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I began making custom motorcycle seats 20 years ago -- my first one was for my 1986 K75.

I had purchased one of the more advertised brand name custom motorcycle seat for my 1983 800 RT but I had to ship it back to California as it did not fit me -- even though I drove down there and they measured me up.
I got so disgusted that I began making my own. I did not worry too much about it because I grew up with a trade that required shaping and moulding various materials from their raw state.
Here's what I do: I use the existing seat and usually partially use the existing seat foam and then add, remove, shape and modify the seat as needed -- according to the rider's height, weight and riding position.
The key is that the rider's butt has five contacts from the custom seat -- in this way the rider's weight is more evenly distributed to different sectors of the seat, and hence, the rider can last all day riding without getting a sore butt.
I usually ask that the rider spends the good part of a day in my workshop for, as the seat progresses, I get the rider to do about three test rides to make sure that there no pressure points that should not be there.
On the last test ride, I ask that the rider spends at least 20 to 30 minutes in the saddle and, if everything feels okay, then I finalize finishing the seat. I do not cover the new seat -- there are many good upholstery shops and it is a matter of finding one that does a good job.
I know which one to go to here in Kamloops. Since I made my first seat, I have made at least 15 more. Right now I have requests to make two custom seats for two F650 GS. The one fellow, from Calgary, will be going on a world tour with his wife in two months time -- I met him at last year's get-together at Nakusp.
The cost for the special density foam I use usually comes to around $20 to $25 and a can of foam glue comes to another $25. So, for fifty dollars, you can have a custom seat designed and moulded to fit your butt.
The covering by an upholstery shop can vary from $100 to around $200. Most of the brand name custom motorcycle seats sell from at least $350 U.S. and up to six and even seven hundred dollars.
I will be putting on a technical session this summer -- on how to make your own custom seat. If anyone is interested, please let me know and I will contact you when I have a few people interested.
My e-mail is:

hkovacs@mail.ocis.net and my phone number is: 250-377-8022

Open Misc album
http://valleybmwriders.netfirms.com/nfphotogallery/nfpicturepro/index.php?cat=2&page=2

For 2 pictures of my custom seat for my F650 GS -- in the production stage and after it was upholstered.

Herman Kovacs
if you have any comments send them to hkovacs@ocis.net

Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


Summerland Breakfast

Don't miss our last riding breakfast in Summerland on Sunday October 28th at 10am. Second Home Cafe & Grill, same location as last year just new owners and new name.


BMW Discount

We have successfully completed the first VBMWR club discount on a purchase of a new motorcycle, please keep this in mind for future purchases, it works with any BMW dealership, also includes cars.


Horizons Unlimited 2019

Horizons Unlimited has changed their date for 2019 in Nakusp in an effort to avoid the smoke that has become a norm in BC, please check the new dates.


2019 Riding Season

Please let the executive know your thoughts and expectations for 2019! Let them know what worked and what didn't work on 2018.


Remembrance Day

We salute all our military members, Lest we forget.....


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