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Old 03-28-2013, 07:20 PM   #16
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Try Baby Powder

Learned the trick from Reg Pridmore to use a little powder on your seat. Works great for leather and Aerostich type suits, but use less on the textiles. Easy to wash off.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:23 PM   #17
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Have a seamstress sew a butt pad of textile on to your leathers...
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:55 PM   #18
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Learned the trick from Reg Pridmore to use a little powder on your seat. Works great for leather and Aerostich type suits, but use less on the textiles. Easy to wash off.
Ahhh..... as Yossarian and I were discussing in Post #5-6....Googled this:

http://www.classrides.com/_press/press5MCExec.html

"A little talcum powder on the seat makes the seat of one's leathers look a little sketchy walking around the pits, but makes moving around on the bike smoother, and smoother is faster."

Does it last long though, or is an apply-once-daily thing?
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:14 AM   #19
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How about getting something a bit more upright if you're still riding a sports bike?

The new multistrada is mind warpingly fast and as comfortable as any touring bike.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:08 AM   #20
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^^ yeah, learned that a while ago, currently a Tiger 800 Roadie. Don't need a lot power since the tight stuff I like is relatively slow speed.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:02 PM   #21
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buy a seamless moisture wicking short; its a new skin for you:
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I never ride without it. (shirt and short, long legging in spring/fall.)
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:42 PM   #22
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Udder cream. Initially meant for live cows, it will also make your dead cow skin smoother.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:10 PM   #23
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you might consider also lowering your foot pegs below stock. It apparently is not an unusual modification and for the very same reason you mention. To decrease knee angle.
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:02 AM   #24
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OK, have your fun with the KY jokes, but I have serious question (street riding).

For safety, I like getting a cheek off the seat during spirited cornering and under uncertain conditions (blind corners, unknown roads, surface imperfections) and my knees just ain't what they used to be with the constant unweighting and butt shifting - I pretty much stick to the tighter technical twisties.

I started riding in jeans and leathers in my youth, then used textile suits for over a decade, and am now back to leathers for the past 3 yrs or so. The leathers stick to the seat much more than textiles and prevents easy sliding from side-to-side and my aging knees are finally catching up to me. I really prefer the safety and comfort of the leathers and so am looking for ways to reduce the friction between my ass and the seat.

Just wondering if you good folks, or track day junkies, had any good suggestions. Of course, I'd prefer not to do anything irreversible (eg, ArmourAll my seat).

Thanks!
Hit your seat with Pledge. That should help a lot.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:31 AM   #25
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Racers use baby powder. It seems to work into the leather after a while so you don't need to put it on all the time.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:06 AM   #26
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Thanks for all the great ideas folks, I got a few things to try now.

Lower pegs won't help - it's not so much the angle my knees are in, it's more the constant narrow range of movement they are asked to work in. A 100 mile ride is like doing 500 *half-inch* squats from a seated position - 5000 revolutions on a bicycle pedal is fine though. Anyways, no available ground clearance, my peg feelers are almost worn though, and another reason I have to keep moving my skinny ass.

Tried talc yesterday on a 60 mile ride, and did work every well, but I found it extremely short-lived. Applied twice on the ride and felt like I was back to Velcro in about 30 miles (maybe ~ 150 move-my-ass corners?) . Might try it for few more rides and see if it's a matter of absorbing into the seat/leather.

I'm a little leery of using "wet" stuff like lotions, creams and sprays due to the potential for bad chemical reaction with the vinyl - I've read some reports of seats disintegrating, but that was ArmourAll, which I would never use. Skin use products like the suggested Chamois Butt'r and Utter Cream sound benign though.

Once again, thank you all for the recommendations.
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On my track bike, I have knee grippers on the tank and I do Armor All the seat. I rarely sit my weight on the seat at the track unless I'm ripping down a straight. I like being able to slide easily off the seat for cornering.
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:58 PM   #28
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On my track bike, I have knee grippers on the tank and I do Armor All the seat. I rarely sit my weight on the seat at the track unless I'm ripping down a straight. I like being able to slide easily off the seat for cornering.
^^ With no ill effect to the seat vinyl? Could just be my bike uses crappy vinyl.... CLICKY
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:01 PM   #29
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Yeah, Armor All is terrible stuff and has ruined many dashboards over the years. It's my track bike to its more likely to get binned by my own stupidity than over cracked vinyl.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:43 AM   #30
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^^ With no ill effect to the seat vinyl? Could just be my bike uses crappy vinyl.... CLICKY
Or soft padding, you sink in and now you need to slide out of the hole.

Sheepskin makes it worse.

Some baby powder is talc, some is talc and corn starch. Avoid the latter unless on the skin.

Silicone based leather treatments might work well for slippery. But leather is porous, anything with fluid in it will soak in.

Learning to corner hard without hanging off solves the problem, as has been mentioned.
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