat clamps down around the edges of this rail using (2) skewers and (4) blocks, then what if you remove the rail and then clamp the Rans seat around the frame tube of the bike?

    You would have to drill out the rivets that hold the aluminum rail to the frame. My only concern would be if they used this rail as a structural member to stiffen the frame tube. Meaning if you remove it, the frame might collapse under your weight.

    I myself have been looking for a Eurostyle carbon seat for my Django. Anyone know of a recumbent carbon seat manufacturer out their?
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    bobkat
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    I have a Burley Koosay and did a retrofit with a Rans seatbottom. Much more comfortable. These are available from Calhoun Cycle in Minneapolis, Minn. Easy to put on and well worth it! That stock Burley seat is a butt killer!

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    Free fix.

    You can get a nice angle back on the seat by moving to the different holes in the bracket under the seat. I think there are four in front, and four in back.

    I found when I angled the back of the seat back, my butt slipped in the crack behind the bottom of the seat and the back of the seat.

    This is a common problem on the Koosah. They sell kits to deal with this for $150, but I just adjusted the seat the way I found comfortable with just 2 of the four bolts that hold the seat on, and then drilled new holes were I wanted the seat to stay in the plastic on the bottom of the seat. Then I put the bolts back in the new holes.

    The seat is now totally comfortable, and it didn't cost a dime.

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