I recently bought a Comfort Gel Seat for my 2018 MP3 500. It arrived today and I made a physical comparison to the "stock" seat that came with my MP3. Truthfully... they look identical. Yes, the driver's backrest on the new seat says "COMFORT GEL" on it, but that backrest is just attached to the main seat with 3 bolts... so it would be very easy to put that backrest on ANY Piaggio seat.
The bottom of the new (supposedly gel) seat does have the word "SOFT" imprinted on the underside near the center of the seat. But other than that... it looks (and feels) exactly like the stock seat. There are several openings in the plastic under-seat where you can see and feel the foam material. Both seats seem to be identical in that regard. I would have expected a "gel" seat to have... well... gel ! ! !
I think I may have been duped.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated. I have not yet installed the new seat.