The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM®
 

Go Back   The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM® > SPORTSTER MOTORCYCLE FORUM > Sportster Motorcycle Era Specific and Model Specific > Ironhead Sportster Motorcycle Talk (1957-1985)
XLF Blogs XLF Arcade XLF Disclaimer/Privacy Statement/Terms Of Use

Ironhead Sportster Motorcycle Talk (1957-1985) For all those that wanna talk about Ironhead Sportster Motorcycles

Active Threads
0 No spark
Last Post: IXL2Relax
Posted On: 7 Minutes Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 2
0 Keep & Kill
Last Post: NLXL
Posted On: 26 Minutes Ago
Replies: 16,280
Views: 926,129
0 xied or x14ied?
Last Post: 11alan111
Posted On: 48 Minutes Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 76
0 fp3
Last Post: 11alan111
Posted On: 52 Minutes Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 1
0 I hope this is not the "New Normal"
Last Post: DK Custom
Posted On: 57 Minutes Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 131
0 Corona Virus
Last Post: Nibelungen
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 350
Views: 17,754
0 My 900: half-H, half-CH
Last Post: IronMick
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 1,176
0 Hottie of the day, no nudity.
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 17,888
Views: 1,803,626
0 simple HF jack-lift for sporty mod.
Last Post: mikeLI_77
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 323
0 Government and financial services rip-off
Last Post: stikflote
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 408
0 Mid West Meet & Greet
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 382
Views: 30,817
0 Drastic Failure how to diagnose
Last Post: Tomcatt
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 4,801
0 Roads I'd like to ride.
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 2,995
Views: 265,818
0 ....1
Last Post: Graywolf
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 5,165
Views: 309,160
0 Resto-Repair 84 ironhead
Last Post: ferretface
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,207
0 Digital odometer
Last Post: onadraw
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 204
1 Sportster's they are just sexy
Last Post: 83ironman
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 1,036
0 Shaking front end
Last Post: koolbreeze
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 297
0 Speedometer hookup - 76 XLH
Last Post: Mission1
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 8,961
0 Official XL Forum Random Image Thread (NO NUDITY!)
Last Post: Graywolf
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 46,836
Views: 7,458,722
0 15 sporty braided rear brake line
Last Post: 201648Rider
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 148
0 Is it true? (eliminate clutch spring plate)
Last Post: jazzman
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 26,189
0 Smaller turn signals
Last Post: lehel
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 247
0 86-90 regulator-rectifier on 2003 engine?
Last Post: lehel
Posted On: 11 Hours Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 471
0 Intake seals, glad I checked them
Last Post: John Harper
Posted On: 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 88
0 What did you do for your sporty Today?
Last Post: Steve9
Posted On: 16 Hours Ago
Replies: 6,738
Views: 930,068
0 Spark Plugs
Last Post: ryder rick
Posted On: 16 Hours Ago
Replies: 85
Views: 52,392
0 Snippets
Last Post: sportsterpaul
Posted On: 16 Hours Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 4,234
0 Xlch spark plugs
Last Post: IronMick
Posted On: 16 Hours Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 194
0 Diagnostic code ?
Last Post: sportsterpaul
Posted On: 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,003
More...
Members Birthdays
mcevoy, Dnight (54), alvin01101 (54), rahean (52), 2005883c (46), cliff883 (45), HotRodSporty (44), Wes Marshall (41), liquidice148 (34)
Reply
 
Share Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 21st January 2020
USAFpj USAFpj is offline
Greasemonkey
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 101
Sportster/Buell Model: Ironhead Sportster
Sportster/Buell Year: 1975
Reputation: 13309
USAFpj is a glorious beacon of lightUSAFpj is a glorious beacon of lightUSAFpj is a glorious beacon of lightUSAFpj is a glorious beacon of lightUSAFpj is a glorious beacon of lightUSAFpj is a glorious beacon of lightUSAFpj is a glorious beacon of lightUSAFpj is a glorious beacon of lightUSAFpj is a glorious beacon of lightUSAFpj is a glorious beacon of lightUSAFpj is a glorious beacon of light
Default Seat- New purchase or recover?

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..



Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 21st January 2020
ericfreeman's Avatar
ericfreeman ericfreeman is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 4,900
Sportster/Buell Model: Ironhead XLH Sportster
Sportster/Buell Year: 1978
Sportster/Buell Model #2: Ironhead XLT Sportster
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1977
Other Motorcycle Model: Honda CBX 1000
Other Motorcycle Year: 1979
Reputation: 56618
ericfreeman is a splendid one to beholdericfreeman is a splendid one to beholdericfreeman is a splendid one to beholdericfreeman is a splendid one to beholdericfreeman is a splendid one to beholdericfreeman is a splendid one to beholdericfreeman is a splendid one to beholdericfreeman is a splendid one to beholdericfreeman is a splendid one to beholdericfreeman is a splendid one to beholdericfreeman is a splendid one to behold
Default

