Seat cover


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TAZZ
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Seat cover

Postby TAZZ » Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:06 pm



Hi guys I was shopping for seat cover for my 1500se I have TWO different places one is B & G cycle upholstery the other is E bay seat cover what is your pro and con on two Diff. seat covers.



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MikeB
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Re: Seat cover

Postby MikeB » Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:03 pm

The old saying "That Depends..." comes to mind.

For the price of some seat covers, you can probably buy a good used seat or two.

Do you have upholstery experience and the equipment to do the work?

There is an area under the front section of the seat that goes under the shelter brace that you can not staple in place without the proper equipment.

I ran into this when I recovered a GL1500 seat. I only bought the cover because it was new and I only had to pay $20 for it. I had to have a seat manufacturer in Shelton, WA put it on for me.

If you can get the cover cheap enough and have the knowledge and tools or a friend that upholsters seats, go for the cover. If not, I would find a good used seat.
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Re: Seat cover

Postby joeincalif » Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:40 pm

Try taking to an auto upholstery shop, they can probably do it for under $100 which is probably the cost of a good cover but it will look a lot better
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Re: Seat cover

Postby redial » Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:47 pm

+1 for taking it to an upholstery shop. They have the tools and the expertise to get it right, the first time. Or at least you can discuss with them why you are unhappy. It is much better than talking to yourself, and getting angry with yourself :roll: :roll:
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1986 Kawasaki Ninja 1000R
1981 Honda CBX (not for sale)
1982 Honda GL1100 Aspencade 1994 Yamaha700

Re: Seat cover

Postby TAZZ » Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:48 pm

Thanks, my seat is in great shape it has no holes the foam is 18 yr old and I was just think a cover will make the seat more comfortable I don't have the money to buy russell day long, diamond etc. and No I have no experience on upholstery or have the tools. the upholstery shop by my home want about 250.00 just to do the foam and reuse my black nylon again.

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Re: Seat cover

Postby a@r » Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:43 pm

I am pretty sure just a cover will not solve your problem. you already made the comment that you cover is ok but your foam is worn. To get the effect your wanting you need to replace the foam under the cover. If you cannot afford a new seat(I am in the same situation right now) you might want to try an air hawk or a gel pad. I am sure other guys on here can give you more details on the brand names. Good luck to you but my advise is save your money and get you a good seat.

Alan

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TAZZ
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1979 Kawasaki 1000st, 1983 Suzuki GS1150se
1986 Kawasaki Ninja 1000R
1981 Honda CBX (not for sale)
1982 Honda GL1100 Aspencade 1994 Yamaha700

Re: Seat cover

Postby TAZZ » Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:09 pm

Hi all so I just got a NEW Saddlemen Low Road Sofa from Dennis Kirk. Great service. Now the BAD news wife is more comfortable on the stock seat cause is wider have not taking for a test drive just sat on the seat. I guess I to return the seat and take the stock seat to a upholstery shop to just get new foam put on it. Or order a seat cover from B & G cycle upholstery.

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Re: Seat cover

Postby DaveClifton » Fri May 01, 2015 10:06 am

joeincalif wrote:Try taking to an auto upholstery shop, they can probably do it for under $100 which is probably the cost of a good cover but it will look a lot better



Re-upholstery cost varies considerable with location. Here in the mid Atlantic area I can't find anyone willing to do the job for less than $600. I can buy a new seat for what they want to recover my existing one.

I bought a replacement cover from Saddleman through Chrome World.

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1986 Kawasaki Ninja 1000R
1981 Honda CBX (not for sale)
1982 Honda GL1100 Aspencade 1994 Yamaha700

Re: Seat cover

Postby TAZZ » Fri May 01, 2015 1:30 pm

Well I cover the frame with towels to protect the Saddlemen seat to keep it clean if wife did not like it. So I could return it. Put it on the bike then with wife on the back went for a test driver, hopping she will like or love it :D she loved it I get to keep the new Saddlemen Low road sofa. The upholstery shops here in So. Cal want between $400 to $600 to upholstery the seat. My new Saddlemen cost me about $525. Also the saying is if WIFE is NOT happy NO body will be happy.

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Re: Seat cover

Postby joeincalif » Fri May 01, 2015 6:25 pm

I went to a couple shops when I was thinking about getting the seat on my Kawasak Concours 1400 redone and was quoted $100 in 2 different places.
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Re: Seat cover

Postby Big Bob » Sat May 02, 2015 9:54 am

I just replaced my seat on my '96 aspencade, it is the tuscany red seat. They are no longer available for the '96 (lower saddle height) but the seat for a '94 in the same color is. Yes it is a little taller about 1" but the color is the same. Oddly the fuel door does not stay open all the way, I don't understand that, but the seat, color and new foam is nice, and the cost shipped to me was $215.00, a great deal IMO!!

Bob


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