How To Make A Custom Leather Motorcycle Seat
You just got your ride, but something about the seat just doesn't seem right. No, you don’t have to stress yourself too much. We're going to teach you how to make a custom leather motorcycle seat, so you get smoother, more comfortable rides. Make sure to continue reading until the end.
Quick Guide: Making A Custom Leather Motorcycle Seat
It is important that you feel at ease whenever you ride on and travel with your motorcycle. If you're riding significantly long distances, you must see to it that you have a comfortable motorcycle seat leather upholstery. Listed below are a number of quick steps on how to make a custom leather motorcycle seat:
Things you will need:
- Measuring tape
- Paper and pencil
- Rubber and metal-headed mallets
- Steel press
- Double-sided tape
- Upholstery glue
- Rivets and rivet gun
- Design software for furniture
- Leather skin (4x4 feet)
- Metal edge curler
- 2-inch high-density upholstery foam
- Planning and measurement
- Get the precise measurement of length, width, and depth.
- Measure your hip and rear width to get the right seat size.
- Then measure the depth of the seat pan.
- Work on the metal frame of the seat
- Cut the shape of the seat from the steel sheet.
- Leave 1/2 inch border around the shape so you can roll it under for a smooth and defined seat rim.
- Contour your seat
- Make a sketch on the seat shape where you will be placing your seat pan.
- Turn the seat over and place it on a metal shaping form.
- Strike the steel with a mallet again and again.
- Test for fit by sitting on it from time to time.
- Curl the seat edge under
- If the seat pan is now in the shape that you want, use the steel roller to curl the seat edges of the seat.
- Measure and attach the foam
- Measure the foam so that it covers the width and length of the seat then add 1 inch.
- Attach the foam to the seat base with the double-sided tape.
- Remove the foam and use upholstery glue for the top of the steel seat and under the edge.
- Align the foam.
- Allow time for this first layer of foam to dry.
- Add the leather upholstery
- Measure leather upholstery and add 3 inches to the entire edge
- Fit the leather on the foam
- Rivet your leather into the seat base
- Trim any excess leather after riveting
- Attach the seat to the motorcycle
- Attach the seat on the new seat with rivets.
- Mount your customized seat on the motorcycle's seat bracket.
The fun part of owning a motorcycle is in making customized parts. Knowing how to make a custom leather motorcycle seat can add comfort and ease to your ride.
The first things you notice in riding are the fit and the vibe. A comfortable seat makes a motorcycle fit possible, but we can't always get what we want in a manufacturer's version. Knowing how to make a custom leather motorcycle seat is a great way to personalize your ride and turn a generic motorcycle into something made uniquely for you.