You’re probably thinking we doctored these snapshots. It’s true, we did Photoshop a carpenter’s square over two of them, but only to prove a point. In some places this thing (first two pics) could pass for abstract art, but nobody’d ever mistake it for a superbly crafted motorcycle seat cover. One of our competitors built it. What’s worse, they charged the customer for the lousy work.
Our job was to fix the other guy’s mistake. The seat face was still in pretty good shape, so we salvaged what we could. Unfortunately, the sides were too badly botched to reuse. Instead of reprising the waffle stitch design, the owner wanted to try something different — wrapping the sides and rear in plain tan leather.
As you can see, the seat repair turned out great. But, the bike owner learned an expensive lesson: if you want something done the right way, bring it to us.
This large double-bucket seat came to us from the owner of a touring bike. He liked the way it felt, but hated the “La-Z-Boy” look. We suggested transforming the bloated seat into a street fighter seat — a complete redesign/rebuild. He liked the idea, so we went to work.
After modifying the existing seat pan and streamlining the foam profile we added a custom gel pad for maximum riding comfort. Then we covered the seat with a smooth, carbon fiber vinyl cover.
As you can see, the changes transformed the chunky “La-Z-Boy” into a lean, mean street fighter. The seat not only looks great, we did it without sacrificing comfort!
Lowering a seat profile can be easy or impossible; it depends on the type of seat. This Ducati seat illustrates how difficult it can be at times. If you view the seat in profile it looks as though there’s plenty of foam you could trim off. But, take a closer look from the top where we’ve noted foam depth. As you can see, there’s only half an inch of foam in places! Hard to trim this one down any further.