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After 3000 miles sitting on a bead rider, I can say for a fact they work and are very comfortable.

I recently completed a 3000+ loop from Colorado to Santa Barbara, up the coast then up to Idaho and back down to Colorado. Most days I was in the saddle around 9 hours. I had some longer days but was always comfortable. The coast of CA was cold and damp. Redding CA to Boise ID was hot and hotter. Regardless of the conditions I remained comfortable on the bead rider.
 

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I have been planning on ordering a BeadRider set but I have a SeatConcepts custom seat. I tried filling out the online form at their web site - no answer. Today I tried calling them, got an answering machine telling me to email them. So I sent them an email this morning too. For someone trying to sell something, these folks are the hardest people to get a hold of I have seen to date. If the reviews weren't so good for their pads I would have given up on them already. Looks as if you really have to want their product to get it.
 

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Doug:

Can I ask how the SeatConcepts Custom Seat adaption working for longer rides?? I am really curious as I find that my seat bones get sore as the weight isn't spread around well on both my Stock Seat and my Sargent.

Interestingly (to me) I find that the Sargent Seat designed for the FJR and the ST1300 spread my weight very well and is very comfortable. It is just too narrow on the VStrom.
 

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Doug:

Can I ask how the SeatConcepts Custom Seat adaption working for longer rides?? I am really curious as I find that my seat bones get sore as the weight isn't spread around well on both my Stock Seat and my Sargent.

Interestingly (to me) I find that the Sargent Seat designed for the FJR and the ST1300 spread my weight very well and is very comfortable. It is just too narrow on the VStrom.
I like the SeatConcepts. It is a lot wider for both me and my wife. I got the firmest foam they make as I like a hard seat. They have several from soft to medium, to hard. I find that I can ride this seat as long as I want. I do wish that they offered a perforated leather cover (I really like the one on my Corbin on my other bike) as my *ss gets sweaty on the vinyl cover. This is the reason I am looking at getting a BeadRider for both of us.

I would buy the SeatConcepts again if I had it to do over again.
 

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Doug:

Thanks you for your advice. That is exactly what I wanted to know. I think I will be ordering one this week. That is, assuming I figure out where my slow oil leak is coming from. I think it is the countersprocket seals, as I had the chain come off last year mid ride and locked up the counter sprocket and sent me into a skid.

In any event I appreciate your advice and would recommend the bead rider. I have on I use on my WeeStrom; and while not perfect it helps quite a bit. Particularly keeping the backside cool.
 

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They got back with me today after I emailed them. Advice to others: Don't try the telephone number or the web site form on their web pages to get ahold of them, just send them an email. Address is buried on their web site, you just have to dig a little to find it.

Ordered the Beadrider for both front and back this afternoon. Hope they are prompt shipping them. I have heard nothing but good from people reviewing them.
 

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That is exactly what I am looking for. Less sweaty butt.
 

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In that case you will LOVE the bead rider. It's like AC for your rear end. It won't feel like you're hopping on a lit stove and once you're moving, you will feel the air flowing though the nethers.
 

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I;ve had my bead rider for going on three years now,still happy with it,only complaint I have is with riding paints you slide around alot. You just have to get used to it .
 

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Going on my 3rd year on my bead rider, pull it off in the winter. Only conplaint the seat is slick with my riding paints on, but you get used to it. Will buy another when I wear out this one. Good product!
 

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It works great

After 300 miles today, with the Wood version, I can safely say that Bead Rider works great.
I didn't have any of the pain and uncomfortable feeling I had before.
It takes some time to get used to the beads, but once your butt 'breaks-in' you just ride and ride..(EDIT: The last sentence sounds terribly..well..nm :) ...read it literally please)

 

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Got my BeadRider (wood) a couple of days ago. Still not sure if I like it but time will tell.
 

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Moisture management

The beadrider is essential in the summer because of the added ventilation to one's undercarriage. Combined with mesh pants, the effect is heavenly on a hot day. I trust there's no need to elaborate...

It's also a great thing to have when it's raining, because it allows the water to drop through the beads and run out the sides rather than pooling in your crotch.

It does add a smidgen (maybe 1/2") of height, which may be a concern for some.

I have one with the wooden beads, and after two+ years in all weather, the beads are starting to lose some of their paint and the wood on some beads is just starting to break down. It will probably need to be replaced in the spring.

It also contributes a bit to wear of the stock seat vinyl -- when you remove the beadrider, you can see scuffed spots where the beads sit.
 

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Got my BeadRider (wood) a couple of days ago. Still not sure if I like it but time will tell.
Took me about 3 days to get used to it. I really, really like it during the "Dog Days of August. Really stops me from getting rashes etc. I also ride it in the winter, as I really do think it is easier to move around with it and thus spread my pressure points around.
 
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