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post #1 of 37 Old 11-08-2017, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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I recently found a local shop that puts together seat covers for motorcycles and also provides a gel insert for stock seats.
I know that there are a couple of after market options, but this guy is local and therefore the price is in CAD pesos and I wouldn't have to pay the import duty tax, which would probably be quite a lot given how expensive these things can get.

I don't want to go too crazy with the design, seeing as it can get expensive really fast, so I took a bit of inspiration from one of their current designs.

They have a custom seat design already for the Honda CBR600F4I 04-06 (see attached the 2 seats).

What I'm thinking is also doing a 2 tone type thing as well, see my drawing, where:
- fabric 1: is the following material: https://www.luimoto.com/gallery.php?g=FABRICS&p=2#200
I find this Diamond textured vinyl a lot more modern than the regular leather look
- fabric 2: is the following material: https://www.luimoto.com/gallery.php?g=FABRICS&p=2#199
It seems this is their performance grip vinyl, which would provide some nice matte contrast against fabric 1 but would also provide some additional grip for hard acceleration.
- logo section, i'd like to get the little hornet embroyed see helmet pic in the grippy section. I think it'd give it some flare.

Not sure on the stiching colour and the hornet colour, but I think an all blacked out seat would look great, with the different black subtleties.

Of course this is just about the new cover design, but I'll also be getting their Gold gel insert.
Info here: https://www.luimoto.com/?sc=24 Though I don't know which size to get.

I'll probably go have a chat with the guy to see details.

Thanks and I'll keep you posted.
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Those look nice!!! Good luck with it.

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Go for it. All looks good. When I recently got a new seat cover I stayed away from a light colour for the stitching and piping. I was worried about it staining and going weird. So I got all black. But I might be wrong.

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A quick update on the topic; while it would've been interesting to add a personal touch to the seat, I've actually decided to go forward with a resto-mod type attitude towards the bike; ie keep it as stock looking as possible but with modern components.


Back to the seat, I've decided to get the following:
- Gold Gel Insert - Rider + large foam: https://www.luimoto.com/?p=539
AND the wrap it into the following fabric:
- TEC-GRIP MARINE-GRADE VINYL - Designed for maximum grip and durability: https://www.luimoto.com/gallery.php?...Y+SERIES+I#199
I added picture of the fabric.



The guy quoted me 350CAD cash for the above; so for 350CAD ~ 270USD I'll be getting two upgrades, ride comfort + (hopefully) gripper material to sit on (reducing testicle pressure on the tank under hard braking) all in stock form (respecting the resto-mod rules).
That was one of my gripes with the Corbin seat, while it look all fluffy and comfortable, it looked all fluffy and broke the lines of the bike, especially towards the rear.


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Yes for all black. You may regret any personalized colors or prints later. Gripper material and gel pads are good ideas.
I got a nice thick tank pad. Doesn't really stop much ball crushing but looks good and does protect tank.
My seat cover is awesome. Has patches of gripper vinyl. The seat is also divided into main rider and pillion sections. This all keeps me in one spot. I no longer slide around.
I agree with your assessment in regards to the Corbin. Does look a little like a breadbox at the rear.
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Dropped off my seat today.

Checked out their grippy vinyl that they use, it's quite nice.

Also told the guy to see if he can flatten the front portion of the seat, following the red line vs the stock yellow line.
I hope he'll make it possible.

I'll post update once I receive the seat.
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Guy already got back to me with a proposed design. Told the guy to make the side areas (pointed to by red arrows) one piece to stream line the side. But apart from that it looks cool.
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Guy already got back to me with a proposed design. Told the guy to make the side areas (pointed to by red arrows) one piece to stream line the side. But apart from that it looks cool.
Looks very cool. I like it.
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The guy said a month for prototype/design and production soo it'll be a while, he said that they haven't done this bike yet so that's why it'll take that long.

I'm glad i chose to get this going during the winter.
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Looks very cool. I like it.

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The guy just got back to me with the revised desgin and IMO it loooks awesome, especially since it looks very stock and should be quite functionally grippy with the vinyl that they'll use.

Suggested to him a potential group buy or something if people are interested enough.
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Yes for all black. You may regret any personalized colors or prints later. Gripper material and gel pads are good ideas.
I got a nice thick tank pad. Doesn't really stop much ball crushing but looks good and does protect tank.
My seat cover is awesome. Has patches of gripper vinyl. The seat is also divided into main rider and pillion sections. This all keeps me in one spot. I no longer slide around.
I agree with your assessment in regards to the Corbin. Does look a little like a breadbox at the rear.
I always wondered why the Corbin was so thick at the back. I guess part of it is that they have more height behind the butt that helps to hold you in and distribute the load.

