This saturday I have a ride-in appointment with Corbin at their Hollister location to get a custom seat for my '16 Vstrom.
Both Sargent and Corbin have great reviews. But before I make final decision, I would like to hear final "Pros" and "Cons".
If you have experience with either brands, please share your thoughts.
Im a big guy - 6ft and 340 lbs. Current oem seat does not really work for me. Hope to find comfort with one of those brands.
Thanks a lot and ride safe!
Here is an update and the story of my trip to Corbin.
I woke up early Saturday morning, got into gear and headed to Hollister. Ride took approx. 1.5 hours (about 80 miles).
When I arrived, there were around 10 bikes were parked inside and people were waiting for Corbin reps.
9 out of 10 bikes were Harleys. Another bike was BMW and I was with my V-strom.
I checked in at front desk and was hit with news that they cannot find me in the system and that I dont have an appointment.
Boy was I disappointed... But thankfully this was not an issue. They said it would take a bit longer as they have to create a base (mold) for my bike. When you have an appointment they prepare for your arrival and have base pre-made.
Actually the wait was not that long. May be 30 min max. It was approx. 8:30 and I decided to have breakfast. They have cafeteria on premises and I had coffee with bagel. Coffee was free. Just paid $2.95 for bagel.
Then around 9am one of the Corbin reps approached me with base in hand, with foam already attached.
He told me to have a quick ride and see if seat works for me. So I went on a quick 5 min ride, came back with some comments. I wanted to have seat a bit wider.
It took approx. 20 min for him to make changes. He came back and I went on another 5 min ride. Again, I wanted to have a change. This time I wanted to have a bit more support in the back and asked to adjust angle of the seat so I wont slide and have more like a bucket seat structure.
He left and came back approx 10 min later. I took another quick ride and it was perfect fit.
When I came back, we went to the factory floor and he showed me samples of leather they have and asked me what kind I want and what stitching I want. After quick discussion I selected type of leather and colors I wanted. It was approx 11:30am and he said that they are about to have lunch and my seat will be ready around 2pm.
I asked if it's ok to walk around the factory and got his OK. I took some photos and you can check it out below. They have nice electric bike prototypes build in mid 70's. Also had some auto prototype and cool custom bikes.
After I was done with tour, I went to cafe again and got omelet with hash browns and coffee. After that I went on another walk around the factory. This is where I saw a guy making final touches on my seat. So I took a quick video (added here as well - youtube link).
Then around 1:30 he came to me with chair. Placed it on the bike and that was it!
I went and paid for it at the register. Price was exactly what they advertise on their site. By 3:30 PM I was home.
Ride was excellent. I was not tired at all. Seat was firm but with some cushion. It was definitely better then stock. Or at least it seemed that way
Break in time (according to rep) is approx 1K miles. Warranty is standard 1 year. They cover leather, base and foam.
I had great experience and very happy that I made that trip. Really looking forward long rides with friends.
Thanks to all for leaving comments. Hope you find some useful info here. Let me know if you have any questions. I'll be happy to answer!