By Steve Lita
If you caught last month’s installment of our Blue Collar Bobber Honda Shadow build, you’ll remember that it was more of a removal than an install, as right off the bat I chopped the rear frame rails. After all, that’s what you’re supposed to do on a bobber, right? I did that to make access for the rear fender installation and to get that ugly hunk of factory frame metal out of the way. But in actuality, the frame chop was performed in a particular place on the frame to accommodate the parts I’m installing this month: Blue Collar Bobber small spring seat kit.
While the Blue Collar instructional DVD indicates that you can chop the rear frame section with a hacksaw, I opted for the speed and smooth cut of a cordless reciprocating saw. Once the rear frame section was tossed, I dressed any jagged edges with a hand file, and dabbed some gloss black touch-up paint on the bare metal to prevent it from rusting. Now that the paint is dry, it’s time for this month’s bobber parts install.
The mounting brackets in the Blue Collar kit are precision-cut, machined, and powdercoated gloss black to match the bike’s frame. The rear signal light mounting holes are located in the seat brackets, and there’s a channel cut to help route the wires. Best of all, there’s no welding required and everything fits like a glove.
The seat is on a 10-gauge steel pan and is curved just right to keep you in place. This isn’t some imported junk seat; it’s made in Sandy, Utah, to Blue Collar specs. Cushioning comes from 1″-1-1/2″ top-of-the-line foam under the plain or laser-engraved leather cover. Our bike’s owner, Tyler, specified the “black boot cross” style. At 10-1/2″ wide, the small seat is still quite comfortable, but there’s also a large format seat available. It’s a good idea to protect your leather seat from the elements, so Blue Collar even includes a tin of leather balm with the kit.
Let’s pick up where we left off last month; body parts are out for paint and the front pivot point of the spring seat kit bolts to the rear gas tank mount. Not a problem, as the factory Honda tank uses a steel T bushing at that bolt point, and mocking up the seat install with the use of that T bushing will be the same as if the tank were in place.
Blue Collar Bobbers
Small Spring Seat Kit, $329
Originally printed in RoadBike motorcycle magazine, December 2010