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Seat and other "soft parts" care.

My last 3 bikes have had leather saddles, so I am unsure as to how to treat the almost rubber like Vinyl seats and the other Vinyl padded areas on the LT. IS there a cleaner/protectant that can be used to keep them from cracking and looking bad?

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Re: Seat and other "soft parts" care.

I just used Armorall on my stock seats, backrest and padded areas. I used to use it on my '74 Suzuki Water Buffalo seat for about 10 years and it appeared to work well. The bike was garage kept at home, but parked in the open at school throughout my college days. I had heard mixed reviews about Armorall in the past, but was satisfied What did you use for your leather seats (as I'm getting mine redone by Russell at the end of the month)?
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Re: Seat and other "soft parts" care.

Skidmores Leather cream, and that is what I always used. Every 3rd time I washed the bike.

The most important part is that the saddle cream you use has either Beeswax or Caranuba wax in it for waterproofing, and once every 2 years take saddle soap to it to really give it a cleaning unless you like the "worn in cowboy saddle" look you get after a while. when you start to see wear and want to make it look like new again, I would hit it with a tiny bit of shoe polish and then leather cream it again.

I never likes the "mothers" or other leather conditioners.

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Re: Seat and other "soft parts" care.

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My last 3 bikes have had leather saddles, so I am unsure as to how to treat the almost rubber like Vinyl seats and the other Vinyl padded areas on the LT. IS there a cleaner/protectant that can be used to keep them from cracking and looking bad?
I keep mine clean and try to keep them out of the sun. Garage at home and cover when on the road. I occasionally put some of the Turtle Wax ICE on the seat and knee guards when "waxing" the bike, but otherwise don't put anything on the vinyl parts. They look like new after 6 years.

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Re: Seat and other "soft parts" care.

Had my 2002 LT for 8 years I treated my seats with "nothing" - cleaned them off with water!

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