Roho Airhawk Pillion Seat Cushion – Product Review

Roho Airhawk Passenger Seat Cushion


I read a post on Keep the Rubber Side Down that discussed the painful expression often seen on the faces of women riding on the back of a motorcycle with thier significant other.  For those women fortunate to ride pillion on a touring bike they probably look happy as a clam. But for those of us passengers riding on a stock Harley Davidson seat on either a Sportster or a Dyna… in a word:  it SUCKS!!!! 

So far, I have been traveling on the back of Jay’s bike whenever we go on any long rides or overnight trips.  My hiney would last about 45 minutes before it really started to hurt, and if we rode more than an hour I wanted to kill people if we didn’t stop to stretch soon.  That 4 x 5-inch foam pad (OK, so it’s really 7 x 10) is the culprit.  It does absolutely nothing to absorb any of the shock from hitting any kind of bump.  Not to mention the fact that a passenger’s “squat” position exposes the boniest part of her lower pelvic bones to pound against this seat constantly throughout the ride.  Those “butt breaks” would do wonders for refreshing the situation, but by the end of a 300-mile day I needed several Advil and a serious “butt rub” in order to face the next day of riding.  And it would take several days to recuperate after a trip.

Before our trip to Rhode Island, Jay got me adjustable footpegs that swing out into “cruise” position.  This helped a lot!  I now had the option to reposition my legs which resulted not only in less leg-cramping, but also allowed me to vary the pressure points on my rump because of the different positions.  It was a fabulous improvement, but the prolonged journeys without much padding still got to me.  Jay and I knew we had the big West Virginia trip coming and started researching more comfort accessories like the Cramp Buster Throttle Boss. If only I could get a pillow for my tooshie!

Enter Roho.  This company manufactures a line of products called Airhawk Motorcycle Seat Cushions.  Basically, it is like an air mattress that is shaped to fit a motorcycle seat.  Depending on the size and shape of the pad needed, the Airhawk retails for $170-190.  It comes with a cover and straps for attaching to your bike.  Jay & I did some research and found on a comparison of 5 different styles of seat pads that concluded the Airhawk was “the Cadillac of butt pads.”  But they are so darn expensive!

After A LOT MORE research, I finally hit paydirt!  I found a small cruiser pillion Airhawk seat cushion (new) at Motoxgoods eBay store for $79.99…less than half price!  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to decide to click “Buy It Now” on that one!

A few days before we left for West Virginia, my newest acquisition arrived.  It has a very easy to use valve that you blow air into with your mouth (so no extra air pump or anything is needed to lug around), then you simply screw the valve closed by turning to the right.  The directions say to blow it up (which only takes one good puff), then sit on it and let about half of the air out by turning the valve slightly left, and close the valve when you have about 1/2-inch of air between your buttocks and the motorcycle seat.  I actually did this on a kitchen chair while I had a friend over for lunch.  She laughed hysterically as I sat on the cushion wiggling side to side, saying “oooooo, this feels niiiiiice!”

The next day Jay and I went about trying to figure how exactly to strap the thing to the seat on his Low Rider.  The Airhawk comes with two adjustable straps that simply slip around the seat and tighten up.  I believe that the straps are universal to whatever style seat cushion you get.  The problem is that those straps are too long for the small pillion seat.  Even in the tightest position, the forwardmost strap was not snug and the rear strap flapped in the breeze.  🙁  We ended up criss-crossing the straps to get a snug fit, then we took it out for a test spin.

It was fun (and super-comfy) zipping around town on the Airhawk.  It sits me up higher so although I still can’t see over Jay’s head I can see around it better instead of looking directly into the widest part of his helmet.  My seat pad acted as a shock absorber to block the effects of every pothole and bump we went over (and there are a lot of them in Delaware).  The cushion was a little bouncy at first, so I let some air out of it.  I also slid it back so the end was actually between the sissy bar sideplates.  After a few adjustments we were ready for the big test–a 5-day/1200-mile trek through West Virginia….

The pad held air for the entire trip and needed no further adjustment.  It did not slip out of place.  It did not spring any leaks (though it comes with a small patch kit, just in case).  The cloth cover actually didn’t get as hot at the stock seat does in the sun.

Most importantly, how is my tucchus, you ask?

My ass is very happy to report that the product definitely lives up to its credentials.  I actually went into a few rest stops thinking “wow, is it really time to stop already?”  By the end of our 370-mile first day in the saddle, my glutes just starting to feel the way they used to after 50 miles.  At the end of the trip I still wanted to go home and get on my own bike and ride some more!  There were no ill-effects to my rear, I was just tired of riding bitch!

Jays Notes:

1) Super excellent product but I was disappointed in the straps. Roho should make a much better strap system that would allow you to easily attach and detach the seat cushion and tighten it up on the fly.

2) Without the air cushion your passenger is one with the bike, with the air cusihon you will feel a little wobble as she is now a little less secured to the bike. She is floating on a air cusion! This may sound bad, but the difference in comfort for the passenger is well worth it. This is a great product! I highly reccomend it.

3) You can get your Roho Airhawk at JC Whitney or J&P Cycles

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