For starters, I didn’t get comped a seat and I’m not getting compensated in any way for this review, I shelled out the $58 to purchase this seat for myself and this is my opinion after spending roughly 400 miles in the saddle since I purchased it a couple of weeks ago.
Most guys spending long hours in the saddle during the summer months are familiar with the uncomfortable phenomenon sometimes called “swamp butt” that can accompany a long day sitting astride a leather motorcycle seat. It can be even worse if your saddle is made of a synthetic material that doesn’t breath. Worse yet, if you have an old man’s butt that has spread a little.
While getting ready for the IronButt Saddlesore (1,000 miles in 24 hours) ride Kelly and I are going to tackle next week, I stumbled upon the BeadRider Motorcycle Seat, one of the few long-distance touring items promoted by the IronButt Association. Although I really like my Corbin seat, and I do feel like the leather surface breathes, I have tried several different types and styles of seat cushion to keep the ugly “swamp butt” at bay during the hot summer months.
This seat does just that.
These seats are designed to fit a number of bikes and come in two versions, the Classic BeadRider (~$37), that is made with wooden beads; and the Ultimate BeadRider (~$58), that is made with reinforced ceramic beads. I chose the ceramic beads.
I admit to being a little skeptical when I first saw this. I mean, sitting on beads didn’t sound like it would be that comfortable. I was wrong.
The beads seem to spread the pressure out over the entire surface area of my keester, so I don’t notice any hot spots after several hours in the saddle. What’s more, this pad encourages ventilation better than any pad I’ve ever used. Feeling the breeze under my seat has been so pleasant I almost thought I needed to speak to clergy, or at least confess something to my wife, to purge my conscience.
Installation is easy, just remove your saddle and wrap the bungi-like cords around the seat. Snug it up so it doesn’t move around on the top of the seat and then put the saddle back on. Zip, zap, and you’re done.
Once the IronButt ride is over, I’ll update this with my thoughts after spending 1,000 miles in the saddle in one go. So far, this is a keeper. ~$58 very well spent.