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post #1 of 36 Old 12-14-2010, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Seat Gel Pad or Airhawk?

Flat out.....for aggressive riding, I like the stock 919 seat. And actually, for medium distances (3-4 hours) its not too bad. I therefor don't want to be stuck with a Sergeant or Corbin seat for an entire trip..... I want something comfy for the trip to where I'm going, then remove it.

I've been looking at the Pro Pad Gel seat pads and the AirHawk cushions......

Anyone ever use something similar on their bike?

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post #2 of 36 Old 12-15-2010, 01:07 PM
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Try this one, gain added comfort and road rash protection while retaining the stock 919 seat:



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nice..... thats EXACTLY what I was looking for. LOL

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Yep --- looks pretty stupid and I wouldn't want one on the seat for the twisties....but for the LONG haul.....they'll make a big difference. And heck....they're removable.

I'm surprised more people haven't heard of them.....Here's the AirHawk.....


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Here's another one called the Pro Pad..... Its sheepskin with a Gel insert.....



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Flat out.....for aggressive riding, I like the stock 919 seat. And actually, for medium distances (3-4 hours) its not too bad. I therefor don't want to be stuck with a Sergeant or Corbin seat for an entire trip..... I want something comfy for the trip to where I'm going, then remove it.

I've been looking at the Pro Pad Gel seat pads and the AirHawk cushions......

Anyone ever use something similar on their bike?
I absolutely hate the stocker for anything.
My Corbin has really helped.
And my creaky knees really appreciate the added seat height at the track when shifting weight from side to side.
The crazy part was the shop I got the bike from told me straight "do your wife a favour, get a Corbin". We did season 1 on the stocker, and she had no problem with it, meanwhile I was complaining every ride once 45 minutes to an hour had passed.

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Try this one, gain added comfort and road rash protection while retaining the stock 919 seat:



Nearly Me Hip & Rear Padded Panties 17-200 - Nearly Me Panties

This is a very nice seat option.

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Where does your butt start to hurt? for me, its the inner thighs and then the tail bone. I'm attributing the tail bone to the stock shock and the inner thigh portion to having a pad underneath me causing more strain on those locations from a raised height than the stock seat and where our controls are located.

I may not have a lot to say but it doesn't mean I don't listen.
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I tried one of these for a three day ride.

Pros: Relatively inexpensive & affordable.
It lets air get under you butt for cooling/ventilation.
You can move around and get a mini 'massage"!

Cons: It was slippery and I kept sliding to the front of the seat.
I still needed to reposition or raise off the seat every so often.
For me the height/thickness of it raised me up enough that it felt
a little awkward.
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^ Is that the Butt-Beads™ Seat Pad?

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^ Is that the Butt-Beads™ Seat Pad?
It's a Bead Rider. Link - BeadRider - Beaded Motorcycle Seats

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post #12 of 36 Old 12-15-2010, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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...... I was going to post a picture of the 'Bead Rider'.... but didn't for fear of ridicule....

Seriously though --- I've read articles in AdvRider where people have tried the Airhawk and others....and liked the Bead Rider better.....

At a price of only $35....... hummmm, might be worth trying out.

I was wondering though if the wood beads would leave permenant dents in the stocker seat.

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There's another one called the 'Freedom Air' that is the same idea as the AirHawk, except it has better cut outs for 'The Boys' and your tailbone.....

Way, way, tooo pricey though.....around $180. Half the cost of a Sargent. Now I suppose if you had a Sargent AND the Freedom Air.

Freedom AirŪ Motorcycle Seat Cushions

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When I did my Saddlesore 1000 mile ride a couple years back, my wife took an old sheepskin baby seat cover and turned it into a seat cover for my Triumph.

It worked really well even if it looks dorky.


As an aside, here's ~600 miles into the ride

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post #15 of 36 Old 12-15-2010, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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wow.....looks like a great time..... Very cool.

So far ---- from what I've read.......Figure I'll keep an eye out for a used AirHawk over the winter...

....and if not, for $35 the BeadRider it is!

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Hi, Arctic
I have a seat that was done by Spencer and I have an Airhawk. I like the Spencer for short distances and around town but for any length trip I use the Airhawk. At the end of the day your butt feels good, no soreness, pressure points and it cuts the vibration. It rolls when you do not need it. When it is not on the bike I use it as a cushion on my computer chair. Like right now.

