When setting out to do something completely different you must sometimes take the road less traveled. In the case of the Tmax the equivalent was that of walking on Mars. There was nothing easy about this project. No guidelines, no magazines, nor pages of internet content to help guide crucial design decisions. There was no one to call on the I phone or be inspired by. There really was nothing but our own thoughts and inspirations. From Surf scooter to boy racer and back again the pendulum swung. In the end the racer fought its way to the front of our consciousness to overcome the awkward and strange flow of the naked machine. The finished product appeals to the rider in us.
After enjoying the challenge of building a Hyper Modified Vmax against Ludovic Lazareth and Marcus Walz we decided to give it another shot....this time with the TMAX! Watch our vid below and let us know what you think.
This Bike of The Month is probably a bit different from the bikes you see all the time. The build that RSD did was very cool and we were stoked to be apart of it. The custom seat we built is a hand crafted two piece set up that follows the sleek and modern lines that RSD designed for this Yamaha. The seat features a pleated pattern that was all hand sewn and a cognac brown leather chosen by RSD.
From Roland Sands Designs - to see more check out the RSD Blog
For more information on the entire project, please visit Yamaha TMAX Hyper Modified.
This month's bike feature is unique, special, and something that will make you realize how awesome our "Biker Family" truly is. Read below to have a little insight on someone who makes our world a better place!
When I first lost my arm and leg to an IED blast while serving in the Marine Corps, I figured riding a motorcycle was never going to happen. A year or so after my injury I decided I might as well give it a try thinking “what’s the worst that could happen?” I borrowed a friend’s Sportster as a proof of concept and installed an EFM Auto Clutch, which was just enough for me to ride. After a bunch of practice I was confident in my riding abilities and decided to get my own bike.
Once again RSD nails it. Our seat completed the build of a Sportster following the simplistic lines of the bike. This solo seat really achieved a look of "tight tolerances" from our fiberglass seat pan. We topped it off with our unique foam shaping so while this seat may look like little to nothing, there is still comfort. We featured a perforated leather insert with the horizontal pleating. The outer band has a unique accent of color with the gold stitching to match the gold pin striping on paint.
This month is, again, a feature of a VRod Muscle. The VRod Muscle has become such a commodity here at Bitchin Seats.
The owner of this great looking bike is Jim Hornaday, a fantastic customer of ours in Arizona. Jim contacted us a while back for his muscle project. He wanted a seat system to work with the saddle bags on his bike. At the time, our VRSCF seats were a side hinge system. Jim was looking to have a seat system that would allow for clearance of the bags when fueling the bike.
After several months of design to accommodate for the Harley Davidson bags, The A frame Hinge System was made and it far exceeded our expectations of capability and style. Not only does this system easily clear your Saddle Bags to access your fuel tank with out any clearance issues of the one piece seat opening. The original idea was for bag clearance but it also makes it easier to fuel the bike (from either side). Along with giving proper clearance for several different sissy bar combinations (OEM and aftermarket), as you can see in the photos, the A Frame hinge articulates and allows the seat to clear at many different angles.
The Seat: This is our Custom Passenger Friendly Wifebeater. This shape is only available as a custom.The passenger friendly VRSCF Wifebeater seat is about an inch thicker in the rear passenger area compared to the low profile Wifebeater . This shape will provide the driver with another inch in back support as well as more cupped into the seat.
The seat is covered in our Buffalo (flat black). Due to the extreme weather conditions in Arizona, we recommended this hide as an upgrade. The full grain American Buffalo breathes more than a sealed/satin finish will dissipate sweat and moisture. This hide is prefect for warm weather riding and in environments with a lot of moisture.
A Frame Hinge: The A Frame can be used on any of our V Rod seats from 2007 - current models. For use with: OEM/Aftermarket Bags - OEM/Aftermarket Sissy Bars.
This is an $100 upgrade and is well worth the charge for the stainless steel dual pin A Frame Hinge System. This hinge has to be mounted during the seat manufacturing process, if you are an existing customer with one of our seats - you can send your seat back to our seat factory for this system to be added for $350.
Sissy Bar Bracket: Jim purchased this aftermarket sissy bar and luggage rack combo from Jardine (Short Billet Universal Backrest and Quick Detach Universal Cruiser Rack,both powder-coated black). We built a new backrest that was more ergonomically correct in conjunction to our seat system (photos shown at the end). In order for us to build a system like this (completely custom) it would be around $2000. So to save money, we created an adapter bracket system that will bolt the sissy bar to the stock HD luggage hardware. It contours and angles around the fender and adapts to the sissy bar/luggage rack. This is a universal luggage rack that needed mounts (which we made). The system we crafted allowed Jim to save money by purchasing a mass manufactured sissy bar luggage system and we would just make the adaptors. These adaptors are $350.
Snow Leopard V-Rod Muscle
This months feature is a great project from a treasured customer of ours in Thailand, Paal Dinessen. Paal contacted us to do a sleek seat to match the custom paint job of the motorcycle. We emailed different leather options and colors to insure that the tones of white would blend flawlessly with his paint. The custom seat was a perfect top off to his "Snow Leopard" V-Rod. The seat is a Custom Low Profile Passenger Friendly Seat with black italian leather through the center and white italian leather along the outer edges. Check out the incredible photos and below is all the technical information about The Snow Leopard.
To our friend in Thailand - Paal, Thank you for bring us in on this and we enjoyed being a part of this project!
From Paal Dinessen in Thailand
Another great project from RSD...
RSD brought a bike to us to craft a seat for a custom build for they were doing for Mickey Rourke. It was a 2005 Softail completely striped down and came together like a piece of an art work. It turned out absolutely incredible and of course it was topped off with one of our "Bitchin" seats. This is one of those bikes that you will find something new every time you look at it. All the details just shows what talent The RSD Team has. Thanks for getting us in on this guys, it was (once again) a great project to be apart of!
This seat features our clean pleating design that give a great throw back style to the seat. We got this seat as low as possible to complement the clean lines of the bike.
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