few words of appreciation from the owner of Cool
of the better benefits of being involved in the vintage motorcycle
restoration business is all the great people I get to meet, whether
thru bike shows, emails, or more personable phone conversations
that inevitably lead to in depth discussions about the past, bikes
we grew up with and the stories therein, or current projects , how
we tracked down a bike or much needed part..to simply sharing a
bit of local geographic info and finding out that we both know the
same people or lived or traveled thru the same areas at one time
or another in our old 'biker' lives. Of the many years I've been
restoring bikes and offering advice with restoration questions and
aiding in locating a bike or part, the aspect of connecting with
fellow enthusiasts is still the most important to me. So I would
like to take this moment to thank all of my customers and members
of the VJMC who have made building this company from the ground
up, webmastering our old and new websites and all the hard work
and overtime it entails as a small business owner...yes, you make
it all worth while! My hats off to you!
truely hope that thru the continual growth process of our company,
I and my staff at Cool Retro Bikes , can continue to offer the quality
service we have become known for and in the future make more friends
than just simply customers..
Bash / Owner-Manager : COOL RETRO BIKES, NU-IMAGE RESTORATIONS ,
COOL RETRO SHACK COLLECTIBLES, EASY RYDERS
are just a sample of our many satisfied customers who were appreciative
enough to contribute a testimonial statement as well as offer their
personal contact information for referral. Feel free to email any
of our clientel / fellow collectors, restorers, and vintage motorcyle
enthusiasts. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Terry
and the staff at Western Hills Honda/ www.westernhillshonda.com
for all their customer referrals. Add to this our ever growing customer
base on .
Their feedback comments can be reviewed by clicking on the ebay
greatly appreciate any and all referrals & testimonial comments
from our customers. This helps us and other prospective buyers who
are considering online purchases of our parts, products and services.
Please feel free to email CRB (click here) a comment for this page
and we will post it for others to see!
received my 66 dream seat yesterday, and WOW what a drastic
change! I sent you a near 40 year old seat in fair condition at
How you were able to refresh/restore my original cover, pass. strap,
trim strip, and bring it back to as NEW condition is amazing. Its
craftsmanship and attention to detail that sets you above the rest.
have my highest recomendation.
Deters Custom Metal Finishing : firstname.lastname@example.org
seat arrived and while I've never seen a new 1972 Ducati Road 350,
I suspect the seat would have looked exactly like the one I received.
Excellent work. Unfortunately my painter did not finish the sheet
metal and I will not be able to take the bike to the Barber Motorsports
vintage event this weekend. As soon as the sheet metal comes back,
I'll get it reassembled and send you photos. I've already passed
your card on to some vintage Ducati restoration guys. Hopefully
you will get a little business from the Ducati crowd."
Owensby : email@example.com
is a picture of the installed seat. I am very pleased with work
you did on my Triumph seat. It looks better than new! I won't hesitate
to use your services again.
Paul Ostby : firstname.lastname@example.org
"Your recovered and rebuilt seat really sets off my (Honda
CL77) bike. You even put in the contour of the original seat to
make a 40+ year old bike look "show room fresh." Thank
you for an excellent product in this world of "good enough."
Shempp : email@example.com
Just to fill you in that the seat you repaired for me on my Suzuki
GS1000 has passed muster with the locals and is holding up well.
have to look for the repair. Here's a picture of my Suzuki GS1000
(that now has over 100,000 miles on it) with the seat that was saved
by you. It has held up as expected and I am happy with the help
you provided. Thanks."
Floyd Webb : firstname.lastname@example.org
seat arrived today and all I can say is that my jaw is still on
the floor as I sit here looking at it. You are one seriously talented
I have looked at many restored seats for my bike(1968 Honda Z50
K0) and not one even comes close to the work you have done. This
looks like it just came off the factory production line!! I could
not be more satisfied, and I am a very picky customer. Thanks again
and feel free
to use me as a reference or include me in your testimonial section."
Thanks for putting up with my impatient nature, I was probably a
huge PITA with all the emails. It was worth every minute of the
Sending another seat to you soon. I'll take some pics of the bike
with the new seat on it and send them at a later date."
Jim Sticca : email@example.com
long last here are the photos of my bike with your reconditioned
seat on it. Thanks again for the great work."
Sticca : firstname.lastname@example.org
for the delay on the photos, but here they are. This bike won first
place in its class at the bike show I took it to in April. The original
made all the difference in the world."
Sticca : email@example.com
wanted to share I received the seat today and all is great. The
seat is as described and virtually looks as close to brand new that
a 30 plus old seat could. I know the experience has had some bumps
but I'm pleasantly surprised. I would indeed indicated the craftsmanship
is excellent and my feedback would be positive"."
