Instant Moped Seat From Cushion

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Introduction: Instant Moped Seat From Cushion

Got a single-saddle-style moped and having trouble carrying passengers?
Here's how to make a tandem seat for a moped or motorcycle from any cushion that's roughly the right size and shape.

I got this armrest cushion from a boatyard dumpster.
I suspect the fabric is UV-resistant.

Step 1: Before

Ryan's moped has a seat that leans back too far, and no place for a passenger.
You can do it, but it's uncomfortable and probably dangerous.

Remove the seat. Ride around on the moped like that.
Believe it or not it's already greatly improved!

Step 2: Cut Off the Protruding Seat Support

Now there's a spiky thing where the seat used to be.
Cut it off So it's about level with the remaining luggage rack.
Smooth off the remaining jagged burrs.

Step 3: Wooden Seat Base

Cut a board just a little smaller than the wide face of your cushion.
This one is 8"x27".
It's 3/4" poplar pretending to be birch.

Round the corners.
Round the edges.
That will make it less likely to bite holes in the cushion or you.

I used a tablesaw, beltsander, and router table with 1/2" diameter qarter-round bit, but a handsaw, knife, and sandpaper would work just as well.

If you can't find the right kind of cushion, it's easy to modify one if you have a sewing machine,
or you can just upholster your board as seen in other instructables.

Step 4: Mark and Drill Boltholes

Mark the locations of holes to bolt the board to your moped.
Whittle a skinny pencil to reach through existing holes in the luggage rack and mark your board.
Drill holes for the bolts.
I used 1/4" -20 thread per inch carriage bolts.

Step 5: Add Bolts

The bit I had handy was a little undersized, so i used a hammer to put the carriage bolts in the board.
These bolts are good because the wide head has a square nub to keep the bolt from turning.
Perfect for carriages in fact.

Step 6: Put the Board Inside the Cushion

This cushion made life easy by having a zipper.
I unzipped it.
pulled the foam block out.
Put the board in with the protruding bolts facing down.
poked the protruding bolts through the fabric.
Stuffed the foam block back in
zipped the cushion back up.

Step 7: Bolt and Enjoy!

I poked the protruding bolts through the holes in the luggage rack, put washers and nuts on them, and tightened them up.

Then I took a ride on my cushy new seat.

Nice!

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where did you get the moped with pedals? I've looked everywhere!

You got too lucky finding that seat.

Do I have to cut off the seat post :(

I likle the Hobbit. what do you think about Honda Esxpress? i'm buying one tonight for $250.

my friend bought a honda hobbit too and its in mint condition for only 350 bucks.... it has no problems with it and runs great

you could just get a bike that is built to carry two people. im pretty sure this is not only illegal to do but also illegal to use (ie two people on the moped) over here

Where is that? In the U.S. states I've been in, laws or at least enforcement concerning mopeds let you do pretty much anything. Except ride them on some highways.

The ask forgiveness later model seems like it would apply well here :)

Here in Indiana, any moped with an engine 50cc and under is considered a moped, and can be driven by a 15 year old with a state issued photo ID, etc. Anything over 50 cc is classified basically as a motorcycle, and those regulations apply. What's legal and what's enforced, however, is a different matter altogether.