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    Beaded seat cushion?

    OK, after a couple of 600+ mile days for the MOA Rally, I am having a hard time sitting down. I may have to succumb to the lure of the grosse expensive aftermarket seat, but I'm soliciting opinions from those of you who ride with beaded seat cushions. They look all wrong to me, but I will remain open minded. Any comments?

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    I've done some 300 & 400 mile rides and found myself squirming after the first tank of gas. My current 1 up seat is a Corbin. I also have a Russell I use when 2 up. I purchased a bead seat at this years rally. I was able to ride 1000+ miles in 1 day to make it home. The beaded seat allows you to shift your weight side to side with ease. However, until you get used to the seat be careful in braking etc. I tried braking hard one time and found myself up on the tank. They are slick in the beginning so be careful. After original purchase I noticed the size was not what was needed. I rode 300 miles on the seat and took it back to the vendor and they were happy to replace it with a larger one. I have also found that riding in the heat, like at the Rally, as long as your beaded seat is wider than your Butt, you get a little air circulation under your backside. A real plus when temps go over 100 degrees. Hope this helps!

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    I bought one at the rally for the 1100 that my wife was riding. A companion of ours has one on her VStrom and loved it. My wife said that it made quite a difference on our ride home.
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    Rode with one to Alaska(400-1000mile days) and back..works great with textile type clothing where one can really squirm around on the beads to work the 'flat spots' out..

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    I got a $7 Walmart seat and cut it down to size. Used some fishing line to sew the end beads back on. I like the fact I don't sweat as bad with it. Some air does get down there. Easy to move around on when butt is bothering you. I dont use it in cooler weather but I find it a life saver in this heat.
    Conclusion: How could 10,000 NYC taxi drivers be wrong.

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    Mine was $8.00

    Quote Originally Posted by maacova View Post
    I got a $7 Walmart seat and cut it down to size. Used some fishing line to sew the end beads back on. I like the fact I don't sweat as bad with it. Some air does get down there. Easy to move around on when butt is bothering you. I dont use it in cooler weather but I find it a life saver in this heat.
    Conclusion: How could 10,000 NYC taxi drivers be wrong.
    I got mine at Walmart too. I ran monofilament line through the beads where I was going to cut it. I have not had heat rash since I installed it on top of my Sargent seat; over 3,000 miles this summer.
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    I bought a beaded seat cover at the rally and the trip home, in heat very similar to the trip there, was MUCH more comfortable. I think the air circulation makes an amazing amount of difference in the extreme heat.

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    LOOOOVE my beaded seat cover, worn over stock GS saddle.

    It helps avoid numb buns, keeps air circulating, keeps rain from puddling under,
    and reduces cellulite. Okay, I'm not sure about the last one.

    Only downside I see is that it makes the seat relatively slippery.
    It can also add a bit to the seat height.
    I tend to use it for long days and remove it for the twisties.

    To avoid scratching or wearing off any painted surface, it is also possible to replace whatever
    mounting straps and clips the manufacturer has provided with loops of plain flat waistband
    elastic (black) bought at a yard good store.
    Just slip the belts of elastic and bead cover around your motorcycle seat pan.

    Here's a pic, I think you can see the elastic holding the beaded cover down on the seat:

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    I've tried just about everything, including an Airhawk and only found the beaded cushion to be of benefit. Every butt is different though. I started by making my own too, as a few others noted, but after finding Bead Rider at a national one year, I found it a lot easier to just buy it. A friend showed me her ceramic bead version...very nice! I went from a 600+ mile day to 1,000 mile day just by adding the beaded cushion. Your enemies are: heat, pressure, and moisture. The beaded cushion provides air flow, keeping you cooler, and shifts pressure points as you move around on it, both help reduce moisture Add a little monkey butt powder and you're all set!
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    worth a try

    For me, they did not solve the issue that my stock '05 RT seat sucked. They improved the comfort marginally, but it was not enough for me. The airflow is great, though. It seems as though your current seat treats you better than my stock did me, so the beads may be all you need to solve your problem. They're cheap, so it's worth a try!

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    Thanks for all the great feedback. Does anyone know if the ceramic beads are less slick than the wood ones?

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    slick

    Quote Originally Posted by smartin108 View Post
    Thanks for all the great feedback. Does anyone know if the ceramic beads are less slick than the wood ones?
    I got the cheap Walmart beads and a few weeks of riding in the rain cured the slick part. I am sure the expensive beads will stay slick longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smartin108 View Post
    Thanks for all the great feedback. Does anyone know if the ceramic beads are less slick than the wood ones?
    I am pretty sure they are more slick... but last longer.
    John A. Brown - Kalamazoo MI
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    I ride 12,000 miles a year in all types of weather here in Seattle. I got the BeadRider because my stock seat has a tear in it and I could afford a strip of Gorilla Tape and a BeadRider, but not a new seat. That was three years ago.

    I love it. People make fun of my "Pakistani cab driver seat cushion", but it keeps me cool when it's hot and dry when it's wet. In fact, that last bit is the best thing about the BeadRider - it keeps my butt a fraction of an inch above the water that can collect in my saddle, and lets that water drain out through the gaps between the beads.

    It really lets you move around on the seat, making it easy to find a comfortable position - and wiggle out of an uncomfortable position. It took me about a week to get used to the slightly higher riding position and having less friction under my butt. Now I'm sure it would feel weird to ride without one.

    Lately it's begun to unravel. I've lost two beads as the time and weather have taken their toll on the monofilament line used to hold it all together. In the meantime, I just tie the loose ends off and it keeps on going.

    Some day I'll break down and spend the $500 to have my seat remade by Rich here in Washington, but until then, I'll be happy and comfortable and cool and dry on my BeadRider.
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    seat cover

    I have looked at several options and wondered. Beads vs Sheepskin vs Air Hawk. Wondering how they compare. Any experiences out there?
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