Inspired by the Honda Goldwing: A custom-made seat for my Ather 450
I own a 2022 Ather 450+ and one of the biggest gripes I had with it was that the seat is pretty terrible in terms of back support.
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I own a 2022 Ather 450+ and one of the biggest gripes I had with it was that the seat is pretty terrible in terms of back support. Well, at least for me it was. I can’t blame the company though as this is the same woth most manufacturers. Anyway, I decided to finally get the seat redone. I went to this store called Rao Seat Covers (in Bangalore, got to know about it from this video.
I’ll drop the address below. The inspiration for the seat was the old Honda Goldwing. A slightly scooped out seat with some amount of back support. I obviously wouldn’t be able to completely replicate that on the Ather but I figured we could try to do the same to best of our ability.
Ather’s Original Seat
The slight curvature in the front was putting a lot of pressure on my back and was resulting in really bad back pain.
The original seat foam, although of very good quality, wasn’t very thick
The salespeople are very patient and keep asking for suggestions throughout the modification process. They custom shape the seat and add or remove foam based on your requirements.
Once the design is final, they ask you if you’d like to wrap it with foam (yellow) or with gel. Gel is much more expensive however. I opted for foam as it was fairly soft.
After this, you have a variety of custom made covers, fabrics and stitching to choose from. I went for this cross stitched pattern . Overall quality is excellent. The full process took around 2 hours and cost me Rs 2500. Although not perfect, the seat comfort has drastically improved over the stock seat due to the thicker foam. Definitely would recommend.
Rao seat covers in Bangalore.
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