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Rick9000
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PostSubject: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:20 am

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>Hi, anyone ever used a sheepskin seat cover to improve comfort. Found this which seems to get very good reviews.
I like Mr Intruders very inexpensive mod but don't have a staple gun and the cost of the the cover is probably less than the type of gun required. Also I can't think of anything else I would personally use it for so it would be a one job tool. I am also not to confident in putting the seat back together after words. Pulling it apart as always would be no problem.
Any comments would be appreciated ( I fully accept to receive adult innuendo and other humour   
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:39 am

I've never had one, people say they're good for improving comfort over long distances though, these two foreign guys we spotted on the motorway seem to like them, some good prices on eBay too! I might get one? 

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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:00 am

These two look two look as they are moving house ! You can also get the covers from 
www.sheepskinseats.net  which gives a lot of info and prices.
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sat Jul 26, 2014 1:19 pm

Apparently some of the lads over here in Yorkshire use live ones but the RSPCA frown on it !!
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:28 pm

Sorry to be a pain in the arse, so to speak (the exact opposite of the intended effect of sheepskin) but what happens when it rains ?
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:39 pm

The sellers say ewe just need to shake it and most of the water will come off. Failing that leave it to dry naturally.  The sheep I have seen wearing them appear to keep quite dry.
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:47 pm

That actually looks rather good & I have no doubt it will be nice and comfy. I may even invest in that little add on for occasional distance use.  oyili
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:31 pm

Built myself an AJS Ratbike back in"82" and made a sheepskin seat, yes it was very comfy and dried very quickly, I suppose it should have been called a sheep bike, the first rally I rode it to was on the Msumbles and won a prize, obviously went down well with the Welsh organisers,  
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:06 pm

went down well with the welsh organisers  hbb     
no offence meant 
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:27 am

Rick9000 wrote:
These two look two look as they are moving house ! You can also get the covers from 
www.sheepskinseats.net  which gives a lot of info and prices.

They look well comfy, a great add on to a stock seat for sure, what size did you buy?
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:41 am

Rick9000 wrote:
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Holly Willoughbooby just called - she wants her bush back ....... Ooooosh !
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:14 am

Captain crash I have ordered the medium cruiser size and will let you know how it fits and how much of an improvement it is.
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:26 pm

No offence taken, but I wondered why the seat was a bit sticky when getting on to ride home  hyst
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:51 pm

Goats  skin seems to be the new riding buddy for 2014? 

   
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:07 pm

Ooooh - looks comfy, wonder how much Tony Archer would charge to "goat up" yer seat for ya ?  lol!
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:12 am

This seat would go down well in our local town of Ramsbottom !      hyst   
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:21 pm

Rick9000 wrote:
Captain crash I have ordered the medium cruiser size and will let you know how it fits and how much of an improvement it is.
Did the medium fit afterwards and was there any improvement? I wouldn't mind getting one if there is.
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:31 pm

I got the medium and it fits great, not too big that it overlaps at the sides ( I prefer the Brazilian look ) I find it is a massive improvement over the stock seat when travelling a greater distance. On shorter runs I can easily take it off. I would definitely recommend it if you can put up with the look and endless jokes 
 ilis
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:33 pm

Hi Ricky,

Interesting to read you article & positive feedback after purchase.

How is the sheepskin fastened onto the existing seat .... some form of straps/Velcro ?
Only asking as it sounds like it can be readily added or removed from the bike (As required).

Certainly sounds interesting - I wonder how the 'comfort' enhancement compares with say the 'Airhawk' type seat pads (Which other riders have recommended to me in the past - but I have not tried yet)..... but at least sheepskin will not deflate !!!! (Trying to say that without the usual inuendos taking over). I am a little sceptical about 'blow up' pads. 

