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post #1 of 11 Old 10-06-2008, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Factory gel seat

Curious about the factory gel seat. Anyone know if the passenger portion is "gelled" as well?

Those that have the seat, what are your impressions?

The price is sure right, waaaaaay cheaper than the aftermarket chairs.

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I believe that the pillion area is regular foam.

As for riding comfort, I find the gel seat allows me to sit comfortably for an entire tank of gas. A brief walk around and I'm good for another tankful.

If you do decide on the Zuk gel seat I would recommend getting a sheepskin pad. It adds a bit more comfort to the seat.

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I actually find the stock seat very comfy, and actually just replaced my "butt worn" seat with another new stocker. I have spent countless 12-18hr days in the saddle with no problemo.

As for using a pad, no can do, I am "inseam challenged" and have tried a sheepskin but then cant touch the ground at all.....

Just curious about the geller. The price is right.

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Had a gel seat and wasn't all that impressed, and I did use it with the Alaska leather pad. Sold the gel seat and had the stock seat redone by Spencer. Used that with the seat pad and found it better. Then got the seat beads. So now I have stock seat redone by Spencer with the Alaska leather seat pad and the beads on top of the leather pad. My search is over for what works for me. All day in the saddle and I don't even think about my a$$. I like the added height with the pad and beads as well as the ease to move around on the seat with the beads. I probably would have been happy with the stock seat and the leather pad and beads but the Spencer mod is nice and relatively cheap.

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As for using a pad, no can do, I am "inseam challenged" and have tried a sheepskin but then cant touch the ground at all.....
Then you WON'T like the gel seat. I had a one. The first time I rode with it I felt like I was sitting on a bar stool. Supposedly it is only about an inch taller than stock (and it *IS* taller) but it felt like much more. It feels much taller than the stock seat with a sheepskin. I rode to work and back, took it off, and that was the end of it. I finally traded it to a friend.

It's a little wider than stock, which I did like. The gel is comfortable but hot if you park in direct sun. I don't think there is gel in the back part, only the front. I just plain couldn't handle the height difference so I didn't like it at all.

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Gel didn't work for me either. This is not to say it won't work for you. Try to find someone in your area who'll swap with you for a bit.

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I bought the gel seat after reading all the praises on the forums, but, it's sitting in a cabinet and the stock seat is back on. I don't find the stock seat all that uncomfortable and it definately is better than the gel for me at this point. I'm going to wait until spring as our riding season is rapidly winding down and then give the gel another good run and see how it goes.

The gel seat and the Suzuki top box is the only bad money I have spent on the Wee. I'm very happy with everything else about the bike and if I'm only riding one up the Wee is the bike chosen over my Goldwing. Can't beat the Wing for pounding the miles two up though.

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Gel didn't work for me either. This is not to say it won't work for you. Try to find someone in your area who'll swap with you for a bit.
To the best of my knowledge there are but 3 other Wee's in all of Manitoba. I know none of them...... ;(

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Thanks for the input guys, I think it sounds like not such a good seat. I was more concerned about the passenger section.

Will stay with my stocker. I am very happy with it.

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As for using a pad, no can do, I am "inseam challenged" and have tried a sheepskin but then cant touch the ground at all.....

You are supposed to remove the sheep from the skin prior to sitting on it.

Best of luck to ewe with your new seat.

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