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IKEA of all places

£20 in IKEA for a skin
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Personally I would not bother with baby rugs they have been cleaned chemically and all the goodness removed.
A greasy bio fleece still has Lanolin in it, a natural dirt and water repellent. I can shake mine almost dry after a downpour
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Good info

Thanks for that info, I hadn't considered that at all. Just looked at the German website you mention and I think it's the way I will go If they have the lanolin loaded ones. As you say very cheap.
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I have often wondered about the IKEA sheepskins; are they worth having?

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Ikea skin

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Well we have one for a chair in the house and it is great, but we are taking the advice on the lanolin loaded organic ones and have ordered one of those for the bike. We have never got the IKEA one wet! We quite fancy the brown on the bike
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As noted in my previous thread, I have had my sheepskin since 2001. It is washable and does not shrink much at all. A few years back I bought one for my wife from IKEA and when washed, shrunk quite a bit. (Washing directions for this skin is dryclean only). Just hand wash or wash on gentle cycle in a washing machine and install on the seat while still a little damp, no problem. Both sheepskins do a great job. IKEA's cost about $40 CAN.

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Sheepskin Cover

Hey Chaps. i had a sheepskin cover made, cost about $20. get someone to stitch it so it is a slip on
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I'm surprised no one mentioned Alaska Leathers. Thats where I got mine for the KLR. It's rugged as hell and keeps going, plus they stand behind the product. I brush it out a couple times a year for maintenance.

This is their website and try to ignore the shiny thing on the front page, thier pads are not just bling. : <Alaska Leather> Home of the Sheepskin Buttpad - Motorcycle Seat Covers - Alaska Leather Home Page

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Would an Airhawk seat cover be worth the extra money over a sheepskin cover?
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The synthetic airhawk cover does hold water but thankfully hardly any.

The bladder underneath the cover has channels that may hold quite a bit of water so you may find a heavy storm would produce a wet stodgy pad to sit on.

Generally I found them helpful on long motorway stretches but a complete pain at all other times. Your mileage may vary.
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So for random on and off use and off-road riding, would the sheepskin cover be better suited?
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I've had an Airhawk and a sheepskin on an AT and here, FWIW, is what I reckon:

Airhawk - couldn't live with it. Too tall, too wobbly. Maybe I had it over-inflated, but I got rid of it anyway. Also eye-wateringly expensive compared to...

Sheepskin - cheap (if you wait until you get to Chile or Kenya to buy it) and adds a few dozen miles a day to your comfort zone. Drys quickly.
I attach it with two bungees, so if it gets wet and I don't have time to dry it, I just fold it back over itself and sit on the saddle.
Also allows some movement of air under the back-door area - good in the tropics.
Chuck it on top of a pannier and you have a near-perfect stool upon which to drink in a motel car-park.
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Smile short or long haired?

Is there a big difference between long haired and short haired skins?

I got both, the long haired one is heavier but would be more comfortable for using as a mat cover. The short one looks good size and light but might not be soft enough, although I just did a short trip and feels much better.

I guess my worries would be drying time... long haired ones might take a lot longer.

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go for the comfortable long hairy fluff... take it off if heavy rain... actually I never did..
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I'm surprised no one mentioned Alaska Leathers. Thats where I got mine for the KLR. It's rugged as hell and keeps going, plus they stand behind the product. I brush it out a couple times a year for maintenance.

This is their website and try to ignore the shiny thing on the front page, thier pads are not just bling. : <Alaska Leather> Home of the Sheepskin Buttpad - Motorcycle Seat Covers - Alaska Leather Home Page

Love my cover from Alaske Leathers over a great Rick Mayer seat. Rick Mayer added loads of comfort to stock GS seat and sheepskin added the icing to the cake
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