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post #1 of 14 Old 10-08-2006, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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Corbin seats

My new bike came with a Corbin seat and I must say I'm not impressed. Sure it looks much cooler but its not more comfortable like it claims. The padding is thin and it sits at such an angle that it causes you to slide down to where you're straddling the gas tank. Normally thats fine but if you take a long trip and want to change your position after some time its impossible. You'll just slide back down to the tank.
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-08-2006, 10:33 PM
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There's 2 very different Corbin seats available. It sounds like you have the dipped Corbin. Some riders of shorter inseam like them. You might like the flat Corbin more. Corbin seats in good shape bring a good price on ebay, IIRC.

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post #3 of 14 Old 10-08-2006, 11:48 PM
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I have the flat Corbin and it allows me to ride dostances over 154 miles. 154 miles is how far Corbin is from my door step. 154 miles and I was very uncomfortable. I was not sure what I was going to do if I did not get a new Corbin seat. I got a new seat and the remaining 600 miles in two sections. When I returned I rode 620 miles in one day. Well woth the money.

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flat verses dished

I have had both seats,the dished first and flat second.I ran the dished for about 600-700 miles.I found that I was constantly sliding forward.The only places I could ride was either clear at the back completly streached out,or right up against the tank.Got the flat.and have over 10,000 miles on it.It took a couple of thousand to break it in,but wouldn't trade it for anything.Very comfortable.It doesn't really lower anything,and is wider in the front than the stock.On long rides it's nice to move around on,and seems to be very durable.

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post #5 of 14 Old 10-10-2006, 11:23 PM
 
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I'll toss this question in here since it's about Corbin's.

What type(s) of material did you all get your seats covered with? Looking at the Corbin website left me a bit overwhelmed with choices, made even worse by not having any real-life samples to feel and look at.

The stock seat WILL be replaced during my winter down-time. I'm good for only an hour or so before it starts to bug me. On all day rides, even after taking breaks frequently I can hardly see straight, my aching butt being the center of my (painful) universe. :shock: Really discouraging as nothing else about the bike even comes close to being so limiting. So far most of the discomfort goes away the next day, but I can't even consider doing any real touring on the bike with the stock seat.
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-10-2006, 11:32 PM
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The seating Panels are Black Leather (though I don't see that choice), the side Panels are Asphalt, with no welting. The name Corbin stitched in Black. I had mine made in Hollister. iI you were closer I would say it is worth the drive.

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I'll toss this question in here since it's about Corbin's.

What type(s) of material did you all get your seats covered with? Looking at the Corbin website left me a bit overwhelmed with choices, made even worse by not having any real-life samples to feel and look at.

The stock seat WILL be replaced during my winter down-time. I'm good for only an hour or so before it starts to bug me. On all day rides, even after taking breaks frequently I can hardly see straight, my aching butt being the center of my (painful) universe. :shock: Really discouraging as nothing else about the bike even comes close to being so limiting. So far most of the discomfort goes away the next day, but I can't even consider doing any real touring on the bike with the stock seat.
I had my seat made with Alligator pattern cowhide for the seating surface, and gray snake for the sides. Very sharp if I do say so myself. Depends on the color of your bike. I had my seat made at the factory and worked side by side with the craftsman that created my seat. He recommended leather for the seating surface and either thin leather, such as the snake skin patterned material, or vinyl for the sides so they would not form a permanent crease from sitting on the seat.

The Carbon Fiber pattern leather has some tooth that may help you from sliding around some, another nice option is the gray Ostrich pattern.

Ultimately it's a great time to build something unique as the price is the same, regardless of the materials you choose.

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post #8 of 14 Old 10-11-2006, 09:13 PM
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I have a Corbin dished and for me it is a huge improvement over the stock seat. I rode sportbikes before my KLR so sitting up by the tank is not a problem for me and I actually prefer it as I feel I have more control over my bike. I guess it is different for each person but I really like my dished seat. I also don't want a wide seat so the dished is kinda narrow at the seating position which works for me as well.

Too bad seats are not cheaper to buy and try out as alot more guys would try different ones til they find the one that suits them best.
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post #9 of 14 Old 10-12-2006, 01:35 AM
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I've put close to 10k on my corbin dished, and I must say, it's a bazillion times better than the stock, I really don't notice the issue of sliding forward that much, and don't have any issue sliding back on the seat when I need to. I will say I had fun breaking it in, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. My longest trip wasn't really far, but it was almost 8 solid hours in the saddle, I was impressed to say the least, no butt buzz when I got done. The real test will be next may when I do my 1000 mile day, backed by 2 500 mile days all in a row.

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post #10 of 14 Old 10-14-2006, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Eh, its starting to grow on me. I found a pic of the flatter type and I'd much rather have that one but I'll have to settle for this one. I thought about going back to the stock one but I'm content now. The Corbin seat definately looks way better and that means alot =P.
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