AIRHAWK® Motorcycle Seat Cushions


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AIRHAWK® Motorcycle Seat Cushions

Postby Mike 545 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:46 am



My 2012 1800's seat isn't all that comfortable. Has anyone heard about Airhawk cushions? If so, which one is best for a Wing? Do they stay on the bike?



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Re: AIRHAWK® Motorcycle Seat Cushions

Postby harvey01 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:11 am

My experience with an Airhawk cushion goes back a few years and they have made improvements since then.

I used an Airhawk for a while on another bike. The only time it fell off was when I was getting on or off the bike and pushed or pulled it with a foot. Okay I am clumsy.

One advantage to the Airhawk over say a Butt Buffer is you can change the amount of air in the cushion thus changing the way it feels.

I have a friend that always rides with his Airhawk cushion on his Wing. He is not on this site.
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Re: AIRHAWK® Motorcycle Seat Cushions

Postby smilam » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:51 pm

I have an Airhawk on my 1800. I don't remember which model I have but you can go to their web site to see which one fits. I like that you can adjust the amount of air to change way it feels but I do have trouble with it blowing off sometimes when it is parked. The straps that came with it won't go around the seat to hold it on. I haven't messed with trying to find another way to strap it down I just put it in the trunk if the wind is blowing very hard. Since I am in Kansas it gets put in the trunk a lot.
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Re: AIRHAWK® Motorcycle Seat Cushions

Postby lhelber » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:14 pm

I rode on an Air Hawk for a couple of years. I really liked it. The foam padding on my 83 was shot and I tried several solutions. The Air Hawk was the most effective short of a new seat which is what I eventually did. The Hawk comes with with straps to hold it on but I never bothered. The pad sits on the seat without them. This includes times when I stand up to stretch while traveling down the road. For real comfort your best bet is a new seat because it will offer padding and support. The Air Hawk is a good stop gap.

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Re: AIRHAWK® Motorcycle Seat Cushions

Postby smilam » Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:25 pm

I found the box from my Airhawk seat cushion today. I bought it when I had the GL1500 but it also fits my GL1800. It is the Airhawk 2 size medium.
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Re: AIRHAWK® Motorcycle Seat Cushions

Postby Peteswing » Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:52 am

The stock seats aren't the best some get by with them why other have problems with them. I was getting a pain on my left side for a long time. I did get a cushion from walmart it did help some. So I finally went out and bought a new ultimate midrider custom seat. It was like night and day no more pain in my hip. I can ride longer love the seat now. You can send out your stock seat for upgrades there are a lot of company's who do upgrades. Or many get by with the cushions. Good luck

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Re: AIRHAWK® Motorcycle Seat Cushions

Postby dadiam » Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:47 am

I just sold [sniff] my 98SE. I put on 55K+ miles, most with an Airhawk. I tried many things, as several items on my anatomy :oops: were affected by the horrible 1500 seat, especially after the foam had compressed down to the hard fiberglass seat bottom. The best thing that I found, that allowed me to make all the way between gas stops, rather than the 30 mins or so that I could handle pre-Airhawk, was the AirHawk with a sheepskin (<15$ from IKEA) on top. Loved it, and made the trips enjoyable.

With my 1800, the seat is so much better, but I still haul my Airhawk and sheepskin with me, just in case.

The downside of the sheepskin is the it stays wet forever if it's on in the rain. I throw it in the washer when it got skanky.

I got the Airhawk on the advice on a similar-sized friend as me (300#, 6'), and never regretted it. Others in my GW cub have tried the beads, gel, foam, and other things, and they all eventually come to the Airhawk. I tried the beads once, and they show promise. My friend left his Airhawk on all the time, in the sun, and the cover disintegrated. He eventually got a new one from the mfg.

My only complaint it the straps that hold it on. They do not stay very well, and they are elastic, so if they come off, they slip under the seat, requiring the seat to be removed to rescue them. A big pain. I tried not using them, but I had to do a U-turn after standing to stretch. Also, if the bike is parked when it's windy, it can blow off. Also, the things ain't cheap, so theft is an issue.

My $.02, IMHO.
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Re: AIRHAWK® Motorcycle Seat Cushions

Postby Mike 545 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:56 pm

Thanks Guys, I think that I'm going to purchase the Airhawk.

Peteswing, does ultimate midrider custom seat have a web site? Do they color match? How much does it cost?

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Re: AIRHAWK® Motorcycle Seat Cushions

Postby Wingrider44 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:50 pm

Mike 545 wrote:Thanks Guys, I think that I'm going to purchase the Airhawk.

Peteswing, does ultimate midrider custom seat have a web site? Do they color match? How much does it cost?


Mike, if you want to purchase an Airhawk, I have one for sale. It is nearly new. I had bought it when I owned a Victory and rarely used it. I now ride a 2008 GL1800 and I don't need it. I have the original box for it and will sell it to you for $75.00 plus whatever the shipping cost would be. If you're interested send me a PM. I can do Paypal.
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Re: AIRHAWK® Motorcycle Seat Cushions

Postby Rigger » Tue May 13, 2014 6:56 pm

The Air Hawk front strap fits nicely on the GL1800. This will secure the seat. Get the large one.

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Re: AIRHAWK® Motorcycle Seat Cushions

Postby BrianD » Mon May 26, 2014 7:00 am

After many years of looking at them, finally bought two Airhawk2 cushions (one for the co-rider too). Have just ridden halfway across Australia from Alice springs to Brisbane on our way home. The wife says she is much more comfy and I am liking it too. Don't know why I did not get them sooner.
The Airhawk guy told us not to tie them on as they tend to disappear when you leave the bike. Because they are rubber underneath, they just stay on the seat and don't move when you are riding, even if I do stand up and it is windy they did not move. When we leave the bike, we just fold them and put inside our helmets in the top box safe and sound.
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Re: AIRHAWK® Motorcycle Seat Cushions

Postby nefty123 » Tue May 27, 2014 10:00 am

I have a 2007 Gl1800 and had the seat customized to acommadate my 6'3" frame. But I still was getting back pain and not able to last 2 hrs riding. I got the Air Hawk R and find I last more than 2 hrs (beside gas and pit stops). I don't use the straps since they won't easily hook onto the seat. Also haven't found alternative straps. I intend to continue using this seat pad.

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Re: AIRHAWK® Motorcycle Seat Cushions

Postby NKYWinger » Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:37 pm

I also have an AIRHAWK - man, I'm glad I got it!
There is NO WAY I could have ridden to this year's Wing Ding (10 1/2 hours) without it!
That and a back rest - I'm good to go!


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