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.
__________________
1978 Anniversary Edition XLH. Wiseco 10:1 forged pistons, Andrews R5 cams, dual plugged heads with Super Port Flow, single fire ignition, Mikuni Solex 36 PHH carb, Jagg oil cooler, '73 gauges, kickstart, Barnett kevlar clutch, Progressive front springs, Hagon Nitro shocks, all-Andrews tranny. 1977 XLT, Mikuni Solex 36 PHH carb, tapered dual exhausts, Andrews Y cams, Progressive front springs, Hagon Nitro shocks.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 21st January 2020
cazz1000 cazz1000 is online now
Chief Harley Engineer
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 574
Sportster/Buell Model: xlx
Sportster/Buell Year: 1983
Reputation: 71850
cazz1000 has much to be proud ofcazz1000 has much to be proud ofcazz1000 has much to be proud ofcazz1000 has much to be proud ofcazz1000 has much to be proud ofcazz1000 has much to be proud ofcazz1000 has much to be proud ofcazz1000 has much to be proud ofcazz1000 has much to be proud ofcazz1000 has much to be proud ofcazz1000 has much to be proud of
Default

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,,,,
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 21st January 2020
duffy duffy is offline
Biker
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 50
Sportster/Buell Model: Anniversary 883 Hugger
Sportster/Buell Year: 2003
Sportster/Buell Model #2: 03' Sportster 883 Hugger
Reputation: 246767
duffy has a brilliant futureduffy has a brilliant futureduffy has a brilliant futureduffy has a brilliant futureduffy has a brilliant futureduffy has a brilliant futureduffy has a brilliant futureduffy has a brilliant futureduffy has a brilliant futureduffy has a brilliant futureduffy has a brilliant future
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 23rd January 2020
Glamazon Glamazon is offline
Custom Bike Builder
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Thornton, NW Lancs
Posts: 2,372
Sportster/Buell Model: xl883r sold
Sportster/Buell Year: 2014
Reputation: 4645472
Glamazon has a reputation beyond reputeGlamazon has a reputation beyond reputeGlamazon has a reputation beyond reputeGlamazon has a reputation beyond reputeGlamazon has a reputation beyond reputeGlamazon has a reputation beyond reputeGlamazon has a reputation beyond reputeGlamazon has a reputation beyond reputeGlamazon has a reputation beyond reputeGlamazon has a reputation beyond reputeGlamazon has a reputation beyond repute
Default

If the base is still good I'd have it recovered. Maybe some padding in a modern material would be a good idea
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 23rd January 2020
NLXL's Avatar
NLXL NLXL is online now
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: The Netherlands
Posts: 667
Sportster/Buell Model: XLH883DLX
Sportster/Buell Year: 1992
Reputation: 1277737
NLXL has a reputation beyond reputeNLXL has a reputation beyond reputeNLXL has a reputation beyond reputeNLXL has a reputation beyond reputeNLXL has a reputation beyond reputeNLXL has a reputation beyond reputeNLXL has a reputation beyond reputeNLXL has a reputation beyond reputeNLXL has a reputation beyond reputeNLXL has a reputation beyond reputeNLXL has a reputation beyond repute
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 23rd January 2020
doodah man's Avatar
doodah man doodah man is offline
Senior Master Custom Bike Builder
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: 37° 25' 28" N by -80° 03' 42" W
Posts: 10,648
Sportster/Buell Model: XLCH
Sportster/Buell Year: 1975
Reputation: 675860
doodah man has a reputation beyond reputedoodah man has a reputation beyond reputedoodah man has a reputation beyond reputedoodah man has a reputation beyond reputedoodah man has a reputation beyond reputedoodah man has a reputation beyond reputedoodah man has a reputation beyond reputedoodah man has a reputation beyond reputedoodah man has a reputation beyond reputedoodah man has a reputation beyond reputedoodah man has a reputation beyond repute
Default

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.
__________________
Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride, hot as a pistol but cool inside.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 23rd January 2020
Iron Mike Iron Mike is online now
Senior Chief Master Mechanic 2nd Class
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 1,539
Sportster/Buell Model: xlch
Sportster/Buell Year: 1964
Sportster/Buell Model #2: XLCH IR EFI
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1971
Other Motorcycle Model: BMW K1200RS
Other Motorcycle Year: 2001
Reputation: 565945
Iron Mike has a reputation beyond reputeIron Mike has a reputation beyond reputeIron Mike has a reputation beyond reputeIron Mike has a reputation beyond reputeIron Mike has a reputation beyond reputeIron Mike has a reputation beyond reputeIron Mike has a reputation beyond reputeIron Mike has a reputation beyond reputeIron Mike has a reputation beyond reputeIron Mike has a reputation beyond reputeIron Mike has a reputation beyond repute
Default

“ 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.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 24th January 2020
Kbetts's Avatar
Kbetts Kbetts is online now
Flat Track Racer
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: North Carolina USA
Posts: 247
Sportster/Buell Model: XL1200C
Sportster/Buell Year: 2011
Other Motorcycle Model: Kawasaki H1 Mach III
Other Motorcycle Year: 1969
Reputation: 832127
Kbetts has a reputation beyond reputeKbetts has a reputation beyond reputeKbetts has a reputation beyond reputeKbetts has a reputation beyond reputeKbetts has a reputation beyond reputeKbetts has a reputation beyond reputeKbetts has a reputation beyond reputeKbetts has a reputation beyond reputeKbetts has a reputation beyond reputeKbetts has a reputation beyond reputeKbetts has a reputation beyond repute
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 18:51.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
XL Forum® - Linson Media LLC