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post #1 of 110 Old 10-28-2016, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Do beads really help with monkey butt?

I did a hard ride last weekend and found myself on a two hour stretch and my butt was burning. (Have a stock seat on my DL650a). I don't want to spend a huge amount of money on a custom seat so wanted to get comments from guys that use seat beads. Do they help with monkey butt? They look very uncomfortable and I can't imagine they feel good for five minutes, let alone troops hours. Plus they are ugly as hell on a seat. I'm looking at these from Beadrider.
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Kinda sounds like a query on a voodoo forum, don't it?

Seriously, I've used beads on my Concours the past two summers, and it really helps the airflow around the boys, etc. You actually do not notice the individual beads.

I made my bead seat cover from a car bead seat I had.......check online for how-tos...I'll have a boo to see if I can re-find the one I used and will post if found.
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They might feel fine on shorter trips. But long hours in the saddle will have you squirming like a worm on a hook!

There is NO substitute for a good seat. Beyond that, a properly set up Airhawk cushion is a help. But paying for one of those is a big chunk you could put toward a good seat........
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Well, there's a good how-to from our own resource, but I cannot post, as I'm still a mere child. Do a search for bead seats, and It'll pop right up.
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Monkey butt?
I don't get the correlation.

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Correlation is an uncomfortable sweaty, burning tookus. Ever seen a picture of a Baboon's butt all flaming red?
Gold Bond Riders powder up and travel on.
Even with the Air HAwk, I get monkey but after a few hours. Some folks swear by bicycling shorts.
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Monkey butt?
I don't get the correlation.
Here you go. Enjoy.
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Do beads help/work?

Yes. So does an Airhawk inflatable.
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They might feel fine on shorter trips. But long hours in the saddle will have you squirming like a worm on a hook!

There is NO substitute for a good seat. Beyond that, a properly set up Airhawk cushion is a help. But paying for one of those is a big chunk you could put toward a good seat........
That was my solution; a Russell Day-Long seat. It's all day comfort. Don't know why I waited so long.


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I spend 2hrs min everyday on my beads, and yes, they are the best thing ever...

In the heat, they let air flow extremely well and keep me free of butt sweat. I don't think they do anything much for straight comfort compared to the bare sargent seat I have.

Look at making your own from a car seat, the car seats are WAY cheaper, and larger. I have done some mods to mine to make it fit better, and to reinforce it, documented HERE

The big thing is to use something to reinforce the outside of the cover, the way I used the braided fishing line (no stretch). That stuff has worked great on both my motorcycle beads and my car seat cover.

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