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post #1 of 10 Old 09-13-2006, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Airhawk or Sheepskin?

What's your experience been? I just can't budget $400 for a Sargent seat, but I need some relief for an upcoming 2-3 day ride. (I'm 5'9 155lb if it matters)

The Airhawk lists for ~$130 and if it works, I don't mind the expense.

Alaska Leather sells a Sheepskin Buttpad (I can't believe I just typed that) selling for about $40.

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post #3 of 10 Old 09-13-2006, 04:24 PM
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I've tried both didnt like either. Pulled the trigger on Russell custom seat and couldnt be happier. However, accoring to my riding buddies, I do have a "Princess and the Pea" butt. :lol:

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post #4 of 10 Old 09-13-2006, 10:50 PM
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Gel Pad

I am plagued by hip and buttocks pain. Chalk it up to my time as a paratrooper that culminated with a total hip replacement. The stock seat on the VStrom is only good for about twenty-five minutes in the saddle.

I have contacted a gentleman from another forum about getting a gel seat. For the interim I purchased a gel pad. I figured if I liked the gel pad, I'll leave it for use in my truck and buy the V-Strom gel seat.

The pad is making driving and sitting at work more comfortable. Riding the Strom is met with mixed success. The pad is easily placed on any seat and does not move from where you put it. However, figuring where to put it on the Strom has been a challenge. It certianly has extended my time in the saddle to almost an hour. Not perfect on the bike, but it works very well on my desk chair and in my truck.

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I too have experienced painful inflamation in the saddle area when riding my bike for periods longer than 30 to 45 min. The standard seat appears to be designed to get you to buy the aftermarket gel or custom seats. I was in the process of weighing my options, do I get the gelseat or do I feed the kids next month, when I found what may be the solution. I was at WAL MART purchasing Shell Rotella for my next oil change when I stumbled upon a RELAXATION SEAT CUSHION from the good folks at Ultimate Relaxation Laboritories. It is basically a seat cushion that is made from some of the same material that my wheelchair patients use to prevent bed sores. At $18.77 I figured it worth a try. Simply plopped it on ole Scarlett and headed out the highway. Rode 90 minutes and no sensation akin to prison rape. Really, no pain, usually I'm in tears at that point. Maybe it is true that all good things do come from WAL MART. The downside is that I am about 3/4 in taller in the saddle. Hope to give it another field trial this weekend.

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The solution for me also came from Wal-Mart. I got a wood bead seat cover from the auto accessory isle for $8 and cut it down to fit the Strom seat and tied it on with shoe laces. Works great. I have done several 500 to 700 mile days with and without and I will not be without again.

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The solution for me also came from Wal-Mart. I got a wood bead seat cover from the auto accessory isle for $8 and cut it down to fit the Strom seat and tied it on with shoe laces. Works great. I have done several 500 to 700 mile days with and without and I will not be without again.
I did the same thing on my FZ-1. It made quite a nice difference and it's oh so cheap. I find the Wee's seat to be one of the best stock seats I had the pleasure of resting my backside on but I'll go the bead route on long rides. In ordet to get the full effect I plan on securing a milk crate to the back rest. :lol:

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post #8 of 10 Old 09-17-2006, 12:06 AM
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I have used both a sheepskin and the Airhawk on my last bike, an 84 Honda CB700S with a Corbin seat. The Airhawk worked a lot better. I have only used the Airhawk occasionally on my Wee, I don't think the seat is all that bad!!

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I have used both a sheepskin and the Airhawk on my last bike, an 84 Honda CB700S with a Corbin seat. The Airhawk worked a lot better. I have only used the Airhawk occasionally on my Wee, I don't think the seat is all that bad!!

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-18-2006, 11:12 PM
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I also have used both the Airhawk and sheepskin on the 1K seat and wasn't satisfied with either, as I also wasn't on my Concours seat. The problem is the cushion softens up over time as as you ride in the course of a single ride, and I sink into the seat. The Airhawk and sheepskin go in to. Solution on the Concours was a Corbin seat which is rock hard but a good platform for the Airhawk.

On my Goldwing I have a pad with water and air in it and I like it better than the Airhawk but haven't tried it on the Strom yet. It was only $40.

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