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Old 12 Apr 2008
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air hawk seatpad???

hi just wondering how TUFF the airhawk seat pads are.ive got an africa twin and the bike itself is great!awsome to ride,no complaints......exept for the factory honda seatafter an hour or 2 bike riding is a whole new ball game.tourtech do an aftermarket seat for about £250 or i can buy an airhawk for 1/2 that but can the hawk get a puncture??i plan on some long haul trips over summer and would be keen on sorting out my rear end probs!
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No problems so far, and you get a puncture repair kit with the seat anyway.
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good to hear i found a airhawk for £70(i think have to check)sounds like a good investment to go with my heated grips!
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Great bit of kit - you have to make sure you inflate it properly - the temptation is to blow it all the way up, but that just makes things worse... mine hardly has any air in it and doesn't really feel any different to the bike - you notice the difference when you realise you've been riding for 4 hours and your butt doesn't hurt, and when you get back on the next day it still doesn't hurt - and so on!

My only complaint is that the straps it ships with are not very good - mine snapped in the first week. I've now bodged a Velcro fitting which is much better and keeps the pad in place a lot longer - also it's much easier to remove and keep safe.

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Airhawk Good

I have an Airhawk I use on long days/trips. You only need about 1/2 inch of air. I use small bungie stripes, connected under the seat to secure it.

I recommend it.
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Well im a cheapo or as somewill know us as student and didnt want to pay for an airhawk but wanted the same idea so i went and bought a thermorest small sitting mat.

As the name suggests its designed for sitting for climbers/hikers but i made a wee bag for it and a few straps stiched to it allowed me to attach it to my bike. I made a wee pocket at the top so when you stop all you have to do is take it out so no one steals it.

Best bit about it is only cost £20 for the seat which is inflatable but for best results as everyone says is to only inflate it slightly and the other cost we about 50p of material for the bag. Give me a buzz if you want anymore information on it.
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Wink Even cheaper and cheerful

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Well im a cheapo or as somewill know us as student and didnt want to pay for an airhawk but wanted the same idea so i went and bought a thermorest small sitting mat.

As the name suggests its designed for sitting for climbers/hikers but i made a wee bag for it and a few straps stiched to it allowed me to attach it to my bike. I made a wee pocket at the top so when you stop all you have to do is take it out so no one steals it.

Best bit about it is only cost £20 for the seat which is inflatable but for best results as everyone says is to only inflate it slightly and the other cost we about 50p of material for the bag. Give me a buzz if you want anymore information on it.

Nice idea: I've seen those mats in the camp shops and I can see what you are saying!
It should be robust and surely it achieves the same effect.

I have wondered about stuffing some bubble wrap into a bag in much the way you describe - I guess anything that takes away the pressure points is going to be better than most stock saddles.
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Nice idea: I've seen those mats in the camp shops and I can see what you are saying!
It should be robust and surely it achieves the same effect.

I have wondered about stuffing some bubble wrap into a bag in much the way you describe - I guess anything that takes away the pressure points is going to be better than most stock saddles.
It works well and is very cheap compaired to an airhawk. I found the best results where if you only blow it up enough so you could see it take shape. This just raisers you off the seat enough but you still get all the feeling you need to ride the bike.

The main problem i had was finding a good place to strap the bag to under the seat. But i might get it modified and see if velcro would be able to take the strain.

The bubble wrap sounds like a very good idea. Might pop too much with my weight on it..
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Here's some you can use!

http://www.therightfoot.net/mystuff/...bubblewrap.swf

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haha very nice, i like the manic mode
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lol good old bubble wrap,101 uses!id be keen on some info maxwell bout those cheaper seatpads.me bikes off the road for a month,having to strip the engine to replace the output shaft bearingnot much fun had herebut will need a pad soon as ill be off somewhere when the AT's back on the road again soldier on aye.
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lol good old bubble wrap,101 uses!id be keen on some info maxwell bout those cheaper seatpads.me bikes off the road for a month,having to strip the engine to replace the output shaft bearingnot much fun had herebut will need a pad soon as ill be off somewhere when the AT's back on the road again soldier on aye.
Ive started up a new thread in this section about the seat. Hopefully this link will take you there.
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...941#post187605
Hope the AT gets back on the road and your behind is niced and cushioned.
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