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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-26-2016, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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Best $12 I ever spent. Cooler Rinding - Beads & Paracord

Ok, so I live in SW Florida and I am one of those guys that is always sweating anyway. My butt gets wet riding 10 mins here in the summer, so I decided to try a few things to improve my comfort.

I read all the posts about various custom seats, covers, AirHawks, etc and thought well, let me try those ridiculous beads first as a "test". I mean they are 8.00 at Walmart and if they don't work I can return them or toss them, no great loss right?

So I found a beaded cover made for a bucket seat and figured that would be a good starting point for my experiment. When I got home, I inverted the beads so the skinny part road up the passenger backrest and noticed it actually fit almost perfectly. So I quickly tied it on, got my wife to agree to test ride this contraption with me and off we went. (She commented that we'd probably roll off our seats and wind up on the grass, LOL).

All I can tell you is that at 30mph I could feel cool air under my azz and I had not started to sweat. We road about 30 mins and when I got off the bike - No wet butt. The wife said she could feel the difference as well, which I didn't really expect as I thought I blocked most of the air circulation.

We road a few more times to verify the air circulation and also to determine if these would be comfortable on longer rides. I've never had a custom seat, so I am not able to comment on how this would compare, but I can say that the beads made my stock '16 RGU seat MORE comfortable. I could move my but around and adjust the pressure points every 20-30 mins and that was a nice side benefit.

Two other things I noticed: 1) the beads don't get hot, so when I can't find a shady place to park, I don't have to site on 150 degree black vinyl when I climb on. 2) When it rains (happened to me once) the beads don't hold water, so climbing on doesn't get you wet.

At this point I decided to make it look nicer and went out to Home Depot, where I purchased $5.00 worth of black paracord and some snap connectors (they are in the same isle together, so easy to find). The paracord had instructions on how to braid the line, so I figured it would look a whole lot better than my quick tie job.

I've attached some pics to this, so you can see the final product. I may build another with a black beaded cover, but for now I actually like the look of the wood.

Too bad website will only allow 2 pics to be uploaded....... You can see the rest on the HDforum website.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-26-2016, 08:58 AM
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Very cool thx for sharing that. I live in Tampa and i experience everything you just mentioned every time i ride. I am going to look for some beads like that in black.
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Great idea. I can't say I love the look , but they do work. Got the beads in my WT.

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They do look better in person than in the pictures. I should have moved the bike out of the garage for the photos. Several people have commented that it actually looks really nice in natural - much better than they would have expected.

Black might look nicer and this item is available in black. A black version may be Gen 2 of my experiment. But, black might also be hotter when parked and could fade, where the natural wood would be better.
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Gonna have to try this too. In the same boat with a wet rear after sweating on a ride, or wet seat from rain.


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And when your done with your ride you can play connect the dots.
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spray paint

I've been using these for years and wrote about them a number of times on this forum. I've resized mine into two pieces and sprayed them black. They don't get any hotter in the sun that you will notice. They are great for long distances as well.
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I was thinking of spraying them but was afraid it would be hard to get good coverage AND concerned the paint would not stick to the clear coat or worse - stick to the seat. What type paint? Enamel? Hard to get it to cover well, especially with all the monofilament?

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I've been using these for years and wrote about them a number of times on this forum. I've resized mine into two pieces and sprayed them black. They don't get any hotter in the sun that you will notice. They are great for long distances as well.
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