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I'm soon to leave Nashville TN to run the Valk around Lake Michigan and all the way back home. Still running a stock seat but I just can't wait. I just can't imagine how sore my saddle will be by Father's Day.
 

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rk, are you riding thru chi'town and mil hog'town? that section of lake mich is rather... industrial? not pretty. you could ride up the Michigan side to Ludington and take the big boat ride over to Manitowac Wi. that is a much better route. I cut teeth as a kid riding around all them lil puddles. stay out of the big cities if you can.
 

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I'm soon to leave Nashville TN to run the Valk around Lake Michigan and all the way back home. Still running a stock seat but I just can't wait. I just can't imagine how sore my saddle will be by Father's Day.
Hey! I'm in the same seat... literally!

I've tried a pad and even some wooden beads. It ain't working out. However, I love riding this thing so I'll deal with it.

Keep it between the ditches and post us pics.
 

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I had a old Airhawk pad that I used on the stock seat and it worked well but it developed a leak so now I use a Wild Ass pad it's like the Airhawk but it also has memory foam. It cost more but I think it's better.
 

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Hated this seat until 3K miles and now at 5500 i like it very much.
all my bikes had hard seats that needed breaking in .....
 

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I ride an hour and some to work every day. I was definitely saddle sore by the time I got there on the stock seat.
Upon recommendation from a friend, I bought an Airhawk and that was decidedly better, extending me to about 2 hours.
Finally I took the plunge and got the Corbin. Only been on it a week or so but love it!
It's exactly like everyone says: Immediately noticeable difference, considerably stiffer/harder. But its flatter, more bench like so it belt better right away. I am anxious to see how it is long term as I break it in more, and also to take it out for more than a couple of hours.
Only side note I have is that this seat does push my legs out a bit so ground reach is compromised. Not an issue for me with a 32" inseam, but worth noting.
Sounds like a great trip you have planned! Good luck, hope you get some great weather and travel conditions!
 

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I'd grab a AirHawk 2 at pretty much any good-sized Honda dealer and you should be fine
flats, so perty much any cushy pillow item that wont slide off will improve the derry air situation.? some have resorted to the sitting on prayer beads and pray their hiney quits barking. others are more open to animal fetish and like a lamb or sheep between their legs, furr flying in the breeze. there are so many ingenious (or not) solutions to quelch butt burn. not all are perty and some are down rite disgusting. blow up betties, waffle gel squares are hideous. the marks they leave on you when you depart your mounted stead. some times it is better to just suffer in silence and hope you butt and that 2x8 they call a seat get to be friends.
 

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Guess being an old US Marine makes me not as soft in the Axx and with this heat i already have furr flying in the breeze .....
 

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I had memory and gel put in mine sooooooo much wonderful now! Im 6-3 so I took my saddle was cut down 1.5 inches the pillion was raised 1.5 or 2 I cant remember.
 

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I gave the stock seat about 4k miles to break in and didn't notice any improvement. I used an Airhawk two and it definitely added some hours before sitting became unbearable. I didn't care for the shifting seat.
The Corbin Dual Touring is worth its weight in gold on 12+ hour trips. They take a while to receive after purchasing, though.
A buddy used an office chair gel pad on his seat, under a sheepskin, and did very well.
 

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I used an Airhawk... I didn't care for the shifting seat.
Try using very little air in it. Most people over-inflate them apparently. The demo I saw showed the thing looking almost flat. He said you should only be perched about half an inch above your bike seat on it. Gets rid of the squirmy sensation apparently. Never tried it, just what I've read.
 

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Actually, it didn't hurt as bad as I thought. I put down the social media right after my post, geared up and left so I didn't see Poncho's invite until now. Let's just say that I will hit the Courthouse Pub again someday.

As for skipping Chi town or Gary, it's all part of the deal and Lakeshore Drive was one high light. The rain in the U.P., not so much. I highly recommend everyone try M22 in the lower peninsula if not just for the views and the food.
 

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Lakeshore Drive in Chicago is beautiful, I try to ride it right around sunrise on a weekend and take the Lower Wacker tunnel back home. It's the best way to not get stuck in traffic for hours.
 

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a few from the ride

Just a few from the road.
St. Joseph, MI
Lakeshore Drive, Chicago
Who knows where
Manatowoc, WI
M22
Gaylord MI Air Show
Petosky, MI
 

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