can you build or customize my seat pan?
No. I do not build seat pans or modify them in any way. My work begins when you send me a stock or custom made motorcycle seat pan that is in decent shape. If you need a custom pan made for you, please contact a local metalsmith/fabricator. If you're handy, you might find that it's something you can do on your own.
I work with all pans, whether they be metal, plastic, fiberglass or wood -- they just need to be in good shape. Good shape means very minimal rust and no cracks.
what information do you need in order to give me a quote?
I need to know the year, make and model of your bike.
Are you looking for leather or vinyl? (Color?)
Do you need me to modify, or completely replace your seat foam?
Do you have any requests for stitching? Or, would you like me to take it in my own direction?
What is your seat pan made out of? (Usually plastic, steel or fiberglass. This is helpful to know, but not required.)
Please send a photo of your bike. Feel free to send photos of seats/styles that you’re inspired by.
what's better: leather or vinyl?
Leather is better, but I will work with both materials depending on my workload. Leather breathes, it gains character with riding and age and when taken care of properly, it is a superior material that can last for hundreds of years.
how do I take care of my leather motorcycle seat?
I condition every custom leather seat that leaves the shop with a USA-made, all-natural product that has a beeswax base. Beeswax won't break down in the elements and will build up its own waterproof layer overtime and with continued use.
Expect to condition your motorcycle seat at least once a season. Expect to bring your motorcycle seat inside to dry if it gets soaked. Expect your leather to change and gain character over time, while still retaining its strength and pliability. That's basically it. I include a detailed leather care sheet with every leather motorcycle seat project.
can I add an image or logo to my seat?
In many cases, yes. If it's simple, it might be something I can stitch into your seat cover myself. More complex designs can be sent out to be embroidered or laser engraved locally. Engravings can only be done on leather and certain types of leather at that. If you decide that you want your seat engraved or embroidered, it will add time and cost onto your project.
I want a handtooled leather seat, can you do that?
That depends. I may take on a hand-tooled project if your design and seat shape is simple. For an intricate design, you should seek out a leatherworker who specializes in veg tan leather motorcycle seats.