village idiots guide to custom solo seat

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by villageidiot, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    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
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    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
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    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

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    pull it off bike and do a rough trim

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    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)

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    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

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    shape into something your ass would like

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    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
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    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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  2. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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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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  3. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    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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  4. _cy_

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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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  5. flemsmith

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    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....

    roy
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  6. alister102

    alister102 Been here awhile

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    great concept and nice, concise post. love it.:clap
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  7. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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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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  8. Brun

    Brun Been here awhile

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    Very nice, Village. Shapely and stylish. Practical too, for the person of 'sensible' height.
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  9. Beater

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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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  10. brittrunyon

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    Super!

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  11. Jamie

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    Well, if you're the village idiot, I wonder what that makes me.:lol3

    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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  12. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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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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  13. Bill Harris

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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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  14. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    Great job! That's one righteous looking seat. :clap
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  15. DaveBall

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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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  16. villageidiot

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    ok, so heres how it mounts.....

    first, ya slide the front tab into the frame backbone

    this
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    goes into here
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    then once you slide it all the way forward, you put the little catch pin in the hole in the subframe

    this
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    goes into here
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    i did have to enlarge the hole in the subframe in the above pic by a little bit, but it won't hurt anything and it allowed for a stronger catch pin to be made.

    when removing the seat, its a simple push forward, and then pull up. it pops right off.

    im very pleased with the arrangement. and thanks for the kind words fellas
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  17. Bill Harris

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    That is... elegant.
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  18. DaveBall

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    Such a simple and elegant process. Very well done. :clap
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  19. lysergic9

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    wow. that is lovely. You should seriously consider taking orders... hint hint.
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  20. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    Id have to do 10 pans to make it cost prohibitive. And even then a pan would be 150 bucks each. I don't want to get involved in the finished seat product (upholstery and foam etc.)
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