Vintage Scrambler Build, Part 2

...let's see, where did I leave off from Part 1...

After getting the 1974 Honda CL200 halfway finished by adding custom exhaust, custom handlebars, custom lights and custom tires, I discovered that the engine needed to be rebuilt. So I did that- read about it here

  rebuilt motorcycle engine honda cl200 cb200 cafe racer rebuild overhaul

Next up: new seat. I decided to reuse the stock seat pan because it wasn't too rusted and it would also allow me to keep the seat hinging/locking mechanism. I wasn't looking for a dramatic transformation in the seat, just a slightly lower profile shape and wrapped with a nicer cover. So I began by taking apart the seat foam and seat pan from the vinyl cover, and placing it back on the bike that would act both as a table and a reference point. I put a tarp between the seat and bike to keep foam bits from getting into places they shouldn't.

custom motorcycle seat fabrication foam molding

Then I simply used some tools to shape the foam. First I used a long serated knife, like a bread knife, to get a rough cut. Then I used wood rasp to refine it to the final shape I wanted. In hind sight, a cheese greated would have worked perfectly too. 

custom motorcycle seat fabrication foam molding and shaping on a vintage cafe racer scrambler bratstyle

Then it was a simple matter of finding someone to fabricate the vinyl wrap and put it on there. I took it to The Interior Shop in KC which specializes in interior upholstry on classic and lowrider cars. 

custom seat on a vintage honda cafe racer scrambler bratstyle motorcycle

And now the only thing left to do was... take some GLAMOUR SHOTS!

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At the time of writting this, the bike has been nominated for Bike Of The Month at http://www.dotheton.com and voting has began. Wish me luck!