Tim Monroe of Anaheim, California had a Suzuki Bandit 1200 that was basically a good bike, but it was old and not really worth selling, so Tim decided to breath some new life into it with some customization.
Being a fan of the streetfighter movement, he went that route, replacing the headlights with a small unit from Europe, adding a custom shorty exhaust and abbreviating the tail section for a solo-only ride. The paint went a bit retro, with everything coated in flat black except for the wheels, which were powder coated red.
Tim came to Saddlemen for his new custom seat, since he had shortened the stock seat base by about eight inches and needed something cool to matched the bike’s theme. The result: this SaddleGel-equipped beauty with pinstriping inspired by Von Dutch.
As this patriotic themed touring seat proves, not all custom projects involve exotic animal hide inserts, flame stitch patterns, iron cross designs or conchos-and-fringe. This special project seat from several years ago took advantage of the smooth, wide contours of our Road Sofa seat to pay tribute to “Old Glory”.
These photos also show many of the special features of our Road Sofa design:
- Tall lumbar support and wide driver saddle for excellent support
- Our removable driver’s backrest, adjustable in both vertical and horizontal position
- Adjustable air bladders in both the driver’s backrest and lumbar support
- Split-cushion design, separating lumbar support and seat cushion for independent compression, reducing tailbone and hipbone pressure
- Our exclusive “ergo channel” along the center of the driver’s seating surface, to reduce pressure
- The streamlined nose to improve the rider’s reach to the ground
Steve Kai from Hawaii wanted to build something unique and special, and since Steve’s son Garrett works for American Suzuki, Steve started out with a brand-new Suzuki M109R, the baddest power cruiser out there. The M109R is a big, fast, mean bike that begs to be ridden hard, and it would have been a shame to take away any of that rideability. The list of modifications was extensive, but since this bike is a rider and not a trailer queen, Steve wanted a seat that not only reflected his bike’s new style, but was also comfortable to ride on.
The Saddlemen Solo you see here was built on Steve’s custom steel seat pan, which was hammered out to fit between the wider rear fender and the stretched gas tank. SaddleGel inside the seat, plus Saddlemen’s proprietary Black Magic foam, provide maximum comfort while the deep sculpted Tattoo flames, leather cover and custom contours offer the looks that will surely garner Steve some trophies in the coming months. If he can stop riding it long enough to show it.
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Kenny from Signal Hill Cycle Works stopped by to show us his newly completed custom, a rubber-mount, Daytec framed non-bagger. We call it a non-bagger because while there are no provisions for hard bags, it has a dual-shock rear setup and a rubber mounted engine, so it’s definitely comfortable and has a bagger feel while riding it.
Kenny came to Saddlemen for his custom seat, a SaddleGel-equipped Solo with custom, color matching leather laces. If you have a custom seat project and want a comfortable, good looking seat to match your bike, contact a Saddlemen rep at 800-397-7709. We can offer you exotic hides like alligator and ostrich, custom embroidery options, a variety of flame choices, etc., limited only by your imagination!