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Old November 5th, 2018, 03:59 PM   #1
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Thinking of buying a new seat?? Read this first!

So my seat developed a tear on one side and cracking started appearing on the other. This quickly became my pet peeve as I cringed every time i looked at my seat.
I started looking thru seats on ebay but they were either old/dirty or too expensive. And i figured this ebay seat is 11yrs old or older and will probably start deteriorating soon anyways.
Then I came across this dude selling seat covers by “Northwest Classic” for $50-60. Not the cheapest considering entire seats on ebay start at that price but it was brand new and guaranteed to fit. Plus it gave me the excuse to go buy a staple gun! ($20 w staples at Walmart for the aircraft aluminum grade version - only $3 more than the regular one, don't be cheap). So I said eff it, lemme give it a shot.
Bottom line: I love the way it came out! Perfect fit, nice and tight (thats what he sa..) and a great project and feeling of accomplishment. Very easy to do as well. Just grab a couple beers, turn the TV on and take ur time.
Notes:
1) Do it indoors so the vinyl is warm and stretches easily.
2) The foam of my seat was soaking wet from water seeping into the tear athough bike was always covered. I suggest drying seat out entirely before putting the new cover on.
3) I picked out the $60 two tone black/black carbon one but they also have a $50 plain black one (stock) if u prefer.
I hope this helps someone!
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Old November 5th, 2018, 04:09 PM   #2
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Look pretty good.
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Old November 5th, 2018, 04:19 PM   #3
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Nice! We had the seat re-covered on my husband's previous bike. Much more effective than trying to save the original vinyl.
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Old November 5th, 2018, 04:27 PM   #4
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That looks great! I' plan on re-covering my seat but first I'll be modifying it a bit. This gives me hope.
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Old November 6th, 2018, 01:58 PM   #5
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Old November 6th, 2018, 03:13 PM   #6
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I like it.

My '05 EX250's seat covering has been looking worn for a while now so I just went to Ebay and ordered the same replacement cover you purchased, the one with the "carbon weave" pattern on the rider's area.

I won't have a chance to put it on the bike until after the Christmas season (probably) but when I do I'll come back to this thread and post a pic or two of my '05 wearing its nice new seat cover.

I've done seat re-covers on all of my other bikes, two VFR800s and a GSF400. All of them turned out looking much better than original, so I'm hopeful of good results with this new seat cover.

Thanks for posting about the Northwest Classic guys.
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Old November 6th, 2018, 04:38 PM   #7
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Thanks for the post keV, it's good to know about this.
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Old November 10th, 2018, 03:40 AM   #8
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Anytime guys! Glad I could help/inspire. Ill be looking forward to your pics Greg737
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Old November 10th, 2018, 08:31 AM   #9
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ooops...wrong pic

lets try again...my VFR recover (quality cover from vendor in Poland)

DIY doable, obvious improvement, Ninjette or not.

A leather cover on the way from England for my Duc SS800, Christmas present from me to me, a winter project.
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Old November 10th, 2018, 08:38 AM   #10
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