Alaska Sheepskin cover for GSW rider seat: which size?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by bolderboulder, May 24, 2016.

  1. Mike M

    Mike M Long-timer...

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    I had a medium but wanted to try something larger. Went extreme and got the XL long hair for my one-piece Corbin. I'll use it on weekend trips when I'm doing long days in the saddle.
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  2. tallbaldrider

    tallbaldrider still a n00b

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    which is better? long hair or short?
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  3. Mike M

    Mike M Long-timer...

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    I'd say the short.
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  4. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    Just had mine delivered today. Can't wait to try it. I went with the customs fit with the strap for an 1200gs water cooled.


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  5. GAjetmech

    GAjetmech Been here awhile

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    Ha! Just ordered the same thing today for my GS and used the deadsheep inmate discount! :clap
    For some strange reason I felt I needed a total furry seat instead of just the top. :lol2
    Looking forward to using it. Cool Fall weather is just around the corner here, followed by even colder winter weather!!!

    Oh and btw....my stanch clamps have many worry-free miles on them now. :ricky
    I'm not concerned in the least bit and just gonna wait this whole debacle out. Ultimately (down the road) I'd like to have the new stanchions installed with the 360 deg crimp AND my stanch clamps installed for redundancy....not the current press fit sleeve bushing.
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  6. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    I didn't know about a discount! Bummed!

    Thanx for the encouragement it means a lot to me. A lot of dudes are asking about reinforcement that goes over the BMW fix. We will see.
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  7. BillGsa

    BillGsa Been here awhile

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    I ordered one this morning :clap
    How long will it take for shipping?
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  8. Coma

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    Although I've a hexhead, I put a ¾ closed foam stadium seat under mine. I glued them together with spray on contact cement. Comfortable and soft. I've sat for 1000's of hours in jets on wool seat covers, they are great.
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  9. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    What have I been missing?! Man, this upgrade was way over due. Amazing difference. [​IMG]


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  10. Bitte ein Bit

    Bitte ein Bit Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the photos! Really helpful as I am ordering this weekend...again, thanks!

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  11. kurtphyre

    kurtphyre Been here awhile

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    I have a medium, long-hair, in white/gray coming this week! Can't wait to try it on this weekend's ~600 mile trip!
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  12. BillGsa

    BillGsa Been here awhile

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    Got mine last week, did a 230 mile test ride Sun. It's an improvement but not as much as I had hoped for.
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  13. wasproxy

    wasproxy Global Moto Tourer

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    Buttpad on stock = better. Aftermarket seat = better still. Aftermarket seat + buttpad = BEST

    I have a Sargent World Sport Adventure Touring Seat + a 'Pillion 1' AK Leather pad ... it's the holy grail. Learned the trick from my old R100GSPD which had a Corbin solo saddle and a pad. With that old 9.2 gallon PD tank I could go 400 miles without stopping and never feel a twinge.

    For those with OEM tank bags, I cut two little holes in the front of the buttpad and route the tankpad straps through the holes. Holds the front of the pad down so it stays in place better.
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  14. Gruesome

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    How is the grip with these sheepskin pads? I'm asking because I just finished gluing a new leather cover on my seat, and realized only afterwards that the old seat had gotten quite slippery. The traction on the seat is much improved now. I wouldn't want to make it worse again.
    Also, can these wool pads be waterproofed, or at least made water resistant?
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  15. nobody0101

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    Are as waterproof as the original sheep was. They definitely smell authentic after getting wet.
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  16. wasproxy

    wasproxy Global Moto Tourer

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    Grip is fine. Much better than a smooth vinyl or leather seat. My only peeve was that when you stand up, the front of the pad can catch the breeze and flip back so you end up sitting on it folded. Keeping the front in place with either a strap or velcro solves that. Re: water - you just shake it out when you stop... just like a wet dog :) Easy release clips to take it off if you expect rain overnight.
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  17. 240ADV

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    I find it very slippery. Everytime I hit the brakes I slide all the way up to the tank. The comfort increase was amazing though.
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  18. GAjetmech

    GAjetmech Been here awhile

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    My sheep skin cover arrived quickly and when I tried to install it on my Seat Concepts Tall seat it was a no-go...initially.
    I had asked Barb prior to ordering if it would fit and she assured me it would but when I tried and couldn't, I was fearful of ripping the sheep if I forced it and pulled on it too hard!
    I then decided to get my OEM seat out and test fit it on that. While a snug fit (which I was told it would be) I was able to install it fairly easily and it fit great.

    Emailing Barb about the issue (who is very prompt and courteous), she said I could return it if I chose to but that I should try again and if by chance I was able to tear this tough sheep in the process, she would fix it or refund me! She also assured me this skin is tough and that it would stretch and settle over time with use so I was determined to get this fur on my Seat Concepts seat!

    During this communication, I had put my OEM seat with sheep skin installed out in the hot GA sun on top of my black car for almost a full day. When I brought it in I removed it promptly and gave it another try. With a lot of force and pulling I was finally able to get it over "all 4 corners" ! I cinched the bottom Velcro strap and re-installed the seat on my bike but couldn't test it out till the following day.

    First thing I noticed is that I was higher up in the saddle a wee bit which is a good thing at my 6'5" height.
    It also felt more comfortable just sitting on it. Off I went for a test ride and it felt really good. I like the fact that I can slide my butt a little easier now as my Seat Concepts has the "gripper top" and grip it does! I only did about 80 miles so far but I feel this was a worthy farkle and honestly I kinda dig the looks of it on my GSA!

    I'll report back after I really log some miles on the sacrificial sheep and I'm anxious to see if it really is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer!
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  19. Bitte ein Bit

    Bitte ein Bit Been here awhile

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    This thread helped me decide so I wanted to give back.

    Originally owned the black sheared and have always wanted to try the natural long hair. Wrote Barb with the color I/we (wife) wanted and was immediately responded to telling me the photo on the website was accurate and no problems shipping to my APO address as we live in Germany but ship through the military. Couldn't be more happy with the communications, shipping time and final product. Ride height is higher a bit with the long hair but doesn't feel as high as I did with the sheared for some reason. It is definitely more easy to slide around on the long hair, but over all comfort seems way better, maybe more natural? We have ridden in warm and now with the recent weather colder temps - and the temperature comfort has been great. Both sheared and long hair have gotten wet and like others have posted just shake them out or store for the heavy rains in a side case until the weather passes...


    For the record I ride a 2011 (sorry not a GSW) with stock seat but just wanted to say thanks for the insight and photos...really helped in my decision.

    Out for a ride on a windy, chilly day here in Germany...

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  20. BillGsa

    BillGsa Been here awhile

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    I have a Seat Concepts tall also, I mentioned that in the bike description on the order form & had no problem installing the cover.
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