My Moto Guzzi V50II's 1980
vinyl seat was showing its age with cracks and widening holes. John Z
(my husband and business partner) likes leather work and offered to make
my Guzzi a custom leather seat
cover, complete with embroidery touting her pet name,
"The Nifty Fifty."
first step was taking apart the old cover and using the sections as
patterns for cutting out new leather pieces, which were oiled with
he sanded the rust off the seat pan and whittled the front of the pan
down a bit. It rested too close to the gas tank and the vinyl had rubbed
against the paint. The pan was primed and painted.
Z freehand-stitched the stock "quilted" design into the
leather top --
in the same design as the original vinyl one which had embossed fake
old vinyl seat had "Moto Guzzi" rather badly stenciled on the
back. Now those words are embroidered in bright white thread -- much
embroidered "The Nifty Fifty" on each side in red, colorfast,
he stitched it all together, going to extra trouble to make detailed
finishing stitches, cut down the foam (still in good shape after 22
years) on the front of the seat (to match the cut-down pan), and used
contact cement to hold the leather edges to the pan.
even made a waterproof cover that will protect the seat when it rains.
Thanks, John Z!