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post #1 of 19 Old 06-09-2010, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Question Seat: Gel, sun, and heat

When the Suzuki gel seat is in the noon summer sun, is there more of a heat problem than non-gel seats? If I leave my bike/seat in the sun, should I not consider the gel seat (since I don't want to sit on hot liquid)?

I've read a post that suggest the gel seat creates more of heat problem than a regular seat. In sort of makes sense that it would because it would seem like sitting on a pad of hot boiling water heated by solar energy (like a solar hot water tank). However, if the gel is insulated, there won't be any solar energy collection, minimal heat conductivity, and the heat problem won't be any worse than a non-gel seat.

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post #2 of 19 Old 06-09-2010, 01:57 AM
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Ya, I cover mine if it's sitting in direct sun, while I'm out riding.
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Ya, I cover mine if it's sitting in direct sun, while I'm out riding.
But isn't the gel already covered by the seat material?
Is there some foam between the seat cover and the gel? This would act like insulation.

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If there is, it doesn't work well. I learned early on to cover the seat with my jacket when I stop in the sun. Once it gets hot, it doesn't cool down very easily.
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I park mine in the sun all day at work, uncovered, it does get like a hot plate. I picked up a sheepskin pad on ebay for $25, together they work great. It insulates it from the sun and adds a little more "cushion". I hated the stock seat, it was like sitting on a lumpy balled up towel after a half hour or so. The seat on my wife's 650 is even worse. The Suziki gel seat is enough of an improvement for me, with a sheepskin pad, I can ride all day. I had a Russel Day Long on my last bike, and although it was the best seat I've ever seen or sat on, the gel was a $200 solution, putting a Day Long on this bike would cost three times as much, for that money, I'm happy with the gel, and the sheepskin.
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When I know I will be parking in the sun for any period of time ( ie: work parking lot ), I throw a small white terry towel over the seat, and another over the guage cluster to prevent melting the jewels ... or the speedo. If you slip it in between the tank and seat first, it pretty much stays in place.
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I had a gel seat on my ducati and not only would it heat up a lot, but it would stay hot forever. I devised a sun cover made from an emergency mylar blanket, cut to size and outfitted with an elastic string around it (sort of like a shower cap) - it would fold down smaller than a matchbox when not in use and it worked wonders.
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+1 on the emergency mylar blankets. I compared my seat, which was comfortable to the touch, to one of my co-workers who'd parked beside me and the difference was incredible!

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Your location says "Western WA, USA". The sun never comes out here...you know that. You'll be fine.

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sheepskin + gel seat

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I park mine in the sun all day at work, uncovered, it does get like a hot plate. I picked up a sheepskin pad on ebay for $25, together they work great. It insulates it from the sun and adds a little more "cushion". I hated the stock seat, it was like sitting on a lumpy balled up towel after a half hour or so. The seat on my wife's 650 is even worse. The Suziki gel seat is enough of an improvement for me, with a sheepskin pad, I can ride all day. I had a Russel Day Long on my last bike, and although it was the best seat I've ever seen or sat on, the gel was a $200 solution, putting a Day Long on this bike would cost three times as much, for that money, I'm happy with the gel, and the sheepskin.
This is great info for me I've kinda been holding off buying one for a while, but I think I'll bite the bullet soon. any suggestions for sheepskin?
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