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07-17-2009 10:14 PM
Tifford Good luck on your trip. Some nice sights in WV along with some nice twisty roads.
07-17-2009 08:35 AM
kpacman Thanks for the info. My son and I are taking off for a four day trip through WV starting tomorrow. We only have the ATV cover on the seat, so we'll see how things go. If the cover doesn't alleviate things, we'll step up to the beads. As much as a Segeant seat makes sense, I can't see throwing $350.00 at the problem until I try some of the cheaper options.
07-17-2009 01:00 AM
Tifford I'll be changing the pictures out soon. If you want them you need to copy and paste.
07-17-2009 12:54 AM
Tifford I really like the beaded seat.

Here are my thoughts on it.

1. Your butt will get sore after 100 or so miles esp if you never change your seat position

2. If you change your position on the seat, you change the pressure points that are on your butt. This helps greatly!

3. THIS IS THE BEST PART.........Don't ask me why but after walking around for 5 minutes or less my butt was no longer sore with the beaded seat!

When I had the stock seat the 'recovery time' for my butt was much longer. With the beaded seat my butt still got sore but it didn't take long for my butt to feel like it could do another 100 miles.


4. Last year I didn't have the beaded seat and traveled 1000+ miles (one way) and it hurt like heck to do another 3 hours after that.

This year I did 1000+ miles (again one way) and the extra 3 hours was not that big of a deal.

5. I like that I had nice cool air flowing in and around the beads. It kept my butt from getting sticky.

6. $14 at autozone and about 20 minutes to cut it down to size.

7. I researched the topic and found that a professional rider rated the beaded seat right behind the $300 airhawk seat. At $14 for the beads this was a no brainer for me.


Conclusion......
It is cheap
It allows your butt to recover faster for some reason
I really like shifting my butt around on it after about 30 minutes
It keeps your butt cool.
I will not go on long trips with out it.
I currently have it off for around the town short trips.



FWIW....I rode with a guy who had a BMW 1200RT and this guy was not liking life at all. His bike was really nice but I could tell he was in pain. He said he had to go to FL and we were in NC at the time......I hope he made it.
07-12-2009 05:35 PM
kpacman Tifford,

Just tooling with you! Half my neighborhood is made of Steelers and Pen's fans...probably one of the reasons I try to spend as much time away from here as I can. Tough being a Ravens/Cap's fan these days!

How is the bead seat on your KLR. Both I and my son are struggling with the stock seat on the 2009 (brings new meaning to the saying numb n_ts).. I just put on an ATV cover that others have recommended and it seems to help somewhat. I have Beadriders on my Concours that are great,but the stock seat is a bit softer than the KLR and I was concerned beads might not help with a stiff platform underneath.
07-11-2009 10:23 PM
Tifford I was a little kid in the 70s and the Steelers were on top then. Many many years later I'm still a Steelers fan.

I like the Steelers. The front office doesn't seem to put up with drama players like: vick, ocho, t.o. or others. The main reason to be a Steelers fan though is their D. As long as the D did well it was a good game IMHO. Hard hitting D is what it is all about.

Did you see the hit we put on the ravens in the playoffs? That was a hit!
07-11-2009 11:07 AM
kpacman Tifford,

The bike looks great, the single exception being that lousy Steelers bumper sticker!
07-07-2009 09:09 PM
Lockjaw It happens sometimes. Anytime brother.



07-07-2009 08:19 PM
Tifford Thanks for steering me in the right direction. You gave great advice and you were on target.
07-07-2009 08:13 PM
Lockjaw Cool...glad I steered you right. I remember now...sometimes I am a little slow. Today being one of those days.

Looks like we have the same trunk too. Now you just need to get some motech crashbars and paint your shit green.

Oh, and strip your drain plug.



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