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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 05-28-2017, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone use an Airhawk or gel pad?

So we're planning a huge ride, our longest yet...and we're thinking we'd like to have some more cushion.
Anyone have any experience with either the Airhawk (or any air type seat pad) vs a strap on gel pad?

We're thinking the 25k miles on our factory CVO seat has worn her down a bit and as we all know...new seats are pricey !

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I have used the airhawk cushion for at least 4 years. On long rides i always put it on, around town no. Tried the gel pad, didn't like it.
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Airhawk, awesome...follow the directions, dont fill too much...
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First one I bought the wife liked it so she used it. I bought another one for myself, this time I bought the R cushion. I like it much better than the regular one. I have a custom seat that is very comfortable, but on a long trip I still use the airhawk on some days. I recommend this. As the other person said, adjusting the air pressure is very important. Put air in it and sit on a hard chair, then let the air out till you feel the chair, then put just a little more air in.


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The air hawk absolutely makes a difference. Whether you like the difference is subjective.

I carry it with me for when I need it. If you get one, get it early and experiment with it. A couple puffs of air can change it from not so good to sweet. A couple more puffs and you can feel like you are floating around on the seat and the air can push up on your ball sac.

I start out with a sheepskin pelt which is amazing. Adds protection from engine heat, keeps your butt from sweating on the vinyl seat. Air Hawk with sheepskin sits me too high. Might have to try the combination on the low tour solo seat.


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Great feedback! Keep it coming !
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First one I bought the wife liked it so she used it. I bought another one for myself, this time I bought the R cushion. I like it much better than the regular one. I have a custom seat that is very comfortable, but on a long trip I still use the airhawk on some days. I recommend this. As the other person said, adjusting the air pressure is very important. Put air in it and sit on a hard chair, then let the air out till you feel the chair, then put just a little more air in.
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The air hawk absolutely makes a difference. Whether you like the difference is subjective.

I carry it with me for when I need it. If you get one, get it early and experiment with it. A couple puffs of air can change it from not so good to sweet. A couple more puffs and you can feel like you are floating around on the seat and the air can push up on your ball sac.

I start out with a sheepskin pelt which is amazing. Adds protection from engine heat, keeps your butt from sweating on the vinyl seat. Air Hawk with sheepskin sits me too high. Might have to try the combination on the low tour solo seat.

Exactly what these two guys said. I had the same bike as you and use the R-type on long trips. Traded up for a '15 and no longer need it. The newer seats are that much better.

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I bought a propad brand gel pad a few years back for cross-country trips. I don't like it a bit. It makes the seat no more comfortable, and maybe even less comfortable, based on usually stopping when the fuel tank gets empty. About a month ago I bought the newly-released harley branded air hawk looking thingy (new item in the catalog). I haven't used it yet so I can't really judge but I like the way it has the dial and pump on the side, so you could literally air it up or let it down as you ride (not that it sounds like a good idea, but...). It cannot be worse than the gel pad lol

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I have the Airhawk R and love it. My Mustang seat is good for about 3-400 miles before I start getting sore. I rode 15 hours from Daytona back to east Texas with the Airhawk and never got sore at all. Just play with the air a little until you get it right and then leave it alone.

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