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xs1100 - seat cover

Let me start off by saying that I love my factory seat. As far as I know it was original and it never gave me any problems. I could ride on it long distances and found it overall very comfortable. Then I found a tiny rip in the seat cover, only about 1/2 inch long. I ignored it for about 6 months until one day my boot caught the rip while I was getting off the bike and the 1/2 inch rip became a 12 inch rip.

Nikki and I intend on using the motorcycle in our wedding so a seat with a rip that big was simply not going to work. Of course you cant get an original seat cover any longer. I called some upholstery places and they said they would probably not be able to fix the seat and recommended a different seat cover.

I did find one place online that restored original seat covers. From the looks of it they would have been able to repair my seat cover though it would have cost about twice the cost of a new seat cover. At this point cost was not so much of an issue was time was, we only had 2 weeks before I was supposed to leave for the wedding.

I ended up ordering a new seat cover from Saddlemen online. They have a good reputation on the xs11.com forums and they said they could get the seat to me in time.

Once the replacement seat arrived, I started fitting it. The 1100 has a metal barb mounting system where sharp metal points pierce the seat cover then are bent down to hold the leather in place. This made the install fairly painless as I didnt have to get an industrial stapler or drill out metal rivets. Simply bend back the metal barbs to remove the old cover, install the new one, then bend the barbs back in place.

Well, in truth it was not exactly as easy as that. It took me about 1/2 hour to get everything lined up so that there were no wrinkles in the cover. I also ended up using spray glue on the seat cover where the driver and passenger would sit. This area is concave and I was having a hard time getting the seat cover to stretch over those areas and still look nice. I need the seat cover to stay tight into the foam in these areas so I used glue.

Presumably if you didnt use glue, the seat cover would still naturally get formed for the concave sections over time as you sat on it but I need it to look good right away.

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old seat with a big rip, doh
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metal seat pan looks good, very little rust
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new seat cover has pretty much the same pattern though it has real stitching
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new cover comes with some padding
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metal barbs bent back just prior to removing old seat cover
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the barbs are spaced about every inch
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old cover removed, foam looks great
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1/2 hour later new seat cover installed
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some excess material in some areas but fits on bike just fine
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new cover on the bike, not sure if it will every be as shiny as old cover
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