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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?

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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.
 

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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.

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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?
 

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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! :cheers2:
 

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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! :cheers2:
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!
 
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