Australian Road Rider Review
No more butt bruises. It’s not often that we all agree on something at Australian Road Rider, but during a recent ride to and from the AGM in Canberra we came to the unanimous conclusion that the Airhawk Comfort Seating System is the duck’s guts.
We used it on the project outfit’s VT 750C Honda, on our long-term BMW K1200GT and on Steve’s H-D Sportster and found that it made all of the seats more (pardon me) bearable.
All the bikes are very different to begin with. The Sportster has a relatively uncomfortable long distance seat; the VT has been fitted with a pretty comfortable aftermarket Metcruze Gunfighter; and the BMW is already good. But they were all better for the Airhawk. Obviously, it made most difference on the Harley, but even the BMW rider felt less fidgety.
So we can recommend the cushion pretty much unreservedly. We didn’t need to use the tie-up loops at all; the grippy material that forms the base of the cushion held it securely in place on all three bikes. I inflated the air cells pretty much by guesswork before starting out, but we didn’t feel the need to change the pressure at all - not even when we changed it over from bike to bike.
It’s practical in other ways, too. If it gets wet I think it would be a simple matter to dry off the air-cell inner and just wring out the cover. If you need a soft seat when you get to where you’re going, the Airhawk will work just as well on a bench or a camping stool as on the bike. And there’s even provision for ventilation to prevent heat buildup.