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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-20-2012, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking about buying one of the "Air Series Seat Pads" from "Premium Motorcycle Products": http://www.thepropad.com/Air-Series-Pads-Prodlist.html

It's a tiny investment, so I'm probably going to do this, but I wondered whether anyone has any experience with them. If you've used these on any bike, and discovered they're absolute junk, don't work at all, etc., then I guess I'll save $40.

The line that got my attention was "Think of beads for the 21st century, moves you off of the hot vinyl." I'm a big fan of BeadRider's beads; I had them on my Valkyrie for most of the seven years I owned it, and on my 650 Burgman for all of the five years I had that.

The trouble, however, with beads on the XCT - for me, at least - is that: 1) if you have them behind you (in addition to under you), they push you closer to the tank, and I don't want that (even though I'm probably going to buy the 2"-back handlebars); 2) BeadRider doesn't make a size appropriate for the XCT seat, and; 3) BeadRiders raise you up almost an inch, and being inseam-challenged, I don't want to lose my ability to flat-foot the heavy XCT.

So this looks like a possible compromise. There's actually a better picture here - http://www.compacc.com/p/Pro-Pad-Air-Series-Seat-Pads - if you click on the first or last of the six thumbnails.

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I'm curious if they would help. I'm having an issue with my tailbone and right hip that may hve been caused by my accident or from not riding for so long.

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Looks a bit like the ones Harley sells nowadays that people are saying really help to keep from getting sweaty butt.

I bet the medium size would fit the front without having to ride up the back and push you forward. I may just try one even though the Ultimate seat I have now breathes much better than a stock seat. It could still be a bit better.

Sheepskin works pretty good but these might work better. Hmmmmm...
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Bob,

Yep, I was thinking about the medium size, too. I sent email to those folks last night, giving some dimensions of the seat and asking their opinion. If I don't hear back from them by Monday, I'll order the medium... and of course report back here.

I'm interested in whether the edges create pressure points, how easily they fold over the side, how easily you can slide around on them (a strong point of beads), and of course how much air flows through them (another bead strong point).

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I ordered one for my XCT last week, should be in either today or tomorrow, I'll post my findings.
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I ordered one for my XCT last week, should be in either today or tomorrow, I'll post my findings.
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What size you get? I got this response earlier today from my web-contact-form question over the weekend (and note that I'm interested in the air-only model - I need cooling, flowing, air, as the softness/hardness of the stock seat is not a problem for me):


Bill,

I'm afraid none of the pads are going to fit your seat perfectly. The tech pad with the gel will conform to the seat better than the thinner air flow pad that you're considering. You could go with the medium, but I'd be more inclined to go with the large for the length. It may come over the front edge of your seat slightly but you really need the length of that pad for it to do any good. Just so you know, the air pad is just that...strictly for air flow not comfort. It does not add any height to your seat and does not contain a gel insert for comfort. Because the back of the seat is so defined instead of sloping gently up, pulling the pad up in the rear wouldn't work properly. Wish I had a better answer for you.

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I ordered the large as I was told the exact same thing. I'll let you know how well it works.
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I ordered the large as I was told the exact same thing. I'll let you know how well it works.
OK, thanks much.

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I use Gold Bond power all over. Feet legs butt chest down there and shoulders. Makes for a good ride on these hot days. Even a bath towel on the sea makes for a great ride.

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I use Gold Bond power all over. Feet legs butt chest down there and shoulders. Makes for a good ride on these hot days. Even a bath towel on the sea makes for a great ride.
VJ, between your spelling and your humor, you really crack me up sometimes.

Let me translate this.

"I use Gold Bond Powder all over. My feet, legs, butt, nut sack, chest; everywhere!. Keeps me feeling fresh and comfy even on a hot day. Throwing a bath towel on the seat makes it even better."

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