Business Reviews

Slim's Cycle Seats – Lee's Summit, Missouri

Written by  October 31, 2007

When I was first introduced to Jimmy Shriver he was working at a reputable bike shop in Lee’s Summit, Missouri that sold new and pre-owned bikes and provided top quality custom painting and customization. Unfortunately, the shop has since closed, but at that time, they were putting out some awesome bikes. While working at the shop, Jimmy started recovering and customizing seats for the bikes they sold and also took care of customers who came in looking for seat and other miscellaneous leather repairs. After leaving the shop, Jimmy decided to go out on a limb and use his talents to start his own business, and Slim's Cycle Seats was born.

I bump into Jimmy at several bike nights and other motorcycle events in the Kansas City area and he always takes the time to show me some of the latest work he's done on many of his customers’ one-off seats. Jimmy told me he has fabricated more than 100 custom seats, and because of his reputation, the majority of his business is from repeat customers and word of mouth. Jimmy invited me over to his shop and walked me through the process of adding seat material and installing pleated material with extra padding that looks just like a factory-style seat, including manufacturer logos and all. I was really impressed by this added touch!

Many people today prefer to restore their motorcycle instead of completely changing the look of the factory seat, and Jimmy can do whatever you desire. While visiting his shop you could tell Jimmy treats each and every seat like his own, he and puts 100 percent into each one. His attention to detail is inspiring and he prides himself on quality service and quick turnaround time to get you back on your bike as quickly as possible.

When asked what makes Slim's Cycle Seats stand out from the competition and keeps his customers coming back, Jimmy said 'I like to custom fit the seat to the rider. Lowering and narrowing the seat, adding back support, increasing or decreasing reach, and relieving pressure points adds up a more comfortable ride. In most cases I can retain the stock seat cover for that factory look, which works out well with a restoration project or just going back to stock. I want my customers to say WOW when they feel the difference and see their custom seat for the first time.'

Upholstery work is a necessary component when it comes to preserving your motorcycle. Many bikes today can be purchased relatively cheap due to minor blemishes like seat rips or tears, and proper upholstery work will determine if you show off your bike or just show off your new purchase. Bikes older than 1982 are considered antique and most seats the factories produced at that time were not designed to handle the years of weather and abuse. Jimmy can make these seats look like they came straight out of the box.

Jimmy has set aside some time this winter to take my new Boulevard seat to the next level and customize it to my own personal taste. Since my interview with Jimmy, I am convinced the level of expertise he brings to the table is truly valued by today's top bike builders, although little is said when it comes to this area. When it come to your seat, it's equally important for it to be both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing to the eye!

It seems that for many motorcycle manufacturers today, the seat is the last thing they take into consideration when that model is up on the drawing board. I feel this is also why there are so many aftermarket companies selling all different kinds and flavors of seats with prices to match. After visiting Jimmy, it's obvious you can get top quality craftsmanship and a custom fit seat for a fraction of what you'd pay at many retail locations. Upholstery work is a true art form and Jimmy has definitely mastered his craft.

Jimmy also provides other services that many people may not expect from a seat specialist. In addition to custom fitting and recovering seats, Jimmy also sews on patches, custom fits and repairs chaps and can add color to your favorite leather apparel. So does this sound too good to be true? Not a chance! Jimmy also does repair work on watercraft and boat seats, and can even make you a custom fit one-of-a-kind boat cover.

Winter is almost here, which is a great time to have your motorcycle or boat seat redone, so pick up the phone now and call Slim's Cycle Seats at (816) 525-1939 to make an appointment. You can also contact Jimmy by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

By Dave Miller