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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-10-2017, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Any experience with gel pads?

I had the seat redone by Seat Concepts. The seat is better than the stocker, but I think I can get some more comfort and don't want to start dropping a lot of cash. I found this Mad Dog cushion on Amazon Prime for a cheap price and had a combined 81% 4/5 star rating, over 500 reviews. Any thoughts?

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I bought a gel seat-cover (for an ATV, I believe, and cheap) from Walmart years ago. I used it a bit, but haven't for a LON-N-N-G time. Just my 2 cents.

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I don't know about an external pad (I've never used one of those) but I always put a gel pad in the stock seat if it stays on the bike. I shaved the riders "pocket" foam down to almost the seat pan then inset a 3/4" gel pad. Added 1" of foam to the front 6-8" of the seat and then covered it all with 1/2" low density foam to hide my flaws. Re-stretched the cover and it works well.

I have used an Air Hawk a few times but it just doesn't feel quite right. Felt much better on a Vulcan cruiser.
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have a gel pad installed in my seat and it works well for long distance ride. So far, not much of a complain but than if you are riding above 700Km per day, which we do most of the time. it does hurt a bit.
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My wife and I travel cross country alot on my Harley softail, which has a mustang seat(best seat made in my opinion). After a couple of hours in the saddle, she starts complaining about her butt hurting, or going numb. I don/t have that problem until 10-12 hours riding. She has spent a small fortune buying just about every type pad there is, firm gel, soft gel, foam, air etc. I bought a genuine sheep skin rug, which is the full pelt from a sheep, and just lay it over the top of the seat. Head end to the front, tail end to the rear. It was a big improvement for her, and I could tell a big difference myself. It will continue to be comfortable if you brush it out with a course hair brush when it gets matted. make sure It's real sheep skin, not faux.
This isn't where I bought mine, but these are at a very good price $60-$80. I paid over $100 for mine, but I bought it in a shop in Cherokee NC. what you want is the 1 pelt rug. go to this link, and scroll down to the third line of pictures. line 3,4,5,and 6 are what you want.
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You can also buy a sheepskin at IKEA.

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I rode about 150 miles with the Mad Dog gel pad today and had no problems. Felt much better. I was also wearing some Drayko Renegade jeans with Kevlar protection. They are very comfortable.
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You can also buy a sheepskin at IKEA.
Had one of those

Removed it because all the lub and general sh*t of the road were seriously compromizing the virginal white fur ... But it did felt good !

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...virginal white fur ... But it did felt good !...LOP
Phil - "...VIRGINAL WHITE FUR..."?

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As long as you don't call the farmer's police on me

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Had one of those

Removed it because all the lub and general sh*t of the road were seriously compromizing the virginal white fur ... But it did felt good !

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It felt good? does that mean it's no longer (virginal) white fur? lol
The fur I have is black. It can be washed and combed.
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I've used this IKEA sheep-skin over quite a few miles (on my '09), and I MIGHT try it again this summer on a cross-Canada ride....



And it AIN'T "VIRGINAL WHITE" PHIL...!


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I've used this IKEA sheep-skin over quite a few miles (on my '09), and I MIGHT try it again this summer on a cross-Canada ride....



And it AIN'T "VIRGINAL WHITE" PHIL...!

Whatever gets the job done. The whole seat topic is subjective and can be costly to figure out what works.
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