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Offline Mako57

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« on: September 25, 2010, 04:57:00 am »
I am considering buying a corbin seat for my concours.  Here's the link  http://www.corbin.com/kawasaki/kc8fre.shtml.  I was wondering if anyone has any experience on it and what their thoughts are.  Would they recommend it?  I tried the Sargeant low profile seat but ended up having to put the stock seat back on as the low profile seat did not provide enough padding.  I am hoping the corbin might fair better.  Thanks in advance for any comments!  Greg - Rhode Island

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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2010, 10:15:00 am »
All I can do is tell you my experience with Corbin. I bought the standard seat from them online. It obviously needed reworked so I rode in to their factory and had a custom fit shaped and upholstered. The craftsmanship is outstanding. However, they use a very firm foam and that ultimately killed me on long rides....I mean, OUCH! I had a more comfortable layer of foam added and shaped at a local shop here in Idaho which helped quite a bit, but I still wasn't completely satisfied. About a $400 investment by then. I borrowed a friends Russell Day-Long saddle and to my fortune it was amazing on those long rides...so I bought his Russell Day-Long, and my Corbin has been on the top shelf in the garage for the last 3 years. Well, that's my 2 cents. Good luck.  

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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2010, 12:04:00 pm »
 Sell the Corbin. There are those who prefer an firmer seat.   C K Roach Jr  IBA#42837  COG#9094  CDA# 0319  you cant lose what you never had  2005 Concour "Gold Rush"  1983 Suzuki GS750ES - Project  1983 Suzuki GL850 - Sold  1982 Suzuki GS650G - Sold
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2010, 11:51:00 pm »
I tired to PM you.  I have one you can try.  Let me know how to get in touch with you.  
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2010, 01:03:00 am »
I have one and Love it, it is ferm and if I'm going to ride more then 300 miles I put on a air hawk and can ride for ever. P.S. the more I ride with just the seat the longer I can ride :) Side note I did get the Heated one, NICE    2009 Concours 14, Full AreaP, PCV, Autotune, and BMC air filter, Flies out, Corbin Seat & Trunk, 2" Risers, Garmin 450 GPS, DKW Sound, Throttle lock, PR2's, CB ultra touring Shield.    These are the other rides I have now.  76 KZ900, 98 KX500, 06 CR450R, 1975 CR250M, 04 Vforce 700, 09 KFX450  
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2010, 06:31:00 am »
 I had a Corbin which I liked a lot. I had the heated front and I used an Alaskan sheep skin over top of it. It was a good combination for me. I found it comfortable and roomy. It also lowered me about an inch.  I have since moved on to another motorcycle and have sold mine to another member. If they want to reveal thyself that's up to them. But I liked the Corbin. And the sheep skin made it just a bit softer.    Now To be fair, I never owned a Sargent on my C14. But I tried them and didn't like them (again on the C14). I again sat on a brand new Sargent on a brand new 2010 C14 in my garage yesterday. It reconfirmed my other impressions of Sargent. It was a little softer than Corbin without the sheep skin. But Sargent uses harder edges on the C14 seat. It also crowds you. My butt was right against the rear section of the seat. But at the same time my crotch was right up against the tank. I found it way to crowded to me.   Where as the Corbin gave me lots of room to move around. Plus when I sat against the rear seat, in the pocket. The seat held me right there with no sliding. It also allowed crotch room so the twins don't get crowded.   SO for what it's worth. If I were to buy a C14 tomorrow. I would go with another heated Corbin. Preferably my old one if the new owner wanted to sell it back. But I would use an Alaskan sheep skin over it. Like I said, it was a good combination for me!   It is funny though how different seats on different bikes work differently for different people. On my new bike (not a C14), I tried a Sargent. It raised me, but other than that, I like it. So you never know!  ;)    Bionic Bob  COG & AMA member  First C14 CDA member #0220  08 C14,03 Mean Streak, & 86 C10  