Anyone out there got experience of 'Airhawk' seat pads ? ... any comments - or are they just a bag of hot air ?  
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:29 am

Hi, Yes it attaches using elastic / Velcro straps and has an integrated grip pad to stop it moving on the seat. If you log onto wwww.sheepskinseats.net it gives your more information including measurements for the medium and large cover. Hope this helps in making up your mind.
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:16 pm

Baaaaaaaaaaa gum that looks good      
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:07 pm

Cheers for the link Ricky.
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:28 pm

Be careful Rick especially when making a 'ewe' turn    hyst  hyst
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:20 pm

:fpost:  hyst
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:22 pm

Yes ... I couldn't make a Eve turn .... but I made it's eyes water !!!! lol!    hyst   

       hbb 

Thanks for the links Ricky - it on the consideration list .... with some other ideas for this wonderful forum !  
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:59 pm

On that last link (wwww.sheepskinseats.net)  I am getting link dont exist????
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:33 pm

captain crash wrote:
On that last link (wwww.sheepskinseats.net)  I am getting link dont exist????

There's Four WWWW's instead of Three, that's why  
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:50 pm

That just confirms I'm dyslexic. Your right Sim should be http://www.sheepskinseats.net/
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:33 pm

I had two sheepskin seat covers made for my VZ800.

The covers are made to measure from manufactures measurements. So each cover is a perfect fit for the seat. I have a HD Fatboy pillion seat and it too is the perfect fit (not in pic below).

This guy has a huge range of seat templates for most machines. IF he hasn't got, he will get. The quality is exceptional. Attachment is via elastic or clips. Very robust.

I've visited his shop/factory and he's a top bloke. 

goodwool.com.au

He also ships OS.

This pic was take 24/8/14 and the cover is three years old and the bike is ridden multiple times a week and the cover still looks new.

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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:58 pm

lgd Lindsay, plus like the made to fit bike comment for the site you provided.
I think it might go on the wish list.
 Yam

Just tried to access the website, but got an error .... got in via a different site

berry.org.au/good-wool-store

This gave the following contact details :-

Contact

Andrew Killen
49 Queen Street (Princes Highway)
Berry NSW 2535
Phone: 0417 301712
E Mail: andrew@goodwool.com.au
Web: www.goodwool.com.au

FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/goodwoolstore

With this pic as an example of their work

http://berry.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Good-Wool-Store-2.jpg

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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:12 am

Because I'm under seven days old on the site I cannot post external links.

It is www dot goodwool dot com dot au as Yam has mentioned above.

Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:36 am

Hi Lindsay and welcome to the site. That cover looks a lot better than the one I found at the start of this topic.. Seems a bargain at around 40 pounds sterling. I will email later to find a shipping costs. 
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:48 am

Hi Ricky,
I've already sent an enquiry relating to a VX seat cover - will post the response.
Cheers  Yam
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:19 am

Rick9000 wrote:
Hi Lindsay and welcome to the site. That cover looks a lot better than the one I found at the start of this topic.. Seems a bargain at around 40 pounds sterling. I will email later to find a shipping costs. 
:cmate:
Look forward to the response.
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:10 am

The reply from Andrew regarding a cover for my VX was :-

Hi Yam

Nice to hear from you.

I believe we have a pattern, it is our code MB322DS

If you could send me a photo to confirm that would be fantastic.

The seat cover is Au$190. Air mail post aprox Au$60.

Regards

Andrew Killen

Good Wool Store Pty Limited

02 4464 2081

andrew@goodwool.com.au

I've just worked out what that means in UK pounds .... £106.55 for the cover & £33.65 for shipping. (Plus possible Customs charges)
So possibly not as cheap (or sheep) as other offerings - but the quality sounds good.
Bear in mind this is a tailored product for a dual seat.
At that price (with shipping charge)it is not far off the cost of a seat rebuild.

I have sent a sample picture back to confirm the 'VX' seat details.

How's that compare with rival products ?
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:32 am

It's a pity the company is so far away. The combined costs means it's not really a viable option for me anyway. The good lady would do too much bleating about it.
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:26 pm

Hey Ricky ..... would she not stump up half the cost of the cover ?

 .... as you would be shearing the seat !  hyst


Yes - its a pity the shipping charge pushes the cost up - as does the risk of having to pay customs charges .... not sure what the customs rules are for stuff from Australia.

Will have to think ... & pray  on this one !

