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Pros and Cons of Gel Pad Seat Inserts

What are the Pros and Cons of Gel Pad Seat inserts. I am currently getting ready to build my second custom seat. This time around, I am thinking about adding Gel Pads to my basic construction... But I heard that in the summer they are too hot, winter too cold, and that they do not offer good butt and back support. I would like some insight on this subject to help me determine if I want to try going this rout or not on my new seat.
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i put a gel in my Vrod 2 summers ago. i live in florida and so far i love it. i would highly recommend it
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slim, these guys use a "dry polymer core" in their seat pads. I don`t know where you would access it though.
www.buttbuffer.com

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I have heard great things about the Butt Buffer pads... but since i am using the same kind of foam to build my seats, i don't think i would gain anything by tearing up one of their pads to insert into my seat.
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I may try one of their "throwover" seatpads when I can finally get back on my bike. It`s a little over $100, and should raise me up a fraction of an inch too. It`s a toss-up between Butt Buffer and Airhawk in my mind right now.

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both have great reviews... i personally am thinking of going with a gel incert
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Unlike almost everyone else, I find the stock Vulcan seat to be nearly perfect, even after a LOT of miles. I do have a Honda Rebel, and the seat on it is far from perfect. I was considering one of those "Butt Buffer" pads for it.

I was at one of the local biker hangouts a while back, and a guy pulled up on a Harley with a seat made of aluminum diamond plate. No padding at all. And this guy was on the skinny side, so "he" didn't have any padding either. Probably trying to show off how tough he was. I'll bet he didn't ride that thing much, or else had a pad for the seat for longer rides. Jerry.

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i have a butt buffer i got for my girl when she tags along for longer riders. I made a mistake one year and took the butt buffer along on a ride from florida to kansas city (the butt buffer is a loose pad that you just put on your seat). That lasted 1 tankfull and i had to stow it. I think because of the fact that it layed on top of my seat, it caused a wicked pinch point and was not at all comfortable. I guess the point it that each person is different and each solution is a little different so trial and error seems to be the way to go. What i can attest to is that after taking my seat and having a get instert professional installed, all trips are comfortable now and really no soarness at all. It wasnt cheap mind you (150 installed at a a bike show right in front of me!!) but in the grand scheme of things, my BUTT is worth 150 bucks!!

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Again this ends up being a subjective question. Like seats themselves...
Everyones butt is different, and I can count on one hand how many folks I know that say they like gel pads/inserts, and on the other hand count as many that hate the things.

I hate the things. They do stay hot longer when exposed to the sun and do stay colder longer when...well, cold. The added benifit reallys does not seem better than a well made seat using traditional foam, so I can not rationalize the added expence.

Now if you are talking heated seats, I can see that. Again of course, thats just how my butt sees it.

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First off Jerry, I too didn't have a problem with my original stock seat... but look at my sig pic... see any way to continue to use the stock seat??? (without hacking the heck out of it... which is not an option... every thing I have done to the bike, and will continue to do is 100% reversable back to stock.)

Thanks KM and Luigit, Those were the kind of comments i am looking for...
HMMM heated seats... actually been thinking on heated seats and grips... just don't know where to get the heater elements to add to my seat .
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