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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-26-2013, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Corbin - Not impressed with fit......

OK so I picked up a used Corbin hoping to save my ass some torture on longer rides.

I've got a brand new 2012 Versys that now has a crack in the plastic on both sides due to the corbin.

My first attempt to put on Saturday it just wouldn't click into place. A note on the Corbin site mentions putting washers under the catch under the seat. Did that this morning and now the seat slips right on and the latch catches. All good so far.....

Then I sat on it. Now I'm certainly not an obese person (6' - 175 pounds) and when I sat on it I heard a very pronounced "crack" and thought "oh crap".

Pull the seat off and I can see where the seat pan has cracked the plastic on both sides. Great. Brand new bike and already a crack in the plastic.

Not sure what I'm going to do now. I'll try putting some washers on the front screw on either side of the plastic to bring it out a bit and then try and shave down the pan on the seat itself on the bottom. Won't be too hard to figure out where to shave down because there are nice bright yellow paint marks on the underside of the seat.

Now to write a well worded letter to Corbin......

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I went and checked my bike after reading this, I can't see any interference on my bike but will do a "paper slip" test. I can see where it might be an issue. Can you post a picture of where the problem is?
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OK, so here are some pics of the damage as well as the underside of the seat showing where it is rubbing.

The shots of the damage are from the left side of the bike but it did crack in exactly the same way on both sides. Figures......







Nobody else has had this problem?

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I went and checked my bike after reading this, I can't see any interference on my bike but will do a "paper slip" test. I can see where it might be an issue. Can you post a picture of where the problem is?
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After further checking I found that I had interference issues also. The lip on the left side had broke as well. The rubber bumpers that sit between the seat and the frame were nowhere near the frame, and the seat was only riding on the plastics. A little clearancing of the plasics, the seat base, and adding pads on top of the frame and everything seems to be right now.
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Any chance you can take your seat off and snap a few pictures of the underside?

What year is your V?

I'm guessing the rubber bumpers on the bottom are supposed to line up with the frame. I'll need to verify that.

To be honest it's going to really bug me that I've got a V with less than 1K miles on it and two pieces of broken plastic. I'm almost scared to find out what they cost to replace though.....

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After further checking I found that I had interference issues also. The lip on the left side had broke as well. The rubber bumpers that sit between the seat and the frame were nowhere near the frame, and the seat was only riding on the plastics. A little clearancing of the plasics, the seat base, and adding pads on top of the frame and everything seems to be right now.
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shots of the damage are from the left side of the bike but it did crack in exactly the same way on both sides. Figures......




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I'd be pissed!


Your post may very well save others the same heartache.
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Pissed is an understatement......

What can you do though. Just got to figure out how to get the issue resolved and then I'll just plasti-weld the crack on the inside. Won't be noticable since it's under the seat but still going to bug me knowing it's there.

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Mine is also a 2012, just mounted up the seat (used) on Friday. It broke in the same place as yours, though not exactly in the same way, mine is still attached in the upright part, but split where it goes from horizontal to vertical. I'm guessing Kawasaki changed the side panels so they are tighter to the frame, which is what's causing the problem? Having bought the seat used, I don't feel like I have any recourse against Corbin, but I guess they SHOULD know there is a problem and save other from having to go through this.
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Pissed is an understatement......

What can you do though. Just got to figure out how to get the issue resolved and then I'll just plasti-weld the crack on the inside. Won't be noticable since it's under the seat but still going to bug me knowing it's there.

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If I am reading this correctly, new plastics are $42 each. Won't break the bank to get new ones. They come in yellow! Item 36040. I have ordered OEM mirrors for my wife's bike from Bikebandit and had no issues.


http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmot...4181#sch731785


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Definitely cheaper than I expected them to be. And yes looking at the picture those are the parts I need.

I'll probably wait till I get the whole seat thing figured out as far as mounting without putting pressure on the plastic and then order new ones.

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If I am reading this correctly, new plastics are $42 each. Won't break the bank to get new ones. They come in yellow! Item 36040. I have ordered OEM mirrors for my wife's bike from Bikebandit and had no issues.


http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmot...4181#sch731785


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Well both sides were already cracked beyond the point of repair so............

Dremel tool came out and I cut off as much as I needed to to stop the crack from spreading and then shaved the edges down. I'm not a happy camper at the moment but the saving grace is that you cannot see any of the damage once the seat is on.

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I've also just got finished sending off a lovely message to Corbin.

I kept it civil (for the most part) but did tell them how I felt about the whole situation.

Worst part is that this is my fourth Corbin seat and it left such a bad taste in my mouth (mostly because this is the first BRAND NEW motorcycle I have ever purchased) that I don't know if I'll buy another.

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So it's now Thursday and I didn't get any response at all back from Corbin.

I would have been happy with a "sorry we'll look into the issue" but not a peep. Since I bought the seat used I don't really expect anything from them but it would be nice if they would have at least responded to say they're looking into it.

I think I can say that it will be the last Corbin seat I buy. Especially when there are other options available.
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I'm starting to think about another seat....thanks for the post, Corbin won't be in the running.

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I bought one of these. Top quality.

http://www.motorbikesaddles.com/Kawa...rsys Seats.htm
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Sorry to hear that your Corbin isn't working out on your 2011 V.

FYI - I have a Corbin on my 2008 V, and after many years, it's still working great.
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I've got the Seat Concepts seat on my 2011 V and it made a world of difference for any ride over an hour. Uses the stock pan so no fit issues.

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I've got the Seat Concepts seat on my 2011 V and it made a world of difference for any ride over an hour. Uses the stock pan so no fit issues.
The only delicate parts I have are happy with this choice
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I bought one of these. Top quality.

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I have a brand new Baldwin on my 2009 as well. Love it.
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