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Old 07-24-2013, 01:35 AM   #31
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comfortable

You blocks that can't get comfortable must have funny nuts
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:45 AM   #32
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Unless you are from a lonely part of Idaho, ditch the sheep. You don't need it, the AirHawk will ventilate and work better.
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Old 03-06-2014, 03:50 PM   #33
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With a stock seat, does the airhawk help at all with the slow migration toward the front of the seat while riding? The slope in the stock seat always has me sliding a bit forward so I have to readjust pretty often. Gets pretty old pretty quickly when I'm constantly riding forward and smashing my junk on the tank!

Other than that slope issue I actually find the stock seat pretty bearable. I've put in many 500 mile days without too much pain, other than aching knees. But I think the Airhawk will add that extra bit of comfort and maybe relieve some of the sliding.
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Old 03-06-2014, 04:19 PM   #34
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Yes.
The secret to the Airhawk is to use about a quarter of the air you think you need. Keep your arse end about a centimeter or around 3/8s of an inch and the migration is halted and your nuts inside the border are secured.
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Old 03-06-2014, 04:24 PM   #35
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Excellent, thanks for the tip!

Airhawk will be ordered tonight.
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Old 03-06-2014, 04:25 PM   #36
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I put the small pillion airhawk on my f700gs and it stopped that sliding/leaning forward feelling. Can do 700km without the numb nuts effect no problem now.

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Old 03-06-2014, 04:54 PM   #37
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Any size wiil do, as above.
Personally, I like the small cruiser size for $99 or so.
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Old 03-07-2014, 02:49 PM   #38
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What MikeMike said in the last two posts.

Small cruiser, tiny bit of air. I always had to rearrange the furniture before getting on the bike to be sure. Loved the A-H till I bought the comfort seat.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:57 AM   #39
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I bought the small cruiser one before a QLD to PI trip for the MotoGP and used it for 3/4 of the round trip before the valve decided it didn't want to hold air anymore.

Mostly I was disappointed with it, it provided acceptable comfort for the longer stretches of highway but for any twisties riding or any riding where you wanted to be more 'connected' to the bike it just sucked. Unfortunately with the airhawk it felt like you would slew around on the seat and I found that very bad. I experimented with air levels and tried to make sure it was fastened but you still "roll around" on the top of it, so to speak.

Helpful for those iron butt style trips but the BMW comfort seat I got has improved a hundred fold over the stock seat and no airhawk issue. I may still fix the airhawk though and stow it for any longer rides in case I need an extra comfort buffer for any highway stretches however.

I recommend you try before you buy, if possible.



edit: I must stress though that on longer trips the airhawk, despite its shortcomings in my eyes, was way better than just the stock seat. the last day of 750km of riding without the airhawk cemented in my mind that no matter what grievances I had with the airhawk, it's better than the OEM seat!
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:53 AM   #40
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I agree with crossplane there. One solution is to ride the boring slabs with the airhawk then remove it when it's play time. Not a perfect solution but works. My trip was last minute, no time to find or order a new seat. The local shop had airhawks in stock and it was perfect for making 12 hr days possible. No leaks or issues and when I found a used comfort seat, I sold the airhawk for about 75% of cost as they're popular. Fantastic investment on my 2 week trip.

But we now have 2 comfort seats and haven't looked back.

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Old 03-11-2014, 11:06 AM   #41
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I think the Airhawk is great, but until you plane away the crown on the stock seat you're not as comfortable as you could be. Once I did that it was hugely better. Simple job, if a bit fiddly.

And yes, I too find it squashes the fruits a bit if you're not "tucked in" properly.
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:08 PM   #42
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Sounds like it would work great on the low seat which is already shaved pretty flat. With the small step in the low seat is the small cruiser still the right size?
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:29 AM   #43
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Air Hawk

I have an Air Hawk, a beaded seat, and a thick sheep skin. My take is, if you ride for eight hours, your butt is going to feel like you rode eight hours. The Air Hawk was a disapointment (yes I know how it needs to be adjusted) , the beaded seat is good for the heat, but, is NOT more comfortable, and the sheep skin hurts just as much after eight hours. I do find the more I ride, the more milage I can stand. Getting off the bike helps the most on long trips.
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