The Café Racer Seat sports a classic, fenderless look with trimmed sides that expose a bit of the bikes’ frames. Suggested retail is $349.95.
According to British Customs, the hump-backed saddle remedies comfort issues with the Bonneville and Scrambler’s flat benches, as well as with the Thruxton’s banana-shaped seat. Retaining the original seat height, British Customs sculpted the saddle’s foam padding “to eliminate the stockers’ tendency to slide riders forward and splay their legs wide.” Up front, the seat is narrower than stock, but at the rear it’s the same width as the original. The foam has a patented technology that evenly distributes the rider’s weight across its entire surface area, minimizing hot spots.
At the saddle’s foundation is a seat pan made from hand-laid, marine-grade fiberglass. The molds that form them are hand-polished and pre-finished with an epoxy-based gel coat that protects bases from the elements and gives a slick appearance.
Wrapping the foam is a synthetic leather cover with a tuck-and-roll design integrated with a classic café hump that is about 12 inches wide, climbs 6.5 inches at its tallest point and tapers down to 3 inches right before the taillight, offering “just the right amount of lumbar support.”
The new LED Lucas Style Tail Lamp kit integrates with the Café Racer Seat in two seat-and-light kits that retail for $394.95 (clear lens) and $399.95 (red lens). In addition to being sold in the kits, the taillight can be purchased individually.
Because the saddle is designed to perch above the frame rails without a rear fender, it’s supplied with a British Customs Fender Under Plate to prevent debris and road grime from entering the battery compartment. License plates can be mounted on any of British Customs’ three flat or curved license plate holders, which include a standard under-seat version as well as versions that are side-mounted to the axle or shocks.
Posted by Arlo Redwine. Images courtesy British Customs