Airhawk R Seat Pad
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
The stock seat on my BMW is often referred to as a "Teutonic Torture Device." I can maybe do 4-hours before I just want to get home. I brought the Airhawk on a 9-day, 2800-mile journey and it simply wouldn't be possible without it. The last day of my trip, I did 475 miles over 12 hours. My neck hurt way more than my butt. You do have to fiddle with it to get the right inflation. It should be inflated just enough to lift you about 1/4 inch from the seat. Too much and it will start to push you in areas you don't want pushed. It's a little strange to have air between you and the bike - you don't have the feeling of control in the twisties that you would without it. But it is easy to take on and off. Air does flow into it and it really does help with monkey-butt. It 'aint cheap but it really works.
August 6, 2014
softens the ride for the duration
Great product. The seat has been a comfort on any length of ride. Initially tried it out on a 3,800 mile jaunt through heat, wind, snow and rain. Never got sore or uncomfortable on trip. As suggested, don't over inflate. My wife decided to try it on our harley electra glide passenger seat. She won't give it up. Need to order her one that fits her seat to get mine back.
August 1, 2014
Very disappointed in this product!!!!!!!!!
I purchased this product after reading the reviews and based on recommendations from friends. I used it one way from GA to PA. For a total of 700 miles. I followed the directions did exactly as stated. My tailbone and butt hurt after the 1st hundred miles. As I continued to ride I noticed that due to the heat outside and heat from the motorcycle would cause the air inside to expand to a point I was sitting on the Airhawk firmly and about 3 inches higher. To make adjstments I would have to use one hand and let air out. Only for it to expand again. I even let all the air out so it was flat and it would expand. It did not make a difference in the distance of the ride and it did not make the ride more comfortable. Definiately a waste of $170. I should of just used that towards another more comfortable seat.
July 29, 2014
Eliminated all my back pain
I'd get lower back pain (tailbone) after riding my cruiser for just 25 miles, and I was looking for a solution a lot less expensive than a custom or high-end seat. The AirHawk did the trick. I can ride as long as I'm willing with no pain, and the cushioning really takes the bite out of unexpected road humps, etc. Lots of room for personal adjustment given the adjustable air cushion level and several positioning options for the seat. I was not disappointed - this product works for me!
July 28, 2014
Surprised how good this thing is...
I bought my the R pad for my Honda NC700. When I took it out of the box i was worried about the size but once installed it was a perfect fit. The NC700 has a notoriously bad seat and the after market companies are pretty pricey. This pad evened out the slope on the seat and provides significantly more comfort for long rides. It takes a little trial and error to get the amount of inflation correct, less really is more in this category, but once you get it dialed in you forget about it.
July 3, 2014