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Old 08-17-2007, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"Sheepskin" Seat Covers ????

I need advice. I see bikes now and then with the so-called "sheepskin" fuzzy-looking seat covers. Are they really any better? What do they improve? I ride a 2006 Electra Glide Ultra with a stock seat. I am not sure how I would describe the nature of my complaint or if I even have one. The bike is very comfortable. But after a long stretch in the saddle, I wouldn't exactly say that my ass "hurts," but it just wants to do something else for a while. I think I have semi-lousy blood circulation anyway, and after riding a while it feels like I'm not getting enough blood to certain unmentionable body parts. Five minutes on my feet and I'm fine. I don't mind stopping now and then, but I'd like it to be my idea. If I could find some relatively inexpensive way to improve my long-term comfort that would be nice. Can anyone please tell me if the sheepskin seat covers do any good, or recommend something else if you know of it? I would like to hear your suggestions and explanations.

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Old 08-17-2007, 11:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I used a sheepskin cover on a recent 2500 mile trip and it really saved my a$$. It's not that it's softer with the sheepskin, it's that your rear end gets better air circulation so you don't end up with monkey-butt or sweat through your pants. (Stand by for TMI: ) Having a fat hairy butt, this is a concern for me on long trips. The sheepskin helped.

I made my own instead of buying one of those fitted ones, though. I bought a piece of sheepskin big enough to cover my seat, then used mini-bungee cords wrapping under the seat to mount it. $45 and it looks great.
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I got my sheepskin butt pad from http://www.alaskaleather.com/
The are great to deal with and have fast shipping. I just got back from a 3500 mile trip and my butt was very happy
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I got my sheepskin butt pad from http://www.alaskaleather.com/
The are great to deal with and have fast shipping. I just got back from a 3500 mile trip and my butt was very happy

If you order from Alaska Leather, use the discount code "deadsheep" for a 10% discount.
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Old 08-18-2007, 09:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Am I glad I read this thread. I ordered a full pelt for my 91 ultra classic. I also used "deadsheep" and got the 10% discount This should help until I sell my house and then I can rebuild my bike.

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I also use a sheepskin. It helps with what I call saddle sore.
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Old 08-18-2007, 12:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If you order from Alaska Leather, use the discount code "deadsheep" for a 10% discount.
Yes I forgot to mention that.
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I got two of them. I think they help with the sweaty butt, plus warmer in the winter.

My first was a solo one frm Alaka leathers. Alright. Strap melted, but still holds. Then last year got one at shop near Hill City. New Zealand sheep. Just a big hunk. I though it was a alot better, fluffier, ha. Now it has lost some of its fluff though.

Drapes over the seat. No strap. Which isn't an issue on FLHR but seems to blow around sometimes on my FLHTCU, both have tour paks.

The new zealand one don't remember the name, is a better one. But is not set up for motorcycles.
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Don't forget a big oversized sheepskin, combined with a foxtail on the luggage rack, gives you that certain look.
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Especially if you have fuzzy chaps.
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I bought a spare pelt from a local auto place that custome makes car seat covers. I bought it to save my ass from the searing heat the "GelPad" inside my seat retains. Other than that, no complaints.
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Old 08-18-2007, 08:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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HD-Sheepskin Cover

I just found out today that Harley-Davidson sells a sheepskin cover for their touring bikes. It's in their catalog. Has anyone used one of theirs or know anything about them? They cost about $169.

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After watching and reading what others use and prefer, I purchaced a "Air Hawk" cushion for my U.C. I have riden only once for about 140 miles since I got it. I still had a sore tail but I relized I had more air in it than I should have. Friday I leave for a 3500 mile ride, we'll see how well it works!
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Alaska Leather pads

We have two bikes, a Road King with Mustang Seats and an '07 Ultra with the stock seat..
My wife uses the sheepskin pad, summer or winter, on both the RK and the Ultra.
I find the Mustang solo seat on the RK fine without a pad - summer or winter.
But on the Ultra with the stock seat it is a different story - in March I took a 2000 mile trip - no sheepskin and was happy, 500 mile days no problem.
In May we took a trip, again on the Ultra and I could tell on the days that it was hot that my seating area was uncomfortable.
We took a trip, on the Ultra, in August so I used the sheepskin pad that I bought some time ago (when we got the one my wife uses). In the heat I was more comfortable with the pad than I was in May without.
I figure from now on I will use it in the summer months and go without in the winter.
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I need advice. I see bikes now and then with the so-called "sheepskin" fuzzy-looking seat covers. Are they really any better? What do they improve? I ride a 2006 Electra Glide Ultra with a stock seat. I am not sure how I would describe the nature of my complaint or if I even have one. The bike is very comfortable. But after a long stretch in the saddle, I wouldn't exactly say that my ass "hurts," but it just wants to do something else for a while. I think I have semi-lousy blood circulation anyway, and after riding a while it feels like I'm not getting enough blood to certain unmentionable body parts. Five minutes on my feet and I'm fine. I don't mind stopping now and then, but I'd like it to be my idea. If I could find some relatively inexpensive way to improve my long-term comfort that would be nice. Can anyone please tell me if the sheepskin seat covers do any good, or recommend something else if you know of it? I would like to hear your suggestions and explanations.

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I recently purchased one of the Alaska buttpads. This pad is NOT a cure all for seat discomforts, but it will help keep you in the saddle longer. I think if your seat is fairly comfortable to start with then the pad will make it all it can be. Before i got the buttpad i could only last about an hour before my ass would start going numb. It's something to do with pressure points. For me, the pad did something to relieve those pressure points. Now i can go for a couple of hours before i start getting uncomfortable. By then it's usually time for gas anyway. I would say try it as it's fairly cheap compared to a new seat, and there is no guarantee that a new seat will be any better. One thing i'm pretty certain of - you won't be less comfortable with the pad.
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