i thought i would update here as i've had 400 miles now on my new corbin. I didnt have a chance to ride it last year due to the unsatisfactory and delayed Corbin customer service, but here we are. The delay was due to the fit of the seat on the bike. There was a large gap between the seat and gas tank. The solutions was for Corbin to send me a new seat latch, and drill a new mounting hole in it to move the seat up. The unsatisfactory part was that it took a few weeks before getting a response from Corbin after repeated emails and calls, and i suppose the fact that you have to modify a $500 seat to fit nice. Also, the fuse box seemed to be slightly hitting the seat while riding, so i ground some seat away. Well i didnt know it was that thin due to the weight and broke through the basepan in a few areas. Its prob 1/4 " or so. This was prior to me and my wife going on a 100 mile ride and all looks good afterwards.
Anywho, onto the seat. The seat is wider further up the seat than both the OEM and Sargent. While the seat height may be the same (by Corbins measurements), the wider up front seat does limit your ground reach while stopping. When driving alone its not much of a problem, but i just went on a ride with my wife and balancing that extra weight did take some getting used to. However, on the other hand the wider seat really distributed the weight onto the butt bones rather than tail bones or that sensitive area in between, so i'll take the trade. For reference, , 6', 32" inseam so not short, but not really tall. I'm not sure i would keep the seat if i was shorter by an inch, or got the bike lowered.
Lets jump into riding with passenger while on the subject. The passenger seems to sit higher than the OEM seat. Couple that with the shorter ground reach and at a few slow stops when my wife had ants in the pants, it was quite iffy. I had to let her know to sit still at very slow speeds. I went with Carbon fiber leather material, and that seemed to keep the wifey in place, rather than having to adjust away from me every so often, a welcomed addition. With the seat, oem side cases, and givi V47 top case, our new procedure for her getting off the bike is me first, then have her slide down to the rider position, somewhat seat related. She likes the seat much better than the oem where hr butt would numb in 20 miles. We went 100 miles in 75/25 increments. She was happy.
Comfort. So yes, its hard, but very slowly does seem to be breaking in a bit. They say 1200-1500, so i could see that happening. I would like the pressure points on my butt bones to lessen a bit, and they seem to be after 400 miles. Im not hurting by any means, just could use a little contouring. I will put it this way. If Corbin was in my backyard, i would drive in and have them shave a hair off. Being that i am not near Corbin, i have no problem riding as is and breaking in. Its my second Corbin, so i know its not going to be magic.
Looks, well it looks great on the bike once i fixed the gap. The carbon fiber leather perfectly matches the carbon fiber look on the Givi V47 top case. All my accessories really match well to give it that stock look.
All in all, i am happy, sans fitment issues. Corbins seem to work for me, but theyre not for everyone. I will keep updating here for future readers trying to decide. Dont hesitate with any questions.
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Last edited by ERockJL; 04-16-2019 at 02:25 PM.