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    DIY Seat Re-cover ???

    My stock seat cover is ripped all to shit, but the foam underneath seems sano enough...

    I spoke to a couple upholstery outfits at the Javits Center Cycle World show back in January, and I'm looking at like $300. Yeah right.

    Anybody have any experience with this? Because here's my plan - stop me if I'm about to destroy this thing or something: I figure I can get a staple gun and a couple yards of marine-grade vinyl material, remove the old staples from the pan and make a pattern from the old cover. I can get someone to sew for me...

    Thoughts?
    1988 "BlackHawk" project
    1989 "RallyHawk" is Chuck's now!
    1988 "The Gray" Tempest Gray Metallic stocker

    I can't tell you how peaceful it is. Shinya Kimura
    People who know ride Hawks. Riot

    #2
    sounds like your on the right track


    but i also wanted to mension that my brother had his seat recovered for $80 when i painted his bike for him. so before you give up on this option you might want to shop around alittle (bike show vendors are always going to give you a inflated price at the show)

    material could cost +- $30
    to have it sewed up could be another $20

    might be worth the effort to find a cheap upholster in your area because the diy option your contimplating will also leave you incharge of installation and if its not centered its going to look like shit. and if your first attempt fails you might have staple holes showing the second time you try, depending how off your first try was. i have never done this my self but have thought about it. and my leather tank cover i made came out nice




    if you do, do it your self leave alot around the edges give your self plenty of fabric to pull on and cut away after its stapled down might be a waist but it will be alot easier for you to put on.
    1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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      #3
      view nice, what machine did you use?? I tried to make suff like that but I never get it to look right. My mom does it once in a while but I get to use a singer 221 $ some other one and juki. Its fun
      A Link to the pics I have taken for the 2007 Scavenger hunt.

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        #4
        it was all hand stiched
        thats what long winters do to motorcycle riders

        i used a wax coated nylon thread
        has for looksand proper fit, since it was leather it had its good days and bad days
        1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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          #5
          Sargent makes a DIY seat cover for the hawk gt 59.95

          http://www.sargentcycle.com/readyfit.htm

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            #6
            hum for the price im going to have to try that

            i got a seat that a squirl thought was dinner
            1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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              #7
              Call around. I got my corbin seat done for $80.

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                #8
                wemoto

                I bought one recently from wemoto cost around 30 quid and fitted it just over the old one. took me about 3 hours and a lot of stretching the material but it was easy with a second person

                I used a crap staple gun and remove a lot of the old staples just enough left to hold the old cover on. if you don't remove some of the old ones you will find they are in the way.

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                  #9
                  i had mine redone a few years ago....

                  but she did such a good job, that i keep forgetting its not the factory cover... looks like new, even 5 years later.

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                    #10
                    Did the recover with the Wemoto seat cover. Totally agree that it took a while but with a little help it worked pretty well. I wish I'd known about the Sergeant seat cover though.
                    The final measure of any rider's skill is the inverse ratio of his preferred traveling speed to the number of bad scars on his body.
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                      #11
                      I'll send you a couple of pics of the monster seat my uncle did. Thats what he does for a living. Send me a message if i haven't then you can post them for every one if you want.

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                        #12
                        Nice gauge cluster on that pic above. Did you do that one yourself?

                        And do you have any other pics of it? Looks like whit I would like to do with mine and add a bicycle speedo to it.
                        ARRH Don't mind me, that's just the scurvy talkin!

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                          #13
                          Originally Posted by motorpsycho
                          Nice gauge cluster on that pic above. Did you do that one yourself?

                          And do you have any other pics of it? Looks like whit I would like to do with mine and add a bicycle speedo to it.

                          well the top plate was common back in the day cant remember the name of the company that used to make them but they stoped a wile back. it was common for hawk racers back in the 90s to have the tach bracket like that and all the guts of the tach was exposed wich i didnt like.

                          so i came up with the side skirt design and had 2 made just a cosmetic part to hide the tach body and wires. crashed once and totaled the instrument cluster and was lucky to find another tach bracket. thats my last skirt.

                          if i ever get my shit together i would like to make some small production runs of these parts, if there is still a demand for them. just like that rob-z chain guard that doug wanted to do.

                          1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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                            #14
                            Re: DIY Seat Re-cover ???

                            Originally Posted by douglas.thompson
                            My stock seat cover is ripped all to shit, but the foam underneath seems sano enough...

                            I spoke to a couple upholstery outfits at the Javits Center Cycle World show back in January, and I'm looking at like $300. Yeah right.

                            Anybody have any experience with this? Because here's my plan - stop me if I'm about to destroy this thing or something: I figure I can get a staple gun and a couple yards of marine-grade vinyl material, remove the old staples from the pan and make a pattern from the old cover. I can get someone to sew for me...

                            Thoughts?
                            Man, I don't know where you are lookin. Check the local bike shops that sell used bikes and ask where they go for seat covers. I've recovered quite a few seats (the hawk included) and usually just go to a mom/pop kinda place and it costs about $40 bucks to have the seat redone. And it usually looks awesome.

                            And in my Hawk. It was recovered about six years ago by a lady who mostly does snowmobile seats.

                            dp
                            "A Café Racer will ride all night through a fog storm in freeway traffic to put himself into what somebody told him was the ugliest and tightest decreasing-radius turn since Genghis Khan invented the corkscrew." - Hunter S. Thompson
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                              #15
                              Thanks, Dave! $40 is worth it... I'd probably spend that much in materials just to have it come out looking like hell!
                              1988 "BlackHawk" project
                              1989 "RallyHawk" is Chuck's now!
                              1988 "The Gray" Tempest Gray Metallic stocker

                              I can't tell you how peaceful it is. Shinya Kimura
                              People who know ride Hawks. Riot

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