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Seat Pad difference between older/newer TW200?

1862 Views 6 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  Xaman
Two part question here. I sat on a new 2012 TW200 at a local dealer and thought maybe the seat felt softer (or it could very well have been my imagination!). Does anyone know if Yamaha has changed its seats or the foam used from older to newer models? I have a 2000 TW200 and was wondering if their newest OEM seat would fit on my bike? Also, if it would fit, do you think the seat cover on my 2000 would fit over the new one? My seat cover (blue) is in perfect condition and don't necessarily need to replace it with a black one.

I looked on a few Yamaha parts sites and part numbers are different for the different years, but not sure if the size changed in any way.

Mucho thanks.
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OK, thanks. I just couldn't tell if they use the same size seat on the new TW's as the old (it felt about the same I think). I'm sure maybe the foam used might be different now as from years past. I guess I'll try and get some info from Yamaha. Cheers.

Foam has a tendency to lose its rebound as it stiffens with age - much like MOST of our parts do. Even if you keep your machine in great condition, the chemicals responsible for elasticity in the foam outgas with the passage of time, weather exposure, and use and the foam's cell walls become more brittle, becoming more plastic and less elastic - retaining more of its butt-compressed form when you get off. What you might be feeling with your 12-13 year old bike is a closer relationship between your tush and the seat pan that didn't exist when the bike was new.

As for compatibility, the assembly should work as the attaching parts and drawings are identical and your seat cover should slip right on - I will defer to those who might have contrary experience, of course. $106.73 at

Good luck.
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