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post #1 of 5 Old 08-04-2012, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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memory foam vs. airhawk...

I just had my tall seat redone with memory foam. They cut out an inch of the hard foam, cut down the hump, that killed my skinny butt, and put an inch of memory/medical foam in its place. They then covered it with a quarter inch of plain foam to contour it...and it is....wonderful! It seems to take out a lot of bumps that usually go from my butt to what is left of my brain. It is a 500% improvement over the stock/taller seat material. The person who works on my bike seats commented on how companys are using very hard foam on bike seats. I guess it keeps the "look" on the dealers floor.
I have done a similar thing with my last five bikes in the past three years. I also have two different shaped air hawks. I find them comfortable but very weird to sit on. I don't like the feeling that my body is moving around.
I have one for my computer chair and that is worth every cent I spent for it. It is made for a chair..and I would recommend one to all of you.
I think it would be easy to find an inch thick foam...take the seat cover off...cut an inch off with as saw...mold the foam to the cut..put the cover back on and maybe that will be what you are looking for...a comfortable ride for miles.
I did this seat thing with my '08 KLR and rode it 850 miles in one day from Bowling Green, Kentucky, to Duanesburg, New York. It was a great ride through West Virginia. Thank god for I-Pods!!!

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I think the air hawk in the twistys is a hoot. Your butt is disconnected from the seat and wanders all over the place in slow motion. Maybe I'm easily entertained?
You need to have the right inflation though!
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I think the air hawk in the twistys is a hoot. Your butt is disconnected from the seat and wanders all over the place in slow motion. Maybe I'm easily entertained?
You need to have the right inflation though!
I kinda like the Airhawk, nowhere near as good a s Russell, but great in a pinch.

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I just had my tall seat redone with memory foam. They cut out an inch of the hard foam, cut down the hump, that killed my skinny butt, and put an inch of memory/medical foam in its place. They then covered it with a quarter inch of plain foam to contour it...and it is....wonderful! It seems to take out a lot of bumps that usually go from my butt to what is left of my brain. It is a 500% improvement over the stock/taller seat material. The person who works on my bike seats commented on how companys are using very hard foam on bike seats. I guess it keeps the "look" on the dealers floor.
I have done a similar thing with my last five bikes in the past three years. I also have two different shaped air hawks. I find them comfortable but very weird to sit on. I don't like the feeling that my body is moving around.
I have one for my computer chair and that is worth every cent I spent for it. It is made for a chair..and I would recommend one to all of you.
I think it would be easy to find an inch thick foam...take the seat cover off...cut an inch off with as saw...mold the foam to the cut..put the cover back on and maybe that will be what you are looking for...a comfortable ride for miles.
I did this seat thing with my '08 KLR and rode it 850 miles in one day from Bowling Green, Kentucky, to Duanesburg, New York. It was a great ride through West Virginia. Thank god for I-Pods!!!

Who altered your seat for you? Sounds like it would be more comfortable. Was the top layer of foam for the contoured shape the same foam as the stock seat material.

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I bought an Airhawk to get me across country on my Rocket III. I had departed our daughter's place near Pensacola and was in agony by the time I stayed overnight south of Chicago. I got a Corbin, which is not for everyone, upon my return home. I had a Corbin on my DL1000 and a Rick Meyer on my Wee and love it. I have Mustangs on my touring bikes.

When I visited both Rick Meyer's shop and Russel they both told me that the stock seats are built with inexpensive light density foams and thus break down and create hot spots which everyone on a stock seat has felt.

It sounds like you have a an excellent seat builder who knows his stuff. I recently had the stock seat done the same on my Kawasaki Nomad.
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