to gel or not to gel - Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums

Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: athens, Alabama, USA
Posts: 265
Post imported post

i am fixing to sink the money down and buy a custom seat. road sofa is what i am gonna order. to gel or not to gel, that is my question. i wonder if the gel inserts in the seat will be hard on my butt or should i get the seat without it. any help would be appreciated.

If loud pipes save lives, then why are people hit by trains?

2000 Honda Valkyrie Interstate Blue/Silver 19000 miles

2004 Ford Police Interceptor don\'t ask
deputy steve is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 09:49 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: On top of Green Mountain, Washington, USA
Posts: 1,029
Post imported post

hey deputy,
it has been my experience that if you have a good custom seat made there is no need for the gel. i have found that gel is hot in the summer and cold in the winter and hard. but being from alabama you may not have to worry about the cold and hard stuff
i had a seat made for my V-strom from rick mayer seats and it was the worst thing i ever sat on, way worse then the stock one. i then found a guy in the seattle are "erston motoseats" only two hrs away from me that modified the mayer seat while i was there with the right foam density and angle of the seat and blah, blah..... took him eight hrs to fix what mayer screwed up but now i have a seat that i can sit on all day long and never get a sore butt. just want to keep on riddinnnnnn i think it is important, if you are getting a custom seat made to do a ride in so it can be fit to your butt other wise the seat maker is just taking a guess and going by the pics you send to him. if it fits right the first time around you lucked out. JMHO.......

cyclepath is offline  
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 02:01 PM
Postpubescent member
exavid's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Medford, County of Jackson, Oregon, USA
Model: None at present
Posts: 36,382
Post imported post

Different butts for different folks but I didn't like a get pad I tried. I have an air rider pad in my 1500 seat but I rarely use it inflated except on a long ride. It doesn't eliminate butt pain but by changing air pressure it allows you to move the pain around a bit. I think the best answer is a good custom seat and then a lot of hours getting it broken in.

None at present
Past 'Wings: GL1100, GL1200, GL1500, GL1800

Current BMW C650GT
Paul W.
exavid is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 03:28 PM
Senior Member
SilverDave's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Model: '85 GL1200 Aspy
Posts: 1,191
Send a message via Yahoo to SilverDave
Post imported post

¬*I had a perfectly good cloth seat , surface cover wise ...... That was hard and uncomfortable¬* Saving the nice cover, I had an auto upholstery guy¬* carve out a bit for a gel, and added new foam to the back,and sides , then re-install the cool cover ... and I personally like¬* the gel ... many days of 500 to 600 miles, and no complaint from the tush¬* so far...¬* But I agree with others... start with a well fitted¬* seat, first ... SilverDave¬*[img]/forums/images/emoticons/emoticonsxtra/cooldj.gif[/img]

1985 Aspy Pinstriped Powder Blue & Matching blue Trailer.
"Mathematics is the Music of the Mind"

Gray-haired bikers don't get that way from pure luck.
SilverDave is offline  
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 04:12 PM
PatinIdaho's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Sandpoint, Idaho, USA
Posts: 446
Send a message via AIM to PatinIdaho
Post imported post

I have never had a gel seat but i do have an airrider seat. SOOO the only thing i can suggest is if your a tall person be carefull. I have to let all the air out of my seat or i sit to high as might a gel seat.


86 GL1200I 11,617 when bought now it\'s 17,606

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
Protesters did NOT give me the freedoms I have now. THANKS VETS!
PatinIdaho is offline  
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-10-2006, 04:33 PM
Senior Member
dean_3326's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Montague County, Texas, USA
Year: 1984
Make: Honda Goldwing
Model: GL1200 Interstate
Posts: 2,148
Post imported post

I had to ditch the stock seat [super wedgie] and got a corbin, it is too hard and so I bought a Airhawk adjustable cushion, not cheap but it works great. I would like to try a travelman road sofa without the gel to see if it is better, I know one person who loves his gel seat. Let us know what you get and how you like it.

