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I just completed a 4088km ride this august. Normally my right hand will start to tingle and go numb after a hour of so. I came across this product and thought it may help my sciatica. I have a very poor back, # one reason I researched and bought the upright riding Versys. I did not have one issue with numbess in my hand on my tour. The airhawk worked great. I will use every time I plan on riding more then hour. They are not cheap, but well worth it if you are planning a long ride.
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The first time I use the Airhawk I was not happy at all... the seat feels weird. I think I use the Airhawk too much inflated so that my butt didn't felt well positioned in the seat but seemed to move forward or backward, depending on whether braking or accelerating... Has anyone experienced this strange feeling? It does not feel very safe!

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The first time I use the Airhawk I was not happy at all... the seat feels weird. I think I use the Airhawk too much inflated so that my butt didn't felt well positioned in the seat but seemed to move forward or backward, depending on whether braking or accelerating... Has anyone experienced this strange feeling? It does not feel very safe!
That's how it's suppose to work. It has to move around to eliminate pressure points. You'll have to adjust the amount of air so it works for you. It is safe I've been using it for the last two years. Never ride without it. Trust me you'll get used to it. After a while you will not want to ride without it.
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You have to much air in the bags. You should be able to almost hit bottom. The air should swish between pockets. You do float a bit I guess, but I had no problem. If I plan to ride real aggressive I wont use the air hawk. I guess it may not be for everyone, but for the long 2500 mile tour it worked great for me!!
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Which model/size fits the Versys best?
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Oh, and since it is made of chambers of air, how does it work in the mountains where the air pressure changes rapidly with elevation.
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Oh, and since it is made of chambers of air, how does it work in the mountains where the air pressure changes rapidly with elevation.
Never thought of that. I did not noticed a difference when climbing from 4.9k feet to 11k feet and back down to 6k in one day. There should have been a difference. However, I do not think it was enough for me to feel it.
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Which model and size do you guys have for the Versys?
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This is the set I bought, and it fits well: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...TQ:MOTORS:1123
I probably should have bought the heavier duty neoprene set, but this one has held up with no problems over 7k+ miles of 2-up riding.

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Oh, and since it is made of chambers of air, how does it work in the mountains where the air pressure changes rapidly with elevation.
I recently rode between 5000 ft. elevation and 9000 ft in a single day with no discernible difference in the seat cushion.

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Thanks. It looks like the Medium Cruiser is the correct size. Has anyone tried the Airhawk R on the Versys? It is a bit wider.
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Thanks. It looks like the Medium Cruiser is the correct size. Has anyone tried the Airhawk R on the Versys? It is a bit wider.
I'm on my 3rd Airhawk used on 5 bikes. The Med fits the Versys very well. If you plan on keeping it for a while get the original not the Airhawk-2, it is not as sturdy. Best hint; do not overinflate, you'll see why if you get one.
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The first time I use the Airhawk I was not happy at all... the seat feels weird. I think I use the Airhawk too much inflated so that my butt didn't felt well positioned in the seat but seemed to move forward or backward, depending on whether braking or accelerating... Has anyone experienced this strange feeling? It does not feel very safe!
To much air.
Over inflating makes the bag slide around.
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I picked up the Airhawk 2 at the local dealer. It was out of the box so he had it discounted pretty steep and I couldn't pass it up. I got the medium cruiser which fits perfectly. I only use it for 2+ hour rides. In my opinion, it is definitely worth the money, even at full price. Release most of the air until you are practically touching the seat. Subtle movements will squeeze air in and out of the chambers, and you will have a nice smile on your hind cheeks.

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My wife got me the medium cruiser Airhawk for my birthday (blatant hints were involved). As already noted, that's the right size for the Versys.

I immediately put it to use on a 1900-mile ride that involved three solid days of unavoidable interstate travel. Once I fixed the fairing buzz, the one thing I disliked about the Versys was the seat on long, straight rides. The Airhawk fixed that. Made a big difference on my trip.

Even when properly (barely) inflated, you still get that "floating" feeling, which I dislike when riding on curvier roads or just short trips where my butt isn't going to start to burn and ache. So unlike Boricua I only use it for longer rides. That's the advantage of the Airhawk over other seat mods. You can remove it in seconds. Almost like having two seats.

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I tried out my Airhawk today for the first time. I rode about 3 hours and my butt loved it! For trips less than 30 minutes, I'll leave it at home. For longer rides, its coming with me.
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Brought the airhawk for my ninja 1000 and loved it for longer rides but do not have it on for any ride under 2 hrs total. Going to put it on the Versys in a couple of weeks for a multi day middle of winter ride and it pays have cushion about 1/3 inflated in jy opinion.
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I use the Airhawk all the time... even if its a 15 min ride. I dont bother with the whole, taking it off, putting it back on.

The only time I will ever think about taking it off is if I dont trust the area I am in and I will away from the bike for more than 25 mins.

Airhawk makes everything better. Gets rid of the slant, comfy, easy, transferrable.

Airhawk 1 - Medium.

BTW, I have almost no air in mine.. if you read the directions, you are to put very very very little in it.

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I have almost no air in mine.. if you read the directions, you are to put very very very little in it.
Same here... Mine is normally not on the bike... but for the long hauls (anything out of town) I've got it on the bike. On top of that, I've throw on my Alaska Leather Buttpad from my ST1100... I did a 760 mile loop a few weeks back and my setup was perfect. I'm headed out on a 5500 mile loop at the end of June. That'll be the real test.

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I used a medium Airhawk on a Wee-Strom and on a GSX650F. It was better than the stock seat, but not by much. I probably had 3-4 tours on mine before it started dry rotting, so it definitely wasn't worth the money to me. For the Versys, Seat Concepts is the way to go. I also wear bicycle shorts under my riding pants.
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