Mustang seat for Harley Davidson motorcycle, $75.

'How much for just the Mustang motorcycle seat?' I asked the old guy at the yard sale. 'I'm not separating them. They go together,' he said, 'and they're $75 for the pair.' You see the most bizarre stuff in this business, and this guy was just another pothole along weirdo road.

You should already be aware by now that the world of aftermarket motorcycle parts is of huge interest to millions of eBay buyers out there. And when it comes to aftermarket seats, the two biggies you're likely to run into out there are Corbin and Mustang. If you've been with us for any length of time, you know that Corbin seats are so expensive that even the little Corbin 'lollipop' motorcycle seat backrests I cover in another Gallery entry, routinely sell for over $100 apiece. So, I'm glad I had the chance to present to you this other famous brand of aftermarket motorycle seat you should keep any eye out for.

The problem with this particular deal is that although I really wanted this Mustang seat, I did not want that other piece of garbage, which is just an old stock Harley seat that's in overall good shape, but is really nothing special that anyone out there will be after. But since the two were inseparable, I'll have to do what I can with what I have.

As I inspected these two seats, the old guy kept referring to the fact that they were leather. They're not leather! But I sure couldn't tell him that. I know that in some cases it can be hard to tell real leather from the fake stuff, and I've spent my share of time holding something I just wasn't sure of. I'd scratch the material, I'd smell it, and in general I'd just end up confused. But the mystery is always solved if you can see the back side of the material in question, as is the case here. If you see what looks like cloth weave, or if the backing is white, as with these seats, you're dealing with vinyl. And vinyl is less desirable than leather. Notice the white backings in the photos below. Vinyl!

The two most popular brands of aftermarket motorcycle seats you're likely to see are Corbin and Mustang. From what I've seen, Corbin seats are nearly always covered in leather, whereas many of the Mustang seats I've seen are covered in vinyl. And yet both brands sell for very good money on eBay, so go figure!

As you look at the bottoms of these seats, you'll notice another way aftermarket seats differ from their factory counterparts. Notice the staples that hold the material to the frame on the factory seat in the above example, whereas the Mustang seat uses rivets to secure the material. Corbin uses this rivet technique as well.

Finally, notice the sticker on the bottom of the Mustang seat that says the seat will fit the HARLEY FLR ROADKING '94 UP. What would you do with that information when it came time to list this seat on eBay? Well, when I check this seat's part number on Mustang's website, I see that this seat fits models 1994 through 1996 only. This tells me that although this seat is in perfect and unused condition, it's certainly not new, since it must have been made before the 1997 models were on the market.

What will happen if I list this seat on eBay as fitting models '1994 and up,' like the label says? Right - someone with a post-1996 model will buy it and tell me it doesn't fit his bike. I'll have misrepresented the seat, irritating my buyer and causing more work for myself because I'll have to take it back and relist it correctly.

The lesson here is that when it comes to vehicle parts, always try to do the required research to determine what model(s) they fit. And when you have the part number right there in front of you, there's no excuse for not obtaining this info and posting it with the auction. A little effort now can save you lots of heartburn later on!

The Mustang seat sold on eBay for $142, and that gnarly old seat I didn't even want to buy in the first place sold for $19.

Photo of Mustang motorcycle seat