Airhawk R Seat Pad
Worth the relatively high expense.
I've had this cushion for about 5 hours of riding on my 2014 Yamaha Bolt. The Bolt has a uniquely uncomfortable seat position especially for big guys like me (6'3" and 34" inseam). This cushion of air gets the delicate parts off the rigid, non-cushioned portion of the Bolt's seat.
Before this cushion, I was ready to sell my Bolt for something much more comfortable (like the Honda or the Harley, of which I am not a fan), but I quickly changed my mind. The pain and discomfort that was building over the past 7 months on the Bolt vanished in an instant.
I highly recommend this air cushion for anyone suffering during a long cruise on a great bike. No point in trying to enjoy the bike when the seat makes it unbearable.
November 11, 2014
excellent product and performs just like it says
This is a great piece of equipment. It does exactly what it says it does. The trick though is to inflate it just a touch. If it isn't working for you, then you might have it inflated too much. It literally should look like it's flat when it's done right. About 2 sections filled with air in the whole thing.
November 10, 2014
ideal fit on my 2014 R1200 GS LC stock seat
Product performs as advertised. Took several "adjustments" to get the comfort level to my liking. Much more comfortable after 90 minutes with virtually no moving around at all. Very impressed so far.
October 20, 2014
Saved my fat butt on the first try.
I'm a fat boy and my wife and I ride a vstrom 650 adventure.
We go on 13 hr 400-500 mile trips each weekend. A hundred miles into the ride, I'm usually pulling over to take a break. Last week I went 259 miles and pulled over just to eat and fuel up. This is an amazing product.
September 30, 2014
Worth every penny
My 2014 BMW R1200RT has a comfortable saddle, but after a while it can get a bit uncomfortable. Enter the Airhawk! No more discomfort. You ride on a thin layer of air that moves through the different chambers. All pressure points are taken away. Best investment for touring comfort when I need it.
September 29, 2014
Cured my back pain on long rides. It's wiered how it doesn't require much inflation. Whatever, it works
I was skeptical but at my age and work history my body is a little wore out. I'll try anything if recommended which helps bring me comfort. Well this product did.
September 10, 2014
If you do successive 500 mile plus days, this product is a must!
My BMW K1600 GTL withthe stock seat is pretty comfortable but after a few hours, particularly on hot days, it requires a lot of "repositioning" to maintain acceptable comfort. I purchased the Airhawk seat pad just before a 4600 mile, 10 day trip from Illinois, through the Rocky Mountains, up into Canada and back home through Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Mainitoba. Acouple days were 600 plus miles and I can honestly say, I was never uncomfortable as I've been when making this trip the past several years.
September 9, 2014
Does what it says. But for the price, could have better features.
I cover about 300-400 miles per week, most of which is semi-aggressive on the "twisties" of the N.Georgia/N.Carolinal mountains. I am a 63 year old man, and I ride a Sport Cruiser (2003 BMW K1200RS).
I recently had Prostate surgery. I needed a seat that would protect my "tender" areas. This Airhawk R Seat Pad DOES WHAT IT SAYS IT WILL DO.
The "gap" up the middle relieves excess pressure not only on the "boys," but on everything down the middle, while cushioning the areas of the haunches on which one actually sits. It makes for a very comfortable ride - much more comfortable than my stock seat alone.
It works well. After some trial and error, I was able to get it into the right position, with the right amount of inflation.
It was very important to get the right inflation, which, by the way, is WAY, WAY, WAY LESS than you might think! Just a LITTLE BIT of air in there goes a long long way. You want to just BARELY inflate it. Too much air has you sitting on a bouncy balloon, which is both uncomfortable and dangerous.
The trick, I found, was to Inflate the Airhawk R Seat Pad ever so slightly, then, while sitting on it, let out almost all the air, until you arrive at the (very) slight amount necessary to give you just the (max 1/4" to 3/8") cushion you want and need.
My only gripes are:
1. For a bladder (albeit a varied, somewhat complex one) with a cover, it was very expensive - but because I could find no similar product, and needed something quickly, I delt compelled to pay the price (about 2 what I think it should be marketed for);
2. For the high cost, I think the finish (particularly the cover) could have been much higher quality. I will be interested in seeing how the (basically, cloth) cover holds up per time; and
3. The straps used to anchor the Seat Pad to my bike are way too thin, and the "S" hooks that the straps run through are much too flimsy. Every time I get off the bike, I have to adjust the straps to keep them from bunching and causing the "S" hooks to pull askew. I will not be surprised if the straps will need to be replaced sooner rather than later.
NOTE: I've only ridden about 600 miles on Seat Pad thus far. I will report back after another 500-1000 miles or so, to let you know how the straps and "S" hooks (and the cloth cover) are holding up.
The above "gripes" notwithstanding, I am glad I bought the Airhawk R Seat Pad. It performs as advertised, and has allowed me to enjoy a significantly more comfortable ride than that offered by my stock seat. I am satisfied with it, and I do recommend it.
September 8, 2014