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BIKERNET SEAT TECH: With El Waggs and Saddlemen, Part 1


Is that a tight fit or what.
Is that a tight fit or what.I’ve known Jim Waggaman of Air Stream Studios for maybe 30 years. He helped me with my ’92 Dyna custom with Mike Maldonado, and I rode it to Sturgis in ’94. Hell, I rode it 400 miles in the rain with Dr. Hamster to the Billet Bar in Phoenix, from Los Angeles, for a drink. By the time we arrived we needed two and a hot shower.Jim helped us with a last minute fairing in 2007 for the World’s Fastest Panhead, which set a record in Bonneville with a top speed of 162 mph. The fairing was built around an Arlen Ness custom fairing with a beanie helmet stuffed into the headlight hole for high tech aerodynamics.

When he sent me the initial shots of taping the seat and asked about a seat tech, I was all over it. Fiberglass and composite material pans are a pain in the ass to build, but nothing fits like a fiberglass seat pan. Nothing contours your bike as tight and right as a fiberglass handled properly. It basically uses you’re your bike pieces as the mold. In most cases you don’t need any fasteners to hold your seat in place. It’s fits like a glove. Let’s get started with Jim’s notes:

Initial taping is designed to create the ‘mold’ of the actual final shape and fit of the seat and create any barrier between the glass and the bike components.

Read the rest of the tech article here.