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Offline mww916

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The Seat
« on: February 28, 2014, 04:10:54 AM »
I need feedback from those that have modified the seat to make it more comfortable.

The ergonomics of the seat, bars and pegs are all good. So I don't want to the change that aspect.

All I want is comfort for longer rides.

The way I see it from a bit of research the options are:

1. Air Hawk
2. Sargent seat / seat modified by a specialist
3. Sheepskin

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Re: The Seat
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014, 04:18:40 AM »
Take a look at the Russell day longs. They will restyle your factory seat for about $400. They are for comfort not looks though.

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Re: The Seat
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 06:56:21 AM »
"  1. Air Hawk
2. Sargent seat / seat modified by a specialist
3. Sheepskin  "

I cant vouch for airhawk, used it on many a bike not once got sore butt or legs.

Be nice to afford a Sargent seat,, I heard they're quite good ; modifying? Probably similar cost to a Sargent, you'd wanna hope it works.. ?

I've used sheepskin, next to useless, but ok on hot days, no sweaty crack :192:

I remember on previous bikes, those with a wide seat despite soft/hardness gave good butt, but those that were slim, much like the X at the front part, usually irritate..

I'm going to fit and see how my airhawk goes for a few thousand km, fits on ok, just need to get the correct inflation(deflation)..

Anyway, for $value, I think airhawk is good :)

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Re: The Seat
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014, 07:43:27 AM »
What size Airhawk did you get Hyper?

I agree - the replacement seats (Russell, ACM and Sargent, Corbin) are very expensive. I
 did have a Corbin on my Kawasaki 1100 that was there when I bought it - swapped it for an original seat and never was more comfortable.

I will get an Airhawk..... now, what size....
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Re: The Seat
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014, 09:51:40 AM »
Have you tried internal, or external Gel seat pads? They can be cut to size & shape you want. I have no personal experience of them though.
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Re: The Seat
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2014, 10:39:39 AM »
My airhawk is 'medium cruiser', they would have more designs available, some might be more suitable, this one I got some years back, well...shows they're reliable atleast.
Mine's the poly whatever one, its cheaper too..
here's their site 
http://www.airhawk.com.au/products.php?product_category_id=28
I found on the short ride (with airhawk on)on the cb that the side of the seat wasn't as noticeable, whereas any other time I'm not so much getting sore butt rather an irritation from the side of the seat..

I tried a factory gel seat on the gtr1400 I had, honestly I thought it was sh#t, harder, less comfort and if it got hot in the sun/parked, it would stay hot. Big mistake, I'm convinced it was faulty. (Got some gel padded gloves, they're still soft after probably 6years..)

one thing most people think with airhawk, its a "pillow", wrong..once with the correct psi (like, sfa) it's barely noticeable,  on long trips I've actually increased the pressure so it does become like a pillow, but only because I'd be bored, on a freeway, its not designed for actually being inflated like that.

everyone's different, when I was working in a bikeshop I was actually thanked for suggesting one for this older guy, he'd ridden thru Vic, the Great Ocean Road and back thru Adelaide, he had never been more comfortable, good feedback.
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Re: The Seat
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2014, 10:57:54 AM »
I have fitted Gel pads and memory foam to seats previously and whilst the initial on is more comfy I found it did not help with the Biker Bum after a run.

The reason being is that the pressure points on your derrire will eventually start to hurt no matter what is on your seat.

The Airhawk is a good option for reducing these as slightly wiggling your bum around moves the air pockets and therefore creating new pressure points to start the pain process (Only issue I have found with the Airhawk as due to the weight from your bum being heavier than your gentleman meat and 2 veg the air pockets seems to push into that region and are not very forgiving...)

SheepSkin or any other type of Natural Skin/Fur work in the same way by creating an uneven surface (Unlike the flat seat) meaning when your wiggle about a bit the contact area between the surface and your ass changes giving new points to bed in...

Also shifting up and down the seat with nothing else helps a bit but there are only some many different positions you can do without wearing them all out and everything hurts.

Also consider not wearing restrictive/tight trousers as this will also cut off circulation and additionally remember to give your toes a good wiggle regularly so the blood pumps around easing the area slightly.

Unfortunately nothing will ever combat the Riders Numb Bum during a major session  :192: but in my opinion you cannot go wrong with Sheep/Lamb skin as a quick throw on solution. (and this is not because I am Welsh!!!)

Ewan McGregor used one during his Long way down/around ride.

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Re: The Seat
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2014, 12:31:23 PM »
I was enjoying your post Bishop, until I got to the Ewan MacGregor bit.

I have had sheepskin before, but when they get wet, they do pong and take a while to dry out.

I'll get an airhawk for now.

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Re: The Seat
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2014, 04:37:36 PM »
"..Ewan McGregor used one during his Long way down/around ride.."

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That probably should read... Was Given One...
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Re: The Seat
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2014, 01:23:13 AM »
*Originally Posted by hyperpete [+]
"..Ewan McGregor used one during his Long way down/around ride.."

:008:
That probably should read... Was Given One...
 :017:

More likely ..... Was PAID to use one. And then recommend it.

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