Ripping a motorcycle seat is easier than it sounds. Sometimes tears appear due to wear and tear of the material, in which case the constriction is not far off and the repair will only be a temporary solution. The top reasons why the integrity of the seat cover is violated are:
- Tears from material wear
- Tears when a motorcycle falls
- Breaks in accidents
- Tears by protruding objects
- Shoe tears when boarding a bike
– Well, he tore and tore, – someone will say.
The fact is that if the integrity of the cover is not restored, the gap will increase. And then the stages of destruction of the seat will follow:
- The gap widens, the cover tears further
- The hole is stuffed with dirt, dust, debris
- Seat material begins to protrude from the gap
- When it rains, the foam absorbs moisture through the gap.
- Condensation starts to form inside the seat
- The seat material deteriorates and rolls off due to moisture, and then rots and molds
At the end of the process, you can simply lose the seat, although there was a chance to get rid of a little blood.
What is useless to do when a motorcycle seat breaks?
Firstly, not paying attention to this is the first offense, the consequences of which have already been described above.
Secondly, seal the gap with ordinary glue or a compound that has no elasticity.
The fact is that the seat is constantly deformed. We sit on it, fidget on it, get up .. all this affects the tension of the cover. The material on the seats has an elasticity gap. The cover stretches, otherwise, it would burst like a balloon from overvoltage.
If you use ordinary glue-moment or super-duper glue, which is aimed at holding static objects, such as glueing a broken vase or a wooden shelf, then it will not hold any patch on the seat. Can you guess why? Such glue will crack over time or fall off rather quickly, because it is not designed for frequent deformation.
Thirdly, partly it is useless to sew up without moisture protection of the seam. All motorcycle seats are necessarily processed along the seam from the inside (I don’t know individuals who would be glued from the outside). This is done for the same reason that they scared you above. If water seeps through the seams and into the seat, the rotting process will begin and the mold farm will open up.
How to patch holes in a motorcycle seat?
If the “cut and sew” method is closer to you, and the gap is of modest size, then you should sew up with especially strong threads and very frequent stitches. The seam should still be processed so that moisture does not enter through it. Choose a moisture resistant glue or something close to that. But the sewing method has another obvious disadvantage: the stitches, when the surface is deformed, will begin to spoil the edges of the previous gap, especially since the holes made by the needles on their own are not as good as machine processing.
Patching is the most common way to fix a seat. The main mistake is that the patch is placed on top of the gap, where it does not always fulfill its purpose. It is most correct to first put the patch from the inside. To do this, take a piece of leatherette, which is larger in size than the gap. The material is inserted through the hole, straightened there, and glued to the cover.
Back to the glue issue. Shoe glue or professional leather glue is the best choice because it has an elastic gap that will tolerate deformation of the case surface. And then, it’s not for nothing that engineers have developed so many options for glue with certain characteristics.
The material for the patch is chosen from leatherette, for example, vinyl leatherette, polyester leather or bielastic. It is not recommended to take genuine leather for seat covers, because it is much more capricious. Its porous structure is too susceptible to the influence of the external environment.
After patching from the inside, an outer patch is glued, which is glued completely. In this way, the break point is doubled and the deformation of the cover will not affect the edges too much.
If the damage to the seat is too great, then the seat is usually handed over. Many people take furniture foam rubber, but it does not fit. Now is the time when it is easy to find on the market the foam rubber you need in terms of density for car and motorcycle seats. Therefore, if you plan to repair the seat yourself, it is wiser to look for high-density foam rubber.