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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-05-2018, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Corbin Seat

Anyone using a Corbin seat on their X300? Comments? Review?

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Corbin Seat

Must be someone out there with a Corbin seat. How do you like it? Comfortable?
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I have a Corbin saddle on my 650 and, despite what others say about it being hard as a rock or other comparisons about firmness, my backside gets along very well with the firm saddle.

It's an extremely individual thing which means that just because someone says it's great or it's crap, only your experience counts. Unfortunately, it's not easy, or inexpensive, to find a saddle that works for its owner. You'll probably find as many opinions as there are backsides!

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Some 650 owners have taken their seats to an upholsterer to put in foam that's LESS firm. Apparently fairly cheap to do.

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I have a Corbin seat on my 300. It is a big improvement over the stock seat, although it could have been better. I think another inch or more padding in the bottom of the seat would improve its comfort for rides longer than an hour. The way it is designed, the rider sits down in a u shape which causes pressure after an hour or so riding. I compensated by adding an small Alaska Leather sheep skin to the bottom of the seat which helped a lot. I am going try adding another layer of padding under the sheep skin, perhaps a small Air Hawk pad.

I am 6 ft. 2 in., with a 34 in. inseam. I weigh 160 lbs. If I were ordering this seat again, I would call Corbin and request that an extra inch of foam be added to the seat.
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I was considering a Corbin, but at 650 it's too rich for my blood! I've just ordered the lowered seat option (as I couldn't buy a replacement standard seat) for 157 and I'll take it to someone to make it into a gel saddle. Fingers crossed it's a bit more comfortable, but don't know it will be done in time for me July trip - boo!


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Corbin pretty much makes one kind of seat and makes it fit on all kinds of different bikes. They work great on bikes that sit you in the cruiser position. Not so great on bikes that you might lean forward a little or have you feet under you. That is my opinion based on sitting on a lot of different bikes. When you sit in the saddle, close your eyes and put your hands and feet where you think they ought to go.

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I'm waiting for the production date for my Russell Sport seat. August 15. Can't wait. I've been down the Corbin road before. The Russell is much better.
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I was hoping to find a Corbin dealer at Americade and try out one of their seats, but they weren't there. Mustang and a couple of others were with seats for cruisers but they didn't offer anything for the smaller bikes.

I ended up buying a Wild Ass seat cushion. I tried the small wedge shape that supposedly fits the X300 seat shape, but found it didn't help at all. So I bought the largest size. Looks funny on the seat, but because it hangs off the sides, it actually provides the missing support when the air is pushed out of the seat pan and into the sides. And that is the key. I can sit on a hard wooden chair all day if it's ergonomically shaped, but can't sit on a well-padded log for more than a couple of hours. Why? Same reason I don't like the stock seat.

1) The stock seat is just too narrow. Being narrow in the front is fine, but there needs to be a wide support at the back to support the fleshy part of the butt. That's why cruiser seats are wide at the back and narrow at the front.

2) The areas that do provide support on the stock seat are not ergonomically rounded. What little there is presses uncomfortably just on the inside of my pelvic bones because the seat folds sharply downward instead of curving down naturally (like the Honda CBX500 seat does).

Unless a Corbin seat provides this type of support, it will be just as ineffective as the current seat no matter how much padding they put in it.
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