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Honda CB350 Custom

October 29, 2014

photo 1the finished seat

This cute ‘lil Honda recently got a full makeover to become a totally custom cafe style build.

10563151_10152369393179608_298830659103221697_nthe finished seat

 For the seat, I did full custom, slope back foam with heigh changes to fit the tank and profile of the bike perfectly.

photo 2the finished seat

For the cover I used a beautiful, soft “museum” brown leather that will age to look like a well loved reading room sofa.

photo 3the finished seat

The cover was then finished with tan stitching for the raised ribs, for a nice modern. classic look.

Go fast little Honda!


Corinna Mantlo

Via Meccanica Custom Upholstery

IG @miss1932 #viameccanica


October 24, 2014

10641016_10152416057684608_6399669904809941225_nthe finished seat

Historical re-imagining of an original Ducati seat (shown below) to complete a beautiful and meticulously restored Ducati by Moto Borgotaro.

photo (2)the seat before

The original was made of vinyl, with a pressed in design and we wanted to retain the history of the bike while making it even more custom and awesome.

10462313_10152416049144608_4267015492189009709_nthe finished seat

Soft black leather, black topstitching, belt strap and Ducati logo back in place, just a little slicker.

photo 4

hand lettering the Duc.

If you’re in NY, head on over to Moto Borgotaro and Union Garage tomorrow for a party!


Corinna Mantlo

Via Meccanica Custom Upholstery

IG @miss1932 #viameccanica

2nd Annual MFF Trophies

October 22, 2014



The 2nd annual Motorcycle Film Festival (which I co-founded) wrapped just a few weeks ago in NY and is on its way around the globe to bring the films to a town near you soon. I couldn’t be more proud of this project and one thing i take great pride in, is making the trophies each year. It’s a way for me to give something personal to each winning filmmaker to acknowledge their hard work and dedication to their craft.


This year I used the winning “Motorcycle Chain Laurels”  that my dear friend Greaser Mike created for us. Each trophy was laid out in different colored leather depending on category, hand cut, then backed with silver leather. Each one also has one gold leather “master link” in the moto chain. A subtle homage to the artist’s gold tooth. 10710737_10152467636524608_4378205002486707689_n

Biltwell graciously provided the base for the trophies again this year, and Fifty 50 Cycles stepped in to make killer stands to match them. Thanks guys!


While I hand lettered the backs,  the guys over at Arcane Moto snagged the bases at the last minute and powder coated them to match the pans! Truly a community effort. I have the best friends a gearhead girl could ask for. Can’t wait ’til next year!


Corinna Mantlo

Via Meccanica Custom Upholstery

IG @miss1932 #viameccanica

Passenger Pad

October 20, 2014

10563065_10152413530274608_7650469508048321713_nthe finished passenger pad

This little custom pad was made to go along with a bates style solo seat. The shape was entirely hand shaped in dense foam. The cover is soft black leather with raised ribs that line up perfectly with the solo seat’s raised ribs.

10641151_10152413525954608_5500886906973564870_nthe finished passenger pad

Can’t wait to see this one back on the road.


Corinna Mantlo

Via Meccanica Custom Upholstery

IG @miss1932 #viameccanica

Norton Commando

October 19, 2014

10577159_10152395615319608_8675684020194033449_nthe seat before and after

This vintage Norton Commando seat was in sad shape, but enough was left of it to be worth keeping it original and doing a full restoration. Some of my favorite work is the work you’d never know it did.

Seat restitched, patched, paint splotches removed from  the bike sitting in a cluttered garage at some point, vinyl cleaned, cleaned, cleaned,, touch up dye detailing done, cleaned some more….then finally conditioned thoroughly.

10624812_10152410397419608_6713712934551839501_nthe finished seat

Corinna Mantlo

Via Meccanica Custom Upholstery

IG @miss1932 #viameccanica


October 14, 2014


Received a n awesome email today from a fellow who followed my Biltwell DIY Leather Solo Seat Tutorial that shows a simple process for covering a Biltwell Slimline Solo Seat using minimal tools and requiring minimal know how. Read below to see what he had to say…SO RAD and can’t wait to see his next one!


..hey , thanks heaps for the tutorial on covering a seat are some pics of my attempt…I made my own pan and foam pad ..shaped the foam with a sandpaper attachment on a grinder  ..quite happy with the result and will be making another …this one will have artificial crocodile hide on it.

all the best from New Zealand and thanks again ..Colin



Corinna Mantlo

Via Meccanica Custom Upholstery

IG @miss1932 #viameccanica

1973 Honda CB350

October 7, 2014

Honda CB350the seat before (top left) and after (top right and bottom)

To change the profile, 2″ was taken out of the original seat height and foam reshaped by hand before it was recovered in milk chocolate leather and gold diamond stitching for a truly delicious look.

Corinna Mantlo

Via Meccanica Custom Upholstery

IG @miss1932 #viameccanica


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