Rebuilding your seat


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Rebuilding your seat

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:40 am



I found this fantastic web site that has a lot of information on rebuilding motorcycle seats - everything from types of foam to use, to pressure points and design information. If you're thinking about rebuilding or replacing your seat, have a look here:

DIYMotorcycleSeat.com



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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby baldgrimsbybiker » Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:12 am

nice connection to an advertising site - how much do you get paid for it? . Quite easy to recover a seat - main problem would be in condition of base . if metal - can it be repaired or welded to make good?. Most Wing seats are plastic so should be no problem and the covering process is really very simple and quite straight foreward - main outlay is in a good heavy duty stapler ( patience is handy and cheap ).

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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:27 pm

??? Yes, there is advertising on that site, but that site is purely an information site - they don't sell anything. I get paid nothing for it, it was just a link to a site that had lots of information.

A lot of the information there is geared to replacing and reshaping the foam as well. I figured it was a lot easier to link to that site than to try to recreate it all here.

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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby jmcleanadams » Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:46 am

Thanks for the great link! was thinking of buying a new seat but the information on that site has shown me that I can do it myself. Keep up the great work!
Thanks Again!
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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby diamondmarco » Sat May 01, 2010 10:33 pm

Thanks for the timely info.

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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby WILDRAT » Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:27 pm

Thanks for providing the link. I just gone done working on my Goldwing seat after having a seat redone for my Harley. It's not rocket science but it helps to know the types of foam and where to buy the foam reasonably. I found a place in Michigan that sells the foam used in my Harley seat and the guy charged me around 400 bucks for the foam. I could have got the small amount of foam he used for under 50 bucks from this place. I learned a lesson and will be doing my seats from now on.

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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby delly » Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:43 pm

does anyone have pictures of a GL1500 seat that is being redone?

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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby dawgout81 » Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:19 pm

Thanks for this information.
I began my rebuild yesterday on a 30 year old OEM Interstate seat. Also going to try (with my wife's help) to make new covers for the seat and all the seat backs.

Saying "Goodbye!" to the old two-tone brown velour.....feel like elvis. Putting a burgandy marine grade vinyl inserts where the velour was. Keeping the old honda vinyl lower pieces as they are correct color, size and still in good shape.

As for adding foam, I went to a local reupholster shop where the retiring curator was very helpful in picking foam and offering tips for both the foam and recovering process. Cost me $30 for the new vinyl, and various pieces of foam to use in construction and rebuilding.

One tip he had was to to put a "softer" foam piece on the UNDERSIDE of the OEM honda foam (in-between the plastic shell and the honda foam). I cut and shaped my piece as a wedge with the thicker end toward the front of the seat as I wanted a higher saddle there. He said this has two purposes:
1. Keeps your OEM foam intact and keeps you seamless on the topside.
2. Offers the cushion, height and spring.

It sits comfortabely now while on trial in the garage while waiting for the cover to be finished. I'll post what I think of the entire process and comfort when finished.

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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby saltydog » Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:39 am

One thing I have done is buy a used seat, Off EBAY, with good foam and base, but with a bad cover. You can then take your time experimenting with the foam and cover without taking you bike out of service. Watch out for shipping charges, though. Some want outrageous amounts for shipping. I got mine for less than 20 bucks by using USPS parcel post.

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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby SilverDave » Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:45 pm

One winter I had my GL1200 seat rebuilt , by a car upholstery shop . Winter is a good time , because this is quite a seasonable occupation, and often dealers are " Hungry " in the cold dead, snowy part of winter .

The process was straightforward ( and cheap ). I undid about half the staples on one side, and bought a Bicycle GEL seat pad for less than $20.
The dealer carved up the seat to install the pad ( backwards, to place the thick parts under the pressure points )
and added a second layer of thinner foam , to take out the wrinkles, and pulled the old cover back, and tacked it down .
( The cover was in good shape , just uncomfortable foam .)
Result ... tres comfy !!

and in retrospect, it was just me being lazy, I guess .. although the cost was minimal .
I think I could have done the entire job, myself, in a long Saturday .

adding Gel to any seat is a Great idea !!

