Like many in the late 60's, we discovered dirt bikes [actually mini bikes]. Started off with Briggs & Stratton - engined hardtail minis, moved 'up' into Honda Mini Trails, through many SL, TM , TS , XL , DT, YZ,KX,Bighorn 350,yadda yadda. I'll NEVER forget the first ride on a well-sorted TM400 race bike...at 13! Rode numerous Triumph twins & triples, a gaggle of Harley Knuckle, Pan, and Shovelhead choppers/bobbers, an Atlas or 2, Triumph 500 Daytona , even a couple of Tridents . I was immediately aware I'd found a passion for motorcycles of all types , and [most] of the people that ride and race 'em. Survived a life time of mx-enduro-hillclimbing, street racing an H2 750, various Sportsters & CB's, a BSA chopper , XS650, GPz 's, Secas, zxr750 ,Ducati Super Sports, BSA twins, and many more.
In 1982 [through a long series of events] I learned to sew among many things, including forming foam using turkey carving knives & grinders. Over time I saw no reason not to dabble in the occassional seat recover job. Repairing motorcyle seat covers was a natural past-time for me. I owned many,many, bikes of all types and in fact-kept 2,3, or more at home frequently. My friends and acquaintances also had motorcycles so naturally I worked on these periodically also. More and more, I was faced with requests for modifying many of these seats. It seemed some people could NOT buy what they needed, nor knew of anyone who could fashion it for them. In the 1990's I became heavily involved with the vintage motorcycle world. Participation in the Chicago Norton Owners Club [CNOC] events and eventually becoming the club's president in 2001. Restoring ,riding, & showing my 1974 Norton 850 Commando [the black one, above @2009 Chicago IMS and below-left] - even road racing a purpose-built Norton 750 twin [#776 chrome yellow] in AHRMA for a number of years. This opened up another chapter for me.
Here we are, 31 years later. I imagine I've worked on just about any and every kind of motorcycle seat in existence. Over the years I realized that there seemed to be nobody else in my vicinity doing these very personal repad, recontouring jobs and have developed this into a specialty. I believe a lifetime of experience riding all types of motorcycles, in all types of conditions , has given me an unparallelled amount of insight in the area of hand-crafted seats. Three + decades of experience working in automotive trim related industries has allowed me to gain wide knowledge of various materials, their properties, and even their best applications. I am confident any problem can be solved with thought and planning. 123
That's me #776 leading this pack @ Grattan!