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post #1 of 8 Old 05-08-2008, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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OEM Gel seat actually by Saddleman

The Gel seat I ordered when I bought my DL650 showed up today and when I opened up the packege I was surprised to find it was actually made by Saddleman! Even included the orginal saddleman instruction for switching over the mounting hardware. Is this a new thing or were they always made by Saddleman?

I haven't been for a ride yet, but I quick sit down and I can feel that its at least 1" maybe even higher than the original seat. Fortunately I'm 6' 3" so I can still get my feat on the ground but anyone shorter would have a tough time.

The seats is wider and firmer but doesn fit as closely to the body of the bike as the original. There's about a 1/2 inch or more gap between the seat and the tank now and its a little wiggley where the original was very solid. I don't think it will make any difference riding and could be just the difference in the rubber bumpers.

Has anyone else noticed any issues with the OEM gel seat? This is Suzuki Canada and it might source parts differently.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-08-2008, 09:55 PM
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Weird, my seat fits like stock. Pics?
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There is another thread going on with the very same question. Seems there are some very poor fitting gel seats out there, but others fit very well....odd



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post #4 of 8 Old 05-09-2008, 12:11 AM
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My gel seat does have a bit of space up front by the tank but I don't really care. Without the gel seat I was good for 15 minutes before pain reared it's ugly head.

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post #5 of 8 Old 05-09-2008, 07:59 AM
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Thumbs up OEM Gel Seat

Have had one on my 07DL650ABS for about 2 months now (2,000 miles) and it has made a Huge difference (I transferred my Alaska Sheep Skin Pad) & its proven to be a good combination for me and when riding two-up.

Its an economical choice to try vs. some of the more pricey options that are available.

The Gel Seat I got fits exactly as the stock seat, just taller/wider and most importantly more comfortable.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-09-2008, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Just did a 2 hour ride. The new Gel seat is a thousand times better than the original and is starting to fit the bike better as it packs down. Both my feet touch the ground again too. I was a little wobbly in town for the first hour or so.
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-09-2008, 08:04 PM
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I recently purcahsed the gel seat and alaskan leather pad which I think is a great combination. I found the seat to fit better than the original OEM with the gap to the tank very small. Personally for the money I think it is a great deal.
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-10-2008, 07:56 AM
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I had a gel seat and the fit wasn't as good as stock, but not that bad. I wasn't overly impressed with the gel seat. Sold it and had my stock seat done by Spencers and like that better.

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