I like the leather I used a mouse pad "A Nice one with the hard shiny rubber on one side". That's the area I put outward, works great also, It's still on the cover today. All the Nay Sayers said it would melt , yet it hasn't as of yet and it's been like 6 months of daily riding. Safe to say it isn't gonna melt . Not to be nosy Slot, but why not run that clutch cable along the lower frame bar that the CDI is hooked up to would b e much neater and less friction on the cable when applying the clutch. Also do you live in a flood prone area? I'm guessing that's what the snorkel is for, deep puddles?