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Guys, this is the seat that was on the 75 XLH when Dad purchased the bike in 1976. Being in Northern California at the time, the seat comes from BAR Enterprises, and they are still active today.

We're getting closer! Coming in the mail shortly will be a solid original rear fender, chrome struts, and peanut tank. Need a new chain and oil lines, and we should be set for a shake down run..

I'm wondering if it would be best to get a new cobra seat to the tune of at least $245, or is it possible to take this one to a local upholstery shop and have them 'make' it into a tuck'n roll cobra?

I don't mind paying good money for a good quality new seat, but like original bikes, I think it would be neat to keep the seat that was with this bike from when I was a kid..



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I'd check some of your local upholsterers to see what they say. Doubt they can recover the seat using good materials (I prefer leather) for less than a Cobra seat though.
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go to,,, bmikarts.com,,, vintage parts,,under seats catorgory,, they have one for 40 bucks brand new,,,,,and other seats to fit your year model for really cheap prices,,,,don,t need a dealer,,, they sell to the public,,,,,jump on it,,,,
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If the seat is comfortable and/or you just want to keep it take the seat or just the old cover to an upholsterer and have a new matching cover made. Not expensive and I'm not a fan of Mustang seats.
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If the base is still good I'd have it recovered. Maybe some padding in a modern material would be a good idea
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I can imagine this bike has sentimental value for you. You're already starting with ordering original parts so it would be obvious to go to an upholsterer for the seat or find a good original.
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Call me crazy, but I like it just the way it is. I’m sure an upholstery shop could open it up and put something like gel foam inside it for a cushy ride, or remake it any way you like. If you want good quality leather, maybe check with a saddle and tack shop? I bet that would be expensive, though.
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“ I think it would be neat to keep the seat that was with this bike from when I was a kid”

Keep that seat just as it is. Buy a new one, the cost will probably work out evenly as opposed to reupholstering. Save that one and put it on when you want to ride down “memory” lane. Once something that attaches you to a memory is lost, it’s gone forever.
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It's been my experience that you can't go back again. Restoring a bike changes the bike.
It will never be new and it will never be what it was.

That said, you can have a vision and move toward it, The joy of riding on and working on the same bike as your Dad sounds great. I wish I had my Dad's 1956 Model 165 to work on.

I think the seat can be redone. I personally would either rebuild it with new cushion and cover that closer matches the paint or replace it. But as others have said, just set it aside and using another seat seems the easiest.
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