(1.)Starting with fiberglass fabric, C&C; starts off with a flat layout to begin forming one of their seat pans.
(2.)Laying the fiberglass fabric over the buck, more resin and fabric is added until the correct amount is applied.
(3.)The excess fiberglass is trimmed off while the resin is still pliable.
(4.)A final smothering of resin is added to smooth out the top surface of the seat as well as to aid in rigidity.
(5.)Now the seat is sent off into the drying area. The usual setup time is anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.
(6.)The liquid foam is custom-mixed for the desired density and measured by weight to make enough for the given seat size.
(7.)The liquid foam is now poured into a mold and allowed to expand and cure. This step only takes a few minutes.
(8.)Once it has fully cured, the foam is extracted from the two-piece mold.
(9.)Here is a shot of the extracted foam with C&C;'s custom gel insert incorporated into it.
(10.)The foam padding is now trimmed to factory specifications.
(11.)At this point the cover is now cut out and custom-stitched to the customer's desired pattern.
(12.)A thin piece of foam is used as a backing for the cover and is spray-glued in place.
(13.)The seat top is carefully rolled onto the backing as to not incur any wrinkles between the layers.
(14.)Here's a shot of the foam installed onto the pan with the cover turned inside out and ready to be installed.
(15.)Spray glue is now applied onto the top of the padding, and the cover is stretched over the foam and seat pan.
(16.)The seat is now riveted to the pan, while much care is taken to properly stretch the cover material to eliminate any wrinkles.
(17.)Here is a shot of the complete hand-built saddle all ready to ship out and be bolted onto its new owner's bike.
Who in the hell are Chuck and Chuy, you say? They are the C and C in C&C; Seats, and they could just be building the best thing you could have between your butt and your bagger.
We were invited up to C&C; to see the operation and follow along as they a built a seat from the ground up. When we arrived at their factory, we were very impressed at how every aspect of the seats is made in-house. From the hand-laid fiberglass seat pans to the manually mixed and poured seat foam to the hand-stitched leather and vinyl, it's all done under one roof. Though they mainly build seats for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, they build seats for all the metric bikes as well, and there are many different types of off-the-shelf standard seats available from C&C;, but for only a few dollars more, you can pick from hundreds of cover materials in all the colors of the rainbow with a myriad of stitching patterns to match your bike. Though all the seats that come from C&C; are handmade custom jobs, don't think that these beauties take forever to get. Most seats are at your door and on your bike in less than 10 days from the date of order. What are you waiting for? Give Chuck and Chuy a call, and dress up that dresser of yours!