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    HeliBars

    Last couple of years I been having one heck of a time with pain between my shoulders after riding a full day...miles don't matter but hours in the saddle does...so I decided to replace the handle bars on my Goldwing with Helibars.

    I have put about 300 miles on the bike since the install trying different positions, different pads on my seat (seat is the next thing to make more comfortable), and differing heights on the bars. The biggest help so far has been that now the grips are much closer together so my arm spread is not as pronounced. I do notice the bars are closer to me also.

    I am heading out for long ride on the 27th and can't wait to actually spend the day with them.

    So, anyone else have Helibars?
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    Re: HeliBars

    Deb I don't have Helibars, but I have a set of Rox risers on the V-Strom. That made a big difference for me in comfort by being able to bring the bars a little closer and rotate them to a more comfortable position. The previous owner put a Corbin seat on the bike and it set me a little farther back than stock seat of the bike I demoed. After almost 40,000 miles I'm still not really a fan of the Corbin seat. Someday I would love to end up with a Sargent seat, after just setting on Brent's bike with the Sargent it was a very noticeable difference in comfort.

    I hope these work out for ya!
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    Re: HeliBars

    I had Kury risers on the GW and these replaced those.

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    Re: HeliBars

    Deb, what pads did you try on your seat if you don't mind me asking? I've got a sheepskin hide that I've considered cutting down to fit the "bucket" part of my seat and attaching it somehow under the bottom of the seat with Velcro. My cousin has an Airhawk pad that he would probably let me use. I tried it for a few minutes on his bike once, but I don't remember liking it, it seemed like I was very disconnected from the bike. Maybe it's just something you have to get used to.

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    Re: HeliBars

    Quote Originally Posted by Ironheadziggy76 View Post
    Deb, what pads did you try on your seat if you don't mind me asking? I've got a sheepskin hide that I've considered cutting down to fit the "bucket" part of my seat and attaching it somehow under the bottom of the seat with Velcro. My cousin has an Airhawk pad that he would probably let me use. I tried it for a few minutes on his bike once, but I don't remember liking it, it seemed like I was very disconnected from the bike. Maybe it's just something you have to get used to.
    let me start this by saying that my GW stock seat has been way more comfortable for me than Corbin, Mustang, or even a modded seat I had done but with about 60k miles on the bike I am starting to notice more and more discomfort. With that being said let me try to answer your question.

    Here is everything I have tried. They all help to some extent but all have their down falls. I am not saying your experience will be the same.

    Beads: They do work to increase airflow in the summer but after a few 100 miles I get pressure points from them.
    Sheepskin: It works well to relieve hot/cold but has to be adjusted every time I stop or it bunches up under me. It also does not help with the discomfort caused by the seat under it.
    Alaska Leather Gel/Sheep skin: This works the best to relieve the pain caused by the seat. It also address hot/cold issues but it raises me up just enough that I am still reaching for the bars even with the Helibars. (I use this the most and just take it on/off to relieve back pain)
    Airhawk: Had one and sold it. It make it comfortable enough for me it raised me up even more than the Alaska Leather did. I tried using just a small amount of air and that did not relieve the pressure points for me. I also found that due to the female pelvis sitting position it was not all that comfortable. For sure, IMO, it was designed with a guy in mind.
    Bike Cushion: I have asked the birthday fairy to bring me one of these. I decided to try this to avoid the cost of a new GW seat. They only need 1/4 in. rise and they make one specifically for a female.

    If the new cushion does not work I will need to start saving pennies because I see a Russell Day Long heated seat w/backrest in my not so distant future.

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    Re: HeliBars

    I don't know anything about Helibars, but I would have liked having them on my 90 Harley. It seamed the bars never fit me the way I wanted. The Wing I have now, the bars fit me just right.
    I did how ever have an aunt Helit, and she was very nice to me.
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    Re: HeliBars

    Sounds like you have tried every option on the market for a better cushion. I us a sheep skin for now, I am saving my pennies for a Russell day long seat some day

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    Have you tried C&C motorcycle seats: http://www.ccseats.com/

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    I like my Airhawk. You have to get the air right, but if you do, I find that it spreads the weight just enough that I don't get hot spots and I still maintain just enough seat contact that I don't feel disconnected. My air pressure is just to the point that if my weight shifts forward, I loose all the air forward but if I sit back I get the best cushioning effect.

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    Re: HeliBars

    Quote Originally Posted by Slowride View Post
    Have you tried C&C motorcycle seats: http://www.ccseats.com/
    I have not but when I look at their web page it does not show that they make a custom heated seat for an 1800 Gold Wing. Perhaps I am just missing it.

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