I've got one of those bums that gets sore riding a bike or a scooter after about an hour in the saddle. In November last year I bought one of those Airhawk blow up whoopee cushion things for the seat of my Vespa GTS at the motorcycle show. I got a "Medium Cruiser" 36cmx36cm although I realised later that a "Small Cruiser" 46cmx30cm would have probably been the right one. That’s the cushion designed for scooters with longer flatter seats. The medium still works on both the scooter and the bike. Cost $150. Roho are the makers of the Airhawk and it was apparently originally designed for people in wheel chairs. They are extremely well made and that’s why they are expensive. I'm not sure about a money back guarantee but there is a limited warranty on defective materials.
It’s the weirdest thing at the start. You blow it up, sit on it, and then release most of the air. It’s all about getting the right amount of air. Too much and you're rolling around like its jelly, too little and it doesn't work. It takes getting used to it. To start off it makes the seat even higher. Then it does weird things as you brake or accelerate. As your body moves around the seat the air moves around after you. In the beginning I used it during the 25k runs to and from work but it was disconcerting trying to find the right position. I was really unsure if it was any good or not. Then I took it out day tripping. I ride about 300ks on Sunday day trips as well as doing country runs of 500ks+ and the Airhawk works a dream. I don't get a sore bum! Get off the scooter and I am totally comfortable despite spending most of the day in the saddle. On the open road the Airhawk is an entirely comfortable and useful accessory
Now that I’m used to it, the cushion really works well, I don’t bother with it during the daily commutes because I have to take it on and off when the scooter is parked in the street, but for my weekend rides it is indispensable. It hasn't deflated over 9 months. Only one small problem I have is when I had to put on my plastic wet weather pants when showers start. The plastic pants don’t grip like my jeans on the cushion and I feel like I am sliding forward on the seat. As soon as I dump the plastics it is fantastic.
The Airhawk comes with two elastic straps which go under the seat and hold the cushion in place. The cushion also has a non slip bottom and doesn't move around on the seat and you could use it without the straps if you wanted to. I’ve used it on several long rides and it hasn't marked the seats in any way.
Now I think it was definitely worth the money. To be able to ride all day without a sore bum is invaluable! Has anyone else tried these things? Definite option for those who get stiff butts...
I won't be sending this one back!
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