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Thread: Gel seat - ownership review

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    Default Gel seat - ownership review

    Hello all,

    I first came to know about the gel seat for motorcycles when I first saw the video of Long Way Round (thanks to my friend who gifted me the DVDs) where the riders mention it in one of their to-do list. I then read about it and found in many travelogues of such intrepid riders and got curious about it.

    I happen to notice a company in India manufacturing gel related products (Our Products, Footcare & Physical Support Products Exporter from Lucknow.) and emailed them and got this reply:
    Many thanks for your mail and your interest evinced in our gelproduct.

    We have following options for Gel M/C seat cushion.

    1. Ready to use gel seat with belts which can be tied on your existing bike seat. This will cost you Rs. 3000 + TAX 5% + Courier charges, totaling to Rs. 3350 (3000+150+200) each for rider or pillion.

    2. Plain gel sheet of 12” x 24” – 12mm, which can cover both the seat ie., rider and pillion, which you can get fabricated by yourself inside your existing seat. This will cost you Rs. 3500 + TAX 5% + Courier charges, totaling to Rs. 3875 (3500+175+200).

    3. Plain gel sheet of 12” x 12” – 12mm, which can cover either rider or pillion and get it fabricated by yourself inside your existing seat. This will cost you Rs. 2000 + TAX 5% + Courier charges, totaling to Rs. 2250 (2000+100+150)

    Kindly have a look on the link on fabricating gel seat on KTM Duke

    The dispatch of your product can be done within 2-3 days on receipt of 100% advance payment to be deposited directly in our bank.

    Following are our bank details:

    Beneficiary: Gel O Kare
    Bank Name : AXIS Bank, Ashok Marg, Lucknow
    A/c Noumber: 053010200011529
    Branch RTGS IFSC Code: UTIB0000053
    Branch NEFT IFSC Code: UTIB0000053
    Branch MICR Code: 226211002

    May you have any other query, please feel free to contact us.

    Thank you & have a nice day!!
    Best Regards,
    Sales & Marketing Cell - Gel O Kare
    Mob : +91 9956283226 / 9044563535
    Email : sales@gelokare.com
    Website : www.gelokare.com / www.gel-o-kare.com

    While I was hesitating to the DIY, I did not face any big problem with long rides on my Honda Unicorn. I had done a max of 8 hours drive for around 400kms and went from Chennai->Mysore->Coorg->Mysore->Ooty->Chennai and a separate Chennai->Bangalore->Chennai nonstop rides and did not have any reason to complain about the seat. Honda Unicorn had a good seat. The moment I took my new Pulsar 200NS the two sore points are the stiff clutch and seat. This made me to ponder again about the gel seat but still do not want to go in for DYI route.

    My commute involves 120kms 95% on highway at speeds in excess of 80kmph. All this slowly started to give raise a discomfort which was wearing me down but did not trouble big. And while I was searching constantly in Internet for solutions for virations, softer clutch, softer seats etc, I stumbled on RedLinePlus.in Automotive Products Web Store - RedLinePlus.in Web Shop, where they sell many products which in general are available in US and UK. The gel seat that they sold was a source of attraction and I was admired by the various options they provided.

    The various options are:
    1. Complete DIY kit – this has the memory foam, gel sheet and video instructions on how to do it – the most cheapest one. Since it is not my cup of tea, I did not opt for it.
    2. Strap on gel seat – this a seat with cover stitched with Velcro strips that go around the driver’s seat. The Velcro arrangement varies from machine to machine. It has to be placed and removed with seat removed.
    3. Quick remove gel seat – this same as #2 but with one Velcro strip that go around the seat and its mating part of Velcro is stitched to the seat. Three such Velcro strips make the seat fixed – easy to remove and I desired this as I can remove it after parking in office which will not attract anyone’s attention.
    4. Buy original seat or send original seat – this option allows them to buy original seat modify and send you or you can send the original seat and they will modify it and send – this will have the gel fixed beneath the seat cover and this would be the ideal if the logistics works for you (did not in my case).
    5. Tie under cover – now they started selling gel seat covers that you can tie under the original seat and will have a look as if nothing is modified. At the point of my purchase they did not have any such done for P200NS and they need to have one done to note the dimensions.


    All the above are available in single or double gel sheet options.

    Finally I purchased the #2 and I paid Rs.2793 for “SofaRider™ Strap On Gel Seat for Motorcycles - Seat Colours : Standard Black Vinyl, Seat Highlight Colour : Black Seat Highlight, Seat Thickness : Standard 1 Slab, Seat Type : Fixed Strap On” on 04-Jan-2016

    There was a confusion from their side as their post office said the collection offices at the recipient (my) area have not recovered from floods. After clearing up the confusion, I got it delivered on 09-Jan-2016.

