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  1. #31
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    AlaskaLeather Butt Pads are Da Bomb

    Have one for both myself and the lovely young lady who rides with me all the time. No more sticky butt (referred to among friends as "swamp a$$") and a little extra padding too. Great way to inexpensively extend riding distance by increasing comfort.

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    Lightbulb Alaska Sheepskin pads

    I agree w/the BatBike - I've got a '92 R100R, and the stock seat must have been used during the Spanish Inquisition torture sessions - hard, stiff, very little cushion left after only a couple of seasons. I know we all could call up a custom seat-maker for an answer, but my wallet took me to the Alaska Sheepskin pad. I purchased a blemished sheepskin from the owner/maker herself (fun lady). It has a seam on the bottom that doesn't affect the ride in any way. I paid $30 at the '04 Ohio Rally. The owner let me pick through a huge pile for the thickest one.
    The pad did what it claimed to do - warm if needed, air circulates pretty well, added comfort and distance on the bike. If it gets wet, you'll simply need to dry it out at the next opportunity for it to retain most of its qualities.
    I also soon bought an Airhawk ($60 on eBay) and was very impressed - great air circulation, no wetness problems because of troughs between rubber construction, and uniform support throughout. Since I now had both of these devices, I wondered about putting them together - one of my better ideas!
    Using both the Sheepskin and the Airhawk at the same time raises the rider a bit.
    But for long periods in the saddle, I challenge anyone to find a more comfortable arrangement short of the custom seats (AND for less than a c-note!).
    Plus, I can use either depending on the conditions (wet, around town, etc.).
    It may not work as well for someone else, but it's been superb for me.

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    Sheepskin, custom seats, stock seats, all about the same to me.
    The Airhawk was like a miracle. Yes, it's spendy. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoeman View Post
    If you frost a turd it's still a turd. A leather seat pad will help improve any seat but it will make a small improvement.

    I spent $450 having my seat redone with gel packs and leather, better, yes! But (sic) for $40, the Alaska buttpad was the Sh#t! It does more for long rides then my seat that cost me 10times that. No more baboon butt for me!

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    Bought a Buttbuffer at the Rally. Best $150 I've spent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenwald View Post
    Got one for my 2005 R1200RT original seat. Tried it on a number of trips, but did not notice any real difference in comfort.

    Then spent bigger bucks for Sargent seats, and couldn't be happier - they will be a standard after-market upgrade on any future bike I may own.

    Anyone want my barely used Alaska Leather Butt Pad - $20 (plus shipping) to whomever wants to go that route; just wasn't right for me. Drop me a line (greenwald@charter.net).

    Ride Alert!
    re:buttpad.

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    I guess opinions are like butts, everyone's got one. My buttpad widened the seat and decreased slippaged just enough. For now it's working for me. With all due respect to Mayer and Sargent, until they custom fit your tush and you ride it for a bit, you really don't know.

    Also, the buttpad seems to have eliminated the "sweaty nether region syndrome".

    'Nuf said. *ahem*

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    update on my sheepskin butt pad

    I bought a sheepskin butt pad at a local shop and put it over my beads and gel plad. so I now have beads, a gel pad, and the sheepskin over all. Looks nice and it sure made the riding nicer. I just finished four days. Pittsburgh to Albuquerque via the back roads of Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. I loved my seat situation. I was able to ride 12-14 hours a day, admittedly with many gas and coffee breaks as well as some breaks to wait out thunderstorms. So my seat situation is fine, and I didn't have to buy a custom seat. Total cost, $35 for the beads, $70 for the gel pad and $44 for the sheepskin. I'm very happy with it and will not need to explore a custom seat!

  9. #39
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    bought a alaska leather rally special for the GS haven't really tested it, but so far so good

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgvilla View Post
    I bought a sheepskin butt pad at a local shop and put it over my beads and gel plad. so I now have beads, a gel pad, and the sheepskin over all. Looks nice and it sure made the riding nicer. I just finished four days. Pittsburgh to Albuquerque via the back roads of Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. I loved my seat situation. I was able to ride 12-14 hours a day, admittedly with many gas and coffee breaks as well as some breaks to wait out thunderstorms. So my seat situation is fine, and I didn't have to buy a custom seat. Total cost, $35 for the beads, $70 for the gel pad and $44 for the sheepskin. I'm very happy with it and will not need to explore a custom seat!
    Beads. Gel. Sheepskin. Beads. Sheepskin. Gel. Beads.
    Rich, can I interest you in the following seat?

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    Jon, yeah that would be nice I looked under the seat today when I was washing the bike and found a pea. No wonder my ass got sore on the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgvilla View Post
    Jon, yeah that would be nice I looked under the seat today when I was washing the bike and found a pea. No wonder my ass got sore on the ride.
    :

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    Alaska Leather + Freedom Air seat pad

    I combine my Alaska Leather sheepskin with a Freedom Air cushion. I put the stock R1200RT seat in the low position, which by itself is too low for me, but with my pad, I get a good ride. My pad does shift around, needing frequent adjusting, and the Freedom Air loses air after a day, but as I adjust it, I think about the $200 - 300 difference between my pad and a custom seat. Plus, I can snap if off when I stop, keep it cool and dry until I mount again.

    I have yet to see a custom seat that lets me slide my butt back into a wind-cheating crouch. They all seem to force a rider to sit up straight tractor-style or lean back Barcalounger-style. I like to put a lot of of my weight on my legs and feet, like a horseback rider, and as little as possible on my spine. For my style, the Alaska leather is great. Your style, along with your ergonomics, may not agree.

    Final note: I see that many an ad for selling a used motorcycle claims that a custom seat is a value-added feature. It's not for me. I probably would have to take it off, then either modify a stock seat as I have done with my current R1200RT, or get a custom that fits me.
    Antaeas

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    "Can I move? I'm better when I move." - Sundance Kid (by Wm. Goldman)

  14. #44
    gulfcoastbeemer
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    I use an Alaska Leather seat pad on my R1200RT -- comfy and practical.

    You can stick the Alaska Leather seat pad in a pail of soapy water, wash your bike with it, then give it a few good shakes and stick it back on the seat -- comfy and practical.

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