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Got a preowned Corbin from another member on this board and went to install it this morning on my 07 Wee. I transferred the bracket from the stock seat to the Corbin and while doing this noted how the factory seat has 4 tongues to hold the seat in place, while the Corbin relies on a single tongue on the front of the seat that slips under the tank and a bracket holding a fluid reservoir. Interesting.

So, I go to slip the corbin in place and notice it won't slide forward enough to latch. So I lube the bumpers and put a couple washers under the latch to give them some play as mentioned on the Corbin troubleshooting screen, and try again. No change. Just won't slide fwd enough.

So I look again more carefully and notice the front tongue on the Corbin runs right into the fluid reservoir bottle mounted under the bracket that supports the rearmost lip of the fuel tank. Looks like the bottle has a depression molded in it that might accept the Corbin tongue, but I'd have to move the bottle about an 1" to the right with spacers or something for it to mate up with the Corbin tongue and allow it to slip fwd enough to latch the seat into place. I could also try to cut and bend the Corbin tongue in order for the seat to slip fwd far enough to fit correctly and then I wonder if I did this if it would stay in place.

Anyone run into this and any advice?
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It sounds like you got a seat made to fit older bikes. Older bikes didn't have the coolant reservoir there. Also check the helmet lock holder wires and their position on the frame. They might interfere with the placement of the seat bumpers.
 

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I talked to Corbin customer support and they were clueless. The guy just kept repeating the instructions about transferring the latch. Duh.
I also asked if the later model bikes had a different part number or seat pan. He said they did not; same for all years.

Anyway, I think I solved my problem. Greywolf, I found I did have to bend the left side helmet lock hook out of the way for it to sit flush and not rock.
Then I took out the bolts holding the coolant reservoir in place and dropped the bottle down one hole, so the previous top hole in the bottle bracket now mounts to the lower mounting bracket hole. I put some locktite on it and made sure everything cleared and didn't rub, and the seat slipped in place perfectly and latched securely.

Does anyone know if the Corbin guy was right, and the seat pans are still the same regardless of year? If they are the same, I may send them an email with some pics outlining the issue and maybe they can devise a more elegant solution.
 

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Corbin customer service is an oxymoron if the reports I've read are correct.
 

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Corbin customer service is an oxymoron if the reports I've read are correct.
Yep, and it's been that way for many, many years. Actually, it used to be worse, before they had any competition. Waaaay back when, before the web, on the Compuserve motorcycle forum someone asked about Corbin. The outpouring of rage was just incredible.

That said, the Corbin dual canyon I've got on the Strom is the most comfortable seat I've ever owned. Much better than the other 3 Corbins I've had, and even better than the custom Russell I had on a Concours.
 

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That said, the Corbin dual canyon I've got on the Strom is the most comfortable seat I've ever owned. Much better than the other 3 Corbins I've had, and even better than the custom Russell I had on a Concours.
Is the "dual canyon" seat the normal seat from Corbin for the V-Strom 650? I was viewing their website, they have something called a "Smuggler". Are they the same? Where, how did you order yours? Did you post a review here somewhere? (searching for "seat" here no workee) Thanks for any feedback you can give, re: seat height, etc.

EDIT: I see they have both types listed, so that answers my first question. I am still interested in your feedback on the seat. Are the top panels leather?
 
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