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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 2010, 3:27 pm Thread Starter
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need advice on seat pad

what do you fellas and gals think about a gel/sheepskin seat pad for ld riding?
i know, i know my idea of ld riding prolly doesnt keep up with some of you but 10-12 hrs in the saddle total for a day. or 8-10
im thinking mainly for the super slab not twisties

thoughts? thanks in advance, steve

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4 years ago I had a UK seat covering firm scoop out some foam in my stock seat, fit gel pads and recover like stock which transformed the seat and stopped a lot of back jarring from the suspension.

The only thing I would say if you choose this option, is make sure you have some solar reflective film laid over the pads before re-covering. If my bike sits in full sun without a cover for an hour or 2, the seat can get so hot I can't sit on it!

If I could have got and afford one of the decent aftermarkets seats in UK I would probably have gone for that.



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This might sound silly but it does help me on longer rides: try wearing a good pair of bicycling shorts under your riding pants instead of your tighty whities. Good cycling shorts have a large area of padded chamois right where you need it most. And: a lot cheaper than an aftermarket saddle Get them from a bike shop or a good supply house like Long's Cycle Supply (longscycle.com). Can personally vouch for the Giordana brand shorts.
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what do you fellas and gals think about a gel/sheepskin seat pad for ld riding?
i know, i know my idea of ld riding prolly doesnt keep up with some of you but 10-12 hrs in the saddle total for a day. or 8-10
im thinking mainly for the super slab not twisties

thoughts? thanks in advance, steve
Check out LDComfort undergarments. They are purpose-designed for long distance motorcycle riding. I have one set of longs and one set of shorts (pants and shirts). They are expensive, but oh so worth it. They are very durable - my set has lasted years and thousands of miles and still look like new. I wear them on all my long distance rides, including a few weeks ago, when I rode coast to coast in 45 hours. Good enough?

http://www.ldcomfort.com

I don't know anyone with significant long distance riding experience who doesn't use them. Bicycle shorts may be less expensive, but they are not the same.

You may also want to consider a custom-fitted seat. There are many different small companies that make them. I have a Rocky Mayer seat. http://www.billmayersaddles.com/

You asked about seat covers. I know people who use beadriders (beaded seat pads) for seat comfort on long rides. You might want to check them out too. I have never tried one.
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This might sound silly but it does help me on longer rides: try wearing a good pair of bicycling shorts under your riding pants instead of your tighty whities. Good cycling shorts have a large area of padded chamois right where you need it most. And: a lot cheaper than an aftermarket saddle Get them from a bike shop or a good supply house like Long's Cycle Supply (longscycle.com). Can personally vouch for the Giordana brand shorts.
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+++++++ on the cycle pants (Lycra), I started wearing them last year. But heavy leather riding pants also help. My problem was short city runs.



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Check out LDComfort undergarments. They are purpose-designed for long distance motorcycle riding. I have one set of longs and one set of shorts (pants and shirts). They are expensive, but oh so worth it. They are very durable - my set has lasted years and thousands of miles and still look like new. I wear them on all my long distance rides, including a few weeks ago, when I rode coast to coast in 45 hours. Good enough?

http://www.ldcomfort.com

I don't know anyone with significant long distance riding experience who doesn't use them. Bicycle shorts may be less expensive, but they are not the same.

You may also want to consider a custom-fitted seat. There are many different small companies that make them. I have a Rocky Mayer seat. http://www.billmayersaddles.com/

You asked about seat covers. I know people who use beadriders (beaded seat pads) for seat comfort on long rides. You might want to check them out too. I have never tried one.
I also use the LD shorts for any day trips as it has no seams to chafe. I also take along bike shorts with the gel seat to switch off when I do a multiday trip.
And my Rich Mayer seat is so comfy...

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I did a review on one recently for one of our newsletters... Not pretty but it sure felt good..

Product Review: AMS Comfort-Max Gel Pad / Fun For The Unpretentious [email protected]*
http://www.pirateslair.net/newsletterOct09.htm
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I did a review on one recently for one of our newsletters... Not pretty but it sure felt good..

Product Review: AMS Comfort-Max Gel Pad / Fun For The Unpretentious [email protected]*
http://www.pirateslair.net/newsletterOct09.htm
I hope your right. I ordered one for the S1000RR stocker. I'll be really miffed it it doesn't perform as you say.


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I am a person that rides good distance. I would have to say it all depends on conditions. If it is hot,cold,wet one or two up. I like sheep skin for the most part it helps me from sticking to the seat. I think that is the key to keep from getting monkey butt. It is hard to enjoy your trip if you are in pain from the evil monkey.
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I hope your right. I ordered one for the S1000RR stocker. I'll be really miffed it it doesn't perform as you say.


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