Does anyone have any experience with the gel type seat that is available for the GL1800? Is it more comfortable than the stock seat? Is it worth the money or is just better to stay with the stock seat?
my wife and i used gel pads on a 8500 mile trip to alaska and back in june,i dont think i could have done it without the pad no heat problems and i could move it fore and aft on the seat as needed.i dont use it on shorter rides around home.xx
Skip it and look to something else or one of the motorcycle seat manufacturers. The Gel pad sounds like it would be nice, but it leaves a seat that is way too firm and not that comfortable. I ultimately added some memory foam on top of my gel pad insert and that did help quite a bit, but I wouldn't go the gel pad insert again if I had the choice.
If I were building a seat I'd use gel as the very bottom layer to make a soft/smooth foundation. Sitting on gel on a cool day is like sitting on a steak that just came out of the fridge; on a hot day it's like a skillet.
My wife & I both use both a gel pad beneath a genuine (not imitation) sheepskin for seat comfort. They are very comfortable for awhile. They also provide additional height for my 6'5" frame. However, our last 10 hr day left our butt-bones aching for a week, and had my crotch feeling like I had been sitting on a heat gun. (The stock seat left the same impressions.)
I am in the market for a custom seat, but need to find the right mfr who can get it right the first time.
My wife and I used the Gel Pad in an attempt to rid MONKEY BUTT from our ride to the Great Smokys from Ormond Beach. After 6 hours in the saddle, the gel pad was refreshing. Get tired of it? Put it in the trailer. A nice accessary to have around, in my opinion.