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sizing a seat pad (sheepskin, beads, etc)

I know there are threads about which one is better, but I didn't see much about how to correctly size a pad of some sort. I haven't found anything specific to vstroms, so do you just measure the size of the seat and find something close to that?

Still not sure which one to go with. Some people love airhawk 2, some love airhawk r, some love sheep skin, some love beads. Hard to know what direction to go in from just reading and I don't have the funds to buy them all and try them, but wondering when I do decide to try one of them, how to decide which size to get?
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Have a medium sheepskin pad on an 06 Vee with a Sargent saddle. Works for me.

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Have a medium Alaska sheepskin butt pad on an 09 Vee with a Rick Mayer saddle. Works for me.
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If you were in Australia, I'd tell you where to buy a sheepskin tailored to your Strom.

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If you were in Australia, I'd tell you where to buy a sheepskin tailored to your Strom.
Don't you just go outside and pick one out of the yard? :biggrinjester:

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Don't you just go outside and pick one out of the yard? :biggrinjester:
Nah, that'd be Kiwis you are thinking of. They keep a couple of girlfriends in a pen out the back.

Actually, for any Aussies reading this, when I sold my Strom, I had the original suppliers of the sheepskin fit new elastic and recut it to fit the XJR1300.

See https://www.stromtrooper.com/1993065-post8.html

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Buttpad Information and Sizing | Alaska Leather

size M fits the Strom perfectly...
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I made mine out of an old sheepskin rug. I made it the size of the front seating area, clear down to the bottom edge of the seat. Then used elastic bands, commonly used in sewing, through holes I punched in the bottom edge and front of the pad to hold it on there. I used a piece of rubber-like material used to keep things in place on a table or something like that under the sheepskin to help keep the skin in place. Cheap (if you can get a sheepskin at Goodwill or somewhere like that). And you can dye it to match your bike if you like.
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I went to Walmart and bought an $8 bead set cover for a car and cut the strings to remove enough beads to fit my bike. Then I retied them and melted the nylon strings with a lighter so they wouldn't come untied. I rode like that for over a year as a test and love it until all the color faded from the wooden beads. They were still in good shape, but I felt like they looked bad, so I choked on the full price of the bead-rider in the black ceramic beads and it looks great and rides great too.

You can't beat $8 for a cheap way to test the idea.

I had a full sheep skin in my Goldwing and decided not to use that on my Vstrom when I traded "up." Although the skin was comfy, I freaked out at the idea of getting it wet, not from the durability issues, but the idea of riding around on a wet seat cover put me off my bike/seat cover for several days. That's why I settled on the bead rider. Well, that and I was able to get another 1/2 inch of seat height from the thickness of the beads.

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