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View Poll Results: Alaskaleather Sheepskin Buttpad or Beads?
Alaskaleather Sheepskin Buttpad 20 83.33%
Beadrider Wooden Beads 4 16.67%
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post #1 of 9 Old 07-27-2006, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Poll: Alaska Buttpad or Beads?

This poll is simple, if you had to choose one, over a stock DL1000 seat, would you pick the Alaskaleather Sheepskin buttpad http://www.alaskaleather.com/ or wooden beads http://www.beadrider.com/?

I am planning on an ironbutt in a couple of weeks....

There is not, however, an option "C"

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-27-2006, 01:30 PM
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Compared to a replacement seat, sheep and bead pads are cheap. Buy both and give us a comparative review.

I happen to know the beads are fairly slippery when wearing textile overpants. I have thought about slathering on some "plasti dip" on mine.

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Here's a pretty good review for those interested:
http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/acc...t_comfort_pads

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I voted for the sheep skin but what I like about the beads was the air on my butt. It kept you cool and dry. But don't spend big bucks on beads. You can get them at department stores for cars and cut then down. Spray paint them black for a better looking seat. All in all you can try beads for $10 or less to see how you like them.
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I have a sheep skin on a stock seat. It's quite the improvement.
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I bought the $10 beaded car seat from Pep Boys to cut down. Cut it down and it felt okay, kind of slick on my FirstGear HT Air overpants. However, I didn't tie the ends good, and at the end of the trip, beads were flying everywhere! :lol: So, I'll either try another attempt at cutting down the car seat, or more likely, order an AL sheepskin pad (or both)

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I just completed a three week/7000 mile trip to the Pacific NW from St Louis, Mo. I used a homemade beaded seat cover that was cut down to fit the VStrom gel seat. I purchased the beaded seat cover from WalMart + I used a sheepskin that was purchased from IKEA. I had absolutely no heat or cold related problems on the trip and no butt burn. Although quite unbecoming on my stately 2003 metallic yellow DL1000, they both worked great. I use the same set up on my Honda ST1300.... I wore First Gear HT overpants in temperatures from 48 to 98 degrees without any major discomfort.

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I have an Alaska Buttpad and love it. Used it before on my RF900 with a corbin seat on it and it was a life saver there. Really helps the stock Strom seat as well.

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IMHO, seat discussions fall into the same category as threads about oil, tires, religion, & politics... they are endless and have no one answer for everyone . That said, I've ridden 34k mi (in 31wks) w/the AL sheepskin on a stock seat.

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