As you all probabaly know, the Ather’s seat is pretty terrible in terms of back support. Well, atleast for me it was. I can’t blame the company though as this is the same woth most manufacturers. Anyway, I decided to finally get the seat redone. I went to this store called Rao Seat Covers (in Bangalore, got to know about it from this video: Yamaha AEROX SEAT Modified for Long Touring - YouTube). I’ll drop the address below. The inspiration for the seat was the old honda goldwing. A slightly scooped out seat with some amount of back support. I obviously wouldn’t be able to completely replicate that on the Ather but I figured we could try to do the same to best of our ability.
Honda Goldwing Seat (Inspiration)
Ather’s Original Seat
Rao Seat Covers Bangalore
This was the original seat foam that the scooter had. The curvature in the front was putting a lot of pressure on my back which in turn was causing pain, so I wanted to get rid of that.
The salespeople are vey patient and keep asking for suggestions throughout the modification process. They custom shape the seat and add or remove foam based on your requirements.
Once the design is final, they ask you if you’d like to wrap it with foam (yellow) or with gel. Gel is much more expensive however. I opted for foam as it was fairly soft.
After this, you havea variety of custom made covers, fabrics and stitching to choose from. I went for this cross stitched pattern . Overall quality is excellent. The full process took around 2 hours and cost me Rs 2500. Although not perfect, the seat comfort has drastically improved over the stock seat due to the thicker foam. Definitely would recommend.