The factory seat on the Bandit is a bit ordinary. It feels nice initially to sit on, but the foam is too soft, compresses and on a trip starts to cause a deep seated (literally) ache.
The options were things like an aftermarket seat (too expensive as all sourced ex USA), getting the seat re-covered and new foam in NZ (at least $500) or a Suzuki gel seat. Rather optimistically I priced the gel set through Suzuki NZ, and almost fell over when quoted $1000 (yes, one thousand dollars) ex Japan with a 10 week delivery time. No sale for Suzuki there!!
The answer? Ebay. Ex USA, as new gel seat off a wrecked bike, $187USD. The sellers didn't realise it was the gel seat, but fortunately I was going through the pictures and recognised it for what it was. New they are $286 on Ebay.
Took less than 2 weeks to arrive, bolted straight on and perfect condition. It's wider, heavier and has far more robust vinyl with a heavy basket weave on the rider's part. It is much firmer and I don't think this seat has been used much at all. Initial impressions are that it is much higher quality than the OEM seat. I haven't had a chance yet for a longer ride, but it's unlikely to cause the same issues with the foam compressing.
Always worth shopping around. I just wish Suzuki NZ didn't charge so much, as all it does is drive my shopping off shore.
UPDATE: The longest ride to date has been over 4 hours and 400 km. Much better than stock and I don't get the pain I got in the past. A good buy. (And it's adjustable and I have it on "high")