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post #1 of 20 Old 11-07-2006, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Heavy rider + gel seat or beads?

I'm a heavy rider (250lbs) and I can sink right to the bottom of a stock foam seat. On my current seat, I removed the rubber blocks from the underside and added taxi beads on the top. It's much more comfortable than I expected...800 miles a day with no monkey butt, but it looks like a$$. I'd like to try the gel seat, but I'd like to know the opinions of other heavy riders using it.
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I'm 260 and the gel seat is perfect for me. Just the seat, no beads, with the rubber blocks installed. Last month I did 1250mi in 4 days. 500 friday(about 8.5hrs ride time), 150+- Saturday(6hrs), 150+- Sunday(6hrs), 450 Monday(7hrs). I had no problems at all, and would highly recommend the seat to anyone else.
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The taxi beads are the cat's ass. Cheap and effective. You might tell from my username that I'm not skinny and I really like the beads. I cut mine so it fits the seat really well. Doesn't even look all that bad. Not a good picture of it but you get the idea.


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Stay away from the goofy looking anal beads, and go for the Alaskan Leather sheepskin pad, in combo with the gel seat.

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BAH!

You're just a hard-ass, skinny, punk. Let us soft, old, guys enjoy our beads!

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The best first choice is a custom seat. I've tried beads and sheep (yikes!) and they improve things only slightly for me. The gel seat wasn't any better than a marginal improvement either. The Airhawk lets me do 800 mile days. The downside is that it looks like hell.

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BAH!

You're just a hard-ass, skinny, punk. Let us soft, old, guys enjoy our beads!

:mrgreen: Well...I am not quite skinny, but I am for sure a punk at times!!!
Beads..........LOL!!!!!:rolleyes: Some fuzzy dice hanging from the top of the windshield, might help with buffeting too!

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:mrgreen: Well...I am not quite skinny, but I am for sure a punk at times!!!
Beads..........LOL!!!!!:rolleyes: Some fuzzy dice hanging from the top of the windshield, might help with buffeting too!

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Heavy, you're so right about the beads...they are the best. I spent 17 hours in the saddle and it was hardly a problem. Next time I get some mad money I might try a gel seat. If anything, I can put the beads on the gel!
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For 300 mile days, I find the gel seat good. For really long days or back-to-back 500 mile days, I use beads on the gel seat. I use these beads:

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