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Giant Loop Motorcycle Saddlebags & Motorcycle Tank Bags: Panniers, Soft Luggage for Adventure & Sport Touring

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someone on here suggested a horsriding 'numnum' or whatever, same thing but edged, trimmed and generally finished better than having a dead animal over your bike. a lot more expensive too of course......
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Keep it Simple - I have one on my Africa Twin - just one bungee from Engine bar to Engine bar - very simple and it works... and it quick to remove when the heavens open.... Regards Nigel
That is my method as well. I keep wet weather gear handy, so it goes in the waterproof cover when the wet gear goes on. It is also a great thing to lie on as is very warm. I don't need the warmth these days since I got my new sleeping bag. (Coleman hudson 450.) bulky but very warm and light. Ideal on my camp bed.
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The sheepskin we used became our bed mat too, the only problem was that odd beasties would nest in it during the day and come out at night.

It was never washed from UK to CT, and still doesn't smell. Magical properties. Worth its weight in for the comfort it gave. Black seat - 50 deg temperatures - that's not fun - but no problem with a sheep.

We didn't bother with bungees either, the soft luggage held it on. As did sitting on it.

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Ive been using a sheepskin fur at least 20years,, if ave heard it once, ave heard the slaggings a hundred times or more.. once i was cruising in a town,, an a doberman dog ran after me, jumped up to what i thought to bite ma leg.. a stood up an he bite the sheepskin, an ran off with it,, i followed him an ther he was sitting inthe garden of his home rippin the thing apart.... but their great,, a wont go anywhere with out one, hold it on wi two bunggees,, an sometimes double it up when ma arse gets sore........ can any tell me where to post some stuff I want to sell... racks an pannier racks an boxes for a yam XT660R. cheers
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I sew a strip of broad strong webbing (used at the top of curtains to hold the hooky things) across the sheepskin and then sew Velcro to the ends. Pop the seat off the GS, slap the ends together and put the seat back on. That way, if it gets wet and I am not wearing waterproof pants, I just attach it to the pannier frame and let it dry out in the breeze.

I buy cat sleeping pads made from sheepskin, for about NZ$20 (US$14). I recon they give me at least 30-40% longer distance before the numb-bum sets in.

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Ive been using a sheepskin fur at least 20years,, i. but their great,, a wont go anywhere with out one, hold it on wi two bunggees,, an sometimes double it up when ma arse gets sore........ can any tell me where to post some stuff I want to sell... racks an pannier racks an boxes for a yam XT660R. cheers
For sale bits and pieces is here:
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...r-sale-wanted/

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I use on all the time they are very comfortable and yes they double up as a pillow. It is held on with elastic at the front and and my throwover panniers at the rear. Cleaning is either throw it in the washing machine once or twice a year or jump up and down on it when you are in the shower. A good brush brings up the nap or pile and a quick spray of Lynx keeps the smell at bay.
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Bought mine in 2001 and tried many of the attachment methods posted above, but found by far the best way to attach my sheepskin is with snaps. Buy a snap kit with screw in base snaps at a local outdoor outfitter shop or fabric store.

Start by positioning your sheepskin where you would like to fit it to you seat and, then locate areas where the snaps can be located. Use 4 snaps (2 each side). With the simple tools supplied in the snap kit install the snaps through the sheepskin first, Then screw the base screws snaps into seat pan at the side of your seat, one at a time, slightly stretching the sheepskin to make snug, but not tight.

Easy to put on, remove and no straps to sit on. looks great too.. When you sell your bike, the screw snap parts are removed and the small holes in the side of the seat are virtually un-noticeable.

Cleaning, use dish soap. A lot less corrosive than laundry detergent and use a little vinegar instead of fabric softener. Fabric softener attracts dirt, whereas vinegar helps to release the residual soap and separates the hairs to make it fluffy again. Air dry, but if your sheepskin was not the pre-shrunk type. install it on your seat while the skin part is still slightly damp, otherwise it will shrink to much and you will have to moisten and re-stretch it.

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Petmats

I've just ordered a new petmat (sheepskin) from 'SkyeSkins' at £15.00 (+P&P)

Sheepskin Petmats - SkyeSkyns Scotland

I had one for my previous travels and it was great. Buying the petmat instead of a 'perfect' skin saves money as the mat is a second, if it's good enough for the lovable pooch or moggie, then it's good enough for my arse! It'll only have a slight colour imperfection so I'm not that bothered.

Fastening the last one was with a single flat bungee which worked perfectly. This time I may sew sticky velcro on two sides of the skin side and stick the soft velcro strips onto the seat, more secure on the ride as I like to stand often in traffic and so I can remove daily as the last one got nicked..!

(I'm not affiliated with 'SkyeSkins' in any way other than being a satisfied customer and thought I'd pass on the info.)
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Sheepskin...

fitted to my would you believe Blackbird.Who cares what it looks like as long as you are comfortable.Although I will admit it is a bit slippery at times.
I used that and this seat when I recently went up to the Highlands and it was unbelievably comfortable.That was also proven when it punctured 100 miles from home and the ride from there was dire

As you can see from this link :Putnams Inflatable Stadium Seat Cushion.

for the price this was also well worth buying how many of these can you buy for the price of an Airhawk.

To secure to the bike you just need to sew some elastic to the sides of the seat.
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I started using a sheepskin on the BMW Comfort Seat for the F800GSpot.
I find it very releaving.
I am able to crusie without stop between the needed tank tops now.
Great.
Thank you all for the idea/advise.

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I've just ordered a new petmat (sheepskin) from 'SkyeSkins' at £15.00 (+P&P)

Sheepskin Petmats - SkyeSkyns Scotland

I had one for my previous travels and it was great. Buying the petmat instead of a 'perfect' skin saves money as the mat is a second, if it's good enough for the lovable pooch or moggie, then it's good enough for my arse! It'll only have a slight colour imperfection so I'm not that bothered.

Fastening the last one was with a single flat bungee which worked perfectly. This time I may sew sticky velcro on two sides of the skin side and stick the soft velcro strips onto the seat, more secure on the ride as I like to stand often in traffic and so I can remove daily as the last one got nicked..!

(I'm not affiliated with 'SkyeSkins' in any way other than being a satisfied customer and thought I'd pass on the info.)
stretchy black elastic,,cheap as chips ,,buy from boyes hardware..
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Just ride.....

Stop worrying about what it smells like, do you care what your regular seat smells like? NO!

Just attach it and ride in complete comfort.

If it gets wet, it will soon dry, just forget about it!!!!

Best bit of kit available
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+1: Sheepskin DOES make a huge difference. I've got mine strapped to the seat with a regular tie-down strap. During camping, I take it inside the tent, and together with an Exped DownMat (short version = small pack size) it serves well for a cozy night's sleep.
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I got mine from this company in Germany....
very cheap, and a good speedy service.

http://www.schaffellhandel.de/index.htm

Before hand I had a Numnah off ebay, that was shaped and had straps and was a perfect fit.
It was a wool synthetic mix, it did help but compacted quick and was no way as good as the real thing.
Copied the form of the numnah and atached straps under the seat, for anyone wondering a numnah is a pad that fits between the saddle and the horses back to give the horse more comfort over long periods of riding.
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