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Motorcycle Seats 101: The "Bottom Line"

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Now that you have an idea of what’s involved in designing and building a motorcycle seat, you probably have a better appreciation of the importance of quality materials and workmanship in creating a new seat for your bike.

While the old adage “you get what you pay for” usually holds true, keep in mind that a motorcycle seat can range in price from under $100 for a used seat on eBay to more than $2,000 for a custom, alligator skin work of art.

Price tags are important to all shoppers but be careful when shopping prices in catalogs or websites that show one style of seat (while listing several different bike models) and state “priced from $$$.” This price may reflect the price for the least expensive seat model—not the seat for your particular bike.

Before purchasing a seat from any source, ask the following questions:

  • How much is shipping? Sales tax?
  • Is extra hardware needed for mounting?
  • What is the return policy?
  • Does riding on the seat affect the return policy?
  • Is there a re-stocking fee?
  • Is technical assistance available?
  • What is the warranty and who would handle it?

The bottom line is this: Take the time to explore what seats are available for your particular motorcycle make, model and year and then decide what seat is the best choice for you given the style, materials, features and level of comfort you are looking for.

Talk to your local dealer and other riders, search “motorcycle seats” online and review websites, read entries in chat rooms and in magazines — and then think again about what you want from a seat.

If you are like most motorcyclists, you ride because it’s fun. Your seat should enhance both the look of your bike and the feel of your ride. Enjoy!

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