After an unsuccessful attempt to recover the original seat on his Honda, the bike’s owner finally raised the white flag and brought it to us. You’d think replacing the seat cover for a street bike would be a piece of cake, but that’s not always the case.
It’s pretty common for a motorcycle seat to lose its shape over time. This one needed to be rebuilt — sections of foam were damaged and badly compressed. No wonder the owner was having so much trouble installing a replacement cover!
In addition to rebuilding and beveling the foam, the owner wanted to make a few changes in the look. Not a problem if you have the right tools and plenty of experience.
Check out this custom-built seat we fabricated for a modified Harley-Davidson Softail. The marine-grade vinyl looks and feels just like leather; even the faux ostrich skin looks like the real thing. The tough vinyl not only wears well, it resists UV and water damage.
When Harley Davidson designed their popular Fat Bob® line of Super Glides, passenger comfort did not seem to be a top priority. It’s a great bike. But, maybe not so great if you’re a passenger. On many models, the passenger perch was about the size of a postage stamp.
There are plenty of ways to customize the bike, but most aftermarket passenger seats are nothing to write home about. What’s the point of spending money on a ho-hum seat?
If you’re going to upgrade the passenger perch, you might as well do it right.
Our Fat Bob® passenger seat is a lot better than any over-the-counter seat because it’s custom-engineered to fit your passenger.
Based on your passenger’s dimensions, we raise and widen the seat. Standard seat foam isn’t sturdy enough to provide the vertical support for this sort of rebuild. Instead of standard foam, we use a stiff, high density foam. High density foam is too rigid for comfort. So, to soften the seat we drape the support foam with a cushy, lower density foam. The double layer provides the necessary support without sacrificing comfort.
To support your passenger’s lower back, we recommend a streamlined backrest. It’s also made to fit. For additional comfort we cut a gel pad for the seat and/or backrest. Our gel pads are manufactured from hospital grade padding material; much better than the standard Butt Buffer.
A custom passenger perch from Mac’s costs a little more. But, it’s worth every penny. Especially on those long Sunday rides.
This p-pad was too short for the passenger. If she looked left or right the view was fine, but facing forward all she could see was the back of the rider’s helmet!
It’s a common problem on some motorcycles fresh from the assembly line. Lowering the rider’s seat wasn’t an option, so short (pun intended) of hopping on one of those old fashioned telephone directories, there was only one way to give the passenger the view she deserved. Raise the p-pad.
The modification was pretty straight forward. We raised the p-pad a couple of inches using high-density upholstery foam, then engineered a custom gel pad to provide increased comfort on those long rides. The seat cover was designed to match the rider’s solo.
Thanks to these modifications, the passenger rides more comfortably. She also enjoys the scenery and not just the rider’s helmet! We can widen, raise, lower and gel-pad your passenger seat so both of you enjoy the ride.
Most of our motorcycle seats and gel pad inserts are custom manufactured to owner specifications. But, every now and then, an owner likes the original seat cover and simply wants a new one. In those cases, we order a factory-made or OEM style seat and go from there. Believe it or not, look-alike seat covers don’t always fit well. Fasteners go bad and seat foam deteriorates.
We recently encountered those problems installing a new OEM seat cover for a Suzuki. Before installing the cover, we had to plump the foam and repair the damaged rivets. That did the trick. The seat cover was designed for the bike, but without these adjustments it wouldn’t have fit.
This custom seat was patterned after a picture the bike owner handed us. The wild design was difficult to pull off, but the leather and vinyl craftsmen at Mac’s are capable of fabricating just about anything.
The two-toned pattern covers a layer of simulated blue ostrich skin. While the simulated ostrich skin is manufactured from vinyl, it feels and wears just like durable saddle leather. With proper care, this distinctive motorcycle seat will turn heads for a long time.