Melita : TMelita@aol.com
the seat today, looks great, will send you some pictures, tell T.D.
thanks for the help, hope to do some more business in the future.
Hoover : firstname.lastname@example.org
from New Zealand !
Hi guys - just to let you know the (CB500) seat arrived safe and
sound - superb!!!
As promised I will take some "before and after" photos
and send them thru to you in the next couple of days. Can't wait
to get it on the bike - will be the crowning glory. Thanks again
for a superb job!! "
Ross Lockhart: email@example.com
"Just wanted to thank you for your
time and the wonderful 1980 Yamaha SR500G single cylinder thumper
that I purchased from you on 8/ 20/ 05. The bike is everything that
you represented on your website and more. The few times I've been
out on it since has had heads turning from young and old alike followed
by a "thumbs up". the bike is truly a gem that has found
it's new home and will be treated as it should be with many years
of riding enjoyment still to come. Anyone out there considering
doing business with T.D. at Cool Retro Bikes can rest assured that
the experience will be enjoyable both before and after the purchase."
Thanks Again T.D"
exhaust tips arrived a few days ago and I immediately went to work
on installing them. They were an easy install with your instructions
and tip sheet. They not only look great, they make my bike sound
and perform better than ever! They also bring back alot of memories,
as I had a set of these on my 305 Scrambler back in the old days.
I just want to thank you guys for offering these, as I searched
high and low and you were the ONLY outfit I found to make these
exhaust tips available again. Hats off to you for bringing back
a blast from the past with cool retro exhaust tips!
Mike Spenceford : firstname.lastname@example.org
cannot express how satisfied and pleased I am with the Honda SL350K1
seat you built for me. Superb craftsmanship and quality control
second to none.
Paint, foam, hardware, cover, all perfect. Without a doubt, this
is the best cycle seat I have seen. Clearly, this seat IS superior
to OEM or an aged new factory seat.
I have spread the word for those I know that may need your services.
I will be sending you my Honda CL350 and other motorized bike seats
for refurbishment in the near future. Thanks again for all your
hard work and dedication to your craft. Hard work pays off, and
Steven Haghiri : email@example.com
Received the (red CA92) seat, it
looks awesome! I cannot wait to mount it on the bike.
I probably won't be able to until after the weekend,
but as soon as I can I will forward pics and a glowing
recommendation.Take care, and I look forward to doing business with
you in the future."
Michael Gershon : firstname.lastname@example.org
got the CB350 seat back a couple of months ago and it looks great!
know I orginally was interested in only having "repairs only"
work done to
the seat, but after seeing the results, I was wondering if I could
seat back for a complete restoration. Would this be possible? Please
let me know."
Bicocchi : email@example.com
wanted to let you know that I got the GL1000 LTD key fob ( you custom
made for me) today. Looks great. I like the key fob very much.
Randall Washington : firstname.lastname@example.org
Randakks Cycle Shakk www.randakks.com
Thanks for your time and gentleness.
See you soon for next transaction!
Michel Lavrilleux : Lavrilleux@aol.com (France)
picked up the bike at Forward Air earlier today. It arrived just
as you left it. It's a real nice bike! I'm pleased. I can understand
some seller's remorse. F-A did a fine job shipping it and helped
us get it into a trailer. I would certainly use their service again.
I was pretty anxious about the pickup. Buying long distance requires
some trust. You came through with a bike that matched your descirption.
.....Thank you for being on the up and up." Allen
Tait : email@example.com
1983 Honda Goldwing arrived on Sunday and I could not be happier
with my purchase from you. The bike is in precisely the condition
you adverstised on Ebay. It looks and runs great. As you'll remember,
I had many concerns about buying a motorcycle on Ebay and then having
it shipped from St. Petersburg to Pittsburgh. I really appreciated
having the opportunity to contact one of your other customers as
a reference on the way that you do business and the goods that you
sell. The call I made with your customer set aside any concerns
I had about doing business with you. Your responsiveness before,
during and after the sell should give any potential customers the
peace of mind and confidence needed to do business with you. The
timeliness of your email replys and phone calls made a huge difference
in the purchase of my Goldwing. I love it! Thanks again for a great
transaction and best wishes for your continued success! "
Lew Soltis : firstname.lastname@example.org
Honda 150 Benly (CA95) seat cover kit came yesterday in good shape.
I am very happy with it. I'm glad I opted for the silver "HONDA"
lettering because it contrasts better with the black seat material
than the gold lettering that is on my original seat. The silver
color will also go better with the molding and the other chrome,
etc. on the bike. I'm also glad to find out that the molding is
applied with adhesive and that I don't have to puncture the seat
material with fasteners."
Department of Computer Science
Bowling Green State University
for the shipment. I have now received all of the things I orderd.
