I did my first long ride (for me) on my 2018 FJR about a month ago from Eagle ID to the Oregon coast. We rode 500 miles each way on the first and last day, plus some local riding in Oregon. Right before we left, I bought the AirHawk Cruiser Small model. I rode the first 300 miles on the stock seat to get an idea of the baseline - stopping about every 100-125 miles or so. I developed pressure point pain during each leg and was ready for some relief at each stop. Around the 350 mile mark, I installed the AirHawk. I started with the cushion inflated to what I thought would be a slightly over-inflated condition. Over that last 150 miles into Oregon, I tried increasingly lower pressure settings - since letting the air out in small increments is easy to do while riding. I agree with previous posters that the most comfortable pressure setting is quite low. This setting also provides the least amount of "wiggle" and I felt more planted in the seat.
On the ride back, I used the AirHawk for most of the ride. I removed it for the last 100 miles or so because it came loose from the seat. We were riding well into the evening and rather than hold the others up while I fiddled with the seat in the dark, I simply deflated it and stowed it.
In my experience, the AirHawk is certainly more comfortable than the stock seat. It allowed me to ride about 50% longer before the discomfort reached the same intensity as without it. I think the problem is that the seated area remains about the same either with or without the cushion. Granted, the weight is spread out better using the AirHawk, but the pressure points still eventually get to me. It is possible that with more experience, I might find a pressure setting that works even better, but I think I'll look into an RDL or other option this winter. I think I need a seat that increases the seated area to reduce the pressure/area to provide a more comfortable ride. I'd like to let the fuel dictate my stops, rather than butt pain.
Or maybe I just need to ride more and toughen up ma' tush!
Motorcycle Papa, '18 FJR1300A, '05 WR450F, '97 KTM 620RXC/e
"There's never enough horsepower ... Just not enough traction." - Carroll Shelby
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Last edited by Bugs; 11-03-2019 at 01:40 PM.