One of the first things that many riders are sorely tempted to change on a motorcycle is the seat. That is where you spend most of your time and will bear heavily on riding satisfaction. There are basically three ways to change the seat -- add a seat pad, modify the factory seat or replace the seat with an aftermarket seat.
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The most common do-it-yourself modification is to filet the seat cushion, fashioning the factory foam to your own vision with a knife. Some riders add foam to build up a seat or pull out the old foam and replace it with foam more to their liking. If you are crafty, you can change the seat cover while you are at it.
Another alternative is to check with your local upholstery shops. You will probably find one that is willing to do a motorcycle seat. Tell them what you want and see if they can work with you. Typically, they are less expensive than the aftermarket companies, can make a one of a kind, custom seat to your specifications and should have faster turnaround.
Finally, the most expensive option is to use an aftermarket company. Below are listed some of the best known companies. Not every company makes seats for every motorcycle. Some will construct the seat to your specifications based on your height, weight and passenger. Most of them use some type of closed cell foam for the pad -- molded, shaped or layered. Some offer covers of fabric or leather and a selection of colors.
Some companies use their own seat pan while others will want you to send in your seat pan, which means you may not be riding for six weeks or more. No matter what method you use, if the old seat pan, pad and cover is in good condition try to save them. That way you can restore your ride to original condition before selling it and sell the aftermarket seat separately.
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