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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-24-2010, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Corbin Seat-Review

I have a 2010 Versys and I'm one of those who finds the stock seat angle less than ideal. I slide forward under braking and my wife slides into me when she's on the back. I decided, based on the pictures on the web, and the good reputation of Corbin to order a replacement seat from them. I ordered the seat that is in the pictures on their website. No variations. I called to confirm that the seat would fit a 2010 and "Vincent" the salesperson on the other end said it would. The seat arrived this week well packaged and in perfect condition.
Fitment:
Simply put the seat would not go on the bike out of the box. I had read here that this might be the case, but for $440 I was still pretty annoyed. The Versys seat as you all know has 4 connection points. The Corbin does away with the 2 middle connections and has a front tongue and a rear latch only. The rear latch did not extend far enough to engage the key lock. I'm not sure what disappointed me the most. the seat not going on, or the split I made in the vinyl as I tried to force it down. The edge of the seat pan contacted the side grab rail on the right side of the bike and split it about 1/4 inch. The seat was put aside until the following day. while my blood pressure returned to normal. The next day I used rubber spacers to extend the latch. After removing the side grab rails I was able to get the seat on, but really prefer to have the rails on. Replacing them needed more spacers to finally get the seat in place. The split is buried against the right grab rail now and is pretty much invisible if you don't know it's there. The seat is now on very solidly and looks okay.
Comfort:
The seat is level for the driver and level but higher for the pillion which can be seen easliy from their website. I very much like the flatter and firmer seating position. I don't know how true it is that these seats break in. Maybe it's your butt that breaks in instead, but a couple of long rides later I was not sore or uncomfortable. I haven't tried to go all day on it, but then again I rarely ride for that long anyway. I no longer slide forward under breaking and sit a little farther back with my arms more extended on the Corbin. I like this a lot also. My wife does not like the pillion. She felt we were more of a unit with the stock seat. She is more up above me on the Corbin and she prefers the old position. She is not really uncomfortable however, and is game to continue riding on it.
Summary;
It's a nice seat with good workmanship. The poor fitment is very annoying. I was surprised it didn't fit and had to be modified. There's no real excuse for this. If I had to do it again, I might not at that price. Now that it's done though, I do like new position and comfort. As a final note it seems to raise the seat height very slightly. Not enough to notice much though even with my challenged 30 inch inseam. So hopefully this will help anyone considering this seat.
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I too got the standard Corbin Dual Canyon seat a few weeks ago..mine also would not latch..just added a couple washers under the latch and work fine..didn't have to take hand rails off..everything fit except for the latch not reaching..just got back from a 2800 mile trip that included a couple of 12 and half hour days.. 750 and 796 miles.. the seat is still hard but guess that is what is needed... late in the day I was changing positions a lot..had plenty of room to do that..all in all very happy with my Corbin..

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I've had my Corbin seat on my Versys for a couple of months and am very happy with Corbin's work for the most part. With the oddly shaped stock seat pan one can see that Corbin had quite a challenge to make a decent seat with such a thin area to work with at the base of the step in the seat. I asked Sargent to make one for me and they didn't want to do it because of this feature. I think Corbin did a good job with what they had to work with and rider comfort is very good for the limited surface area available with an almost sport bike type of seat and having to work with the thin pan. The passenger area though, in my opinion is too high and should be about an inch to 1.5" lower. As far as mounting goes, I read the threads on this forum and expected to do some sort of modification to make the seat latch. I do think Corbin should have seen to this themselves but it was just a matter or placing spacers. I didn't want a sloppy fit so I placed the spacers one at a time, refitting each time and gently put my weight on the back of the seat while turning the seat key to the release position until finally, with enough spacers it latched. It fits well and does not shake or rattle. It was interesting to find that I didn't need to add any more spacers when I added my SW Motech Top rack and evo side racks. All that being said, when I get all my other mods done, I may try a Baldwin seat and sell the Corbin. Loren at Baldwin's uses a technique no one else uses, placing medical gel in the seat between layers so that the gel doesn't create a huge hotspot like gel seats that have the gel directly under the seat cover do. I would also ask for a little more thigh support so it doesn't feel so much like you're slipping off a kitchen chair.
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Put a couple of large felt furniture pads on underside the tail of the seat where it sits on the frame. That will hold it up off of the grab rails. You might need more spacers on the loop to get it to lock. This is a common problem with all years of the V with the Corbin seat.

