Airhawk Seat Pad
and a choir of angels sang.....
Three years ago 1200 mile trip felt like it was 12000.
Two years ago decided to try an airhawk based on numerous reviews. It has been the single best purchase I have made relating to my bike. Previously my feet would go tingly, my butt would lose all feeling and my back would kill after a couple of hours.
Last year my buddy(who I made buy one also) and I spent 12 hours a day in the saddle for 6 days and none of the previously mentioned problems showed their ugly faces.
Treat yourself, buy one. Check the measurements carefully as I feel like if the fitment is off could be why some others weren't successful. I also found that if you had too much air in the seat it didn't work right(as per the instructions).
A big plus for me was the fact it could be removed and moved from steed to steed as well.
April 5, 2013
Massive improvement to F800GS
Rider: 5'10", 165 lbs
Bike: F800GS with stock seat
Just put on 560miles in two days on my '09 F800GS with stock seat and Airhawk pad. With just the stock seat I would start to get uncomfortable in about 60-90 minutes of road riding (constant sitting). And I would be in legitimate pain after about 2-3 hours. The idea of riding all day sounded like a strange mix of fun and torture. Enter the Airhawk... Yes, I could tell I had been riding my motorcycle all day (spent about 7-8 hrs in the saddle two days in a row), but it allowed me to pretty comfortably keep riding. Some day I'd like to get an aftermarket seat, but for now the Airhawk is the answer for me and a great value.
Installation (and removal) is extremely easy. My only complaint for the F800GS is that the straps are a little long. I've got them cinched all the way down, and the front strap is a little loose still. However, the grippy bottom does a fantastic job of keeping it in place, so it hasn't been an issue for me at all.
Tuning the air is a little bit of trial and error. All I can say is I was surprised at how little air is in the pad when it seems to work best.
I've only used it in cooler weather, so I have no comments on breathability, etc, but I expect it to be excellent because of the open channels between the air cells that allow air flow.
I've put less than 1,000 miles on it so I can't really comment on durability yet.
I would recommend this product from RevZilla.
November 11, 2012
Your butt will love you
My butt was in anguish at about 300 miles before the Air Hawk came along. Now I can add another 100 miles, and my butt, while not joyous, sho' ain't cryin'. For me, 400 miles is 8 hours and that is enough. Highly recommended.
October 29, 2012
Your Mileage May Vary... Mine Was About Zero
Even though it was expensive, I decided to purchase this product because it had good advertising and good reviews. I realize that my seat and my body affect the outcome but for me this did not work at all. WIthout any pad I could ride for 6-8 hours without getting too uncomfortable. With the pad I could only ride 20 minutes. I tried many different pressure levels, although mostly at the low end. I tried the pad on two different days, but had the same result. With the way my seat is shaped and I am shaped, this pad rolled my hips forward underneath me, which put pressure on my tail bone. So, instead of sore butt cheeks in 6-8 hours, I had a sore back in 20 minutes. Other than the lame little securing straps, it seemed like a well made product. Many other users are very complimentary about this product but it did not work out for me at all. RevZilla agreed to a return. I "heart" RevZilla.
September 18, 2012
Great way to improve your seat
I'm on an F800GS. The stock seat is pretty terrible for long distances, so I've been looking for a solution for a while. There are several manufacturers who make replacement seats, but they're all in the $500 range and seem to be a compromise between off road performance or comfort. I don't mind the stock seat off road, so I figured the Airhawk would be a cheap way to get the long distance performance I'd like.
It does just what it says - it increases the distance you can ride in comfort. A weekend of riding used to result in some serious discomfort, but I've found that the Airhawk remedies that easily, and at a perfectly reasonable price.
However, I do find that while it spreads the pressure more evenly, it does so at a cost. This model does not have the voids in the middle (the "R" version does), so men might end up with some extra pressure on your prostate, etc. I found that this required occasional shifting while doing highway miles in order to avoid numbness in that area. It makes for an imperfect product, thus the 4-star rating. I'm considering swapping out to the R version to see if that eliminates this problem but retains the comfort, but I don't like the increase in width for my seat. A "small" size with the voids in he middle would be perfect.
Due to this I couldn't rate it as a 5-star product, but it definitely provides a lot of comfort at a fair price. I have some concerns about durability as I could see punctures might occur, but they conveniently include a number of patches.
Some have complained about the straps used to attach it to the bike, saying they're flimsy. I really haven't seen that as a problem. I made them snug and haven't had an issue with falling off or breaking straps, and I tend to hit my foot on the seat when I'm getting on/off of my bike when it's fully loaded.
Does it look a little weird? Yes. But I'll take a little weird, add a lot of comfort, and save the $400 for gas.
September 4, 2012
Spendy, but does the job
This product is not cheap for what it is, but it did the job for me. I have arthritis developing in my hip from a skiing injury when I was 20, and I've tried two different seats on my bike but both leave me in significant pain after only 60-90 minutes of riding. The Airhawk extended my pain free riding several hours, which is awesome.
It's true what they say, don't overinflate it. A little goes a long way.
August 27, 2012
Good, quality product that works as advertised.
The Airhawk seat pad is not a substitute for buying a top-end aftermarket seat from Corbin or Sargent, but it did greatly increase the comfort of my stock (rock hard) BMW seat. Folks at Revzilla allowed me to take different sized products out to my bike and fit before purchase. Great customer service!
August 13, 2012
Great if you're going on a long trip.
I just finished a 3500 mile trip that went through 12 states and lasted a week. There is no way I could have done this without the Airhawk. It definitely makes a huge difference having this on the bike.
July 24, 2012