June 2015 Issue of the BMWMOA magazine
One of the most hotly debated topics within the BMW motorcycling community is the relative comfort of aftermarket and custom seats. For long distance riders who spend ungodly amounts of time in the saddle, a seat upgrade is given, and often represents a substantial investment. But no matter which brand or type of saddle you sit on, nature’s elements quickly conspire to wear down materials, and thus degrade their functionality and appearance. Water, especially, has a way of seeping through stitching and small tears, soaking the dense foam underneath and causing the rider tremendous discomfort until the seat dries out again – a process which may take days, or even weeks, depending on the severity of the saturation.
After suffering through hundreds of miles on a waterlogged seat during a tour through Michigan, King Of Fleece owner Jim Morabito hatched the idea for a truly waterproof seat cover, and the result is the SplitWeight model tested here. The timing for this test was perfect, since our 2013 R1200R test mule was recently improved with the addition of a custom-built Bill Mayer Ultima Leather heated saddle. We used that premium seat to test the SplitWeight “B-Series” cover. Installation takes under 3 minutes on the R1200R – simply pop the seat off, stretch the King Of Fleece cover over it, snug the cover down with the included Velcro straps, trim them if desired, and reinstall the seat. The cover material feels very durable, is fully waterproof, and is UV resistant to boot.
Once installed, the cover stretches to follow the contours of the seat, so that the aesthetic profile is unaffected. We sprayed the covered seat for a full 20 minutes on full “soak” mode from a garden hose, and though the cover material does not bead the water off entirely, the seat underneath was completely dry afterwards. We then set out for an extended 5 day tour to take the bike through the elements, and were impressed with the cover’s performance. The material is thin, so the seat’s heating elements weren’t subdued. Multiple long days in the saddle didn’t disturb or loosen the cover’s placement (and in fact, it can be used over sheepskin, airhawk, or similar pads.) Most importantly, after several days in torrential downpours, our Mayer saddle remained dry as a bone. We decided to leave our cover on permanently, but for those riders who only want to use the cover temporarily in wet weather conditions or for storage in the rain, it quickly removes and folds to a very small size.
The King Of Fleece SplitWeight cover is therefore a very useful product for protecting expensive new seats, as well as breathing new life into older seats with tears which, when covered with the SplitWeight, will not become waterlogged. Many sizes are available to fit any kind of motorcycle seat. The tested B-Series cover is made in USA and has an MSRP of $99.95.
Jim Morabito read my reviews of rain covers for motorcycle seats on my website. He owns the company, King of Fleece, and sent me a solo seat rain cover for my Ambassador and asked me to evaluate it. Jim is polite and easy to work with. I was more than happy to test his product.
Cost: USD $99.95.
Fit: I was sent A-100. It fit my police solo seat very well. The elastic has the right amount of stretch and there isn't an excessive amount of material. The cover has two Velcro straps on either side that are intended to connect to one another beneath the seat. While I can appreciate the intended benefit of these straps, there is no easy way to connect these when the solo seat is bolted in place on my Moto Guzzi Ambassador. During my test I tucked these straps up under the seat to keep them out of the way. I will remove them permanently by cutting them off.
Appearance: The material is very nice quality and the seat cover looks fantastic. This is by far the best looking rain cover that I've ever tried (or seen). Even without the Velcro straps in place, the cover conforms nicely to my seat. The material itself stretches and that permits it to conform nicely to the seat.
Waterproof test: With the material being so stretchy, I worried that the rain cover might not be waterproof. I did a waterproof test with the King of Fleece rain cover and found it to be 100% waterproof. The test: I turned the rain cover inside out so as to form a bowl. I filled the rain cover with about a gallon of water from my sink and held it up. No immediate leaks. I left the water sit for about an hour. Reexamination revealed zero indication of leaks. This is a definite improvement over the Russell Cycle Products rain cover and a huge improvement over the Harley Davidson rain cover.
Real world use: The cover stays put while riding and I don't even think about it being there. Living in Cave Creek, Arizona, rainy rides are much more infrequent. I have not yet been able to test the cover during a rainy ride. However, it has kept the seat completely dry while I was washing the bike with a power washer (with ample water directed at the rain cover).
