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Custom solo seat

1761 Views 8 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  fujums
I had the unbelievably good fortune of finding a brand new OEM two up seat on eBay for $80 because it had a slit in it. It was from a dealer that had just received it and it had a 1/2 inch slit in the back somewhere. It was barely noticeable really. I had been hoping to find one at some point, but this one just fell to me before I had started looking.

Anyway, I didn't take pics of my first effort, because it sucked. I left too much of the back piece on in an effort to try and use the first seat clip on the rear fender. Kind of like the factory solo seat looks I guess. All in all, it didn't look good. I took another shot at it and followed a line that was built into the seat back. I went back to the forum and checked out the pics I had seen of Sanderclause's custom seat. Following his example, I found that the leather made a much more natural fold around the new shape. All in all, it looks pretty good. Thank you Sanderclause for the advance work on this one.

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I actually like the look of both. I was thinking about making a custom piece like yours and lately I've been thinking about that factory rack. Unfortunately the rack is around $125 ish I think. I was thinking about tying a fork bag in between the seat and a factory rack. Kind of like a saddle pack look I guess. I'll post up something when I get that figured out.
The padding is OEM. I just cut off the rear portion of the seat and re-wrapped the leather. Since the two back hooks aren't in play now, I have three anchor points where the single seat is attached to the frame with industrial Velcro. The front, of course, still catches in the lock. All in all, it works pretty good.

If the L & M group buy includes the seat pan, I'm going to give that a shot this Winter too.
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