The tires are great and the seat cover looks great as well! Thanks
for all the tips about the seat re-covering ! I will send photos
when it's done."
kenneth kortemeier : email@example.com
"Seats arrived today and I just unpacked
them. By the way, nice packing job! Anyway, the seats look fantastic
and yes, you can use me as a reference. You have my name and email
address..once again - Thanks!"
Dan Cole : firstname.lastname@example.org
Sounds like the only thing I need to do is ship the seat along to
you and let you take care of it for me. By the way, of the 15 or
so "vinyl repair" shops I've contacted, you are the only
one that's been willing to look at the seat. I really appreaciate
Ellis Holman : email@example.com
www.VJMC.org / Vintage Japanese Motorcyle Club
got the new (CT90) seat cover on and it looks great. Thanks! The
seat cover was perfect and the instructions faciltated a great looking
installation. I still need a new seat cover for 1973 my CL350."
Vice Pres.Services Group
Wisc.Wireless Communications Corp.
(ebay) transaction ! Bike ('99 Ducati 996) was better than the pictures.
Very happy. A++" Ebay
User ID: olivertwist2003
you for getting the seat here. We got it about two days ago and
it looks increadable.
It completly changed the look of our bike. It really looks good.
Thanks again for everything you did."
Tim Williams : firstname.lastname@example.org
job on the CB750F side cover repair and restoration. Thanks again
for offering a service I couldnt find anywhere else..."
Rubin : email@example.com
seat arrived today....wow....very nice! I am impressed! You can
assured that I will let EVERYONE know of the job you did and I will
certainly be doing other business with you in the future as needs
will post a picture on our club website for others to see----maybe
other people will want similar ones done.
Wisconsin Wireless Communications
North American Youth Sports
Green Bay, Wisconsin
(CB160 Sport) seat came out at least as well as my highest expectations...workmanship
is great! The color matching (blue) was also a challenge and it
seems right on!"
Max Davis : firstname.lastname@example.org
Up: "I finally completed the CB160 and took it to its
the AMCA Viking Chapter show here in the Twin Cities
area. It got a lot of great comments and one person said the seat
was the best they had seen. Im including a picture of the
Max Davis : email@example.com
I first inquired about getting my seat repaired T.D. took a personall
interest. First he called on the phone for a visit, followed up
by a very nice e-mail. When I finally decided to get my seat repaired,
I e-mailed T.D. to let him know I would be sending it, and my great
concern for it's well being, as for many of these vintage seats,
they do not grow on trees. T.D. assured me it would be well taken
care of. After they received the seat, T. D. emailed a list of recommendations
for the seat repair and we discussed the time frame that I would
have to get it back. I myself was in no hurry, I just wanted perfection,
and you know what, that is exactly what I got! The seat looked so
great I was nervous about mounting it back on the pan, thinking
I might damage it during installation. After I got the seat cover
back on, it looked like a brand new NOS seat. I guess what I have
been trying to say this whole time, is if you want true professionalism,
if you want great communication, if you want someone to work on
your seat and treat it as if it were their own ( I truly mean this,
the seat came out way better than expected), T.D Bash is where you
want to do your business.
P.S.- T.D., please feel free to edit this any way you need to. I
am not used to doing testimonials, because so very rarely am I completely
satisfied with work I have had done in the past."
Pierson : firstname.lastname@example.org
and installed my 305 seat cover. Looks fantastic! The exhaust baffle
is great also. The bike looks and runs like new. Thank You!"
Hans Bertelsen : email@example.com
Bash, The seat looked super ! You did a great in making it look
stock. You are more than welcome to use me as a referral. I have
been restoring bikes for about 20 years and I'm glad I have found
someone to do a good job. Thanks!"
Mike Porter : firstname.lastname@example.org
received the seat for my Honda CD175 and it looks
GREAT! I couldn't wait to put it on the bike. The seat was so bad
thought it couldn't be saved, but T.D. managed to do it. The silver
cord is really impressive-makes the bike look like it just rolled
out of the
showroom! The time and attention to detail shows. I have more bikes
for restoration, and you will have more projects from me in the
Sangster : email@example.com / VJMC Member
"Knocked it (seat logo) out last night and it looks fab
man, I followed the instructions to the letter and am very pleased
with the results.
Thanks again and best of luck to ya-"
Sean Fleskes : firstname.lastname@example.org
thanks for fixing the tear, reconditioning the vinyl and redoing
the logo on the seat of my 1976 Yamaha XS650. It looks as good as
new! I strongly recommend your services to anyone who wants to bring
a vintage motorcycle seat back to original condition. Thanks again
for taking good care of my baby! Warm regards,"
Silk : Scott.Silk@epresence.com
seat is great. It looks perfect on the bike. The details are excellent.
