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2004-2022 Sportster Americano™ Café Classic Seat (Forty-Eight and 3.3G Tank)

2004-2022 Sportster Americano™ Café Classic Seat (Forty-Eight and 3.3G Tank)
2004-2022 Sportster Americano™ Café Classic Seat (Forty-Eight and 3.3G Tank)
2004-2022 Sportster Americano™ Café Classic Seat (Forty-Eight and 3.3G Tank)
2004-2022 Sportster Americano™ Café Classic Seat (Forty-Eight and 3.3G Tank)

 

Café motorcycle seats prove that function that creates a style. When a company like Saddlemen®, with its rich racing heritage and styling expertise, tackles a genre, the results are stunning. Such is the case with Saddlemen’s® new Americano Café seats for the Harley-Davidson Sportster family.

Unlike other café seat offerings that ask you to mutilate your fender or frame, Americano Café seats slide right on your Sportster using factory hardware and mounting points. Engineered on existing Saddlemen® seats, the fit of the Americano is as excellent as it is stylish.

A carefully sculpted shape, with an extra level of attention to the ubiquitous “hump,” Americano Café seats instantly turn a motorcycle into an object of desire. But, there is more to these seats than meets the eye, as the attention to the seating area, plus the use of Saddlemen’s® Gelcore Technology, yields a seat whose comfort matches its looks. Want to tour with a racing-inspired seat? You can do  it with an Americano!

If you are a fan of motorcycle history, you probably know the legend of early UK riders dashing from café to café on their lightweight, yet powerful bikes. The Sportster came along adding American punch to that group of bikes and now there’s a seat that lets you easily pay tribute to those early daredevils.

Don’t accept anything less as you cannot buy a better seat. Classic race-bike looks, top quality components, simple installation, designed and engineered specifically for the Harley-Davidson Sportster model – all great reasons to choose Saddlemen®.

Americano Café Classic Seat features:

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Saddlemen’s® unique take on the classic café racing seat
  • Pleated cover that is reminiscent of old school tuck n’ roll
  • Simple bolt-on installation – nothing else to buy or modify
  • Seating area is shaped to comfortable making sure you can ride in style all-day-long
  • Gelcore Technology supports the rider unlike the rock-hard seats offered by other builders
  • Seat and rear hump shape carefully sculpted to complement the motorcycles’ lines and fender shapes

2004 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2004 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2016 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2016 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2016 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2018 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2018 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2018 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2019 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2019 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2019 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2020 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2020 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2020 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2022 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2022 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

The ideal cover for a motorcycle must exhibit many features, and Saddlemen utilizes the best material, Saddlehyde™, which provides the optimum combination of good looks, comfort and durability. First, Saddlehyde™, has a luxurious look and feel due to its leather grain and soft touch feel. Second, Saddlehyde™ has a built in compliance, or stretch, that enhances the gel and foam characteristics for increased comfort. Many other materials, including many leathers, are more board like and prevent the foam or gel from doing their job of softening your ride. Third, motorcycle seats are exposed to some of the worst conditions imaginable; bright sun, heat, rain and constant flexing, conditions that ruin the looks and durability of ordinary materials. Saddlehyde™ excels in these conditions and constant application of conditioners is not required.


Our unique Co-mold process is the largest comfort advancement in motorcycle seating since the creation of the suspension.

The Cushion Layer

The top sculpted layer is the sensory layer. It cushions and provides that nice soft touch.

The Absorption Layer

The middle layer isolates vibration, absorbs and dampens shock, disperses the pressure and promotes blood flow which alleviates hot spots created by foam only seating solutions.

The Support Layer

The bottom layer “the shell” is the stability layer. The polyurethane substructure completes the seating foundation to provide a truly unique riding experience.


Scientifically proven, this amazing product will increase the amount of time you spend on your motorcycle. A seat made with SaddleGel is scientifically engineered to dampen, divert and deflect the energy from road shock which air bladders and 70 year old foam only seat technology cannot protect you from.

Our SaddleGel has the ability to conform to all body shapes, sizes, and contours to reduce pressure points and promote blood flow which minimizes “hot spots “associated the pain and discomfort.

Otherwise, pressure points or “hot spots” can hinder blood flow, causing pain and discomfort. Normal circulation is never lost on a seat with SaddleGel and it keeps you comfortable on a long ride.


Whether it's a football helmet, hospital bed, knee pad or body armor, the foam it contains plays a critical role in making that product both comfortable and safe. But can that foam be transformed into something significantly better, safer and more comfortable?

Foam only seating dates back to the 1940’s. Still after 70 years many motorcycle seating manufactures solely rely on this low cost solution ignoring the advancements in technology.

