650 - seat pad test fit, mounting seat, patching seat pan, fiberglassing side panels, mounting fuel petcock adapters
I worked on all sorts of stuff for the XS650 recently. I got far enough along on the fiberglass seat that I was able to take it to a shop to have them make me some seat pads. I used New Image Upholstery. They usually do sport bike seats but were more than willing to work on a cafe racer seat. The did an excellent job matching the stitching to my XS1100 seat which I am thrilled about. The fit and finish is pretty good. Overall I am very happy with it for the price. It ended up being less expensive than I thought it would be.
I also put some time in thinking about how to mount the seat to the bike. I am planning on putting two bolts through it where it sits on a flat cross member frame support. That part was easy. That support is right under where my butt will be so that is good. The front of the seat was another matter. I decided to put a U bracket on the underside of the front of the seat pan. This bracket will slide under the frame plate that the gas tank mount is on. I will slide the seat pan down so this U bracket sits in place, then I will bolt down the back. A picture is worth a thousand words in this case. I made the bracket out of aluminum and powder coated it black.
While I had the powder coater going I decided to hit the aluminum fuel petcock adapters my father in law made for me. This lets me use my motion pro fuel petcock with the XS750 gas tank. They turned out great and the glossy black finish makes them look even better.
Lastly I turned my attention to the side covers. I had toyed with having a shop make them out of metal but I figured, what the heck, might as well fiberglass them too. So I did. I made the form out of the old foam I used for the seat form. I am getting my monies worth out of that excercise matte for sure. I have only done one coat of fiberglass so far but they look good. I expect to finish them up pretty quickly.