I did a lot of research on this website and others before my trip so I thought I would post my results. Ended up buying the Airhawk seat cushion. After two 50 mile trips I was disappointed. Mainly because I either had too much or too little air in the cushion. But after getting it dialed in, it is quite amazing. Trip details: 4000 miles, 9 days, 7 states, 2 countries and ended up with 1 bald tire. Went from Ann Arbor, MI to the very top of Nova Scotia. My butt hurt less after 4000 miles than it typically would after a 200 mile day. There is one trade off. It does raise you enough that you notice more weight being put on your arms. If you can solve this, it would be perfect. Oh yeah, I had the cushion turned around, with the narrow end towards the rear of the bike. FYI...I have an 03 600rr. I also put thick foam grips over my stock one. This helped a lot also.