Years of study, combined with practical experience, has led to the formulation of Saddlemen’s Progressive Density Foam. The chemical make-up and raw material volume is carefully tuned to create a foam pour that is balanced between support and compliance. Varied cell sizes and types are encapsulated in the foam by an element-resistant skin that seals the foam from water and enhances the seat’s durability as well as comfort.

To complete the process then tunes the density and shape which are also necessary to provide the superior foundation for Saddlemen’s unique co-molding process that optimizes reduction is vibrations and shock directly related to rider fatigue.


Unlike most foam that has open holes at the surface, Saddlemen’s Profoam actually has an abrasion resistant skin that resists water intrusion. This barrier is engineered to form during the molding process and protects the micro cellular foam core from breaking down, which is common with many OEM and aftermarket seats.


Seat Dimensions

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Selecting the proper Saddlemen seat should begin with the question, “How long in the saddle and riding style or preference?” Knowing the comfort a rider will need will aim them at the best type of seats for their intended use and then they can further hone their choice by looking at seats that would that complement their motorcycle and styling preference.

Saddlemen seats are a result of Integrated Design Philosophy (IDP™), which focuses on putting as much comfort into the seat as possible. IDP™ then takes styling cues from each motorcycle and incorporates them into the contours and patterns of each new seat. The result is a seat that is as comfortable as possible but also looks and fits perfectly on the motorcycle. Saddlemen’s craftsmanship and quality assures you of an enjoyable ride – regardless of the distance.

By combining the attributes of our proprietary SaddleGel and advanced Progressive Density Foam we create exceptional foundations that provide superior comfort and vehicle control. While thick seat foams are usually more comfortable, Saddlemen’s Gel-Core technology is used in every seat to produce excellent comfort regardless of its thickness. That’s why a slammed-down Saddlemen seat, such as the Profiler, rides so much more comfortably than other seats of a similar thickness. So if a thin Saddlemen seat is comfortable, imagine how plush a thick seat like a Road Sofa or an Explorer will be.

When creating a new seat, additional attention is always devoted to overcoming deficiencies that exist in the stock seat or other after market seats. Our designers use advanced engineering plus practical riding experience to forge seats that ride comfortably, look great and fit perfectly. For example, rigid plastic or resin-based seat pans with plated brackets provide superior fitment for easy, hassle-free installation. Riders will need to carefully study the attributes of each Saddlemen seat so they can learn how it can improve their riding experience. ese seat types are:

Seats for Long Distance or “Touring”

These seats are aimed at users who will lay down 500+ miles open road in a day. Large, plush double bucket seats designed to keep rider and passenger in supreme comfort during long distance riding.

Day Cruising Two-up Seats

These seats are great for cruising and day trips (200 mile tours).  Still a significant improvement in comfort of the original saddle,  these seats aim for balance between style and comfort making for an enjoyable journey. 

Low Profile Two-up Seats

Low slung, trim stylish seats that include seating for a passenger.  The lean and minimalistic approach significantly complements the motorcycle’s lines. Not as well suited for long distance use as an  Explorer seat, but they are the most comfortable slammed-down seats you can get. Great for (urban) boulevard cruising. 

Renegade Solo & Pillions

These Rider-only seats are also great for cruising and day trips as they provide a superb level of comfort while looking great as only a solo saddle can.  Matching pillion seats are available.

Slammed Solo's (S3) Seats 

Low slung, trim stylish seats for lone riders. The lean and minimalistic style complements the motorcycle’s lines. Not as well suited for long distance use as an Explorer seat, but they are the   most comfortable slammed-down seats you can get. Great for casual riding (no backrest options - see Universal Detachable Pillions Pad for passenger seating).

Pro Series Seats

Saddlemen’s seat artisans occasionally partner with leading bike builders to create special edition seats. Not as well suited for long distance use as an Explorer seat, but very comfortable for urban cruising with a unique appearance.

Café Seats

Specialty rider-only seats that feature the ubiquitous hump at the back of the seat. While aimed at style, the seat is very comfortable for urban cruising.

2004-2022 Sportster Americano™ Café Classic Seat (Forty-Eight and 3.3G Tank)

Brand Fitment: Harley-Davidson
Model Fitment: XL SPORTSTER STANDARD (Forty-Eight and 3.3G Tank)
Year Fitment: 2004-2022 

made in the usa

Gel-Core Technology // Explained
Technical Overview (HD)

 

2004 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2004 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2016 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2016 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2016 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2018 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2018 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2018 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2019 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2019 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2019 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2020 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2020 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2020 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

2022 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200X Forty Eight

2022 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Sportsters (3.3G FUEL TANK)

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