Gel pads have been fitted to motorcycle seats for many years now with very good success for many riders.
Before purchasing a gel seat it may be a good idea to feel the gel on the seat before purchasing. Some motorbike seats have very firm gel on firm foam and that could work well for some and not others.
Often if the foam underneath is to firm and the gel pad is very thin the benefit of gel is lost. Each manufacturer that make gel do so in a thickness that they believe will absorb shock and give more comfort.
I also think some may get it wrong. I have found that customers that haven’t been happy with the comfort bring the gel seat in to have the gel removed and the seat re worked.
Some we refit gel and most we refit our cumfy foam.
This is one seat of many we have removed gel from. The seat was called a comfort seat when purchased by a customer and there are a range of seats on the market now with gel as a comfort option. I think the gel is a little thin and hard to make a difference for a riders comfort.
The foam density and shape also may be a problem.
After removing the cover the gel pad can be clearly seen under a thin layer of foam in this picture.
A small pad was fitted for the rider and as the picture below shows a very thin 6 mm gel pad .
Pressing on the 6 mm gel only gives a little. The thickness and the very firm foam underneath defeats the purpose of the gel.
The seat gel was removed and the seat rebuilt wider. Our medium foam was used to rebuild the top and reshaped with a flatter surface to distribute even pressure for more comfort.