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Offline TMK45

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Kawasaki Gel Seat
« on: May 02, 2010, 10:07:00 pm »
Anyone have any experience with the Kawasaki Gel Seat?  It is about an inch and a quarter lower than stock.  Looks  nice.  
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2010, 10:33:00 pm »
Hello,  My 2 cents worth, I believe the gel seat is the same shape as the stock seat so it still puts all your weight on your inner thighs.  Find someone who has changed their seat, I'm sure they'd at least let you sit on it.  Later,  Norm  

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2010, 11:41:00 am »
I bought the O.E.M gel seat.Along with risers it put me in a more upright seating position. Only problem was changes hip position and created cramps after short period. Found the stock seat with Samson beads to be more comfortable on long rides,  

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2010, 05:19:00 pm »
I have no experience with the Kaw gel seat and did not favor the stock seat.     I went with a Corbin. A bit pricy but worlds of comfort over others I tried. Mrs., passanger likes it way better too. It is a tad lower which I didn't need but has a very roomy feel with extra scoot back room which I do like cause I'm 6'. Mrs., on the pillion no longer slides forward and can sit along with me through a tank of gas before needing a butt break.    The Corbin, risers, Ulyra Dome shield and Murph's lower pegs make a nice long distance perch.    UP  

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Kawasaki Gel Seat
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2010, 07:43:00 am »
I am driving the Kawasaki Gel Seat. In the beginning it seemed to be less good for me. But it gets better and better or my body does adapt to it better.  It sits lower, but I think it's wider so I do not feel a great difference in global height when you think about it for putting your legs on the ground. On the contrary, yesterday it was the first time, my bike went on the left side to the ground but I could do that so smoothly there is no single crash on it. However I have ordered the bars for extra crash safety in the future.    My daughter found the original seddle very, vervy good, and a girl friend also (much closer than eg. my Honda Panam ST1100).  So I thought it would could not get better. But it seems to be the contrary.    The best I think about the saddle that is nowhere mentioned, is when standing in the rain. It almost gets no water anymore, so driving with normal pants is also possible now after a short rain intervention.    PS: Sorry for my English, I am Flemish (European).    The saddle is also better at very high speeds because then, it seems that you do have more variation against the newer and higher windshield changing sit positions. The best at high speeds is, howevery, always to get your bike good between the legs... like your girl friend would do to comfort you...  
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Re: Kawasaki Gel Seat
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2010, 11:26:31 pm »
Tom, I sat on one at the bike show. Not much experience. But it reminded me a lot of the Corbin. More room and harder than the OEM seat. I'm concerned with gel. I worry that it may get pretty warm when sitting in the Sun. If you wanted to try a Corbin, mine is down near lower RI/CT. Maybe you could try out the new owners seat. He might let you sit on it if you ask real nice!  :D

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Re: Kawasaki Gel Seat
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2010, 09:46:24 am »
Drove yesterday with an 45-year young girlfriend for some 250 miles (400 km) in Belgium.  I do not know whether my girlfriend is that strong (she is rather sportive) but she found it magnificent and jumped of the seat as she used to do it all the time. It was her first moto-experience (yes, I am poisoning her with the moto-virus we all have) and it was... undescripable.

Think it is also very good because the  Kawasaki gel-seat remains very dry towards the original after some rainfall (yesterday it was very good wether 10-20° Celsius).
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Re: Kawasaki Gel Seat
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2010, 02:21:54 pm »
If you wanted to try a Corbin, mine is down near lower RI/CT. Maybe you could try out the new owners seat. He might let you sit on it if you ask real nice!  :D

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Re: Kawasaki Gel Seat
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2010, 12:53:08 pm »
My experience with Gel Seats in general is that they are very warm in the summer time as the Gel acts to hold in heat.

My personal seating solution is a $9 set of Wal Mart seat beads cut to fit. They eliminate hot spots by spreading out the weight distribution points, and also get some cooling air flow underneath you. I won't ride without em.
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