I have already told everybody I know..."
Doug Gregory : email@example.com / VJMC Area Representative
to let you know I received the seats over the weekend. they look
great, the logo looks perfect, and your workmanship seems flawless.Thanks
Steve Sadrovitz : firstname.lastname@example.org
I installed the seat trim Sunday. I had new seat cover and so didn't
have the benefit of the 'old groove'. But I just looked at a picture
of a CL77 seat with trim and followed the basic pattern. It went
on great. Anyway, I'm happy with the look and how it turned out."
Keith Marengo : Kmarengo@comcast.net
picked up the seat today and the seat looks excellent! The only
way to know it's
not a brand new one is to flip it over and look at the frame and
won't show with it bolted on the bike. Once again you've exceeded
my expectations on what's possible when restoring vintage Hondas!"
Ellis Holman : email@example.com
www.VJMC.org / Vintage Japanese Motorcyle Club
have taken my butchered CB77 late model lip-type seat and turned
it into the proverbial silk purse. The extra care taken to insure
satisfaction was exemplified in the finished product. Fitment to
tank contours was spot-on, and the detailing to refresh the old
was better than I thought possible.
A bit of riding on Saturday confirmed that the seat felt as good
Thanks again, and I look forward to your work on my early CB77
Chase Knight : CKnight@cranecams.com
the (2nd) seat yesterday. You folks have once again come through
with an excellent piece of workmanship! Thank you guys for the t-shirt!!!!"
Chase Knight : CKnight@cranecams.com
"Just wanted to let you know that at the recent Riding Into
vintage motorcycle concours event in St. Augustine,(May,'06) my
1966 CB77 (as
pictured on your website) earned an Award of Merit. Although I did
really build this bike to be totally concours correct/authentic,
a really good rider with reliable modern updates, I was pleasantly
to receive this. Had a lot of questions on "Who did the seat?"
and gave them
your info. Thanks again!"
Chase Knight : CKnight@cranecams.com
have received my seat today, and everything was ok. I`m also very
with the work you have done,so I have no problem with "SPREAD
Kracht (Norway): firstname.lastname@example.org
did receive the (SL350) seat today and it got here safely. I put
it on the bike immediately. It looks great and thank you for being
a person of your word, both in meeting my schedule and delivering
what you promised. I still have plenty more fires to put out on
this bike and I am glad that one of the major items is now behind
me. Thank you!"
seat arrived today and looks great! We're going to install it probably
As soon as we get a nice sunny day this week, I'll get some good
digital photos and email them to you. I would consider it an honor
to have my bike on your website.
did an outstanding job on my KZ 650 seat. I can not believe how
it looks! If it is not a "Trade Secret", what is the product
it the shine coat? You really are a true professional. Thanks again
for such a quick and truly professional rework of my seat. I wish
you well, "
Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club / www.VJMC.org
my seat today and couldn't be more pleased the vinyl repairs and
general re-conditioning made a fair seat look like brand new! -
fast turnaround and the price was right, too unless it's some kind
of secret formula, let me know what you put on the material to make
it so soft and shiny would like to put it on the seats on my other
bikes it sure looks and feels better then the armor all-type protectant
i'm using now thanks for a great job!"
Jon Coltune: Jcoltune@aol.com
seat for my Black Bomber arrived today...
well done Sir! What a beautiful and perfect job. You are an artist!
Please accept my congratulations on a job well done!"
Richard N Fisher: email@example.com
the (CB77 Super Hawk) seat today and it looks real nice. Thanks
Doug B. Mills: firstname.lastname@example.org
(CB550) seat arrived today and it is absolutely flawless! Thanks
Greg Foster: Gregory.Foster@bankofamerica.com
(CL77 Scrambler) seat arrived safely. I looks gorgeous! Great job!
I will send pics as
soon as I get the bike totally finished.."
Carson McCord: email@example.com
told me to send you a pic of my Honda CL77 when I finished. Thanks
you and your staff the seat really helps to make this bike look
does. Again, thanks for the GREAT Seat."
Carson McCord : firstname.lastname@example.org
"Just a quick note to say I got my
68 CB450 Tank and CL450 Front Fender today. I am VERY PLEASED. Thank
Ray Denison: DenFam4@aol.com
received the HONDA CB450K1 CB450 450 Front Fender and mufflers..
NICE CHROME! I am very glad about it. Very many thank yous ! "
Romuald Bojdol : email@example.com (Poland)
to let you know, the CB450K0 seat cover has arrived, and its look
good...you are the god spare parts - thanks++!"
Erling Jensen : firstname.lastname@example.org
class seat! It is really too nice to use on a daily rider..."
Neil S. Berman : email@example.com