Rich's Custom Seats

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Rich’s Custom Seats is celebrating over 30 years in business.

Rich O’Connor got his start in the upholstery business way back in 1974. Once he’d mastered the trade, he gravitated to specializing in motorcycle seats, and by 1982 was established in a successful shop on Aurora Ave in Seattle. Over the years, his reputation grew from local to regional to national, and Rich became the “go to” guy for a lot of the Long Distance community, who count him as one of their own. Rich, a rider himself, puts his own work to the test having made seats for more than a half dozen motorcycles he owns ranging from American to Japanese and European brands, He has ridden up to an average of 20,000 miles per year and is a member of the Iron Butt Association.

Rich custom designed seats for Russ Tom’s custom bikes at Downtown Harley Davidson and eventually designed the seat for Russ Tom’s memorial bike. Rich’s 1978 Harley (It Ain’t Paint) motorcycle is a tribute to his skill. The tank and fenders are covered in ostrich and other leathers. Rich customizes 2500 seats every year for every make of motorcycle, scooter, or trike.

Rich built a new shop in Kingston in 2008 and he and Landra (his business manager and significant other) moved their operation there in 2009. The new place is an incredible shop, with everything from overnight accommodations for customers to a great lounge to keep you comfortable during the fitting process.



Quint & RichMy new seat is a work of art. My ride to Wenatchee, although hardly a distant destination was a huge improvement over the trip from Northern California to your shop. Please allow me to once again compliment you on your...
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Ralph M.

​Rich, I’d like to thank you for your excellent job on my seat. I headed off for New Mexico on the Saturday morning after you custom fit my seat for me. I’m home now and I really don’t think I could have done the 5700 miles without...

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Ron Kirk

​Dear Rich and Crew, After a mere 10 days with my new 2015 BMW R1200GS Adventure, it was painfully obvious that the stock seat was a disaster and I was in your shop getting my seat custom fit to me. Shortly after that, I made a 2500...

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Paul Whelan