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post #1 of 12 Old 07-05-2007, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Suzuki Gel Seat Info

I'm considering a new seat for my k7 Wee and was hoping to get some comments about Suzuki's gel seat. I'm curious to know how it is for comfort and fit. Does it raise or lower the seat height at all. I'm 5'9 and would not want to raise the height any higher than it is now. All comments appreciated.

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Fit is not the best. Mine has a nice little gap between the tank and seat. It will also raise the seat height by about an inch. I'm 5'10", 31" inseam and tippy-toe with the gel. Not unmanageble, but trying to walk the bike while on is pretty much out for me.

The seat seems stiffer than the stock, but in the long run, this is actually better. It provides more support over a wider area than the stock which compresses a lot and causes pressure points. It takes getting use to, but it is an improvement in long distance comfort over the stock seat.

Given you're 5'9", I would suggest maybe a custom seat that allows you to get a good footing...

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Gel seat is taller. So in your case probably not recommended. On the comfort side it is firmer and I get a good hour on the seat before I start thinking about a break. It isn't the most comfortable seat I have owned over the years, but it works pretty well for my day to day commute which is what I use my bike for. Good luck in your saddle search.

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I'm considering a new seat for my k7 Wee and was hoping to get some comments about Suzuki's gel seat. I'm curious to know how it is for comfort and fit. Does it raise or lower the seat height at all. I'm 5'9 and would not want to raise the height any higher than it is now. All comments appreciated.

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The Gel-Seat will be 40mm or 1 1/2 inches higher and a little wider than the stock Wee Strom seat. Just my opinion, but unless you have at least a 31 or 32 inch inseam. I'd give the Gel a bye. I'm 31" inch inseam and also on the tips of my toes.

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Do not park your bike in direct sunlight all day -- the gel absorbs the heat and holds it. I've had a couple of VERY uncomfortable rides home from work. I now park in the shade at work.
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Thanks everyone. It sounds like I may be just a bit too short for the gel seat. I have about a 30" inseam and I'm on the balls of by feet now. Do you guys have any suggestions for other seats? What about some kind of buttpad that isn't too thick?

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There are several custom seat options out there such as Sargent, Rick Meyers etc but none of them are cheap.
The Alaska Sheepskin butt pad works well for me adds about 1/2 inch and is inexpensive.
Other but pad options that don't add much height are the wooden bead seat cover or adding a layer of closed cell foam under the seat cover.
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If you've ridden dirt bikes and are used to being up high, you can use the Gel seat. I have a 30" inseam and it reminds me of riding my CR dirt bike.

It's a good seat for cheap. Most custom seats will be 4X more.
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There are several custom seat options out there such as Sargent, Rick Meyers etc but none of them are cheap.
The Alaska Sheepskin butt pad works well for me adds about 1/2 inch and is inexpensive.
Other but pad options that don't add much height are the wooden bead seat cover or adding a layer of closed cell foam under the seat cover.
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Got my gel for Christmas. Ended up lowering the bike to compensate. Then I totally forgot about the "hot seat" effect until it happened to me. I put my sheep skin back on and it seems to be OK. It's not THE answer, but it's better than stock and cheaper than custom.

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