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post #1 of 23 Old 09-16-2008, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Question about the Alaskan Leather Sheepskin Pads...

I tried searching to find some feedback on this but didn't have much luck finding the specifics I was looking for...some background first...

A couple weeks ago, I went on a week long ride around Lake Michigan. However, thanks to the storms from Gustav, I ended up having to shred it down from Indian River, MI to Cincinnati, Ohio in a day. It ended up being a 500+ mile day for me...about 10 hours in the saddle. Good news was that I dodged almost every drop of rain. The bad news....OUCH! I can't believe how unbelievably painful that was. Basically, I felt like like someone dropped kicked me in the crotch as hard as they could. I'm not sitting so far forward on the seat to the point that I'm crushing anything. It's the same type of pain I've had from riding a regular bicycle for a long time.

I've already had the seat modified and that helped out completely for regular riding days. However, on this trip, I had to stop every 100 miles before things got too bad. (maybe that's a lot anyways? I didn't think so beforehand.)

So the question really is: Are the sheep skin pads simply going to help only with reducing saddle sore/butt pain? I didn't really have too much of that.

I just don't want to buy one of these pads just to find that its mainly for solving a different problem. I have another long trip planned with some friends in a couple weeks so I don't have too much time to do much trial and error with a fix.

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I own one and it won't help your problem. I've tried just about everything, if I would have just spent the money up front and bought a good seat I would have saved a ton.
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Yeah, I don't think the sheepskin is going to help you.

I wonder if some handlebar risers would help tip you to a different angle where you won't be sitting on your junk?

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I own one and it won't help your problem. I've tried just about everything, if I would have just spent the money up front and bought a good seat I would have saved a ton.
Corbin is on order, hope to get it soon. The Suzuki gel will be for sale.
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One of the reasons I didn't go with the Corbin was I heard it was pretty stiff. Thought that didn't sound very appealing for spending a few hundred $$$. Definitely will be interested to hear what you think of the new seat!

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One of the reasons I didn't go with the Corbin was I heard it was pretty stiff. Thought that didn't sound very appealing for spending a few hundred $$$. Definitely will be interested to hear what you think of the new seat!
I guess it is a matter of personal preference but I have found that a firm motorcycle seat helps me extend the length of my riding day without suffering. At least I found that to be the case when I replaced a soft stock Kawasaki seat with a very stiff Mustang seat on the Vulcan cruiser I used to own.

Back to your question on the Alaska Leather pad, I have one and found that its primary benefit was to provide a bit of cooling buffer between me and the stock V-Strom seat. I rode five back-to-back 10 hour plus days on a trip this summer with the stock seat and the Alaska pad. By day 2 I would find myself a bit sore by the end of the 8th hour or so but I really didn't have any big complaints with the stock seat. The Alaska pad did its job of keeping me cool enough to avoid monkey butt.

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One of the reasons I didn't go with the Corbin was I heard it was pretty stiff. Thought that didn't sound very appealing for spending a few hundred $$$. Definitely will be interested to hear what you think of the new seat!
The Corbins are stiff, by design. Maybe a little too much, but a seat that's too soft is horrible. I love mine, but it's much better with the sheepskin on it.

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I have an AlaskaLeather sheepskin & on the stock seat, it helped a little but I couldn't do a long ride on it. I put it on my gel seat & it's great, though I needed lowering links to flatfoot again.

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I just got a beadrider seat cover (www.beadrider.com) I haven't ridden with it much yet as I bought it for a long ride I'm planning for next year.

FYI you can "earn" a beadrider seat cover. You have to email them with the ride plan for your epic ride and if they agree they will refund your money after you deliver them an unphotoshopped picture of you at your destination with your seat cover in evidence.

The little bit I've used it I've found that I like it better than the sheepskin, it's easier to move around on and feels firmer than the stock seat.

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I love my Suzuki gel/alaskaleather combo....the best bang for the buck "for me".

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So the question really is: Are the sheep skin pads simply going to help only with reducing saddle sore/butt pain? .
The Alaskan but pad is a piece of sheepskin. Just some leather with the hair still on.
It allows some ait circulation while riding and is a LOT cooler to sit on if the bikes been in the sun all day.



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