Riding Motorcycles For over 59 Years

Thank you Lord for all my blessings.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump:

84 Interstate Candy Wineberry Red-U, R114CU

with Ventu Craft Trailer
dean_3326 is offline  
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-11-2006, 05:00 AM
Passed On, R.I.P.
Mohawk's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Baldwinsville, Just Outside of Syracuse, New York, USA
Model: 09 Gl1800
Posts: 2,129
Post imported post

Ive got a stock seat the Short Previous Owner had the foam removed and Gel added.

I rode with this seat for only a month and it killed me on every ride.

After 30 mins in the saddle my Butt was on fire.

I spent many a mile standing up and riding.

I finally bought a Stock seat to replace it and the Gel is in the closet.

I love the stock seat I have on now.

But I think the Gell on this seat was right over the pan and that was all the padding you had.

Maybe if you had a fat butt that seat would be fine. It killed me.

I couldn't buy that stock seat fast enough.


95 Aspencade, Dressed to the Nines
Live to Ride - Ride to Live
My 4th Wing with 43 Years in the Wind Now
I have owned over 50 bikes now, This is the longest I have owned only one bike.

Prior USMC Sgt. and Vietnam Vet - Platoon Sgt. and D.I.
PGR Member since 2006 - Serving Those Who Served For Us.

The Native Americans found out what happens when you don't control immigration.
Mohawk is offline  
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-11-2006, 05:53 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Franklin, Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 1,148
Post imported post

The 84 thru 86 GL1200 seats were butt binders.. Honda changed the foam density for 87, but not to a great extent.. All the 1200's had poor seats..

I found that in the beginning of the season, taking a long ride developes the iron butt for the rest of the year and I ride in comfort..

There are many seat options out there these days and you just need to find the one that works.. I have not ridden an 1800, so the seat comfort is still a mystery to me.. However, the 1500 w/ oem seatI had (94) was much more comfortable than my 1200.

Old Nam Vet
LZ English 66 - 67
New \'08 Titanium Nav
I\'m old and wise, but was once young and stupid.
Renegade is offline  
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-11-2006, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: athens, Alabama, USA
Posts: 265
Post imported post

i agree on the butt binders part. butt 21 years of sitting on a seat has got ot wear them out. i am lucky though because my cover is in great shape with no tears. the guy at travalcade said after 6 years the foam isnot providing any support. he said the gel would help the support and keep your butt from hurting because it eliminates the pressure points that you feel with regular foam. i just don't want to get the seat after waiting 6 weeks and decide i hate the gel. then what ,another 6 weeks getting it replaced. so many decisions to make

If loud pipes save lives, then why are people hit by trains?

2000 Honda Valkyrie Interstate Blue/Silver 19000 miles

2004 Ford Police Interceptor don\'t ask
deputy steve is offline  
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-11-2006, 11:24 AM
Senior Member
Tonys96's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Rosemount, Minnesota, USA
Posts: 805
Post imported post

For what it's worth...

I bought a Road Sofa last year, went with the gel, I'm happy with my choice.

The seat is very firm, but 5-600 mile days are a lot less painfull. (Unbearable before the new seat)

I also went with the leather, although of good quality and comfortable, I don't think I'd recommend it over the vinyl.

Now then, the heater may be worth some investigation.

If you're tall, over 6 feet, have them add an adition inch to the seat, or if you're vertically challenged, they can cut an inch out and narror the front so you can get your feet down at stops.

Lastly, don't try to evaluate your seat before you have about 1,000 miles on it.

89 GL1500
Tonys96 is offline  
Closed Thread

  Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums > Forums > Goldwing Technical Forum

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Gel Battery ErnieB Goldwing Technical Forum 20 02-09-2011 04:57 AM
Gel Battery Dakota Winger Goldwing Technical Forum 10 02-21-2009 08:17 AM
gel pad bobo Goldwing Technical Forum 7 08-06-2008 10:28 PM
Sheepskin V.S. Gel Candy Moose Wing General Motorcycle Discussion Forum 17 07-27-2007 11:25 PM
new gel battery skyski Goldwing Technical Forum 6 12-13-2005 02:29 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome