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« on: April 14, 2019, 06:50:43 PM »

Summer is almost upon us (one can hope) and I'm thinking, again, about how I can keep the sun off my seat and, maybe, preserve my manhood in the process. I've tried several versions of cloth but noting is both insulated enough and compact enough to present a viable option.

Any ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2019, 09:25:07 PM »

I would strap an airhawk on it.
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 10:25:45 PM »

I would strap an airhawk on it.

I've got one of those! I'll give it a try, thanks.
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2019, 11:26:30 PM »

Maybe polarfleece.
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2019, 06:13:22 AM »

Be careful of anything with gel in it, as the gel tends to soak up the heat from the sun!  Ask me how I know.  Whenever we parked somewhere, like for lunch, we'd leave our riding jackets draped over the seats.  Save roasting you know what on an open fire.  We also found that any seat cover made of vinyl turned the seat into a heat sink, so all our aftermarket seats had leather seating panels.  They weren't necessarily cool, but they were a lot less hot than vinyl covered seats.  Velour is even better, but doesn't last as long, gets dirty quickly, and soaks up water when it rains.
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2019, 06:42:57 AM »

Maybe polarfleece.

I was thinking of doing something with a sheepskin. (They are easily obtained over here especially around Easter:) This may be cheaper.
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2019, 12:58:02 PM »

That would work. Had one on my bicycle for summer tours. Just stow it in case of rain.
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2019, 02:59:53 PM »

That would work. Had one on my bicycle for summer tours. Just stow it in case of rain.

Most of the sheep over here are, pretty much, water resistant. 
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2019, 06:19:50 PM »

The sheep are fine but riding with a soggy bottom not much fun.
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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2019, 06:46:07 PM »

The sheep are fine but riding with a soggy bottom not much fun.

That would be a consideration.
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2019, 07:34:06 PM »

You can try one of these seat covers. Not sure if they have one that will fit your seat tho... http://www.genuinecoolass.com/
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2019, 12:52:22 AM »

Many local folks in my scooter club bought these. Flimsy and don't last, mylar with a little elastic unless they have changed. They do work.
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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2019, 11:48:58 AM »

You can try one of these seat covers. Not sure if they have one that will fit your seat tho... http://www.genuinecoolass.com/


That might be an option if I can find them on this side of the pond. The shipping from the US is almost the same cost of the cover!
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« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2019, 05:17:18 PM »

Cut a Reflective windshield shade to fit. It works good, is cheap and you can buy in smaller sizes at Home Depot, Walmart, etc. Easy to make bungee or nylon straps with hooks to hold in place.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Camco-Thermal-Reflective-Window-Cover-45167/205808425

google flat hooks. You can get them in plastic or metal.
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« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2019, 08:07:15 PM »

I usually park in the shade. Just sayin'...
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« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2019, 06:33:51 AM »

I usually park in the shade. Just sayin'...

I thought about carrying a tree with me but my top case is only 47 liters & olive trees take too long to grow to any usable size. But, hay, thanks for the idea.
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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2019, 04:35:59 PM »

Update
I jury-rigged a piece of mylar using some black-tac as a test run. Works GREAT! Every surface of the scoot was hot to the touch but the seat was nice and cool.
I'm now attaching some velcro dots to the corners and if everything works out I'll see about gluing some to some nagahide and making a proper cover.
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« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2019, 04:54:23 PM »

I have a airhawk.  The straps never really worked for me.  When I would open up the seat the straps would pop off.  Living in Chicago I didn’t trust leaving it on the seat.  Also, if it is windy it will blow off.  So I always stowed it in the top box, under the seat, folded it up and stuck it between my seat bag and top box, or I would carry it with me.  Whatever you do when you go back to get on your scooter the airhawk is not hot or wet.  Has worked for me since 2011.
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« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2019, 10:20:44 AM »

Well, I tried that "park it in the shade" tip & found that it actually worked!!! Who'da'thunket? Thanks, Neil.


However, I had to wait until all the trillions of little olive flowers fell off the tree 'cause they stick to whatever they touch until they dry up and become a hazard underfoot. (As in backing out of the driveway.)


So, for those times I don't have a tree or time to wait for one to grow, I cut a 39x26 piece of mylar from an emergency blanket and 4 velcro dots and, viola! no roasted cojones and very little space taken up storing the thing.

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« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2019, 03:42:00 PM »

I love a hot seat :-)
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