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Anybody using an Air Hawk with the stock seat and how much does it increase the height? I've never used one.

I need a little more leg room but don't want to lower the pegs or spring for a custom seat yet.

Thanks in advance for any input.
 

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One doesn't fill the Airhawk like an air mattress. The seat pad works best with a small amount of air so it contours to your tookus. It will increase in volume as you go up in altitude, as in riding over a mountain and it will be a harder feel.
I bought a seat topper from Rocky Mayer to get more knee room for another bike. The Wee is OK and I use the air Hawk for long distance comfort. My BMW is a knee cramper.
 

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I have purchased the AirHawk 18" x 12" originally for my BMW RT, but have been using it now on both RT and DL650. I like it actually more on the DL650, it is comfortable and it expands the pain free but time by at least 50%.
You inflate it just enough that your but doesn't touch the seat, so I would say it increases the seat height by no more than 1/2 inch. Combined with the foot pegs lowering kit, it definitely helps my 68 years old knees.
 

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I used one with my 2012 dl650 stock seat for a 5000 mile trip I took 2 springs ago. Could not have done it in the 10 days without it. With the amount of air I had in mine it raised me up about an inch. I have the Airhawk 2, which is the cheaper one. It was definitely worth the coin in my opinion.
 

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Seems the consensus is people either love them or hate them.
 

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Good advice so far.

Now a follow up question..... Which model/size Air Hawk works best with the stock seat?:confused:

Thanks again.
 

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I bought the Airhawk R Seat Pad AHR for my SV650. I transferred it to my strom and it fits the seat pretty well. I have got the russel day long seat and have found that I no longer need the airhawk to be comfortable. It is now for passenger duty. With it properly inflated, it was about ¼” raise. Very small, you are not supposed to fill them with much air. Looks can be deceiving as when you sit down, it squishes.

On the SV it was amazing. After trying 2 aftermarket seats and still not getting where I needed to be (I used the sv for touring as well), the airhawk on top of a specer seat worked pretty well. It did prevent easily sliding around on the seat, and thus not ideal for aggressive riding.

Also have an Alaskan sheepskin that I put over the airhawk for the long trips. Now that is a combination.
 

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I borrowed my friend's airhawk and hated the feel of it. It felt like wearing a diaper. Luv it or hate it, it's an expensive gamble. Probably better off with a new seat.
 

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I think mine is the medium cruiser. It's the 2nd generation. I had a 1st generation but it was over inflated and I sat down too hard and blew popped the seam open.
It was several years old. The one I have now I need to think about getting a new cover. It's getting very worn.
They can feel squirmy when charging through the twisties. But probably no more so that constanly changing positions if you are a hang off kinda rider, which I ain't.
 

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I have the Airhawk R simply because I moved it from my previous cruiser. (They make a cushion for dual sport / adventure bikes.) I always felt like the seat was pushing me into the tank, so I have the cushion a little more forward which helps make the front of the seat a little thicker, no longer feel like I'm sliding forward.
 

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A follow up here.

I found a used medium cruiser Air Hawke in excellent condition on another site for a good price. The temps where in the 70's here on Sunday so I was able to get out and do 150 miles with the cushion on the stock seat. No pain in butt, could have done a bunch more miles in that regard. But my right knee did need some stretching after about 120 mi.

It feels like you're sitting on a bowl of jello but I got used to it after a while. It will do for now and I do see a custom seat down the road.
 

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Do people find that the Gstrom seat isn't comfortable? This is my first adventure bike after owning many sport bikes (and a Dr650). This seat feels like heaven to me.
 

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A follow up here.

I found a used medium cruiser Air Hawke in excellent condition on another site for a good price. The temps where in the 70's here on Sunday so I was able to get out and do 150 miles with the cushion on the stock seat. No pain in butt, could have done a bunch more miles in that regard. But my right knee did need some stretching after about 120 mi.

It feels like you're sitting on a bowl of jello but I got used to it after a while. It will do for now and I do see a custom seat down the road.
If it feels like jello or maybe a waterbed, you may have too much air in it. You shouldn't roll around on it. Only takes a little air and will seem to be almost completely deflated when you're not sitting on it. I initially let a little out and tried it, then repeat until it got less comfortable, then go back up a little.
 

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I got an airhawk med cruiser to make my 04 more comfortable.

I like it. I inflate it so my rear is just off the seat.

I like most for long boring straightish stretches .

I can get one foot down wit it on and I am just shy of flat footing with out it on.
 

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Do people find that the Gstrom seat isn't comfortable? This is my first adventure bike after owning many sport bikes (and a Dr650). This seat feels like heaven to me.
I believe that statement.....Coming from a DR to the DL seat must feel like a recliner to you...:yesnod:
 

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Do people find that the Gstrom seat isn't comfortable? This is my first adventure bike after owning many sport bikes (and a Dr650). This seat feels like heaven to me.
Most don't think it's heaven.... in fact most want to change it for something else.
I think it's alright but put a nylon mesh seat cover on to let some air through cause it made my rear sweat even in mild temps. I can live with the seat but I don't think it's much compared to something like a Russel Day Long.
 

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Good advice so far.

Now a follow up question..... Which model/size Air Hawk works best with the stock seat?:confused:

Thanks again.
I think that the medium size cruiser (18" x 12" ?) is a good choice. The AirHawk comes in two versions the more expensive AirHawk and cheaper AirHawk2. The first one has the bladder made of rubber the second one of polyurethane, but I think both are OK.
 

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I've had this model of Airhawk for ten years and used it on 3 bikes. It's better than nothing but for me it still becomes a pain after a short while.

On the V-Strom, this model is probably too big and bunches up under me. I found that I could use it for a while and then I'd have to go back to the stock seat. I would swap it on and off every hour or so.

The real fix - I bought the standard Seat Concepts kit and have found it solved the problems I was having. Yeah, I'm tired and sore after a full day in the saddle but I'm not screaming in pain the last couple hours either. (maybe the last 30 minutes?)


This looks like there's too much air in it.
The trick is to just add a little air.
 
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