So the new seat (The DCC Original Ribbed Leather Wrapped "Cafe" Seat) from Dime City Cycles came today. I have to say I love it. It's really well made; the stitching is lovely. And yes, it would be nice if it were real leather but the fake stuff looks just as good and will hopefully last as long.
I put back on the gas tank temporarily and positioned the seat in place. I'll be able to use the front mount where it is, but the rear seat mount will take some chopping and re-welding to make it pretty. I thought about getting on with it today, but I am going to be smart and order the new battery (a super slim Antigravity 4-cell Battery - (2.5 AMP Hour, 120 CCA)) so I can make sure everything fits under the new seat. As I have removed all the brackets for the starter solenoid, regulator/rectifier and battery box, that will all have to be rewired to fit under the seat. I am going to weld up a small tray to hold everything, and the seat will provide adequate coverage to hide the components from sight. I am hoping there is room in there for a small toolkit also. It also makes sense to order the rear brake light and turn signals now, so that I can make sure they have a solid place to be mounted. With the shape of this seat, I am looking for something that is more oval than round or square. It's tempting to go with something a little modern, like the rear lights from an old Yamaha R6/R1. Maybe that will be a little too much like a 'Transformer' than a classic cafe racer look.