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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.

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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.......

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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.

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¬*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]

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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.

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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.





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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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