DIY Motorcycle Seat: How Do I Make One?

Choosing the right motorcycle seat can be a daunting task. With a range of options that cater to different riding styles, it can be difficult to find the perfect one. 

But, what if you have an option to make your own seat based on your comfort? 

We know it seems hard, but relax, it’s not at all. Here, we are going to tell you about the DIY motorcycle seat making process. If you are a short rider this can be a gamechanger for you.

With the help of this guide, you will be able to make a motorcycle seat that is perfect for you and your riding style. 

So, let’s begin.

Materials To Make DIY Motorcycle Seats

If you think this is going to be a long process to make a homemade motorcycle seat then we have some tips for you. Among them, the best thing you can do is collect all materials that you need beforehand.

Materials To Make DIY Motorcycle Seats

You must arrange the following materials to fasten the making process. Some of them will help you to remove the old seat from the motorcycle, and some will make your seat look good and perfect.

  • Duct tape
  • Padding
  • Cardboard
  • Jigsaw
  • Periscope attachment
  • Plywood
  • Sharpie
  • Socket set and extension
  • Nails
  • Glue

You may complete the making and dirt bike seat modification without some of these materials, but that may slow down the process. After gathering all these materials, let’s jump into the step-by-step process.

Removal of the old seat

Before starting the DIY motorcycle seat modification, take off your current seat. The removed seat will help you measure all materials for the new seat. You have to use a socket set and extension to remove that.

Removal of the old seat

It will be better if you can collect the periscope attachment. This will help you find the bolts holding the seat with the motorcycle body.  To take the current seat off, You have to work on seat holder bolts.

Step 1: Remove The Side Covers

If you try to remove the seat after loosening the bolts, that will be a mistake. You have to remove the side covers too to succeed here. After removing these covers, you will find two more bolts that also hold the seat. Some call them mounting bolts.

You have to remove these two bolts to remove the old seat. Removing them is hard but reattaching them is very easy.

Step 2: Take The Old Seat Off

Now it is time to take the old seat off the bike body. To do this, you have to follow a specific movement. First, you have to gently push the front side of the seat down with one hand and hold the back of the seat with your other hand. This will loosen the pins under the seat.

Take The Old Seat Off

Then try to shake the seat forward and backward to completely take it off. If you fail once, then try to repeat that. But be sure you are ready to get success.

Step-by-step Guide on How to Make a Motorcycle Seat

There are different designs, sizes, and shapes of motorcycle seats. Some seats for big guys, and some are for tall riders. These seats have different making processes. But we will follow a guide that is applicable to make any seat, based on your comfort.

How to Make a Motorcycle Seat

To be successful in this DIY process, you have to follow all the steps below. Otherwise, any mistake will force you to redo these things. 

Step 1: Outline The Frame

When the seat is removed, the making process will start. You may start with measuring the new seat frame. Here, your comfort should get the utmost priority. Based on the comfort area of your body parts, you have to outline.

To outline, place a piece of cardboard on the old seat frame, then draw the design you want to have. After that, you have to cut the cardboard. This outline is the first step to design your own motorcycle seat. Here you have to use the sharpie, the piece of cardboard.

Step 2: Cutting The Plywood

When the outline is made, you have to cut the primary material, i.e. plywood, for the seat frame. First of all, put the cardboard outline of plywood, then draw that outline there with a sharpie. After that, cut the wood with a jigsaw.

Cutting The Plywood

Remember to keep a mark of mounting bolts so that you can attach the new seat to the bike body.

Step 3: Add The Seat Padding

Now comes another massive part of the DIY process. Add padding to the frame of the seat. Place the template on the padding, outline there, and then cut. Remember, you have to keep the padding 1 or 2 inches longer than the plywood frame so that they can cover the edges.

When the first layer padding placement is done, use glue to keep it tight with the frame. Then place the second layer. Now the duct tape will come in help. Cover the whole padding with this tape including the edges. 

Add The Seat Padding

Now, add the upholstery. As this is a DIY process, you may make that at home. But having a sewing machine is not possible for everyone. So, you may make it from any tailor or upholstering expert. 

Step 4: Mount The New Seat

We are in the last step. Now, you have to mount the new seat with bolts under the seat only. Because the side cover mounting bolts will not work with the flat plywood seat. A plywood seat that we make here is like a cafe racer seat pan.

Take five nails on your hand. Then go underneath the seat. Mark the pins’ position and then place these five nails with a bit of push. You will find the seat is attached firmly. If you follow this process, it will be easily removable.

What Kind of Foam is Used For Motorcycle Seats?

There are two main types of foam for padding the motorcycle seats. One is open-cell, and another is closed-cell. Both are polythene foam. Both have some advantages and disadvantages too. If you have any experience in making seat or comfort seat cushions, then you might be familiar with them.

What Kind of Foam is Used For Motorcycle Seats

But if you are new, get familiarized first, then use. Open-cell foams are prone to water absorption. But they are more flexible. On the other hand, close-cell foams are less flexible and weighty too. They also have their advantages. You may use one based on your needs.

Do Gel Pads Work On Motorcycle Seats?

Yes, gel pads work on motorcycle seats. But not every type of gel pad. You have to use the seat gel pads in motorcycle seats. Because some gel pads are too heavy to use for this purpose. If you can select the right kind of get pads, they have some extra advantages of relieving back pain. The guys who think Corbin seats are comfortable will love a gel pad in their seats.

Do Gel Pads Work On Motorcycle Seats

Final Words

Personalized seats are unparalleled. Your bike may be Honda or Harley Davidson custom motorcycle seats are best to have while we think of comfort. 

That was all about the DIY motorcycle seat. This process is complete in itself. I hope this was helpful to you, and after following this, you have done one for yourself. 

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