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This is something I made for myself in my little leather shop at home. I works well but I'm curious to hear what others think about how it looks and if others might be interested in something like this during the hot Summer months for their steel-frame Vic.

It's made of 13 oz tooling cowhide and currently has no die or finish on it so it's unfinished right now. This is just a preliminary cut but is close to what the end product would be. Ultimately it will be either black or mahogany in color with a leather stiffening agent to preserve the shape. It's bolted on underneath a large washer with the back tank bolt.

So... What do you think?


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Oh, and even though I'm thinking of marketing these for sale, I'm going to publish the final pattern for those who might prefer to make one for themselves. It takes a bit to do so I'm not worried about anyone who is into leather working to make one or more. I will ask that anyone using the pattern not use it for profit though.
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Looks like you could turn it into a holster!

No really it looks great and if it works as good as it looks then you have a hit!

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This is something I made for myself in my little leather shop at home. I works well but I'm curious to hear what others think about how it looks and if others might be interested in something like this during the hot Summer months for their steel-frame Vic.

It's made of 13 oz tooling cowhide and currently has no die or finish on it so it's unfinished right now. This is just a preliminary cut but is close to what the end product would be. Ultimately it will be either black or mahogany in color with a leather stiffening agent to preserve the shape. It's bolted on underneath a large washer with the back tank bolt.

So... What do you think?


Let me see it in black, ask a reasonable price, and you have yourself your first customer.
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Bob...as you know, I have been an OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE of someone designing something like this...

I want to give you my honest opinion...first, I think it is a GREAT IDEA and I can't think of any other way to deflect some of the heat other than the way you have done it. I think BLACK would actually help the esthetics of it...

BUT, something like that sticking out from the bike looks UGLY. NOT YOUR WORK, just the fact that we have to use something like this to gain some comfort.

HOWEVER, with that said...I always want to support people that take an untapped concept and make an attempt to make it work.

If you decide on selling them, I will buy one.

Thank you for working on this...and even if you sold a BUTT LOAD of them, usually people that do these things do it for the enjoyment of just doing or the enjoyment of "figuring" it out...you will NOT be compensated for your knowledge and your time unfortunately.

Like I said, I'll buy one IN BLACK PLEASE.

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Bob...as you know, I have been an OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE of someone designing something like this...

I want to give you my honest opinion...first, I think it is a GREAT IDEA and I can't think of any other way to deflect some of the heat other than the way you have done it. I think BLACK would actually help the esthetics of it...

BUT, something like that sticking out from the bike looks UGLY. NOT YOUR WORK, just the fact that we have to use something like this to gain some comfort.

HOWEVER, with that said...I always want to support people that take an untapped concept and make an attempt to make it work.

If you decide on selling them, I will buy one.

Thank you for working on this...and even if you sold a BUTT LOAD of them, usually people that do these things do it for the enjoyment of just doing or the enjoyment of "figuring" it out...you will NOT be compensated for your knowledge and your time unfortunately.

Like I said, I'll buy one IN BLACK PLEASE.
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Does Chrome stick to leather???

Just Kidding. It looks like it would work as you say, but I'm not sure I can get past the looks. That could be just because of the raw leather and I'd like it much better in black. Hopefully you'll post pictures of that option soon.

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Thanks all. I did a test run today and found I'm 50% there. As in it was fifty percent better. I'm good with that so when I make some modifications to this piece; I'll go ahead and dye it black so we can see it in that perspective. Obviously; only 100% better is acceptable and that's where it will be when I make it available to anyone wanting one.

Thanks to all who commented. I really appreciate your input!!!

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Thanks Bob...R&D although fun, can be tedious. I am looking forward to it.

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Man, I bet that helps a lot. I have been considering doing something about mine lately. My Kingpin is like a furnace through that area. I am up for one when you finalize this.

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