The Honda CB400F, commonly know as the Honda 400 Four, is a rare bike. It was only built for three years: from 1975 to 1977. The 400 Four has an air-cooled, transverse mounted 408 CC inline four cylinder engine.
It was only a matter of time before a bike this old needed a new seat cover.
The owner wanted to maintain the bike’s original look, so he purchased a 400 Four seat cover and had Mac’s install it. There was some rust on the seat pan, but aside from that, everything was in good shape. Even the foam was still okay!
If you have an old bike, such as a Honda 400 Four, there are plenty of ways to recover the seat; go for an original looking cover, or have the seat redesigned to fit your body.
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.