Airhawk R Seat Pad
Needs some tweaking but works well
I purchased the Airhawk for my new GSW. I can only ride comfortably on the stock seat for a couple of hours. The comfort level and ridding time were most definitely increased. It does take a while and some patients to get the adjustment correct but since this is not my first Airhawk, I knew that.
October 14, 2013
I was having issues with pain after 40 miles on my 2004 BMW R1150RT
Bought this and rode 548 miles in one day, with minimal discomfort.
What a difference.
October 7, 2013
Oh my no longer aching A##
I bought this because the saddle on my BMW R1200RT gets a bit hard over a long ride. Prior to this, my longest ride before the soreness became unbearable was around 6 hours. I did an 11.5 hour ride from Gettysburg, PA, to Deals Gap NC in July using this product, and while I think everyone will be a bit sore after that one, it was definitely a HUGE benefit to have the Airhawk R.
You do have to work to adjust the inflation to the "right" level for you. That did take a bit of adjustment/experimentation to get right.
October 7, 2013
At the risk of giving TMI, I got prostatitis from riding on rough roads on the OE seat with a taxi driver style bead seat pad. I am hoping this will prevent the problem form recurring. After 5-600 miles on this I am still unsure if I like it. It has taken some time to adjust the air level to an inflation that works and also to find where best to place it on the seat. It still feels a little odd with air shifting around down there. That said, no numbness in the butt cheeks and so far no prostate issues. Time will tell.
October 6, 2013
This product can greatly enhance your comfort with a stock seat if you take the time for proper setup.
I am using the Airhawk R with a Stock "Gel" seat on a Triumph Tiger 1050. This seat is already comfortable for approximately 2.5-3 hours before you could use a break. I've ridden 1055 miles in a day with the stock seat. The Airhawk makes it all day comfortable with very little pain/irritation.
The key is setting up the air pressure properly. I overinflated the first three attempts and it was uncomfortable. The feel was sort of like sitting on a small beach ball. You would roll around the seat and forward in braking, obviously not enjoyable. What made it very comfortable was deflating to the point of looking at the cover and thinking "no way that's flat". Then sitting on it and being suspended maybe a 1/4 to 1/3" above the seat. This prevents the "rolling about" feeling and makes for a very comfortable cover that eliminates pressure points. If you bought this, or are trying it be sure to take the time to get it set right for you (it will vary for everyone). It's worth the 3-4 tries to get it right.
This would save you a lot of money on a custom aftermarket seat. I use a KingofFleece waterproof cover for mine as well. (Revzilla, you should carry this awesome product btw!)
September 17, 2013
Look for a better alternative!
Definitely not worth the money. Don't listen to the comments when they say that you must have to much air in it if it is not comfortable. I tried it a hundred different ways and never found it to be much more comfortable than my seat alone!
Save your money! Don't buy this product.
September 2, 2013
It is easy on the bottom, but a bit rough on the wallet.
This is a very functional but simple design t h at does work quite well. I don't know why something this simple costs so much, but the highest cost seems to be in pride when other riders see it mounted on my bike. After h having it for a few weeks, I think the cost in both money and pride is worth it.
August 13, 2013
This after market air cushion which fits on top of the stock seat is an excellent alternative to buying a custom seat or perhaps better.
After riding a few hours on the stock seat of my 2013 BMW r1200gs I felt like I was riding on a cinder block. To this day I can't understand why expensive bikes, regardless of make always come with uncomfortable seats.
However this Airhawk R fixes that problem and is very comfortable. The only thing is that you have to find how much inflation or that sweet spot which suite you and can take a while to figure out.
For those of you who own the new 2013 r1200gs, the Airhawk R model fits perfectly on this bike. It is as though it was custom made for it.
As far as durability, I cannot comment on that. I have only had it for a month. However I don't doubt that it will last at least for a few years. It also comes with a patch kit in the event the cushion gets punctured.
Being comfortable on a long ride is paramount. This seat make that possible. And even tough it is a bit pricy, it is a lot less expensive than a custom seat and perhaps a bit better.
August 12, 2013