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ButtsThe title suggest implants, or something about Kim Kardashian’s butt issue, yet the reference is really about motorcycle seat pads.

Shallow as it may seem, many motorcycle enthusiasts are in pursuit of perfect seat comfort.

I’ve never been on a stock saddle for long before a butt-ache sets in.  It seems that Harley-Davidson stock seats are made for good looks and to fit your bike, but not your butt!  Custom seats do provide improved fit/placement for your booty and your bike, but typically they don’t fit budgets in this economic — taking a page from the Beatles — “Help! All I need is sales” environment.

Butt pads are more affordable and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and substances.  Their marketing claim is empowering motorcyclists to rediscover the love of the long ride.  I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that some of us have built-in “pads.”  The greater the shape and density of your derriere, the longer you can sit in the saddle, correct?  Those of you who are natural padding challenged, are likely plagued with a butt-ache within a few hours on the road.  Of course poor riding posture, handle-bar placement, and foot peg location all contribute to the comfort level.

I’m not a doctor or a vertebrae expert, but we all know comfort when we feel it!  There are all types of riding postures.  Those who sit back or upright and everything from low to high butts.   The ergonomics of Cruisers, especially those with foot boards set near the front of the engine, put most of the rider’s weight squarely on the seat.

I converted my current ride over to a Mustang seat within weeks of buying the motorcycle.  I prefer a hard seat — one where the cushion doesn’t pancake — versus the soft and quick to compress type seats.  But,  I’m interested to hear what other riders are doing to minimize the long ride discomfort.  Do you use a removable pad?  Is it air, foam, gel or wood?   What about hot or cold weather and the need to increase circulation to relieve heat-induced discomfort?

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