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    Bryan
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    Which do you prefer..airhawk, beads, or sheepskin

    Just curious out there if there are any opinions on which you prefer on your stock seat..an airhawk, beads, or sheepskin. I have an airhawk but it's not doing the job. In fact, it took everything I had yesterday not to lose my religion on how my butt felt yesterday after I got off the bike. For some reason, the airhawk isn't working. Need to find another solution without having to buy a custom seat.

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    Arrow BaBA

    Have used a sheep skin that I bought at a tanners it was ok, till the rain got to it. Found it wasn't prossed properly; that why I have my new solo Corbin now ,Boy what a mess..
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    I have an Airhawk that I use for longer trips, and it works really well for me. I don't really inflate it very much; I find it's more comfortable that way, but everyone is different. While it's great for me, the person I purchased it from didn't like it. I also occasionally switch between the airhawk and no airhawk just to mix things up a bit.

    Not an answer to your question; just a data point.

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    I had a sheepskin long ago, and while it was an improvement over the stock seat (my '81 R65 -- told you it was long ago), I eventually sprang for an aftermarket seat and was very happy after that.
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    Since I know the sheepskin would get somthing spilled on it, a bird would drop on it, and it for sure would be rained on, and screwed up, I went for the beads, cause the stock 05 1200GS was murder!

    And could not be happier. Stock seat before? Like I had a tribe of indians camping out on my butt. Aftewrwards? Like Maxwell Parish painted comfort and contentment on my backside....

    Beads work for me, no complaints.

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    My test results: best choice for comfort is a good seat, followed by airhawk, sheepskin, and beads. Of course, I went the other way, starting with beads, sheepskin, airhawk, and ending with Sargent.
    Salty Fog Rally 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, AND LOOKING FORWARD TO 2014!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    My test results: best choice for comfort is a good seat, followed by airhawk, sheepskin, and beads. Of course, I went the other way, starting with beads, sheepskin, airhawk, and ending with Sargent.
    +1
    even with the Sargent on REAL long rides I use the airhawk and almost always use the "alaska leather"

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    The plastic beaded seatcover (that I purchased in Taipei after riding in a taxi completely covered in them) is great! I have done ten or twelve one-thousand-mile-days on it, including one offroad. Wiggle around for a quick butt-massage and to activate an entirely new set of pressure points. Airflow and rain are never a problem.


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    Nothing made the stocker worth keeping. After just 45 minutes I got serious monkey-butt, and anything more than 150 miles (give or take a couple of hours) was pure torture. I tried an Alaska Sheepskin, and it helped a bit, but it didn't do enough to solve the problem. I'm on a Sargent now. With the Sargent, 200 mile rides are great, and 400 mile days are fine. At 300 miles I start to feel the hint of monkey butt, but its still fine up to 400 miles, and its nothing compared to the pain of the stocker. Still, though, I wouldn't want to do a Saddle Sore 1K on it.

    BTW, if I lived nearer the west coast I'd ride out to Russell, Rich's, or one of the Mayers for a custom job. But the Sargent is fine for 98% of my riding, and beats stocker by a mile.

    BTW, I have a buddy who swears by beads. I've considered getting beads for rides that I know will reach 300+ miles. After all, 10,000 NY cab drivers can't be wrong.
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    Personally? None of the above.

    Depends on what bike you are outfitting. For an RT, I prefer Rick Mayer's saddles in leather with nothing over it.

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    Stop wearing cotton underwear. That will make a big difference. I also used the beads with much success for several thousand miles. I think the beaded seat cover has the best price/comfort ratio.

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    LD riding comfort

    Sheepskin was great till it rained and then what? Bought a bead seat .It lets the air circulate beneath your posterior to improve evaporation and in a downpour the water drains off quickly.It also lets U slide back & forth on the beads for a Cheap bottom massage. I'd be fibbing if I told U that it cured MB , but it reduced it considerably. Also switched to wick_away underwear.

    I spent $$$$ on two different custom seats which in the long run only marginally improved my comfort so in my case the Bead Seat is a fav.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistercindy View Post
    After all, 10,000 NY cab drivers can't be wrong.
    They don't ride motorcycles.
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    seat comfort

    the stock seat on my 99 RT was murder. good for about 50 miles. I bought an Airhawk, and it did help but not a cure. then I found a Sargent on e-bay, and so far so good. when I head to Gillette, I'll take the airHawk along.

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    Have used beads on my last 3 bikes.

    Will continue with them, even with a Corbin on my current bike.


    Dale

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