Suzuki Gel seat passenger comfort? - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 Old 07-27-2014, 03:12 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Xtracrispy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: San Diego, CA now Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 99
Suzuki Gel seat passenger comfort?

Yeah, I know this is probably talked about all the time.

After riding on 2 110 or so mile rides this week. I realized the stock seat really isn't that comfortable(breaking news, right?).
I don't care for the "saddle" type seats(Corbin, Sargent, etc), I'm sure they are comfy but don't fit my riding style. The Saddlemen seats with suede really appeal to me, but are a little more costly than I feel I can justify for as much as I ride, which gets me to the Suzuki Gel seats.

They seem to be generally liked are $130+ less than saddlemen. But what I don't see answered much is, how is the passenger area compared to stock? My wife doesn't seem to mind stock it as much as I mind the front, but definitely wouldn't argue with some improvement. The gel seat looks a little taller than stock in the back, but is it much different?

Thanks!

Street: 2006 Suzuki "Wee"-Strom.
Dirt: 2003 Suzuki LTZ-400.
2004 Honda CRF230.

2003 Ducati Monster 620Sie (Sold)
2001 Honda XR650R street legal(Sold)
2006 Ninja 250 (Sold)
2001 KTM 520MXC (Sold).
+ more off road bikes sold.
Xtracrispy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 07-27-2014, 02:11 PM
$tromtrooper
 
woodentoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Ogunquit Maine
Posts: 361
I have the gel seat and I believe that the gel is only in the main section. I just got a sheepskin for my wife and a pair of padded bike shorts. She's happier but still doesn't like to ride all day. Just got a pair of padded shorts from Areostich but haven't had a chance to try them out yet.
woodentoy is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 07-28-2014, 12:17 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Electrojake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Not so new Jersey
Posts: 1,161


I have the gel seat on my DL1000k6.
Am told the "gel" is only in the forward section of the seat.
I find it to be quite comfortable for a stock seat.
My pillion does NOT like the seat at all when riding 2-up and puts an AirHawk under her fanny on every ride.

YRMV
-Ej-

A "Commuter" not an AdvTourer.
Currently Commuting On: 06 Harley XL1200C, DL1000k6, two old mopeds, and a pair of sneakers.
Electrojake is offline  
 
post #4 of 6 Old 07-28-2014, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Xtracrispy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: San Diego, CA now Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 99
So is it safe to gather that vs stock, the rear isn't much (if any) more comfortable on the gel seat? Or is it better, but still not great?

Street: 2006 Suzuki "Wee"-Strom.
Dirt: 2003 Suzuki LTZ-400.
2004 Honda CRF230.

2003 Ducati Monster 620Sie (Sold)
2001 Honda XR650R street legal(Sold)
2006 Ninja 250 (Sold)
2001 KTM 520MXC (Sold).
+ more off road bikes sold.

Last edited by Xtracrispy; 07-28-2014 at 12:32 AM.
Xtracrispy is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 07-28-2014, 06:32 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Electrojake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Not so new Jersey
Posts: 1,161
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xtracrispy View Post
So is it safe to gather that vs stock, the rear isn't much (if any) more comfortable on the gel seat? Or is it better, but still not great?
Yup.
I even heard horror stories of poor pillion comfort on custom made Vee seats.

If you order a (blindingly expensive) custom seat, you would have to specify that you want the pillion section done too, or all you'd get is a comfortable front and little more than a fancy cover over the typical uncomfortable rear.

Did a lot of research on this for my own Vee a few years back.
Lots of options for the Vee but making the pillion comfy is an added expense.

I'm cheap!
I simply blew $90 on a small AirHawk for the the pillion, and kept the stock gel seat.

Happy hunting!

A "Commuter" not an AdvTourer.
Currently Commuting On: 06 Harley XL1200C, DL1000k6, two old mopeds, and a pair of sneakers.
Electrojake is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 07-28-2014, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Xtracrispy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: San Diego, CA now Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 99
Quote:
Originally Posted by Electrojake View Post
Yup.
I even heard horror stories of poor pillion comfort on custom made Vee seats.

If you order a (blindingly expensive) custom seat, you would have to specify that you want the pillion section done too, or all you'd get is a comfortable front and little more than a fancy cover over the typical uncomfortable rear.

Did a lot of research on this for my own Vee a few years back.
Lots of options for the Vee but making the pillion comfy is an added expense.

I'm cheap!
I simply blew $90 on a small AirHawk for the the pillion, and kept the stock gel seat.

Happy hunting!
Yeah kinda seems that way from what I've read, too. Looks like I'll probably be doing the same thing with the pad, or splurge and give the saddleman a try with the split seat thing going on.

Thanks for the insight guys!

Street: 2006 Suzuki "Wee"-Strom.
Dirt: 2003 Suzuki LTZ-400.
2004 Honda CRF230.

2003 Ducati Monster 620Sie (Sold)
2001 Honda XR650R street legal(Sold)
2006 Ninja 250 (Sold)
2001 KTM 520MXC (Sold).
+ more off road bikes sold.
Xtracrispy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle 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:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


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

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may 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