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Thoughts on adding a passenger seat to bobber style?

So I just bought a Vulcan 800 this past weekend and am designing what I want to do with it. I found a picture of a Vulcan 900 online that I basically want to try and copy the look of this bike as much as possible (colors, paint, etc).

Heres the one catch that I am hung up on. The bike is a single seater and fits only me. And I know my wife AT SOME POINT will want a ride. same with my son and daughter and who knows who else in the future. Most likely, it wont happen very often at all. At least not after the initial ride.

That said, I am trying to figure out a way to make the bike keep the bobber look, yet hold a passenger. I have come up with 2 ideas, wonder what you guys think or if maybe you have seen something similar done before and what it was?


Option 1... keep bike exactly how it is, but have a long 2 seater cafe racer style seat rather than the single bobber style. This way, it could fit 2 people at any given time without doing a thing.

Option 2... keep the single bobber style seat, but have a custom passenger seat made that would bolt on and off onto the frame. Id have to measure and draw it up... but my frame has 2 screw holes in the side that seems like it would work perfectly. I could have the "frame" of the passenger seat made to bolt right into these holes on the frame. Then I could simply take this extra seat on or off at any time. And when its just me 99% of the time, I could keep the original look of the bike without having a second seat.
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From the look of it I would go with the solo seat, the cafe racer seat just does not do justice to the overall look of the bike.
Take into account that having a solo seat discourages having a passenger and gives you control of when you're willing to take on a ridding companion, you would anticipate when you want somebody to ride with you and add on the pinion seat. In that case comfort would be very important consideration. The solo seat seems much more comfortable than the long cafe racer seat.
My kid is looking into the same issues on his honda 750, wanting a very short rear fender with solo seat and thinking of occasionally having a passenger (I'm pretty sure the girlfriend is putting some pressure).
That buttbudy looks like a good idea even for my nakid fender.


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From the look of it I would go with the solo seat, the cafe racer seat just does not do justice to the overall look of the bike.
Take into account that having a solo seat discourages having a passenger and gives you control of when you're willing to take on a ridding companion, you would anticipate when you want somebody to ride with you and add on the pinion seat. In that case comfort would be very important consideration. The solo seat seems much more comfortable than the long cafe racer seat.
My kid is looking into the same issues on his honda 750, wanting a very short rear fender with solo seat and thinking of occasionally having a passenger (I'm pretty sure the girlfriend is putting some pressure).
That buttbudy looks like a good idea even for my nakid fender.
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The biggest problem you could have with going with something like the ButtyBuddy is that most bobbed fenders aren't rated for passengers. On my 800, I took the rear fender off, and it was a stout piece of metal, attached at those 4 holes in the frame that you showed in your last pic. I have the Blue Collar Bobbers rear fender on my 800 now, and it expressly says it's not rated for any kind of weight.

I hate to say it, but the best solution is probably the stock or a replacement 2-up seat.

Then, get another bike to bob When my boy gets old enough to ride with us (my wife will not ride on someone else's bike - she's got her own), we'll take my Vaquero or KZ out, not the bobber.

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okay, so silly question then.... currently my bike has no rear fender at all. but i plan to add a blue collar bobber rear fender on it that is supported by 2 little struts on each side. is this going to be strong enough to support a passengers weight?
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ha, we posted that at nearly the same time.
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i came across this online, anyone know where i can find this for a Vulcan 800? Looks like they only made for Harley, wonder if it would line up with the same frame holes on my bike?

https://www.hdforums.com/forum/softa...nger-seat.html

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okay, so silly question then.... currently my bike has no rear fender at all. but i plan to add a blue collar bobber rear fender on it that is supported by 2 little struts on each side. is this going to be strong enough to support a passengers weight?
Nope. I have that fender on my bike, and if your passenger weighs 5-10lbs, *maybe* they'll be ok, but those fender struts are designed to keep the fender off the tire, not hold up anything. That's why the stock seat/rear fender assembly attached via the holes in the sides of the frame. Really, it was quite amazing when removing the rear fender assembly, seeing just how much of the bike came off with 4 bolts!

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okay, then that isnt going to work unless i modified the struts to something stronger and maybe even added more struts. guess back to the drawing board.
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