View Full Version : Seat padding

08-07-2008, 12:54 PM
Anyone have an opinion on gel versus inflatable seat pads for longer trips? Which is better to hold off the "numb-bum syndrome" for longer? Any preferred brands? Ta.:cheers:

08-08-2008, 11:37 AM
So, none of the 36 people who have looked at this thread (so far) have an opinion?:confused:

08-08-2008, 11:56 AM
............. obviously a lot of hardasses out there!

I'm curious too, ............... somebody with a delicate arse like mine, ...........

GELL OR AIR ? - WHICHISIT?? :confused:

Hooded Claw
08-08-2008, 01:38 PM
Not sure matey! However i have been looking at the gel type from M&P.

08-09-2008, 03:16 AM
Not so much a hard-ass - just more built-in padding of my own than you guys!

PS battery flat again. No ride today.
Think the solar charger would have helped... if it wasn't still in the box....:bangwall:

Cupid Stunt
08-09-2008, 05:02 AM
I'm 5'7" and just over 11 stone, don't have any problems with the stock seat, not even mildly uncomfortable, not a twinge or anything on a 175 mile run

Perfect for me

08-09-2008, 09:35 AM
In fairness to the peg: - I've had a lot of bikes over the years and in fact I think this one is one of the MOST comfortable I've ridden. All it's ergonomics are beyond excellent, - it's part of what makes this machine so much fun.

It's just when you get to a certain stage in your life, you start thinking " how can I maximize the comfort zone here and there?" I tend to go on pretty long halls. - haven't done so yet as I'm awaiting the arrival of one of Mr. Palmer's windscreen kits ( it's a long long way to Mexico ) but yes, I too find it commodious so far and will report in future after a couple of long back to back runs. .........Still, ..... I might be interested in some extra padding ......

08-09-2008, 10:47 AM
I'm 5'8 and around 11 stone, and find the seat and riding position very comfortable - no numb bum or aches and pains at all. Mind you, I also ride a racing bike (of the human powered variety) with a Brooks professional leather saddle, which is hard as hell but actually more comfortable over any distance than a softer saddle - certainly in the cycling world it seems to be the case that the saddles with more padding or gel inserts give the illusion of comfort over a short distance. But if you plan spending time in the saddle, I think firmer = better. Maybe I've just become desensitised!:D

08-09-2008, 07:12 PM
I use a lambswool seat pad for longer (> 300kms/day) and that works for me. Makes it a bit less cramped as well. Have considered a taller seat, but it not a big bother for me. I haven't trid the gel seat on any bike, so can't comment on that aspect.

08-10-2008, 04:13 AM
I think that the seat is pretty good for this sort of bike. But in the last 1000km or so (bikes done 23,000km), the foam seems to become compressed and is softer and less supportive. Still okay, though.

08-10-2008, 04:40 AM
My seat padding has "broken in" a bit too much, after a couple of hours it feels like I'm sitting on the plastic base. I bought a gel seat thing on eBay and it was hellish - far less comfortable than the standard seat and it ruined the riding position for me. Unfortunately it's first outing was to the ferry in Hull, so I ended up carrying it round Germany for ten days!

08-10-2008, 03:17 PM
I also ride a (pedal) bike and the gel seats seem to be frowned on; more comfy in the short term, but soon become a pain in the arse (literally). The hard leather "Brooks saddle" seems to be the most favoured, but I don't know if there is a motorbike equivalent. Thanks for the replies though; I'll persevere with the standard seat, just need some more miles under my belt to get used to it.:cheers:

PS talking of bicycling, just saw Nicole Cooke won the gold in Beijing. Congrats. to her!!:)

08-11-2008, 06:33 AM
Brother's just bought an AirHawk thingy.
He swears by it, says it fantastic.
He has a GS1200 and I thought his saddle was already like an armchair so I guess the AirHawk must be good.
Bloody expensive though !!!

08-11-2008, 06:51 AM
Stock saddle is pretty good, although I haven't done any really long days in it yet. As stated, the whole ergonomic package is brilliant - one of the main reasons i got the bike.

On my last bike (Ducati Monster) the range of the bike was the comfort range of the saddle - 100 miles was OK, but after that the numbness crept in. The best mod I made to that bike was to get the gel touring saddle - range went up to 300 miles plus ;)

08-11-2008, 08:56 AM
Brother's just bought an AirHawk thingy.
He swears by it, says it fantastic.
He has a GS1200 and I thought his saddle was already like an armchair so I guess the AirHawk must be good.
Bloody expensive though !!!

Yep, my brother did the same with his KTM.

The neoprene one is pure porn and about 130, but the rubbery/plastic one is just as good at 50. M&P do them mail order.

Unless you have a pointy ass, the plastic insert one is more than adequate, and they are VERY comfortable once you've adjusted the air volume in them.

They're also highly nickable, so don't leave it out of your sight for too long...