Build Custom Motorcycle Seats

A custom motorcycle seat can not only feel more comfortable than a stock seat, it can look better too.

Many motorcycles come from the factory with seats that feel very uncomfortable to most users, or that sit so high on the bike that even someone who might otherwise have a long enough inseam to ride the bike can not even reach the ground. Numerous companies build custom seats for you, and do a fantastic job in the process, but these seats are usually quite expensive. An alternative to purchasing a custom seat is to customize your own.


1. Remove the seat cover. Using a needle nose pliers, pull all the staples holding the current seat cover in place. After all the staples have been removed, pull off the cover so you can see what you are working with.

2. Shape the foam. Depending on the seat, your body type, and your riding style you will want to add foam in some places and remove it in others. If you want to lower the seat then use the grinder and electric knife to remove foam from the middle of the seat and to narrow the front part of the seat. If you just want a more comfortable seat, use the spray adhesive to add foam in those areas the current seat does not support, then shape it with the grinder.

3. Smooth the seat. Once the seat is shaped, with foam added and removed where desired, use the grinder with a fine grit pad to smooth all the edges and make sure there are no rough spots where the foam pieces bond together.

4. Recover the seat. Use the original seat cover as a pattern, tracing around it on your new seat covering material. Add a small margin on all edges to give yourself a little more room to work. Starting with the front, or nose of the seat, pull the cover tight and staple it in place with the pneumatic stapler. Once the nose covering is in place, stretch the rest of the cover over the new seat stapling it in place as you go. To avoid wrinkling, work back and forth across the seat from front to back. If there is excess material after everything is in place, trim it back leaving about a 1/4 inch margin outside the staples to avoid tearing.

5. Adjust your seat. You may find after putting some miles on your new seat that additional adjustments are needed. Proceed as in Step 1 thru 4 to reshape and tweak the seat until it is perfect for your body.