I really want to like this bike, and the only thing stopping me is the seat! I bought the airhawk pad and it sucks too! Not sure why nobody else has this problem but i have tried barely inflating it to the point where my butt bones are right back to digging into the seat. Problem is when i sit on the pad all the air goes between my legs and makes a big bubble under my junk, so now my butt doesn't hurt but now my family jewels can't take more than 15 minutes before I'm dying! I know there's options for different seats but I'm not really ready to dump $500 into a seat just to make the bike bearable, considering i sold an Aprilia Futura (which by the way is the most comfortable bike ever!) for $4000 and bought this vstrom for $2700 but by the time i get done putting a bunch of aftermarket parts on it, I'm gonna be right back to what the Aprilia was. Maybe I'm just venting but I'm really starting to regret getting rid of a much more comfortable bike to get a bike that feels like I'm sitting on concrete. Soooo, I know this topic has probably been beaten to death, and I've read some of the past posts about seats and pads, but nobody has really followed up after the numerous comments I've seen of people saying "I bought such and such seat but haven't put any miles on it yet". So what is the "best" set up someone has found for making this bike tolerable or possibly actually comfortable? I'm not looking to put a $500 seat on a $2700 bike, that seems crazy considering i could've just stuck with the Aprilia, but i thought i was gonna put $1300 in my pocket and get a 650 that would get way better mileage, cheaper insurance and be more reliable, all of which hasn't been the case. Ok I'm done ranting now!!!