Which Airhawk?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by MichaelRay, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. señormoto

    señormoto Supermoto Abuser

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    The wait definitely sucks but they don't keep your seat that whole time. They schedule a build date and then you send the seat on the scheduled date and get it back about 2-3 days later.
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  2. señormoto

    señormoto Supermoto Abuser

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    No hurt feelings over here guy, this is Just The Internet after all. Try not to get your panties in a bunch next time I disagree with you and have a differing opinion. :*sip*
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  3. longwayaround

    longwayaround Female Adventurer

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    After reading this post i ordered a medium cruiser airhawk 2 off fleabay for 100$, shipping included to Canada. They are hard to find up here! since none of the bike shops in this area carry them i went to a home health care store, where they DID have them...for $400! :deal If you are a senior the government will pay for it though...alas, no luck for a starving student like me...Thanks for a great thread, this site has both caused me to spend and save a hell of a lot of money. ?!:wink:
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  4. MikeMike

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    Surprised that Blackfoot doesn't have them, I know that Avicious Cycle in Burlington, Ontario carries them for close to that price in Canadian dollars. You are going to like it!
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  5. sfwo79

    sfwo79 euroromper

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    I did some primitive seat customization on my F800GS over the winter. Carved out some foam and put in some memory foam and re-covered it. Even though I made more space for my butt, which I needed, the memory foam was a little too soft. So I bought a small pillion Airhawk 2 and I've been using it for about a week now. I keep on letting out more and more air, and it's amazing just how little you need for this thing to work well. At 99 Euros here in Germany, it wasn't cheap, but it's still way cheaper than the Russell All-Day I have my eye on. I'm going to run with this setup all summer and see how it goes.
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  6. Hudson

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    How's that small cruiser working out MichaelRay?
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  7. Willson

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    Hi everyone,

    Been using one for a little while now.
    I don't find it great but it is way better than the stock seat (DR650). Hard to adjust the right amount of air I find.

    Now what about using it in the rain ?
    When caught in the rain, the water just doesn't flow ( it's takes a while for the airhawk to dry completely, usually have to take out the inside cushions). You end up seating in a little puddle, I have good rain gear but always end up soaking wet because of this...

    Is it just me ? Or my rain gear sucks... (maybe a little water get through in between the legs).

    Now of course it's hard to stay dry in the rainy season down here in Costa Rica !
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  8. MikeMike

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    Today I went for my first ride without my Airhawk in 2 years.
    6 hours on the F650GS without it reminded me of the sheer torture of the stock seat. Last time I do that, thanks.
    Rain? No problem. In fact, the Airhawk flows the water out the sides around the bumps. It dries fast. You can also hurry that along by simply taking it out during a gas stop and giving it a shake.
    I live and ride in Mexico and we get torrential rains just like in Costa Rica, in fact the rainy season is just ending and the Airhawk keeps doing its job.
    You can pay upwards of $400 for a custom seat or downwards of $99 for a very good solution. If ventilation is important, the Airhwak has any custom seat beat right there. Unlike the BMW "comfort seat", it does not lock you into one position, it won't trap the tail end of a long jacket, you can also move around easier on it in the twisty sections.
    If you don't like the custom seat, you are out a lot of money. If you don't like the Airhawk you can sell it for a little less than what you paid for it no problem.
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  9. LewisNClark

    LewisNClark Long timer

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    I've had Corbin and Sargent now, but always rely on my AirHawk (medium) for all long trips. Never have had a problem with rain on the Airhawk and have ridden in some downpours. Have done many 700 mile days and for me the secret (as said earlier) is it needs minimal air, and on long trips I adjust the air a couple times a day.

    You rarely hear complaints about the AirHawk..and when you do it is usually people that put too much air in them.

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  10. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    I tried an airhawk for 3 days, could not stand it at all. I tried it on a variety of levels of air and everything. I felt disconnected from the bike, did not like that at all. A previous inmate stated that this is not a solution but essentially a bandaid until you get a good seat. Renazco is tremendous! long wait though :-(
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  11. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    I ride a 1200gs but I'm sure the seat sucks just as bad. I drank the Airhawk cool aid for a time, it does help, no doubt about it. There are a lot of things that go into the comfort level of a seat, and every butt is different. The two most important things I feel are the ability to slide around and relieve pressure points, and a little ventilation on the crack and jewel area. The Airhawk does allow both, but so does my 8 dollar bead cover I made from a car seat cover. And I feel it is 98% as good as the Airhawk was, in fact I haven't used it in six months since I went to the butt beads. I'm pretty sure a sheep pad would do the same thing too. It's all up to personal preference..
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  12. DrRock

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    I have an Airhawk 2 small cruiser on my F800. I bought it after 3000 km into a cross Canada trip. Now that I have one, I would never travel over two hours without one.

