There are quite a few options when it comes to seat pan selections and style.
The most popular Cafe Racer look is achieved by finding the perfect seat pan.
Not only does your seat pan have to look good, but it also needs to be lightweight.
You can acquire a seat pan by buying stock, by having it custom-made or by doing this yourself.
The benefit of doing the seat pan yourself is that it ensures you get the perfect fit each time.
After all, with a Cafe Racer as attractive as yours, everything needs to be perfect, right?
A lightweight seat pan is essential. The reason is that when you go on occasional or frequent long trips on the road, you don’t want your seat pan to add too much extra weight to the bike.
Using Fiberglass is a great option for Cafe Racer seat pans. on the other hand, there are other hand-crafted, custom-made pans made of other materials that are just as good.
Most folks fall into the trap of purchasing a Cafe Racer seat that needs to be modified to the mounting points and the frame. Having to modify your Cafe Racer may yield poor results.
Instead, find one that fits perfectly or make one yourself. This way, you can rest assured that your Cafe Racer seat pan is going to be stable, secure and comfortable on the road even if you drive for hours.
Stock Cafe Racer Seat Pans
Thinking of buying stock Cafe Racer seat pans?
You are not alone. There are many benefits to buying stock Cafe Racer seats.
Most stock seat pans are covered in vinyl that has been molded onto a metal or fiberglass pan.
This prevents water from being able to seep inside.
The only problem is that at times, stock seat pans don’t give you a perfect fit when it comes to the contours.
A good Cafe Racer stock seat pan should be well-constructed, stitched properly, preferably hand-stitched and prevents water from penetrating through.
It should also be sturdy enough for long rides and weather-proof.
Finding stock Cafe Racer seat pans will enable you to have this installed quickly.
In other words, it will save you time if you want a seat pan immediately.
Generally, most people who order a stock seat pan are those that want something above the standard style, to make their bike stand out among the crowd and to express individuality.
Also, a seat pan is perfect for a more comfortable ride for both one or two riders.
Remember that if you don’t have a lot of experience as a mechanic, it is better to either have your seat pan custom-made or buy stock seats. you can perhaps modify the stock seats later on.
Make alterations after the warranty period is over.
You can experiment and see what’s out there for what’s available when it comes to how to modify your stock seat pans.
Remember that when you buy stock seat pans, these have to comply with the safety laws and regulations of where you live. Safety standards are paramount when it comes to motorcycle parts.
No matter how experienced you are on the road, your bike will only take you as far as its most vulnerable machine part.
Modifications including installing a stock seat pan will enhance your bike performance.
Especially when you ride in pairs and when you take long trips.
The lighter your stock seat pan is, the longer your gasoline will be able to take you.
Custom-Made Seat Pan
Custom-made seat pans are designed to mount the motorcycle using the same brackets or mounting holes as the stock seat.
Many seats are built on plastic seat pans which are just not as sturdy as other types of materials.
Stronger materials give you a higher-quality seat pan, including powder-coating steel or gel-coated marine-grade fiberglass.
Seats are constructed on a double seat pan or a single seat pan.
The passenger portion is attached for riding in pairs.
For a seat pan to be comfortable, it needs to be resilient enough to stand up to the punishments of long-distance riding.
Many custom-made seat pan manufacturers use their own proprietary formula to control the resilience and durability of the seat pan.
Custom-made seat pans need to be made by a manufacturer who is familiar with Cafe Racer bikes. Make sure you order from a seat pan maker that abides with all the health and safety standards of seat pan safety in your area.
DIY Cafe Racer Seat Pan
The benefits of creating your own do-it-yourself seat pan are tremendous.
When you are able to create a DIY Cafe Racer seat pan, it is almost guaranteed that your seat pan will fit perfectly.
It takes only a few steps to achieve this and you can control how sturdy your seat pan turns out to be.
To build your own Cafe Racer Seat Pan, first, take the right measurements of your Cafe Racer.
The objective is to create a drawing with accurately drawn out dimensions.
This will produce the most optimal seat pan.
While taking the measurements of your Cafe Racer, think about how you plan to mount the seat.
Do you plan to weld the seat? Will the frame need cutting?
Measure the distance from the center point of the shock tower mount to the end of the tank.
Figure out where you want your seat pan to end. Give allowance for tire clearance.
Optimally, the seat ought to end somewhere between the rotor and the axle.
Measure the distance from the seat end to the shock tower bolt center.
If you have a monoshock or hardtail, find a point where the seat pan can begin to rise.
Each measurement should be taken from the frame’s outside area.
When you measure the width where the frame ends past the shock tower, remember that this area is crowded with batteries, wires, and lights.
Measure the tallest point on the tank of gas without the cap.
Around sixty percent of the tank height is a good place for the bump height. This gives your Cafe Racer a nice line.
Take all your measurements accurately into a diagram. The more accurate your diagram is on paper, the more accurate your actual seat pan turns out.
The last thing you want to happen is to have to rebuild a seat you just built.
Take more measurements and create more drawings if you are in doubt. once you feel that your diagram is as accurate as possible,
Some seat pans are easier to construct from sheet metal. However, many use fiberglass for its lightweight quality.
The first thing to do is to lay down your base.
Use cut out cardboard to create your dimensions.
Cut this out to show the shape you plan to create.
For those making seat pans to sit on top of the frame rail, cut out your shape and fiberglass it on the bench.
For seat pans that hide frame rails, you can do it on the bike.
Lay down some sheet metal on the area and tape this in place. Cover the frame rails, tank and tail.
Tape this area thoroughly. Leave enough room for the upholstery.
Use taped cardboard along the frame rail and over the fuel tank bolt.
Once you have taped down the area, spread a thin beeswax layer.
Punch the holes for the fixing tabs. Next, prepare the fiberglass.
Cut out the matting and cover any area where resin could drip if you plan to finish the seat pan right on your motorbike.
Five layers of matting should do the trick with your fixing screws and support bracket put in halfway through.
Depending on your climate, mix up your resin with the catalyst.
Buy a fiberglass kit from a supplier and ask them for the best ratio. Get 2 layers done per mix.
Set that and then move to the next. Each mix lasts thirty minutes before beginning to harden and lump.
Before laying the matt down, brush on some resin for the first layer.
Work from the top downwards and with your brush, soak the mat into resin before laying it down.
Remove all the air bubbles. As the resin begins to set, it will get a sticker.
Start a new layer only after the previous layer has hardened.
Cure the fiberglass for three hours. Remove your seat pan from the bike.
Remove all the tape and cardboard you had used. Trim all the rougher edges away.
Use sandpaper to smoothen all the edges. After you do this, you will see that the seat pan will fit perfectly on your Cafe Racer.
It will march your frame angle and fit with the style of the tank.
Shape your seat and cut some foam. Use contact adhesive to glue your rasp file.
This gives you a perfect Cafe Racer seat pan, tailor-made just for you.
DIY is highly recommended if you want your seat pan to fit the contour of your Cafe Racer PERFECTLY.