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BTW, if you want to consider Sheepskin, look here (and you can google these covers on ADVRider):
<Alaska Leather> Home of the Sheepskin Buttpad - Motorcycle Seat Covers - Results for Deluxe

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Seriously? You have to brush the damn thing!!! baaaaaahhhhh.....ba.

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I have an AirHawk on my '04 919. I rode a 7.5 hour from Dallas to KC and was totally comfortable the whole time. It totally changed long rides. Highly recommended. The trick with the AirHawks is to barely inflate them at all - almost no extra pressure.

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Gel-inserts cannot bite a mans face off.

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Where does your butt start to hurt? for me, its the inner thighs and then the tail bone. I'm attributing the tail bone to the stock shock and the inner thigh portion to having a pad underneath me causing more strain on those locations from a raised height than the stock seat and where our controls are located.
If you were asking me, my recollection is this (it's now 4 years on the Corbin)
I kept sliding forward because of the seat slope.
This grabbed at my jeans and irritated my inner thighs as well as being real uncomfortable re the family jewels etc.
I also got "numb bum" as well.
Nothing was good about it.
And I'm on a Penkse shock and do mostly two up riding unless I am at the track.

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LOL........ I wonder if rabbit would make a nice seat.......


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I have an AirHawk on my '04 919. I rode a 7.5 hour from Dallas to KC and was totally comfortable the whole time. It totally changed long rides. Highly recommended. The trick with the AirHawks is to barely inflate them at all - almost no extra pressure.
Just curious.....which airhawk did you buy? I'm wondering about what size to look for......have any pics?

(I'm tempted to get the small square shaped passenger pad.....)

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Artic 954, I have the airhawk also ( the smallest square size) and use it all the time. I'm part of the older group of riders on a 919 ( 58 yrs. old) it really made a difference for me on the stock seat. I wonder if the saddle shape one might be a better choice though, if you go this route let us know how it works for you.

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Older group at 58, your still part of the kids.

Arctic.
I have the small cruiser Airhawk.

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Great info......thanks guys!

Take photos if you can!!!!!

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Just curious.....which airhawk did you buy? I'm wondering about what size to look for......have any pics?

(I'm tempted to get the small square shaped passenger pad.....)
Small cruiser, I think 13"x13". I'll get a pic tonight!

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Small cruiser fitss the 919 seat perfectly. 13x13. here is the best pic I have of the 'hawk on the bike.
I have not tried any of the other options. But the airhawk is awsome. Worked great on the 919 and works just as great on my 1000.
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Thanks for the pic......looks like it covers perfectly....

Excellent info.

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Here are some pictures.
My Airhawk is 18 X 12.
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I use alaska seat pad..It works good, ive done 10 hour days on my bike with no problems.

That being said I did have my rideing pants on with under armor to, if I was to just cruise with jeans, I can only do like 2 hour tops.

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I find if I use my padded cycling shorts (tights actually)under my leathers it adds a some seat comfort and makes getting in and out of my suit a bunch easier too.

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Small cruiser fitss the 919 seat perfectly. 13x13. here is the best pic I have of the 'hawk on the bike.
I have not tried any of the other options. But the airhawk is awsome. Worked great on the 919 and works just as great on my 1000.
dude that is one LOADED 9er! awesome....

Arctic, I had to go to a corbin personally I couldn't take the stocker. When I had it though I found comfort to be greatly improved by what kind of pants I was wearing. Ones with less seams tend to be much better.

If you get butt beads I will rag on you, but want to try it out.

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dude that is one LOADED 9er! awesome....

Arctic, I had to go to a corbin personally I couldn't take the stocker. When I had it though I found comfort to be greatly improved by what kind of pants I was wearing. Ones with less seams tend to be much better.

If you get butt beads I will rag on you, but want to try it out.

By far the most comfortable I've been was while I was wearing my full A* leather suit and nylon bike shorts with very few seams. Ive done a 6 hour highway run on the stocker seat with no issues. But..... Its a BIG difference between 6 hours.....and 12 hours each way.

BTW - behind the scenes a fellow WT inmate had a BeadRider pad that he sold me for cheap. For $10 and a TON of good reviews about the BeadRider....its worth a try.


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