Camping gets less appealing as I get older; the hangovers hurt more and now… my slope back seat is beginning to feel a tad uncomfortable! In search of comfort and with a reluctance to change my race seat to something more sensible we purchased an ‘Airhawk’ some time back. However, Lydia being a regular pillion rider means that she gets first dibs on its use. So in need of another cushion I trawled the internet to see what other options there are in the world of motorcycle seat comfort. This brings me to the Wild Ass product range. It’s essentially a very similar product to ‘Airhawk’, but with varying options to suit different riders (something that was very intriguing). For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, these seat cushions use an inflatable insert that lifts the rider away from the seat. Which in turn reduces uncomfortable pressure points on your rear end, while also reducing vibration.
The Wild Ass comes in three guises
There is the ‘Wild Ass Lite’ which is essentially the same product as the more well known ‘Airhawk’. However, the Lite comes in at a much more palatable price point. The pillion shaped (ideal for slim scooter seats) one retails at £99.99 which in comparison to £120 for the ‘Airhawk’ is much friendlier on the bank balance. Personally, I’d say this was ideal for those looking for more comfort but unsure about the benefits of an air cushion. Once you try one of these, you’ll wonder how you ever did it before!
In addition to this there is the ‘Wild Ass Air Gel’, a very technical product employing three layers of polyurethane and an additional gel layer. This is for the more sporty rider. The gel layer allows for a ‘close to the bike’ experience while having the option to improve comfort by falling back to the air cushion on longer distance rides. Possibly one for the street racers and two stroke hooligans among the scene! These retail at a mid-range price of £174.99.
Finally, at the top of the pile there is the ‘Wild Ass Classic’. This is made from medical grade neoprene with a real emphasis on comfort and robustness. The material choice has been selected for the ultimate in elasticity and natural feeling when in use. You can certainly tell the difference when comparing this with the Airhawk. The material is impressively thick and the quality is high, it (almost) makes a 300-mile ride on a Lambretta a pleasurable experience! Another small plus is the straps have slightly more adjustment meaning a secure fit can be achieved on my narrow Scootopia slope back seat. Unfortunately, as we all know quality generally comes with a price tag and these retail at £199.99 for the pillion variant.