    The advantage of the Airhawk over seat replacements is that you can quickly remove it. The factory seat is great off road and let's face it, this is what most of us bought the F800 for.

    The Airhawk does remove you from the bike, and this is great for the long ride to the trail, but this sucks off road.

    My recommendation is to buy an Airhawk and buy wider pegs ( to stand on off road ) with the money you save on replacing the seat entirely.

    my 2 cents...
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  13. murph76

    murph76 Been here awhile

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    i have found that even with the renazco seat that after 3 or more hours of riding that the airhawk is a must have and i put about a 1/2 " of air in it and it definitely saves my 225 pound ass.
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  14. Backinthegame

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  15. Kickstand Down

    Kickstand Down Been here awhile

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    They make an adventure airhawk now. I haven't personally used it, but I didn't see it mentioned here on my scroll through. It is in the higher up series, so like $170 bucks, but it may be more optimized for seat shape.

    I used an airhawk on my CB before I got the bimmer (comfort seat on the 800ADV seems fine so far), and I had mixed feelings about it. Granted, they didn't really make one that fit super well on my bike, which led to my cheeks kinda hanging over and getting uncomfortable on longer rides (small pillion was the only thing not too wide to go on it), but I wasn't a fan of completely changing seat "feel".

    It sort of threw off my mojo, if you will. The 800ADV comfort seat might suffice for longer hauls, haven't tested it over a couple of hundred miles yet, but I'm afraid of the added inch of height to the already tip toe 35" :D
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  16. MikeMike

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    Motorrad nonsense. They offer a "comfort" seat for another $500 admitting that the stock seat they designed and fitted bikes with is a POS. Go figure.
    Amazing they could put a decent seat on a 14 year old 1150GS but cant get it right for the F series.
    Unlike the AirHawk solution, the comfort seat offers no venting characteristics and the step in the seat locks you in a position and doesnt allow for sliding back when you want to.
    Spending the extra money gets you stuck with two seats, neither of which are perfect.
    The AirHawk transforms the stock seat to as close to perfect you will find. 10-12 hour days with being able to get off the bike and walk without any problems.
    Even the Brits designed better seats 45 years ago.
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  17. Kickstand Down

    Kickstand Down Been here awhile

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    $500 bucks? Last I checked the comfort upgrade on the 800 was $145 as a factory option. The 800ADV comes with comfort (different seat all together), but the 800 is no different than the midsize KTM adventures, AKA a rubberized 2x4. It's the most dirt worthy of the GS line, so it's got a dirt style seat.

    If you want a touring comfort kinda set up, it's the 800ADV or 1200. Asking for a 10 hour seat on an 800 might as well be asking for one on a XR650.
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  18. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    It was $450 less tax on the original F Bikes. Motorrad is still ripping you off for the $145 on the new model for a seat thst should be stock. Motorrad these days is geared at seeing how much riders will put up with rather than how much they can build for riders.

    For example, is there a changeable fuel filter yet for what they claim to be a round the world bike?

    They appear to have taken the alternator seriously and did a re-design. But they blew it on the clutch freeplay issue and the valve spec service bulletins on the original bikes along with other issues they could have avoided.
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  19. Kickstand Down

    Kickstand Down Been here awhile

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    Different strokes.... I've never met a bike that wasn't geared toward touring that had an acceptable distance seat.

    I'm not saying BMW is perfect, but EVERY manufacturer caters to the middle of the curve. No one is or expects to go around the world on a stock bike, and to try and build them to go from the showroom floor to Magadan would be suicide, because they'd be 40k or something, when 99.9% of riders just want to make it through a few days around camping without issue.

    GM could have avoided cutting corners on ignition switches. What's your point? Again, all manufacturers have teething issues with new models (assuming from your remark on original bikes). I'm not saying it doesn't suck, but I've never owned a vehicle that hasn't had some sort of recall in it's lifetime. When you get 10,000 people designing and engineering something with 10,000 parts, it is ludicrous to think that it will perform flawlessly for a bazillion miles. What matters is how they handle making it right when things do crop up.
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  20. Beairmo

    Beairmo Keeping it real

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    Another thumbs up on the small cruiser. I use it on my F800GS and K1600GTL. Rode SIX straight hours with two fill-ups and didn't get off bike just to prove how good it rides.

    Just don't fill it up with too much air. It seems like it is almost flat when it works the best.
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