Here are some pictures of what I used and did. http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...7&postcount=22

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well that does it for me. I've been to the Corbin factory, I live near it... and based on these reviews they can kiss my ass.

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I have had my Corbin about 6 weeks/900 miles. I did add washers to the seat latch because of the Givi racks. It is breaking in and I like having more room, 1/2" higher and passenger 1"lower. I like the oem seat but, the foam is too soft after 3hours and I wanted all day comfort. I looked at the other choices, all good products. For me it came down to a stronger seat pan that sits on the frame, not giving my oem seat up if I did not like the custom seat and wanted to sell and price for a leather seat. I like a firm seat.
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Just want to thank all you great V riders for doing an excellent job on the Corbin reviews...It really helps guys like me make an informed decision on a very pricy option...I live about an hour away (from Corbin) and was going to scoot down there and get one, but to be honest anything that requires that much screwing around ain't in my wishlist...So now I'm down to 2 choices Spencer and Baldwin...Thanks again all...

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The review of the Corbin Seat which you have given here its really unknown for me. I am not aware from it. I have hear it for the first time. After reading this I like its all of the features too much. The information which you have mention here I have searched it on Google and get more information about it.


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The Corbin seat pan is definitely better than the stock one, but you are right about having to screw around with it. I might actually try reworking my Corbin with a bit more foam and a gel pad that I have, but they use rivets in the seat pan...makes sense in a metal seat pan.

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Ditto on the adjustment required for the seat to latch. For me, I didn't have to shim the catch-plate, but had to move it forward for it to catch, which could have been accomplished easily if the mounting holes had been elongated, (which they are NOT). That said, I've ridden about 11k miles on the seat, and find it dramatically more comfortable than the stock seat. I used to be limited to about an hour in the saddle before needing a break. Now I can easily go 3 hours. On the stock seat, after three or four days of riding the discomfort became severe, and I would need a day of rest. I've gone for as much as 8 days of continuous riding since installing the Corbin before reaching a similar point.

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I believe the Corbin seat pan is made of a fiberglass composite, not metal but it is strong and quite a bit heavier than the stock one.
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Ditto on the adjustment required for the seat to latch. For me, I didn't have to shim the catch-plate, but had to move it forward for it to catch, which could have been accomplished easily if the mounting holes had been elongated, (which they are NOT).
Since I had the Corbin with the Givi side bag racks, I had to SHIM and MOVE the latch hook forward for it to catch. You still had to make sure it hit properly to catch. Then I bent my key unlocking it because I had to put pressure on the seat just above the latch to be able to unlock it.

I sold my Corbin because after 8000 miles it never got any softer.

There has to be better options. I will never own another Corbin no matter what kind of bike I Own.
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strange LR, i have your old corbin on my 09 and it fits the bike perfectly. 'click', no shims, no grab rail issues, no nada.

good to know about the givi side racks not working well with it though.

had one on an fz1 too, definitely not as comfy as a mustang seat, but still 400 mile-able. i mainly needed it for the backrest option, but its way better than stock imo.
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I tried a Corbin on my Gold Wing for awhile and it was the worst seat I've ever had, way too hard for me and it didn't fit right either. My Baldwin is being delivered today for the Versys, review to follow.
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Based on my experience you should be very happy with the Baldwin.

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Based on my experience you should be very happy with the Baldwin.
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I tried a Corbin on my Gold Wing for awhile and it was the worst seat I've ever had, way too hard for me and it didn't fit right either. My Baldwin is being delivered today for the Versys, review to follow.
Any review posted yet of the Baldwin?

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My Baldwin is on the way...I'll post a review and pics when the brown truck shows up

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I've read similar fitting issues on the FZ8 forums about Corbin seats needing modifications. At that price, the seat should fit. For that reason Corbin is off my list.
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