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Will my Corbin seat ever soften up?

Hi all,

A quick introduction. I purchased a leftover stock 2008 Versys this summer. I've been riding for 5 years, owned several bikes and found the Versys to be perfect for me.

Stock seat was not comfortable. I got an Alaska Leather Rally special buttpad. This made it better. I cut some foam and put under the front of the buttpad, this made it even better. Eventually I ordered a Corbin seat thinking this would be perfect.

400 miles later... things are not perfect yet. Due to the stock seat being soft, it would create hot spots and monkey butt syndrome. I would move around on the seat trying to relieve this. With the Corbin I get numb butt syndrome. I move around on the seat trying to get circulation back into my butt.

6' 1", 175lbs and I can ride for about 40 minutes on either seat before I need to pull over and step off for a few minutes.

Will this Corbin seat ever soften up? Any suggestions?

Thanks
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:39 AM
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Mine never did so I bought a Baldwin seat. I really like the shape of the Corbin seat and the room it gives you, but they are just hard. If it weren't for the metal rivets I would have probably tried to add a gel pad or firm memory foam to it.

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No...........I've had two (2) of them on different bikes and they are like riding on a brick.

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and sorry to hear on your seat.
Hope something work out for you and

Will a lowering peg help to easy your sitting position as you are 6' +. sometimes your sitting position can also contribute to numb butt.
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I know this may sound a little extreme, but have you tried to beat the seat with a wooden handle or something like that? I have a pair of kicking/focus pads that were hard as a brick; killed your shins to kick them. I decided to beat them with my wooden sword. Now, they feel good. Just a suggestion.
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It's not designed to get soft like a seat foam that starts out soft. The only thing is does is get a "little" softer at the high pressure points and that lets it form to your shape. Some people like them, some don't. I've had some Corbin seats that never became comfortable. I'm 6' and 175 and the Corbin for the V was good for me right out of the box; much better than the one I had on my SV1000N. Overall, I found Sargent seats to be most comfortable but unfortunately they don't make a seat for the V and have no plans to do so. Put the stock seat back on for a while then return to the Corbin; I'll bet you will appreciate the Corbin more then.

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After 8000 miles mine was just as hard as it was on day one. I sold it and modified the stock seat. That was 5000 miles ago. My backside appreciated the change.
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Okay, so this might sound silly, but have you ever thought about getting someone that is quite large to sit on the seat for a while? You are quite tall and skinny (I know, I'm 6', 165lbs). Would a larger persons weight (300+) possibly loosen up the seat a bit? If this sounds stupid, just ignore it.

Also, I'm no seat modifier guru, but could you possibly drill really small holes in the seat? Something that might help dampen the seat a bit while you are on it. Once again, if that sounds even worse than the first suggestion my bad. Just throwing something out from left field. I think I need my morning coffee to wake up the brain.

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Hi all,

A quick introduction. I purchased a leftover stock 2008 Versys this summer. I've been riding for 5 years, owned several bikes and found the Versys to be perfect for me.

Stock seat was not comfortable. I got an Alaska Leather Rally special buttpad. This made it better. I cut some foam and put under the front of the buttpad, this made it even better. Eventually I ordered a Corbin seat thinking this would be perfect.

400 miles later... things are not perfect yet. Due to the stock seat being soft, it would create hot spots and monkey butt syndrome. I would move around on the seat trying to relieve this. With the Corbin I get numb butt syndrome. I move around on the seat trying to get circulation back into my butt.

6' 1", 175lbs and I can ride for about 40 minutes on either seat before I need to pull over and step off for a few minutes.

Will this Corbin seat ever soften up? Any suggestions?

Thanks
Chuk
I had this problem after about 2500 miles I emailed Corbin and they told me to use Mother's Leather Conditioner on it to "soften" the leather, but it didn't help. I ended up selling it, modifying my stock seat from underneath to bring the front up, and buying the peg lowering kit. The seat is comfortable for about an hour now before I get annoyed. A butt pad would likely fix that.

Corbins are designed to be ungodly hard. They claim it distributes weight and removes pressure points , but my two pressure points were exacerbated with the Corbin.

Now the folks that buy Baldwin seats say they are awesome. Same for sending the stock seat to Spencer and having him mod it.

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will it ever soften up?

I bought a corbie for my xr and I'm still waiting for it to soften.....that was 50,000km ago................still waiting........
as far as weight (heavy rider) helping to soften.....nope

IMO corbins are a waste of loot
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The Corbin WILL NOT "break in"; ride it far enough and your butt will??? :>)
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Interesting thread...I put a Baldwin on and while it does keep the boyz off the tank it is GAWDAWFUL hard...Can't even ride 20 miles before my ass starts bothering me...At least the oem seat was good fpr a 100 miles or next gas stop...Worst investment I ever made, the worst...Before any of you spend 6 large you better now what you want.
I like the "beating it with a stick idea" though...Beat the seat, beat the buzzy cluster...

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I guess I am in the minority here. The stock seat was way too soft for me. 5'8" 200#.

I've done several 1000+ mile days on the Corbin with an Alaska Leather dead sheep thinghy. My ass has never complained. Not once. Trust me, throwing money at a bike means nothing to me. If this Corbin was junk I would have sold it in a heartbeat. IMO stock seat is nothing but a bar-to-bar seat.

To do long all day (and half the night) rides, any longrider will tell you, one requires a hard firm seat. When the ass goes everything else follows,,,,,
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Saw once the Discovery channel's "How do they do it" on making baseball gloves. They sure whacked the shi...t out of it to make it soft and nice.

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+1 on what Siyeh said. Spent 7 straight days on the Corbin and firm is good.
I have found that, for me, it takes a good long ride to get used to any new saddle.


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$400+ is an unreasonable amount of money to charge so your butt can "get used" to the "better" seat. But in Corbin's defense, they didn't have a lot to work with. The seat pan is shallow so they couldn't really pad it very well. Top it off with the weird stitching pattern and it tightened the seat up so much it's unbearable after about 20 minutes. It's not even a good seat for bar hopping. A softer leather would have helped and even a bit more padding in the butt area. No Padding is bad, which is what the Corbin seat has. I've seen probably 20 Corbin seats riding around to Bike Nights and never seen one with as little padding as the Versys Corbin.

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Old 08-18-2010, 09:13 PM
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Mink Wax.

Man I hate to hear that anybody dropped their hard earned money on a Corbin and did not like it. I have tested a few things to see if there was something that would help keep the seat soft. I though mine was perfect out of the box. 6K miles later it seams to have taken some shape. This actually happened for me around 2K miles. I wash mine with Kiwi saddle soap about once every month or so to remove the road crud. Towel dry and air dry for a while, then treat it some Kiwi Mink Wax let is absorb for 30 minutes then rub clean with some paper towels. Keeps seat soft and leather from cracking.

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Old 08-18-2010, 09:43 PM
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No, it will not get softer... I have had many Corbin seats and sort of like them but, sooner or later it will tenderize (or toughen) your A$$... Your butt will become with the seat...

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No. Sold my Corbin, got a Russell.

Corbin = never again
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