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Old 07-11-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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village idiots guide to custom solo seat

i recently picked up a r80 mono to replace my vstrom, which replaced my being parted out r100gs

i didnt like the seat that was on the bike, just didnt suit me well, so rather than cut up a good seat someone could use, i decided to make my own

start by laying out some tinfoil


now, i skipped the next 2 steps, which SHOULD HAVE been, plastic sheeting draped all over bike, and waxing the foil, but i forgot and here we go

cut a couple pieces of fiberglass cloth to size and lay over where ya want em


then ya follow the instructions on the resin can (i used epoxy resin, but i prefer polyester)

lay up a couple layers until you're satisfied and its thick ish, you'll end up with something like this



pull it off bike and do a rough trim



trim to the shape you want, in my case im going for a semi scrambler/street/urban utility bike (daily rider, no other form of transportation)



i added a plate with a bolt to pick up the hole in the right side of the subframe cross bar, and riveted a plate that goes into the back bone tube to locate it, no hinges, no hardware, just a quick pop off seat

take to upholstery shop and have them foam it up into a nice block of foam so you can shape it to what ya want



shape into something your ass would like





lookin good to me, and its comfy and super firm (im 300 lbs, so a firm seat is a good seat)

dropped it off at upholstery, and told him how i wanted it.

4 days later i get it back


my butt is stoked, i can reach the ground (short legs) it gives the feeling of being IN the bike, instead of ON the bike. and it looks good and is one hundred percent different.

i would have bought a police solo, but they do not make them for this bike anymore and this was more fun, hope ya like it
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:52 PM   #2
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Nice.

Of course, you know you'll need to take orders, set up mass production, a website, paypal etc...
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:56 PM   #3
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Nice.

Of course, you know you'll need to take orders, set up mass production, a website, paypal etc...
yeah, but the way this is made, i didnt make a mold or anything like that, so its kinda a one off deal.

of course, if enough people had to have a mono shock custom solo seat, it might be something i could tackle
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:09 PM   #4
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thanks... this solves pita process of finding a seat pan for R80 G/S solo seat.
final seat position could be lower too since seat is riding directly on frame.
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:15 PM   #5
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That's nice....

I'm really impressed with how professional it looks after seeing the way you started out. very nice work. If you feel like taking any more pictures, would kinda like to see the bottom side next to the bike mount location. I'm not getting your plate/bolt descriptions exactly....

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Old 07-11-2012, 11:29 PM   #6
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great concept and nice, concise post. love it.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:36 AM   #7
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Nice work VI.
Where's the local upholstery shop and how much did they ding you?
It looks like they do good work!
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:49 AM   #8
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Very nice, Village. Shapely and stylish. Practical too, for the person of 'sensible' height.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:42 AM   #9
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Wow ... How did you do the mount on the bottom? How much was the upholster?

Good work!!
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:01 AM   #10
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:36 AM   #11
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Well, if you're the village idiot, I wonder what that makes me.

How stable is it when riding? I'd be interested in seeing shots of how it's mounted to the bike if you have them.
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:55 AM   #12
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Foam and upholstery was 120 bucks. Its volkswagen dimpled vinyl on top, with a smooth wrap around the back. Would have been less, but I'm partial to my pleated seat tops.

As for stability, its dead stable. Rests firm on the frame while sitting on it. When not sitting on it it has a bit of movement, only because its held by one pin at the mid way/rear point. I figure its not going to fall up. And by movement I mean less than 1/4 inch. So not much movement at all.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:21 PM   #13
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Not bad at all, VI. I've never done that on a motorcycle, but similar things on cars and R/C models. Looks good, allowed YOU to shape the foam to suit YOUR tush, and then let the upholsterer up and holster. Win, win, win and you had fun.
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:45 PM   #14
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Great job! That's one righteous looking seat.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:46 PM   #15
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Believe it or not, what you just did is a bit of old school ingenuity. WELL DONE!!.

We used to do similar stuff to our bikes back in the 60s and 70s. Most of us did not end up with such a nice custom job though.

I, like the others, would like to see how you did the mounting. Maybe a picture or two would be helpful to us to be able to visualize it.
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