New Seat / Choke Trouble

I ordered a new cafe seat from Cafe Racer Seat and Tank (AKA: House on Fire Industries)

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I’m liking it… Going to use the same blackening solution used on the fuel tank…

Now my choke is sticking and I missed the chance to get the bike to a fabricator to help me to chop the frame and install the new seat.. I guess it’s time to get my hands dirty and open up those damn carbs… If I am to believe everything I read online, it seems that the ethanol used in our gas is problematic on carbs.. Especially bikes that are not being ridden too often.. Since the carbs were cleaned and rebuilt 3 months ago, and they end up needing to be cleaned again, I am going to have to start buying that line about the crappy gas…

Ideas are like opinions: Everybody’s got one…

I’m a fan of Barbour jackets… Specifically the waxed cotton they use… So I had this really unique idea to make my seat using waxed canvas, instead of leather or vinyl, that would resemble those jackets…So I scoured the internet looking for heavyweight canvas that I could take and apply my own wax once the cushion is finished…  I found a place in England that sells Pre-Waxed fabric, which I thought would be great, but the cost and hassle of buying a couple of yards, plus shipping from the UK, would seem rather wasteful… Then I thought I could use an old military duffle bag and cut it up… At last, I found the perfect answer: A heavyweight (21oz) pre-waxed canvas tarp for $11…

 

After a Google Image search for Waxed Canvas Motorcycle Seat, this pic turned up (so I guess it’s not that unique of an idea after all):

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That is a mighty fine looking bike, and the seat looks really good. But check out that skateboard as the platform.. Since I have no welding tools or skills, this idea is very appealing to me because, there is a chance I could pull that off… So my plan is to use one skateboard deck on the bottom, then use a second as the form for the foam cushion, since they nest together so nicely.. Then I started to feel like maybe i should use vinyl (or leather instead)… Well, my current plan is to go ahead with the canvas, mount it to the platform with industrial velcro, and strap it in with leather straps… in addition to the canvas, I am going to make a second cushion using a Gunmetal colored Majilite (faux leather)… This way I can change the look if I want, and might use different foam densities for varying levels of comfort…

 

I found several places online that sell blank skateboards, but they really don’t come wide enough (I need 9″ to match the width of the rails). Then I found a place that sells uncut blanks that are 9.5″ wide… I can cut these to shape to fit exactly.. I will probably also cut the cushion board about a 1/2″ narrower so that I can wrap foam around the edges and the final size should align with the platform board…

How am I going to mount this to the frame you ask??? Good question. I don’t know yet… My first thought was to use conduit clamps. I think this will still work but I like the way the other skateboard seat is elevated above the frame slightly, it would give me a place to run the leather straps to help hold the seat down. I think these bobber seat bungs would be pretty nice, but that requires welding… I might have to take to a shop and get some help, because I think that is the better way to go…

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My Board:

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My Canvas:

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