Seat Pad Helps a J&P Staffer Get to the ‘Bottom’ of a Problem

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March 8, 2012 | By: Lowell Anderson

I’m not in the habit of endorsing products, but every now and then I run across something that’s truly magnificent, and this is one of those times. I’m also not a big fan of trying out new stuff or gaining new experiences.

For example, I find that I order the same thing for breakfast almost every time I go out. I get up at the same time every day — weekends included. I tend to wear the same style of clothing at all times, and if I go to McDonald’s, I religiously order the same value meal.

I’m guessing I just know what I like, and to change things without reason isn’t something I’m likely to do. My philosophy is this: Change involves risk, and if things are going good, why rock the boat?

Having said that, sometimes life throws some real curves your way and you’re forced to make a change. Recently I had one of those curve balls come across my home plate and I had to react to it. I was having some “issues” and finally went to see the doctor once things got too rough for me to handle. Now I hate going to the doctor for anything. To me, ignorance is bliss when it comes to your health. I have been plagued with bad experiences and pure idiots for doctors my whole life.

The way I figure it, a doctor is like a mechanic — except with a much bigger paycheck. And being a mechanic myself, I know that you rarely diagnose things correctly the first time around. It takes some testing and some work to figure things out.

Doctors tend to follow the same procedure, but unfortunately they frequently get their diagnosis wrong. The other downside of all this testing is, it usually involves pain. Not pain for them, but for me! So the docs ran some tests and they finally did discover the problem.

Without divulging the details of my health problems over the Internet and being accused of TMI (too much information), the problem indeed proved to be serious. I was going to have to go under the knife, and the recovery was going to take about three or four months. With no options available, I went in for the surgery. They removed the “problem” and were happy to report to me that I was in the clear.

With that great news, it was back to reality for me and my family. My big goal was to get back to work. As a product specialist here at J&P, things move at a rapid pace, so I was really concerned about missing too much work and falling behind.  Problem was, the surgery left me in extreme pain and I could barely drive to work. The other problem I had was sitting or standing. The only time I wasn’t in extreme pain was when I was lying on my back. So after 10 days at home doing just that, I figured it was time to get back to work.

 I’ve got to tell you, that drive into Anamosa was a killer and I barely withstood the pain. Once there, I found it difficult to sit at my desk for more than a few moments at a time. I kept having to adjust my position and I was really beginning to think I wasn’t going to make it more than an hour.

My buddy Jason Hayes sits right behind me, and he saw my discomfort and decided to take matters into his own hands (Be warned — I’m finally getting to the endorsement I mentioned at the top of this blog). Jason went downstairs and got me an Airhawk R Comfort seat pad, brought it up to me and made me try it out. Now, as a self-described tough guy, sitting on a seat pad isn’t anything I would normally consider. My mindset is more like “suck it up Sally!” when it comes to pain. I don’t like asking for help unless I absolutely need it. It’s just the way I am.

Jason wasn’t having any of my tough guy BS, and made me try the seat pad, and I was amazed at how well this thing worked. Instantly it relieved some of my pain, and made getting through the day much easier. If you haven’t tried one of these pads for your bike, I highly recommend you try one. It’s designed to work, and it does.

In my case it made life a little easier at a time when I definitely needed some help. So if you’re into taking your bike on long trips, or you just want to be comfortable on any ride, this is indeed the ticket! Take a chance, and give one of these things a try!

Comments (10)

I purhased my first Air Hawk 2 years ago prior to making my 9th trip to Sturgis from the east coast. My girl friend used my gel pad that I had been using for many years prior. By the time I got to Sturgis (1800 miles in three days), I was so impresssed with the Air Hawk, I went to the JP Cycles store in Sturgis and bough another one so both of us would enjoy the remaining 4500 miles of our trip and all future trips. Two years later and both pads are holding up strong without any problems. I definitely recommend them to all who ride.

Good and useful information.

Now that you have tested it and you have gave it a excelent review, how about a comparison against the BUTTY BUDDY . I need the best relief iI can find for the ol ladies butt on them long hauls

I bought the Butty buddy for the wife ,and she was quite happy with it . A year after that , we were going on a short ride so I opted not to use the airhawk I had for me. She asked to use the airhawk with the butty buddy, since I wasn’t. After that she didn’t want to give it back ,she now has her own and won’t part with ether one. The butty buddy gives her the proper sitting position while the airhawk gives her the cuision. I suggest both if you really want to make her happy!!

I got my air hawk 2 years nw from J.Ps and ts been a real blessing, it looks ok it rides great no slip around on bike and its something i ont leave home with out. I can ride for many more miles with my airhawk on my bike and my butt dont get wonded on the longest runs when every one else needs a reststop i am still going strong and i am 66 so go figure. I am looking at geting a 2nd one for my Other bike so i dont have to move it from bike to bike as i dont leave home without my airhawk.

I have a genetic clotting disorder which has left me with 5 DVT’s & a pulmonary embolism. If it wasn’t for my Airhawk I would have had to give up riding. For me that’s a little too much like giving up breathing. A 2 hr ride with it feels like a 10 minute ride without it. For the ordinary person it would probably let you ride all day with virtually no discomfort. I don’t use the straps on my FLHX and just toss it in my bags when I stop. Awesome product…

I have used the AirHawk for about 4 yrs. now. You can adjust them to how firm you want them ( by the air valve you blow into ) or how soft you want them. I had quite a few people ask me about them. They are great for long trips or just moving around town.

mate do you have a twitter?

The article desribes what the problem was and why the author needed the seat pad, and that it eorked in an office space.
I am thinking about getting one of these seat pads either this kind or gel, but I am concerned about the functionality of it on my motorcycle. This was the reason I read the article. Could you please provide more information as to how it fits on a stock seat or say a lepera? Does it slip and slide or move around on a ride? How does it look on the bike? Thank you.

@ Martin
The AIrHawk like all seat pad options are universal fit based on seat size. We list the dimensions with each seat pad so you can get a good idea which one will fit your seat the best. As far as the pads slipping there shouldn’t be any issues. The AirHawk has a Non-skid base that actually grips the seat along with additional straps that would hold it in place when you stand up. If you worried about looks the nice thing about all seat pads are they are removable. When you park your bike you should probable be stashing it in a bag if possible.

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