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.
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.
will you repair my existing seat cover? Or, will you re-use my existing seat cover?
At this time, I am not able to accept repair projects or projects that do not require me to design a new motorcycle seat cover. I love my work and am the only person completing it in my studio, therefore I need to prioritize the projects that allow me to showcase my own artistry and creativity.
can you make a bag or tool roll to match my motorcycle seat?
Absolutely! I would be happy to design a handlebar or fork bag, a tool roll, backpack and/or a pair of side bags to match your motorcycle seat. If this is something you’re interested in, try to let me know early on in the process so I can make sure to save enough leather for the entire project.
To view my past work with leather bag design and even shop online, please visit mavenleather.com.
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.