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.