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Well they add all the cushion material which makes it thick. I don't think they do an insert in the seat itself, they add on top.
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I always wondered why the Corbin was so thick at the back. I guess part of it is that they have more height behind the butt that helps to hold you in and distribute the load.

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Well they add all the cushion material which makes it thick. I don't think they do an insert in the seat itself, they add on top.

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Finally the seat is finished. Here are some pics that the guy sent me.
I'll be picking it up tomorrow and post some close up shots.

As you can see from the first one, they flattened the crotch area by adding some extra gel and foam bits to it.

Updates coming soon.
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Finally the seat is finished. Here are some pics that the guy sent me.
I'll be picking it up tomorrow and post some close up shots.

As you can see from the first one, they flattened the crotch area by adding some extra gel and foam bits to it.

Updates coming soon.
That looks awesome, how comfortable is it on longer rides?

I kinda expected the back of the butt area to be up higher. I have a Corbin on one of my other bikes and the back of the but is much higher than stock and helps to lock you in. I know there's not a lot of space to go lower, so they'd have to go higher and that doesn't work for a lot of people.

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Going to pick it up tomorrow so we'll see.

They flattened the front (circled) everything else should be the same as stock
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Finally in possession of the seat, will take better pics when the sun is out.

Took it out for a ride, the material is SUPER grippy. Nearly dropped the bike as it was still stuck to my leg. It feels flatter and a bit taller in the middle section.
Have yet to take it out on longer journeys to see the comfort level.

I now have to figure out the best way to stay seated on this seeing as it's so grippy. I used to re-adjust quite often before, just sliding around.

I'll post an update on ride quality perhaps this weekend. But first impressions are good, love the look of it stock.
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Looks great! Looking forward to hearing the long ride impressions.

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Man I like your new seat. Someone did an awesome job. The styling looks mean and it looks super grippy.
I want to touch it!!

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Was browsing ebay for front calipers and came across this:

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Honda-Hornet...NB8kRQ&vxp=mtr


The guys that did my seat have put it up for sale
Looks real nice.

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I really have a hard on for this seat but the options they have listed on eBay are confusing.

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Scratch that, there just isnít an option for black stitching.

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Just go to luimotos website and can really get a feel of what they can do. Awesome stuff

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I got a Wijalis seat cover from eBay. I fitted it myself. Easy. I think its awesome.
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Yeah, the guys from Louismoto are pretty flexible. Just email them and tell them what you want. You can say that you know the guy who got the first ever seat there, and want it like his, with black stitching instead. (note that I have gel insert too)


They definitely won't charge you for it.

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Did you add any gel or padding when your recovered yours, islandboy?


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I got a Wijalis seat cover from eBay. I fitted it myself. Easy. I think its awesome.
I like that, and a good price too, was it hard to fit?

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try looking for a more grippy material if you guys are going to go for a more custom cover for the seat.


I can't stress how much of a difference and planted you feel with a more grippy material.I'll try to take a real close up picture of my seat to highlight the texture.

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I agree. With a grippy seat I no longer shift forwards or backwards when accelerating or braking hard.
My seat cover wasn't too hard to fit. Never done one before so I was anxious. Got myself an air stapler and just went for it. The job I did isn't perfect but nothing really is. I'm happy enough with it.
Because the seat cover is thick with a foam layer, maybe 5mm, then staples had a tendency to cut through their cover. The thicker the staple crown the better. Just go easy.
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It may be a small issue, but I think the criss-cross material in the seat area help to keep things cool. My Nighthawk 700S has the Corbin seat and it has that criss-cross pattern. It's like it's woven, but it's not and there's little pockets, seems to help with a bit of air flow or air pockets.

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This one is from wijalis too, with gel pad

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Here it is
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No gel or padding. I didn't need it, I never ride all day or for more than an hour or so. The new seat cover has a 5mm foam layer on the underside.

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This one is from wijalis too, with gel pad
Sugar, are you happy with your seat cover?

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Yes, I am. Still looks new

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No gel or padding. I didn't need it, I never ride all day or for more than an hour or so. The new seat cover has a 5mm foam layer on the underside.
Did you remove the old cover, or will it fit over the top.
Mine is still in OK condition, so if I can revert it back to stock it would be better.

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No you have to remove old cover. My old seat cover didn't have any holes but it had gone quite hard especially where the seat went up into the pillion position. My stock seat was also very slippy.

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