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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby oharaLTD » Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:20 pm

Silver Dave,
You said that you put the bicycle pad in "backwards". Do you mean with the front facing back or upside down? Probably a stupid question, but trying to see the picture.
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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby SilverDave » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:48 am

Well.. I did not actually see how he carved the hole in the foam to create the new and comfy seat... but... as He explained it to me, afterwards , the ( inexpensive ) t-shaped bike seat gel was installed with the thinner tail facing the rear, in order to put the widest, thickest part of the gel right under where the bony parts of my tush would touch .

This would make it most comfortable, I would guess. My wing western saddle seat is much wider than a typical bike seat.
I guess if one could find a round or oval Gel pad , for a reasonable cost, one would not turn it around, but just install it in the correct ( anatomical ) position.... but the t-shaped ( bike seat style ) was a great price.

I always feel that either you do the entire thing yourself... with lots of trial and error....off and on the seat, testing comfort, moving the pads, and foam , .....or let an expert handle it, and give him free rein to do it as he sees fit. My guy was a seat expert, and had done this many times before.


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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby dawgout81 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:07 am

After all the work was done of rebuilding my seat, I still was not totally happy with the "sit" and thought it just might be my butt. So I went on ebay and bought a "Propad" XL size gel seat. Got it for about $50.00 used. It looked like new when I got it and fit the top to the OEM Honda seat like it was custom cut for it. The last month of the summer I rode with the gel seat just put on top. By far the BEST ride I ever had......awesome comfort.

So yesterday, I took the seat apart again and put the gel seat underneath the seat cover. Fits great there. Now all that I'm waiting for is my wife to return the staple gun she borrowed from me that we are not quite sure where it is now, and I will get it all put together. It is alright though since she was nice enough to sew up the new vinyl for me in a great OEM diamond pattern and did a great job

I will also try and get some pics of the modifications with foam and add to the forum before closing it all up. I added some foam up front so I don't slide forward on the seat when riding and that helps me a lot as well.

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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby pepepeririri » Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:01 am

For less than 75,00$ you will find on Ebay seat cover for Goldwing. It seem easy to change

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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby pudd750 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:47 am

in my experience sorting out the stock seat it was ripped enough to find a :o hard foam plastic piece :x (wedge) insuring the rider doesnt attempt to slide back a bit and have more seat- THAT SOB IS GONE !!!!!!!!i refilled the space with soft foam, added a layer of open cell 2" thick on top and the layer kind of went down the sides of the seat too, took a piece of marine grade nauga, which was shown to be necessarily huge, and have a almost flat seat dictated by the slight curve of the pan as it follows the frame - no sewing - some (most ) will say ugly as only its mother could love, and one of the most comfy seats ive owned
stapled the nauga on, and theres pleats where maybe there shouldnt be, but ppphhhht its a rider- no photos -you guysll laugh n snicker
now, to get it out of the prototype stage, any upholstery shop could run a bead of piping all around the top and itll look awesomely old school, while remaining true to my intent and design - someday when i got some change-
the 2" open cell added zero to seat height- just smoothed out the top

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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby stevo7108 » Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:34 pm

My seat has a small tear in the stitching, so I used black Gorilla brand tape to keep it from tearing further and now use a gel pad to hide "the fix". Lots cheaper and more comfortable. Took about 5 minutes. A repair would cost $250.00 just to fix just the part that's torn!
The website has a lot of good info., but I don't even want to try my hand at this!

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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby johnthebavarian » Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:38 pm

I reupholstered my 1500 seat, professionally. He specialises in classic autos and has a great name for good work.
He said he would be reluctant to do another GL1500 seat as they are very fiddly. about 20 hours work. The OME has vulcanised stitching etc
The new one has about 20 panels cut and stitched together and new underside foam classic red vinyl and black piping. The base foam was good.
It may have been cheaper to buy a new one but I like the result.
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Re: Rebuilding your seat

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:51 pm

That's a beautiful motorcycle seat, John. Welcome to the site! The only way I could accomplish anything close to that nice is if it could be done with a welder, grinder and spray paint. There are some things in life where it is good for a man to know his limitations. Creating things of beauty are where my talents are at an end.


I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.


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