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Prewar saddle cover?

Posted by nicholas_reeves at August 09. 2017

Can somebody please tell me what the seat cover should be made from on my 1935 Es2.Mine appears to be thick, stitched plastic.Thanks Nick.

Re: Prewar saddle cover?

Posted by richard_payne at August 09. 2017

It was originally made of a 'leathercloth' names 'Rexine' which was a linseed oil based covering on a canvas backing. Unlike modern vinyl, it is not warm and 'soft' to the touch and has no stretch.

It doesn't seem to have been made in heavy grades since the 1970s (some tnin varieties were produced for bookbinders) and it doesn't store well, being prone to cracking and deformation.

The lack of avilability of Rexine is one of the great problems in obtaining a factory finish on post-vintage motorcycles.  I wish that I knew of an answer.

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