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post #1 of 13 Old 05-04-2012, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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Corbin vs. Sargent vs. ? Seat

It's time to make a decision on a new seat for the 07 KLR. I want a standard height flat seat so Corbin and Sargent come to mind. I would like to hear from people who have a seat they really like (or don't like).
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No complaints from me about my sargent.


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I'm sure you will hear from the Corbin haters shortly, but My personal experience is that I love my Corbin. A lot!


I can spend all day on the Corbin. No complaints.

I think all the manufacturers make great seats.

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I love the way the Corbins I have owned sit, but I have not been impressed with their quality control or business practices as of late. (I had one on my Katana, and my Ulysses, neither was a good fit, but man they sat great.) I know several vendors that stopped carrying Corbin because they had to go back and forth with them so much to get saddles without QC issues. The tab that goes under the tank on my Katana was off center so that the whole seat mounted skewed to one side by 1/2". The seam in the back of my Buell was so poorly finished, the back rest/rack would not fold flat.

I've also sat on a Corbin on a DRZ, and it was pretty uncomfortable, Lots of forward slope that slid you into the horn at the tank and put an undue amount of pressure on the tail bone.

I put a TPI flat seat on my KLR and although the leather didn't stand up well (the leather on the seam of the horn wore through in a relatively short period of time), the seat overall was quite comfortable. I put several 700 mile days in that saddle.

In the end, the best cure I have found is to spend a couple hundred miles on a proper dirt bike saddle, then go back to riding the KLR. All of sudden, the stock saddle is the most comfortable thing in the world. I road an acquaintance's SXV for 15 minutes, and that thing litterally was trying to split me up the middle. I'm not sure they did anything for padding on that thing, just vinyl wrapped around some frame rails. My DR650se isn't far behind that; after about 30-40 miles, I need a half hour of standing just to get blood flowing again.
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In the end, the best cure I have found is to spend a couple hundred miles on a proper dirt bike saddle, then go back to riding the KLR. All of sudden, the stock saddle is the most comfortable thing in the world. I road an acquaintance's SXV for 15 minutes, and that thing litterally was trying to split me up the middle. I'm not sure they did anything for padding on that thing, just vinyl wrapped around some frame rails. My DR650se isn't far behind that; after about 30-40 miles, I need a half hour of standing just to get blood flowing again

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Ha you're so right. I put about 20K commuting miles on a DRZ 400 with a stock seat. Thought I got a LazyBoy when I bought the KLR! Now the KLR seat is hurting, it's that getting older thing I think.

Seat Concepts makes a nice looking product for about 1/2 the price of a Corbin/Sargent. I don't have any expeirence with it though.


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I'm sure you will hear from the Corbin haters shortly, but My personal experience is that I love my Corbin. A lot!


I can spend all day on the Corbin. No complaints.

I think all the manufacturers make great seats.
I've only got about 100 miles on this seat myself on my 2012 KLR. I like the fit and finish of the seat. It's very well made and I feel secure in the seating position.
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I dig my seargent. If I had it to do over again (at the time I wasn't broke), I would have listened to Paper and gotten a Russell Day long.




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I have the Sergeant. I have put almost 11k on the bike. I, too, wish I had went for a Russell.
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Cabrito stole my answer. I love my Corbin. Disclaimer though, both of us were able to ride to the Corbin factory and have our seats custom fit for us.

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post #10 of 13 Old 05-05-2012, 05:12 PM
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I have never had a sargent seat. I do have a corbin on the KLR. But i went with seat concepts on my WR. Wish i had known about seat concepts before i bought the corbin. Super nice people to deal with and Half the price and a better ride. You do have to install the cover your self but it is not hard to do. Or if you send your seat to them they will do it for you. The seat pan i got from corbin fit like crap.
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