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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-27-2011, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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self-made or very reasonably priced tank bra?

The clear coat between the seat and the filler cap is looking a little scuffed on my 98 vt1100c. I was thinking about picking up some leather and fashioning a tank bra. Does anyone out there have a picture of one they've made that they're proud of? Maybe you could also describe how you attached it at the front and rear of tank? My second choice to making one myself would be to find one on-line for a very reasonable price; anyone like one they've gotten on-line? Thanks, Jon
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I got mine from PH Customs -

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They gave it to me for a discount for me taking pictures of it on my bike so they could use it on the website. It isn't really thick or heavy but I have had it on my VTX for a couple years and it has held up well. No stitching coming apart doesn't seem to be any heavy fading or anything and the pocket is really handy. Mine is the Illusion Blue tank on the Honda page.

I have seen better and worse, but their price is very reasonable and quality seems good. My wife has made a couple now herself maybe I can get her to post up some info.

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Yes, I have made 2 now. Yes, mine was "Girly" as I wanted a pink tank bib. 1st I started by making a pattern out of a brown paper bag. I took the face plate off the tank and made the pattern to fit between the face plate and the gas cap. Then made it the same on the other side. You could make it straight or taper it in. Depending on how your face plate is you can attach the bib with just putting the face plate back down or use some clips (we got them in the electrical dept. at Lowes). Find a Leather shop, Like Tandy or some other store that sells leather and accessories or you could order online. I found pink leather, silver and some pink stone studs, and sparkling lacing at the store. Once you have your pattern done, then you will know how much leather you need. They sell a leather hole punch which I used to punch holes for the lacing. To cut out your "bib" I would recommend using a rotary cutter (like for quilting), the cutting board and ruler for quilting as well~might could borrow from a quilter. This way you get a straight cut. Once it is cut out then punch the holes down the side to do lacing (if you want lacing) and add the studs. I put a pocket on mine too. It really isn't hard, my friend and I did hers in an afternoon. If you have anymore questions~just ask! I spent about $40.00 on my leather, lacing and studs. ( I was quoted $350.00 for a custom made pink tank bib with bling)


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Thank you both; the bib looks really nice on that very nice blue. You were generous with your time Margie with those very detailed instructions. The bib they showed on a vt1100 was narrower than I want and they didn't show that they made one w/o studs. I just may end up making one. Thanks, Jon
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They make them for sport bikes so I am sure you can find them for cruisers


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No problem Jon. Also if you can't find a leather shop, do check Tandy Leather online. Also Springfield Leather in Springfield, MO has a website, could check them out too. I did cut the rounded parts off the bottom and made it just straight. (My 1st shadow was Black and Silver, now I have a Pearl White one.)

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Try these folks. Goatskins are way cheap and plenty big enough, they also have tanned for about $4 s.f. See: Glacier Wear - beaver hides, bobcat hides, fox hides, wolf hides
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They make them for sport bikes so I am sure you can find them for cruisers
Ya know, even though I'm in my mid-fifties I'm surprisingly immature. I'm afraid that style bra would be too big a distraction. Thanks for offering the idea though. Jon
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