I experience "hot spots" on my butt with many motorcycle seats. I need something firmer and something to spread out the load. I've had a number of custom saddles made for various motorcycles over the years to relieve these hot spots. Some worked better than others, and all were fairly expensive. When I began using dual sport bikes more and more in my travels, I had to do something about the seat. Russell seats have provided the most relief for me, however, I wasn't laying out another 600 bucks for a seat on a bike I might not keep til the end of the month. I was really leaning towards a BMW 650 for dual sport use. At that point, the seat was my biggest complaint about the KLR. Over the years, I had tried many of the seat gimmicks....Air Hawk, Gel Seats, Sheep skin pads, beads.....some worked better than others, none gave me long day in the seat relief.
After reading a few reviews, I sent off for the Sweet Cheeks. It took a few days to figure out how to best use it. I learned that the firmness could be adjusted by the amount of fluid [in my case, water] in the 2 liter bottles. [When it got cold out, I also learned that the H2o became solid, and very uncomfortable to sit on.] With the Sweet Cheeks, I no longer sit solely on my buttocks. The weight is placed primarily on the back sides of my thighs. I can move the Sweet Cheeks forward, backwards, let air pressure in or out, giving me relief on demand and where needed. I have the rig tethered at all four corners to secure it to the bike, with enough slack to slide the rig backwards out of my way if I need to navigate anything technical. I have a 34 inch inseam, so I'm not really challenged flat footing a KLR. The Sweet Cheeks does raise me up enough on the seat that I have to re-e-e-ach a bit for the ground. If I just go towards the tank, I'm clear of the Sweet Cheeks, and can touch Terra Firma easily. The way I tether the rig, I can raise on my pegs and shove the Sweet Cheeks backwards with the backs of my thighs and I have full contact with the seat. Once back under way, I can raise up on the pegs and pull it forwards under me.
Simple, cheap and effective. The thought of me doing over 50 miles on a dual sport bike without it is unpleasant. It does everything the Russell saddles I have on other bikes does. It has withstood over 60,000 miles of year round use, and a few sudden impacts and slides. In the winter, I run the bottles empty. They crinkle and pop a little when I mount up, otherwise, no problem. I would be concerned about the weight tools would add, if a solid tube was used rather than soda bottles. When camping, I have access to a gallon of water at all times. YMMV.