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    Posted: 10 Sep 2020 at 14:41
Hi folks,
  I have a 1976 T3 Cali and I’m looking for a solo seat for it. (NOT the original black and white one, if that’s classed as solo.)
Any info or tips greatly appreciated.
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Try Teo Lamers, they have them now and again from T3 Ital8an Police bikes
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote italianmotor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Sep 2020 at 19:03
I have one on my '76 T3 California. They're hard to come across nowadays and are pricy. Don't buy one of the incorrect seats that come off police V65s or small block police bikes, they just don't look right and don't fit properly. I'll take a pic of mine and post it up tomorrow. They look great with the big bare ally mudguard behind.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jim Mac Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Sep 2020 at 20:23
I have one on my 850 T5 Polizia, it hinges to one side and locks on the other
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Thanks for the reply’s.  I’d be interested in seeing any pics of seats on the bike for comparison.
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My bike is dismantled at moment for refurb but I will take pic of bike and fitting for you

bottom of seat, slots sideways into lugs on right side of the frame and flips over to locate on left





 
quite comfy seat, plenty of room for one butt



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That’s got some curve to it.  The ones I’ve seen looked a lot flatter. Did you have to make brackets for the pivot parts or is it not a standard T3 frame?  Does look comfy though.Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ken-Guzzibear Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Sep 2020 at 07:47
looking at that solo seat I think a decent upholsterer could alter the T3 "buddy" seat as the base is metal I guess with some fabrication ....way easier on the EV as the seat is in 2 parts, sometimes have to think outside the box, II actually bought dual seat for my EV from the previous model, added the rear pins and it fitted straight on .... just a thought 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote italianmotor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Sep 2020 at 09:03
Sorry, forgot to take a pic of mine and the brackets too, I will be there on Monday, I promise I'll remember (my bikes aren't kept at my house..). Jim's seat above isn't a T3 police seat, something off a later bike.



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The brackets on the frame look original to me or at least they have been welded quite professionally (maybe not original then Wink)

The pins in the seat could have been done by anybody but the seat is a perfect fit with the rear radio cover and the bike is an original 1986 T5 Polizia 850
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That’s the type of thing but at £300 shipped form the US I’ll have to look elsewhere.   Hopefully something might turn up in the UK or at TLM.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote italianmotor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Sep 2020 at 14:38
Pics of my '76 T3 California police seat seat as promised. The brackets that you will need are shown - I think I got them from Teo Lamers years ago. The actual police bikes had brackets too for the radio but they're not need here.







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Thanks for those pics, just the kinda thing I’m after. With regards to the brackets attached to the frame, what stops them pivoting when weight is applied to the seat?  Are the bolts just FT. Also, does another bracket fix the the seat base? 

Thanks.
NB Just spotted the tabs on the seat base. Wink
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If FT means fully tight, then yes. Looking at the parts book and other pics it seems I have the brackets the wrong way round but I don't have the brackets for radio, and the way I have it works for me. Whatever, you'll need the two brackets if you find a seat.


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