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Seat Pads

Postby tbruno » Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:56 am



Hello, has anybody tried the Saddlemen pillow top seat pad, if so can you tell me how you like it. I have tried everything. I have tried the pad from walmart and putting two together, the airhawk, beads, and a pad from easy rider. It seems that nothing works that good. I do not want to invest in a new seat. Thanks for any info you can give me.



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Re: Seat Pads

Postby Snowmoer » Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:41 pm

Try the Air Hawk again. Let some air out of it. You want just enough air so when you sit on it, it is not flat then. When you are not sitting on it, you think there is no way there is enough air in it. I use one and can go all day without any major discomfort. I do not have much padding back there and it made all the difference in the world for 700 mile days.

Sorry, have not tried the Saddleman. The Air Hawk was the cure for me.

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Re: Seat Pads

Postby joeincalif » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:05 am

I have never had a problem with the OEM Gold Wing seat but a friend has used a sheepskin on his and loves it
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Re: Seat Pads

Postby m2102 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:11 am

I have he sheep skin on mine too. Really like it.

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Re: Seat Pads

Postby FM-USA » Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:28 pm

tbruno
You haven't tried everything... you missed my air seat pad.
Lowest cost on the market and easy pressure adjustable.

I never tried sheepskins but I do use 3 foot throw rug made of fake wool.
Fake is machine washable.



MANY-many styles and colors out there.

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Re: Seat Pads

Postby FM-USA » Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:35 pm

tbruno:
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I checked saddle blankets and they're a little too stiff.
The fold I mentioned in PM might help you in choosing a cover/rug. Less fold is soft more is stiff. I got lucky this was just right for me.
It's been a while, the size is either 2' x 3'ft or 20" x 40".

BTW:
I bought out the seller on this rug design, small and LARGE rugs... so it's ALL MINE! :D




IF this works, you can acquire the next size larger and have someone custom cut to seats shape. Sew in some mini bungees and viola.

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Re: Seat Pads

Postby harvey01 » Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:51 pm

Perhaps a little more than you planned to spend but cheaper than a good seat, you might want to check out the Butt Buffer!
http://www.buttbuffer.com/

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Re: Seat Pads

Postby STLWING » Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:49 am

I have a Hartco seat which both of us really like. Anything more than just a day ride and we break out the sheepskins. And even on a day ride when it is hot. The wool seems wrong, but all the fibers actually let some air circulate between your backside and the non-breathing vinyl seat. And it also provides some squirm that helps to relieve pressure points. Kinda like the beads or a quilted seat or the airhawk. Not sure if the artificial wool provides all the same benefits, but I'm sure it is less expensive and if machine washable, it should be a snap to refresh. We have them for the fourth summer and haven't felt the need to wash them. There is a procedure, but I keep them laid out for fresh air and fluff them with a dog brush to keep the pile soft. Misty Mountain Sheepskins is where I found ours on a trip to Branson. A Marine Veteran with a little shop outside of town. His Goldwing skins are a special model ($$) that he makes from older New Zealand sheep that have a deeper, denser pile. Elastic loop on the front under the seat and elastic clips for the passenger that hook around the handles. Takes about 30 seconds to put them on and about 15 seconds to get them off if you want to take them in at night. Great guy who made a custom cushion for my brother, who is in a motorized scooter, to help prevent sores from sitting too long in the chair.

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Re: Seat Pads

Postby FM-USA » Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:11 pm

"Less fold is soft more is stiff."
I re-read what I wrote and found it confusing.
less
If it folds sharply (tight crease) it's a thinner material and spreads out the riders weight less.
More
Meaning a 'large folded loop' denotes it's stiffer and can feel hard.

Several good points I found are it's relative low cost, machine washable, fairly quick dry, no run fast colors, choice of colors and design[s], warm to sit on cold mornings and cool on hot sunny days.
So far the cover/rug pictured has lasted me 6 years. Cost at that time? mmm about $15.00, now about double.
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Re: Seat Pads

Postby MarkSki » Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:24 pm

I'm looking for a pad/rug/blanket that will cool the butt. I don't need anything to soften the ride, just cool it and hopefully not add more hight to the seat.




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