repairing a motorcycle seat

The seat of my 1976 motorcycle has a tear that I would like to patch. I am thinking that if there is such a thing as black vinyl with adhesive backing, it would be a good way to fix it. Does anybody have experience with such a repair? Where would I find that material?
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If you go online, you could get a cover for your current seat. I had the skin go on my seat and a replacement cover was about $100.00 from a company that made seat covers for most makes of bikes.
You could try to patch it yourself, with a patch kit. But chances are it won't hold. Try your local bike shop, too, and speak with a parts person and see if they have a cheaper solution to your problem.
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Almost impossible to repair so it would hold. When you sit on it, will tear again.
You can get it re-covered for $50-100, depending on complexity of the seat. It will last 10 years or longer, if you keep it in a shade, or cover with a towel, when not in a shade.
Rich
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Check your local parts house, I was able to get an aftermarket seat cover for my 84 Shadow 750 and installed it myself over the original factory cover.Came complete with the embossed diamond pattern and piping like the original.
Dave
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RichK wrote:

Thanks! The seat is very simple--no step, no "ribs" sewn in. I can buy one on ebay for $50 shipped, but given your hint, I just called a local shop and he says it might cost $30-$40. Another shop said the worst case price was $75.
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If they are close to you, look at the material they use. Pick the heavier, or nicer one. Those are good prices. I paid $75 many years ago with very good cover material.
Rich
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wrote:

It won't stay fixed, and sooner or later you'll end up with adhesive on your pants.
Two options:
1) Take the seat to an auto upholstry shop and have it re-covered
2) Go to the dealer and buy a complete new seat. It will probably have to be ordered, unless you have a model that often gets the stock seat replaced with a custom seat. Many "touring bikes like Honda Goldwings are very often given a custom seat that is more comfortable, in which case they may have a lightly used stock seat that was a "take-off" laying around for cheap.
rusty redcloud
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See http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/Product/tf-Browse/s-10101/Pr-p_Product.CATENTRY_ID:2000720/showCustom-0/p-2000720/N-111+600001154+10201/c-10101

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