Where can I get a decent looking Cafe racer seat from?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Rob Farmer, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Rob Farmer

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    I'm not keen on the Flatracer seat and want something a little more rounded. Any Ideas?
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  4. rambozo

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    I got mine from von zeti on eBay, it's pretty small but they do quite
    a few different types

    I was happy enough with the quality but I also bought one of their
    subframes which I don't rate at all
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  5. Rob Farmer

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    I was looking at those. I know the're cheap but it doesn't look like a quality item - Pretty much the same as Kevils bikes. Is it mild steel?

    http://www.kevilsspeedshop.com/motorcycles.html
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  6. supershaft

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    They make some seats for old Honda's and whatnot that I would love to use but they aren't wide enough for our subframes. Meanwhile that RS54 seat is the closest thing to what I would like to run but it isn't close enough. I don't like the looks of most everything else I have seen. Most all of them are made to cover a stock subframe and there is no way I wouldn't shorten my subframe if I was running a clubman's seat. IMO, our bikes look SO much better with a shortened subframe to right above or a little aft the axle. It completely changes the look of the bike and makes them look WAY smaller (shorter) IMO.
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  7. rambozo

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    mine didn't fit too well and though it does its job, i don't think its sturdy enough for a twin shock,
    it'd be fine on a mono

    i did like the seat, as supershaft says its the perfect length for looks, just past the final drive but
    would be a nightmare to fit to a standard subframe

    i got the impression that kevils were using von zeti seats and subframes on some of their bikes

    in all i'd recommend their seats but i'll be making my own subframe next time
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  8. Kai Ju

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    Supershaft mentioned shortening the subframe for a better look.
    Does anybody know if an R65 subframe is shorter. And if so, by how much ? And will it bolt onto an R100/7 ?
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  10. ywouldi

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    I'll probably be selling a vonzetti subframe and cafe seat, bright red with white stripe, lovely condition....
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  11. Rob Farmer

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    Those Von Zeti frames just look too flimsy for my liking. I suspect that the Von Zeti parts are made by Kevil as a quick and easy way to get the look he wants for his bikes. http://www.kevilsspeedshop.com/motorcycles.html

    I've just ordered one of these from Vietnam as an interim seat Ebay link
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  12. tofgasp

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    It's about 1.5inches shorter, it will bolt onto any /5 to /7 but the shocks mounts are closer to the frame (R65 swingarm and rear shocks are shorter).
    Basically, the R65 subframe and swingarm are the same dimensions than the early /5 short ones.
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  13. bmwblake

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    Let us know what you think about that seat. I've been thinking about one but would like to see pics on a bike and hear some first hand input.


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  14. Rob Farmer

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    Will do. Got to admit I was a little bit nervous of ordering something listed in the states but shipped from Vietnam. I already had a confirmation of posting from them so hopefully it should be here soon.
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    Yes please do a write up on this Vietnamese origin seat. I like the looks of it and want to take the plunge but would rather have someone else be first.:D
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    Cheers mate :lol3
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  17. Rob Farmer

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    Well the seat finally arrived. Looks vaguely like the seat in the Ebay ad. I'm sure somebody has the contoured, corbinesque, seat in the photograph but it isn't me :D however it is exactly like you'd expect a cheap seat from Vietnam to look like. At least the base is made of steel, The mounting brackets are welded onto the base with some of the worst welding I've ever seen and are roughly in the right position. If I ever get the seat to fit I'll post some pictures.
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    Oh my. That is too bad because it sure looked good in the pictures. I owe you.:D
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  19. Big Bamboo

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    I know I'm a bit late responding to this thread, but here is a picture of a modern Triumph seat a friend modified to fit a SWB /5. The cowl is off a Thruxton, and I like it more than the usual lunch box shaped cowls seen on most cafe'd BMWs. It's lower and just wide enough to cover the shock mounts, best of both worlds! [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  20. Kai Ju

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    Never said thanks for the info, I appreciate it.
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