B&H Motorcycle Seat Cover Replacement

The Goal

The instructions that come with your new B&H Seat Cover are very good.

Motorcycle Seat Covers by B & H Specialties

These photos will supplement those instructions. The first step was to remove the old cover. I used a screw driver and pliers. (Both on my Gerber multi-tool) Be careful to keep the old staples corralled and ready to toss in the trash. A magnet in a cup is a good way to keep them in there place. I found that the hand operated stapler lacked the “oomph” to push every staple home. I made a pad of the old cover and placed the seat on edge and used a hammer with light blows to seat the staple. Don’t over do it or you can ruin a great seat cover in short order here.

 I stapled as high on the seat as possible. Even though I was using ¼” staples … the staple still stick through the plastic seat and near the edges of the seat there is not much foam to cover the staple ends. I chose Monel staples and they are corrosion resistant. The original staples from 1982 (23 years old at the time of replacement) were well rusted and weak and ready to give up the ghost. I think the pictures are pretty self explanatory and there are in order form start to finish. Even stopping to take pictures the whole process took less than an hour. Enjoy your new B&H Seat Cover.

The seat is from a 1982 Suzuki GN250.

Handmade Seat Cover on top of the Original Cover.

There is a 6” x 6” “T” shaped tear under that glossy black duct tape. The maroon cover had been spray painted black. It was attached by drilling holes through the cover and the foam and seat and it was laced on with plastic lacing used in leather work. It was OK for a junker bike that was riding the wood, rocks and pastures. Enter B&H Motorcycle Seat Covers to the rescue.




Foam Pad and Seat Form



New Seat Cover


New Cover Fitted and Centered, Ready to Staple




Use of a Rubber “Bungee” Cord to Hold the Cover Down Over the Step

The second task was to get the step to be tight. I chose to use a rubber tie down cord to hold the seat cover down over the step. This held the cover in place as I took up the “slack” as I worked the wrinkles out of the cover over the step. The instructions said you could use a contact cement to hold the cover down over the step, I tried this and found that it was too unforgiving and this method allowed for small adjustments and you go. If you glue the cover down, you only have a few minutes or less to smooth out the cover. The stretch cord give you lots of time to work the material.


Stretch and Staple the Middle Front, Back and Sides First.



Front and Back after Middles are Stapled.


Finished Staples … all Hammered in Place


Finished Seat Cover Replacement






BEFORE - Original Handmade Seat Cover




Stapler and Monel Staples


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