View Poll Results: How do you protect your 'assets'?

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  • Sheepskin

    57 23.08%
  • Beads

    26 10.53%
  • Airhawk

    14 5.67%
  • Extra padding in my pants...don't ask.

    5 2.02%
  • Corbin

    25 10.12%
  • Rick Mayer

    23 9.31%
  • Russell

    18 7.29%
  • Cee Bailey

    3 1.21%
  • Other, let me tell you

    39 15.79%
  • I don't need no stinkin' butt protection!

    37 14.98%
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Thread: Butt Pad, no pad or seat upgrade?? What is your flavour??

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    Butt Pad, no pad or seat upgrade?? What is your flavour??

    I've recently added a butt pad to my bike and enjoy the difference with added comfort. I was wondering how many riders protect their valued 'assets' out there. Feel free to post comments. If I missed your style of saddle, please let me know what you are using.

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    Registered marching ant Antaeas's Avatar
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    Columbus, Wisconsin

    Freedom Air

    The pad I use isn't on the list. Its Freedom Air; see

    I checked Air Hawk for now.

    2005 R1200RT (Artie)

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    -Walt 2wheelfamily's Avatar
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    Sierra Vista, Arizona


    Sometimes just my bare Sargent and sometimes beads and sometimes sheepskin. What do I do...voted sheepskin only because there were no votes for the thing and Sargent didn't have a line.

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    Beads help in two ways. No sore ass, no sweaty ass.

    The downside is you sort of got to get used to rolling around a bit, but it's worth it in comfort. Sheep skin? It's baaaad when it gets wet! With beads it's not a problem.

    All for $35.00. New Corbin? That bankroll is not allocated in my 08 -09 budget! Beads are cheaper, work better, and that is my vote!

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    Registered User clowry's Avatar
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    Flesherton, ON
    We use sheepskin, but found it wasn't quite doing the trick. We picked up Butt Buffer gel pads at Americade. They seemed to help some. Still get a bit sore/tired, but the recovery time once you get off the bike is MUCH better. We stop about every 2 hours to top up the fuel, stretch, have a drink etc, so it seems to work out. I guess the ride to Gillette will give us a good idea of the overall effectiveness in the long haul.


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    My old bike had a Corbin, didn't realize how much it really did help till I did four long days in the saddle of the newer bike with a stock seat.

    I need to start saving for a custom seat, because that stock seat on the R1100S is the WRONG shape for my butt. FAR too wide & flat & interferes with getting my feet fully on the ground.

    In the meantime, I expect I'll pick up something like an Airhawk that Freedom pad.

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    Custom built seats are the only true improvement for real comfort.
    All other means are only a bandaid.

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    Dances With Sheep GREGFEELER's Avatar
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    Boise, ID
    Quote Originally Posted by antaeas View Post
    The pad I use isn't on the list. Its Freedom Air; see

    I checked Air Hawk for now.
    Motorcycle Consumer News just reviewed the Freedom Air and the Airhawk, and concluded the Freedom Air was a much better product.

    Also, there needs to be an option for Bill Mayer saddles on this pole. I have one of those on my K1200RS and absolutely love it.
    Greg Feeler
    Ambassador & amateur K-Bike collector, it seems
    1972 R75/5, 1990 K75, 1990 K1, 1992 K75S, 2003 K1200RS

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    Unfunded content provider tommcgee's Avatar
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    Braintree, MA
    Sargent seat on my Vstrom, Corbin on my K75.

    I've also tried airhawk, sheep, and beads and would rate them in that order, with airhawk being the best.
    Salty Fog Rally 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 And DRAT! Missed the last one in 2015!

    -Tom (KA1TOX)

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    Why no option for:

    Stock seat, got rid of that very uncomfortable piece of crap Corbin>I can now reach ground without rubbing insides of thighs raw, can also use proper riding skills and actually stand on pegs that I could not do with the wide arse Corbin. The stock seat is a lot more comfortable, especially on long trips + also got stock luggage rack and doubled carry capacity.

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    Focused kbasa's Avatar
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    Marin By God County, California
    Rocky Mayer on the GS and RT, Sargent on the VFR and R11RS. Stock BMW seats on the R100 and R60. I've got an old Corbin for my CB750F, but will probably put the stock seat back on when i restore it.
    Dave Swider
    Marin County, CA

    Some bikes. Some with motors, some without.

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    Has the GS-Lust The_Veg's Avatar
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    Atlanta 'burbs
    I voted other because I have used several at different times. For my old K100, the Airhawk was the solution. For The BatBike (R100R), I tried several add-on things but the best it got was with a Rick Mayer seat. That seat was great, but did not solve greater ergonomic problems I have with the bike. With the GS, I am currently in the experimentation stage. I tried beads, I tried sheepskin, and neither was good by itself. Then I took some 1" blue car-seat foam, put the sheepskin on top of that, then topped it with a BeadRider and that MOSTLY did the trick...but the foam is not protected from the elements, and the BeadRider is coming apart, plus the hwol package doesn't add enough width. Then three days ago I did a home-made attempt at building a custom seat, using materials leftover from a friend's attempt at doing the same. While the result looks pretty decent, it SUCKS. I was miserable- at least as much as with the stock seat- within 50 miles. Gotta solve that in less than two weeks, what with the rally trip coming up. I'll probably buy another stock seat and go back to the 'sammich' I was using before the ill-fated home-build. That will get me through the rally, but ultimately I think I'll be getting a custom-built seat as I need more width than the stock offers.
    Last edited by The_Veg; 06-30-2008 at 02:42 PM. Reason: Spelling and other omissions
    2012 R1200GS

    "If you can't fix it with a hammer, it's electrical." -somebody's dad

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    Registered User mistercindy's Avatar
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    Can't believe Sargent wasn't one of the choices. No matter...

    I'm on a Sargent which is way better than stock. The stocker made my ass burn after less than an hour. The Sargent lets me ride 300 mile days which would have been absolute torture on the stocker. But I still get a bit sore after a couple hundred miles, so I think I'll send my stocker to Russell to perform one of his miracles.
    '05 R1200GS
    Former owner of an '03 R1150R
    BMWMOA #113847

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    Registered User ltrider's Avatar
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    Columbia, SC
    Sargent on my GS. I may also bring the sheepskin for the trip to Gillette.

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    Lookin' good, America! 68820's Avatar
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    Cary, NC

    Sargent here

    I have a Sargent on my K12RS. I've used beads and sheepskin with it, but prefer the saddle without either for the most part.

    Found that Corbin quality dropped as they became more interested in the Harley aftermarket. I guess the point is that they "look" good, not how well they feel after a long day in the saddle. I had a Corbin on my R100, then on my R11GS. Went to Sargent for the R11R, never looked back.

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