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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2010, 02:07:00 pm »
I did a lot of 800-1000 days with a Corbin and Sheep Skin on my Voyager.  I bought the Voyager used and it came with the Corbin.  I would get another Corbin for my Connie but, I am too CHEAP.  Sheepskin on the stock C10 makes it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.    KowRider       "Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done."
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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2010, 02:52:00 pm »
 I'm still on the factory seat and want to try something else. Anyone going to sell their aftermarket seat?  Please contact me. Ericmorrisette@verizon.net. Virginia/Washington DC area    

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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2010, 06:33:00 am »
I am riding the Kawasaki Gel-seat. At first it seemed to be more painful than the original, but now after a lot of km's I think it is also very fine. It cost's in Belglium-Europe 475,05 EUR, see http://www.kawasaki.be/nl/1400GTR but I think it is a little broader on the front, because allready one time the bike fell smoothly when standing still on the left side (no damage, but I am ordering metal bars now, even for version 2010 they have to make a little hole for that in the renewed motorprotection sides).    I am planning again to ride some 30.000 to 40.000 km per year (20.000 miles or more) and, and the seat seems to get better and better (or I am able to adapt to the 1400GTR).    For the duo, they say the original seat was very good but this version seems even a little be better.  But I could not test this yet on a very long distance, because I use the back for work.  
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Re: corbin seat for the concours
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2010, 04:35:12 am »
Sorry to slide off the topic but you mentioned engine guards on the 2010. The hole you described - would that be for sliders? The only guards I have seen are the towel bars aka police style.  Let us know if there are alternatives for the 2010 models.

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Re: corbin seat for the concours
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2010, 10:11:27 am »
My factory saddle was toast at 25K miles...  any rides over 200 miles and my bottom felt like I was sitting on the seat pan.  I purchased the Corbin after trying out a friends bike.  I never feel like I am riding on the pan now and the firm foam provides even support across my bottom for a longer day in the saddle.   
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Re: corbin seat for the concours
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2010, 12:09:55 pm »
I guess it depends on how firm a seat you like, but everyone I've ever talked to that bought a seat from Corbin said they were too stiff.
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Re: corbin seat for the concours
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2010, 06:55:00 pm »
I guess it depends on how firm a seat you like, but everyone I've ever talked to that bought a seat from Corbin said they were too stiff.

 They are a hair too stiff. That's why I used the Alaskan sheep skin on both of mine. It made the difference making it cooler in the heat, warmer in the cold and a little softer all the time. It's a great combination. I find softer seats (that I tried on the C14) don't offer enough support or room to move around! So if I was to buy another C14 tomorrow, I would buy another Corbin!
 I was just telling someone yesterday how much more I liked the Corbin on my C14, than the Sargent I have now on the FJR!

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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2010, 08:16:49 pm »
I liked my Corbin and had no trouble with excess heat.
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Re: corbin seat for the concours
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2010, 03:25:50 pm »
I just bought a Corbin for my C14, I've got right at 1000 miles on it.  It is my 4th Corbin...

I'm going to like it just fine once my butt and the Corbin come to an understanding, usually takes about 5000 miles until I realize that I just put on 180 squirm free miles:)  I was going to spring for the Russel, but the thought of being with out my Connie for 6 weeks convinced me.   I convinced Corbin that I wanted just the front seat, I have a rack planned for the pillion spot.  I've got a cover on it, pictures of the deal when I'm ready!

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« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2011, 05:51:01 pm »
Got a 2010 C14, bought a heated Corbin for myself and pillion w/ the backrest.  It is firm, well made, and definitely different than the stock seat.  I'm used to it after several thousand miles and have no issues.  The heated version is great for the cooler weather.