    The very first impression of holding the seat on the hand was very impressive. It was very soft, squishy and the stitch all around was of good quality. There were 4 Velcro straps; two on front having male Velcro and two on bottom having female Velcro straps. I removed the P200NS front seat and positioned the gel seat and tied the Velcro as tight as possible. I had to try this thrice to get a good position of gel seat without hindering the latching of the front seat.

    My bums were very happy the moment I placed in on them – oh boy, it was a real joy indeed. It is aptly named soft rider. I took it for a very short drive and seem no issue with the seat moving around. Since the roads around my area are well laid, I could not test the real intention of buying the seat. Unfortunately I had to commute on a car and could not test it on the long distance test.

    I did had a chance to drive to city 25km up and down and through many road surfaces. The ride was very enjoyable and I would rate that it enhanced the bum comfort a lot. I deliberately went rough on broken edges, pot holes, speed breakers etc. and it was very comforting.

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    You can visit SofaRider Gel Seat Raw Materials for DIY modify motorcycle seat, bike to see the gel sheet and its specs.

    Adieu,
    Narayanan
    Last edited by Narayanan; 01-22-2016 at 12:23 PM.

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    Thanks for sharing, do share your views again when you have clocked many more kilometres on it.

    Personally i have never felt the need or liked the idea of a soft saddle, i prefer a nice firm saddle to rest my posterior!

    In these soft cushiony things, your sit bones sink in and the pressure gets transferred onto the scrotum which does not push the cushion down. Thus making it extremely uncomfortable.

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    Default Re: Gel seat - ownership review

    Quote Originally Posted by Narayanan View Post

    You can visit SofaRider Gel Seat Raw Materials for DIY modify motorcycle seat, bike to see the gel sheet and its specs.

    Adieu,
    Narayanan
    Thanks for a very detailed review. Looks like I might need to get it first. Will sync up through Whatsapp with you.
    Good review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    In these soft cushiony things, your sit bones sink in and the pressure gets transferred onto the scrotum which does not push the cushion down. Thus making it extremely uncomfortable.

    Thanks to my cycling i now believe in HTFU
    That's very strange . At least if you say that for a flattened seat where the pressure points will be uniform across such as table or floor (which is what is out butt was made for). This 200NS seat was neither flat nor uneven. upper thigh support is another problem, which comes in contact with tank.

    Anyway my case was strange, getting a kind of numbness after an hour of non-stop riding. Not much to complain about seat vibes (which is slightly there when going around 100-110 continuously), really feeling irritation post such rides, which now makes me think again for such rides...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbm_guy View Post
    Thanks for a very detailed review. Looks like I might need to get it first. Will sync up through Whatsapp with you.
    Good review.

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    That's very strange . At least if you say that for a flattened seat where the pressure points will be uniform across such as table or floor (which is what is out butt was made for). This 200NS seat was neither flat nor uneven. upper thigh support is another problem, which comes in contact with tank.

    Anyway my case was strange, getting a kind of numbness after an hour of non-stop riding. Not much to complain about seat vibes (which is slightly there when going around 100-110 continuously), really feeling irritation post such rides, which now makes me think again for such rides...
    I could not agree with you more brother. If you are riding NS or 200AS the seats do irritate just after 50km or after minutes of ride. The under thigh, the bums go numb and this numbness travels in all directions after sometime. I have just bought the 200AS and I am looking for seat alternatives. 520 kms and clutch and handle grips are creating discomfort in longer duration of rides. Assist me with alternatives or suggestions fellow riders.

    Safe Riding!

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    Default Re: Gel seat - ownership review

    I have bought the snap on seat for my Duke 390 and have been using them for around 1.5k Kms. They do work very well. However, during long rides, may be after 3 hours, you will again start feeling uncomfortable as Duke's seats are hard as well. But seats with this gel seats are way better than stock and I highly recommend this if you do lot of highways
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    Default Aftermarket Gel seat

    Hi, I own a Yamaha R15S. I do travel long distance and due to which I get buttache frequently. This is because I am the type of guy, who stops frequently to take photos and then get on the bike agin to travel. Hence, have been planning to add an aftermarket seat. Have come across two options. Redline plus sofa rider gel seat and ride on air nexgen seat. If you have any feedback about them then please help me with it so that I can make my decision.

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