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Beaded seats - Anybody try them?

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  1. ttale
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    So with a couple of long trips planned for this summer I thought I'd start doing some research right now on seat pads/covers to help me get through the day.

    I found a review on motorcyclecruizer.com that reviewed five different types of seat cushions and #1 was the "AirHawk" but at $200 it's way out of my league. Rated #2 however were beaded seat covers which I can pick up from beadrider.com for about $35.

    I was at the London Bike Show today and there was a guy at the ride for dad booth who has ridden the iron butt rally multiple times and has over 400K on his ST1100. He had a beaded seat cover on and SWEARS by them. Says they are the best thing ever.

    Before going ahead and ordering one tonight I thought I would throw it out there and see if anybody here has used them and what they thought?

    Thanks.

    Darryl

  2. tunc
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    im in the same boat as well lookin
    prices are silly hey
    sittin on wooden marbles dont interest me
    i am on a try and see mission at the moment
    air hawk $$$$ na
    bout to get a lambswool 1 to try if that no good try somethin else
    mainly because prices of seats down here are overboard

  3. MorkKW
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    Hi Darryl.

    I know only what I've read, or have been told, by those who own those beaded seat covers. The riders with whom I've spoken said they loved them and would no longer ride long distances without them. Personally, I don't care for their appearance, believing they look as if someone drove to a local PepBoys drive-thru window and picked up a seat cover in the process. [no hate mail, please] I can ride for hours on my aftermarket seat, and they're all good...Ultimate, Mustang, Corbin, Saddlemen...and experience no pain or soreness - none. But [with only one "t"], for $35, those beads could end up being a very good & wise investment should you go on those extended trips this summer. Worse case scenario, you may not like them, but [still only one "t"] at least you won't have to waste a lot of money to find out. On the other hand, you may be really glad you got them.

    Take care.
    Morg - Key West

  4. ttale
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    That's kind of what I figured.

    Even if they don't work out I figure it's just a throwaway purchase and am only out 30-40 bucks.

    I agree they're not that aesthetically pleasing but since they come off & on easily I'm only going to use them on the extended trips to try and save my arse.

    We'll see. I've got them ordered.

    Darryl

    Hi Darryl.I know only what I've read, or have been told, by those who own those beaded seat covers. The riders with whom I've spoken said they loved them and would no longer ride long distances without them. Personally, I don't care for their appearance, believing they look as if someone drove to a local PepBoys drive-thru window and picked up a seat cover in the process. [no hate mail, please] I can ride for hours on my aftermarket seat, and they're all good...Ultimate, Mustang, Corbin, Saddlemen...and experience no pain or soreness - none. But [with only one "t"], for $35, those beads could end up being a very good & wise investment should you go on those extended trips this summer. Worse case scenario, you may not like them, but [still only one "t"] at least you won't have to waste a lot of money to find out. On the other hand, you may be really glad you got them. Take care.Morg - Key West

  5. tillikaff
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    I have a few friends that swear by the sheep skin covers. they really love them on long trips. You might try one of those. But, if you do use a real sheep skin, not the fake ones. But in my opinion they are really ugly.
    Like Morg said, I can ride for hours on my after market seat. I have a Mustang Seat, and can ride all day without a pain in the butt. But I can say the stock seat gave me a major pain in the butt, after about 45 minutes.

  6. chilibebber
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    The vbeads work pretty good. I on the other hand have purchased at Walmart the honey comb rubber seat cushion or I think it is called Gel Tech. This thing is the beat that I have found.

  7. toknord
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    I purchased one of the Autozone beaded seat pads and cut and re-assembled to the shape of my seat. I tried using it initially for my commute, approx 30 miles one way. The stock seat was killing me. After a couple of days I took it off because I didn't notice enough of a difference to keep that ugly looking thing on the bike. This was early after getting my bike and I feel that the stock seat has become a little more comfortable than the first time, or my seat has formed better to the bikes seat. I may try it again this summer, but either way I'm only out $10.00 and I have enough left over to make one for the pillion if need be..

  8. vgink18054
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    I tried about every pad cover or gel to try to make my stock seat bearable. but nothing worked. i finnally dug deep into the pockets and bought a ultimate seat with drivers backrest. best money i have spent on the bike.

  9. VTvinChic
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    I've never personally tried them, but I've heard rave reviews. Someone also said go for the genuine wooden beads, not the plastic ones - don't recall exactly why, but that was their opinion. Same person said it beats neoprene and sheepskin covers.

    If you ask me, it doesn't make any logical sense why one would want to remove their tush from a plush foam pad and sit on wooden marbles. I guess I'm just not quite as en vogue. I'd be more inclined to gel-filled sheep fur pads if anything.

  10. Callibjkian
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    one of colleagues here at work had the wooden bead seat cover in his car. He made many a trip from here in NY to North Dakota (his home state) and swears by them. Says it seems counterintuitive to sit on wooden marbles, but the "masage" effect definitely makes a huge difference. I might give them a look-see myself.

    Mike

  11. ttale
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    Well I've got mine ordered and will post a review but it won't be till warm weather hits up north here which means may sometime.

    I'm in the same boat as everybody else. I got talking to the guy that does the iron butt rallys at the bike show, saw his seat and said "well that can't be comfortable". He then raved about them for the next 5 minutes. When I got home I started doing some research and there are a lot of people that swear by them.

    For $30 I thought what the hell, I'll try it.

    Darryl

    one of colleagues here at work had the wooden bead seat cover in his car. He made many a trip from here in NY to North Dakota (his home state) and swears by them. Says it seems counterintuitive to sit on wooden marbles, but the "masage" effect definitely makes a huge difference. I might give them a look-see myself.Mike

  12. chitter4
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    Tried one in a car, didnt like it so I used it for fire wood.

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