Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Washington, DC, USA
While I was having my bike serviced one day, I started talking to another guy doing the same ... turned out to be a motorcycle policeman of 25 years and had just ridden his bike across country. He told me the single most beneficial thing I could do for comfort was to buy an airhawk ... which the dealer had and I promptly proceeded to do. Well after decades of riding and an ongoing battle of having a raw butt on long trips ... I finally found relief. I can get on the bike, right out of my office chair, ride 4K miles, and not have butt problems. The airhawk works great if your butt problems are related to rawness from heat and from continually sliding around on the seat to find a comfortable spot from pressure points. If you just want more of a padded, lazy-boy recliner feel ... I would look elsewhere.
Motorcycle seats is not Airhawks principle business ... making seats pads using the same technology for wheelchair patients is ... so that tells you a little about their lineage.
I combined my airhawk with shifting to underwear of synthetic materials that wicks moisture away (Patagonia capilene silkweight boxers is what I have, many other polypro varieties exist). Between the wicking of the underwear, the airflow between butt and seat the airhawk allows, and the uniform air cushion the airhawk provides, I ride in great comfort now.
As earlier post says, use the minimum amount of air necessary to keep you from contacting the seat by about 1/4". The airhawk kind of feels like you are sitting in jello, with vaseline smeared between you and the seat. You feel like you're sliding around on the seat, without really ever lifting you hind-end and moving it.
Hope this helps. Good luck.