Durability: The material is altogether different from that of the Harley Davidson, Russell Cycle Products, and CoverAlls rain covers. It is stretchy but very strong. The material seems of excellent quality and appears to be more than up to the task.
Final thoughts: The King of Fleece rain cover uses high quality materials, is well designed and conceived, and is professionally constructed. It is an excellent rain cover and I recommend it without hesitation. I really like how the material stretches to conform to the seat. It definitely gives a very professional appearance. It will also pack small enough to easily fit in my toolbox. I highly recommend King of Fleece rain covers for motorcycle seats.
Source: Gregory Bender - This Old Tractor: http://www.thisoldtractor.com/moto_guzzi_loopframe_rain_cover_for_motorcycle_solo_seats.html
Splitweight Waterproof Motorcycle Seat Cover Review
January 29, 2013
It’s the day of your big ride, and you awake to the sound of rain falling gently outside. You gulp down a cup of coffee and, with the skies clearing, you suit up, walk out to the bike—and find a pool of water on the seat. Now is when you’d usually go back inside, grab a wad of paper towels and spend 15 minutes swabbing the seat dry, but never getting enough of the moisture to prevent it from soaking through your jeans or riding pants. But this time, you just take off the Splitweight seat cover you put on the night before, stow it in the saddlebag and ride away.
A wet seat sometimes turns out to be more than a temporary bother. Some motorcycle seats aren’t watertight—they leak through the stitching in the cover, and after a few days of this, the foam underneath is soaked. To prevent that, the Splitweight cover is made of a fabric that’s both stretchable and 100 percent waterproof, as well as sun- and UV-resistant. There are three basic models, A, B and C, each cut to fit a general seat shape rather than one specific model. The stretchiness of the fabric is supposed to make up for any deficiencies in fit, and it sort of does, but on some seats the Splitweight will fit tighter and look better than on others.
As is usually the case when there’s rain-related gear to be tested, the skies remained blue, so the Splitweight got the garden-hose test on a Ninja 650, which takes a B150 cover. The cover slipped onto the seat easily and stayed put after securing the two pairs of hook-and-loop straps that connect under the seat. The fit wasn’t what I’d call custom, but one upside of this was that it was loose enough to leave room for an Air Hawk seat cushion or a sheepskin pad under the cover while riding.
Next, a layer of paper towels was placed under the cover before spraying the seat with water. After a full five-minute shower, the cover came off revealing dry paper towels. The outside of the cover itself was still wet, though, which would present a problem if you wanted to toss it into a saddlebag, or leave it on the seat and ride away. The leftover dry paper towels came in handy, and along with a cloth towel soaked up enough water to leave the Splitweight dry enough to sit on without getting wet. If you ride in waterproof pants there’s just no issue—hop on and off you go. You can put the Splitweight on to keep the rain off your seat, or leave it on in case it rains while you’re riding.
The A series Splitweight comes in three sizes, and the B in four, with the C series designed for any B application with a rider backrest. A and B covers are $99.95, and the C is $109.
(This Gearlab article was published in the February 2013 issue of Rider magazine.)
Keeping Your Seat Dry on the Road by http://motorcycleridersclubofamerica.com
You're anything but a fair weather rider. You were made to brave the elements but the same can't be said about your bike's seat.
The leather that adds class to your ride lost the better part of its weather resistant ability when it left the cow. Leather conditioner works wonders but when the rain comes down and your seat is getting soaked why not head the dampness of at the pass with a full time, waterproof seat cover?
Made of 100-percent waterproof fabric, the durable King of Fleece Waterproof Seat Cover stretches for a true custom fit to your motorcycle seat. To use, simply remove your seat, place the label to the front and pull it over your seat.
Fasten the hook and loop fasteners underneath your seat and away you go. Other features include it's sun/UV resistant which will keep your seat cooler in hot temperatures, it's lightweight and packable if you don't want to leave it on at all times and with minimum care it will last for years.
Published May 1st, 2012 - Read the review