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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2011, 06:36:54 pm »
I have a 2010 C14 and tried  a Sargent seat but ended up sending it back. For me it was not significantly different than the stock seat.  I recently sent my seat to Spencer's and had him mod it  using Supracore for my weight and height.  It looks stock but  I sit approx 1" lower now. Although I've only ridden 1 300 mile ride on it ,It is much more comfortable

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Re: corbin seat for the concours
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2011, 03:53:29 pm »
I used to own a C10, I did a 750 mile day on the stock seat and it felt as if someone had 2 hot clothes irons stuck to my lower butt cheeks! I bought a Corbin and went out and did a Saddlesore 1000 and a Bun Burner 1500 extremely comfortably. I bought a heated Corbin for my Harley Road King and it works very well too. I'll be picking up my 2011 Concours on Saturday and one of my first purchases for it will be the heated Corbin for both rider and passenger. What are the reviews for the passenger seat? It is very true that 'a happy wife means a happy life'! ;)
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« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2011, 06:53:30 pm »
I'm in the market for a C14 Corbin if anyone has one for sale.  I'm ready to order from Corbin very soon.  I had a Corbin rumble seat for my ST1100 and loved it.  I don't mind the stiffness as the padding comforms to your butt over time and allows for circulation.  I just did a 900 mile weekend and the stock seat on the C14 is horrendous.  The pronounced edges on the sides really dig into your lower butt/upper hamstring area.  I was convinced my a** was dead when I got home.  Every time I stopped for gas I had to gingerly remove myself from the seat to let the circulation slowly return to the dead zone as it was just too much handle otherwise! 
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Re: corbin seat for the concours
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2011, 03:57:35 am »
I used to own a C10, I did a 750 mile day on the stock seat and it felt as if someone had 2 hot clothes irons stuck to my lower butt cheeks! I bought a Corbin and went out and did a Saddlesore 1000 and a Bun Burner 1500 extremely comfortably. I bought a heated Corbin for my Harley Road King and it works very well too. I'll be picking up my 2011 Concours on Saturday and one of my first purchases for it will be the heated Corbin for both rider and passenger. What are the reviews for the passenger seat? It is very true that 'a happy wife means a happy life'! ;)

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« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2011, 01:02:59 am »
Forget the Corbin, I had one (still have it on a shelf where it belongs) put up with it aprox. 35,000 mi. on my 08 Concours. Looks really good seems to be well built, but it sucked. Got a Russell Day Long last fall & all I can say is everybody has Happy a**, I love it wife love's it! Will not be without a Russell.  :)
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Re: corbin seat for the concours
« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2011, 06:57:00 pm »
Just did a 7680 trip on the stock C10 seat.  I would not change it if I could afford it.  Mazda Raceway to Key West and back.  Different Seats for Different Butts!   :051bye:
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« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2011, 01:55:50 am »
Anyone in the Northern VA area that might have a Corbin that will let me sit on their bike?

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« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2011, 03:29:34 am »
I bought a Corbin Seat last winter, and I'm still waiting for it to get comfy. it is a drastic improvement over the stock, but man is it hard. I definitely get a case of monkey butt after a few hours in the saddle. If it weren't for that, i would easily spend 12-15 hours in the saddle a day.

i checked the Russell site. i'm afraid of spending that kinda money again for a seat that is as uncomfy as the Corbin.  If anyone has a Russell in the Dallas TX area, i would like to have a sit down and feel the difference. If i like it, i'll order the Russell, and see if they will provide some kinda finder/seller fee to ya. (its worth a shot...)
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Re: corbin seat for the concours
« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2011, 07:49:24 am »
Have you tried an Alaskan Sheep skin over your Corbin?

I bought a Corbin Seat last winter, and I'm still waiting for it to get comfy. it is a drastic improvement over the stock, but man is it hard. I definitely get a case of monkey butt after a few hours in the saddle. If it weren't for that, i would easily spend 12-15 hours in the saddle a day.

i checked the Russell site. i'm afraid of spending that kinda money again for a seat that is as uncomfy as the Corbin.  If anyone has a Russell in the Dallas TX area, i would like to have a sit down and feel the difference. If i like it, i'll order the Russell, and see if they will provide some kinda finder/seller fee to ya. (its worth a shot...)