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post #1 of 11 Old 10-17-2010, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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I'm new to this site and just got a 2009 KLR a few months ago. The first thing I did was change my seat. Now I feel crazy vibrations through my seat while riding at speeds greater than 55mph. My new seat allows me to put my feet on the ground but the vibrations killing my crotch. Oh yea the new seat is a Corbin dual platform low. I sent an email to Corbin to ask if anything can be done to help with the vibration. I'm just wondering is anyone else has an 09 with a Corbin dual platform seat with the same problem.

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Firstly welcome aboard. Can't help you too much with the seat question. Not a big fan of Corbin seats myself but I find it odd that you feel vibrations because of it. Did you get it installed correctly. Maybe throw the old seat back on and see if it is really different or ....

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I don't know if I felt any additional vibration, but I had the Corbin Dual Platform seat for a while... It was so uncomfortable that I ended up selling it and going back to the stocker. It had the uncomfortable habit of giving me a frontal wedgie, not a pleasant feeling!
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Get some LD Comfort underwear.

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Hi all,
I'm new to this site and just got a 2009 KLR a few months ago. The first thing I did was change my seat. Now I feel crazy vibrations through my seat while riding at speeds greater than 55mph. My new seat allows me to put my feet on the ground but the vibrations killing my crotch. Oh yea the new seat is a Corbin dual platform low. I sent an email to Corbin to ask if anything can be done to help with the vibration. I'm just wondering is anyone else has an 09 with a Corbin dual platform seat with the same problem.

Thank you,

Dino
Perhaps the vibes were there with the stock seat and you didn't notice them as much? No trying to insult your intelligence but is the seat on right? Be sure the fork at the front of the seat is in the slot on the frame.

Do you feel vibes in the bars also? If so check the usuall stuff, subframe bolts, engine mounting bolts, adjust the doo, etc.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Cor 2:9
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Thanks for the replies. When I installed the Corbin seat I found it to be very difficult to line up the bolts. The seat seems to fit so tight to the frame that there's no buffer between the seat and the frame. There are four rubber grommits but you can't verify that they are resting in the right place after the seat is installed. There is virtually no vibration in my handle bars. I will try to contact Corbin by phone today.

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Oddly enough, I had the same vibration problem with the stock seat-- nothing worse than your crotch going to sleep on a long ride. ( well, there's probably worse things...insert your own joke here) A Saddleman flat seat and front strocket change eliminated any vibes at all the highway speeds I travel: 70-75 mph...
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Corbins reputation for fit isn't very good. Just seems to be confirmed again.

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Hello, I bought a 2008 KLR last year, used but with only 125 miles on it. Kawi claims that they really emproved the seat on the 08 model. If that is true, I'm glad I didn't try to ride the earlier model seat.
I live in Calgary Alberta Canada, and did consider the corbin seat. But we have a shop here called Powersport Seats, run by a gal called Andrea Briggs. She does marvellous work. I bought an early model seat for $30, and took it to her for rebuild. She widened the area where my butt goes, built up the back of the seat so that it has a riser to support my tailbone, put a big gel pad in it, and then covered the whole thing with high quality vinyl.
I get zero vibration through the seat, and it is just as comfortable as the Travelcade Road Sofa on my touring bike.
I'm sure she would build you one and ship it to you if you contact her. Give her a call at 403-813-2316. She has pics of mine that she can send you. My cost was just over 400 bucks Canadian, and it is worth every cent.
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