Cheers  Yam
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:50 pm

  Just a thought? would it be difficult to make a sheepskin seat cover? does it need to be a specific type of sheep? I work for a Farming type family who usually take on 20 to 25 orphaned Lambs per year to bring on by bottle till they can fend for themselves and bulking up before 'The End' I'm sure the furry bits come into the price of the sale at Market but hey! Farmers are always willing to negotiate for a few quid surely? I'll make enquiries tomoz? Pigs,Cow's,Goose and Turkeys too if you fancy something different?
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:08 am

Specific type of Sheep? Yes, ....dead,

I understand the american alligator seats are a bit of alright, but after a while have a tend to bite!
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:47 am

Hi Sim,
A few year ago I had the pleasure of visiting abattoirs as part of my work, and I was surprised to find that the cattle hides are worth at least as much as the 'meat' from each beast and they were very carefully de-skinned ..... cows look very big when dangling downwards from their hind legs, & the workers doing this were very skilled at their trade (would not like to fall out with them !!!!!).They had a pneumatic/hydraulic rise & fall platform to work from as well .... amazing watching them work !

Anyway I digress ... but my point being that animal hides have a value & as such the farmer/abattoir/distributor will be well aware of that. Couple it with the treatment needed to get the hide fit to use, then the skill of pattern making & sewing it up & I think it is a job best done by those 'in the trade'. If you want a decent finished item, then you have to pay a decent price.
The unit price seems reasonable to me (especially when you consider the price of a reasonable pair of shoes) .... it is just the shipping cost that seems high at over £30

I indicated to Andrew that another member may be making enquiries & he was kind of suggesting that we could possibly save on shipping by having both orders packed  in one parcel. I suppose that opens things up to would there be anyone else interested (at this moment in time) in a sheepskin cover from this supplier ?

 Yam
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:29 pm

www.sheepskinshop.co.uk

Here is another link in Wales.
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:00 pm

Cheers Alfie .... that is a more competitively priced alternative 

I've sent them an enquiry to see if they have templates for the VX800 seat.
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:57 am

The response .... at an impressive 6:46 this morning was :-

Good Morning
I regret that I do not have this pattern
I am not sure how practical it would be for you but if you were ever passing our premises we could make a cover while you waited – you would need to let us know if and when you were coming so we could ensure that we keep the time clear to deal exclusively with you
Regards
Charles Afford
http://www.easirider.com & http://www.sheepskinshop.co.uk
Unit G1 Nene Centre Freehold Street Northampton NN2 6EF
+ 44 (0) 1604 714103


Which to me looks like pretty good service .... possibly a little off my beaten track - but a worthy option if I'm going to go down that route. I am tempted on a custom seat by Tony wattsitt ay Huddersfield .... & am currently debating these options.

The option to make up a seat cover 'whilst you wait' may be of interest to members with 'custom' or 'special' seats. BUT if you wanted to go down that route it would only be fair (& courteous) to contact the factory first to make an agreed arrangement for this.
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:45 am

Tony Archer does very good work, we had our seats done by him & they're brilliant but as he says 'I aint a frigging mind reader' so you'll need to know what you want before you go. 
I took pictures of my seats & he used them as a guide to do exactly what I wanted & only took him 2 days as we dropped them off on a monday & picked them up on our way back on thursday!  wagg
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:25 pm

So, what time are we meeting up tomorrow then guys ?
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:04 pm

Well, Ewe wouldn't believe what turned up Yesterday? My n'ewe Sheepskin seat thingymebob, Not a full cover jobby, just a removable cover to swap between bikes, Tested it out today and it's not bad at all  Very Happy

The Underside with a Elasticated Velcro strap which I didn't bother with, I just threw it on and it didn't move due to the none slip tape stuff.


Got it off eBay for £40 large cruiser style apparently 
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Black-Genuine-Sheepskin-Motorcycle-seat-cover-for-cruiser-tourer-large-/291033276855?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item43c2ef61b7
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:48 pm

When ewe say ewe tested it out 
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:52 pm

fat intruder wrote:
When ewe say ewe tested it out?
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:58 pm

is it comfy  on your dogsb ? is the elasticated strap so you can wear it over your helmet like a hat if so can we see photo think I might be interested in one of these as it has soooo many uses
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PostSubject: Re: SHEEPSKIN SEAT COVER   Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:16 pm

Looks ace   I notice how your Profiler seat is more comfy for the rider and so is your standard setup, seems a bit unfair to the good lady who you say is nearly always on the back. If you lot keep going for these sheep skin jobbies, when you lot go out for a ride together, you will need a Shepard
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