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UPDATE + Pics! Sargent or Corbin - 2 days left to decide. Interested to hear feedback

Hi troopers,

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!

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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!

Ride safe!

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Corbin’s are known for being hard. I have one on my cruiser and am super happy with it. I have no experience with one on a Strom. I’m also only slightly over half your weight so I may not be the best judge for your situation.
 

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Corbin’s are known for being hard. I have one on my cruiser and am super happy with it. I have no experience with one on a Strom. I’m also only slightly over half your weight so I may not be the best judge for your situation.
Is hard seat better for longer rides? I'm fairly new rider and did not have very long trips yet. But the whole reason for the new seat is that I want to start riding long distance. My first trip is going to be 3 hours one way.
 

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If I were you, and don't take this wrongly, I would go with a totally custom seat. I think you understand that you are way at the upper end of size for motorcyclists. Expecting an off the shelf seat to be comfortable for you is probably overly optimistic.
I don't know about the SF area, but check out Rich's Custom seats near Seattle. They actually have accommodations on site for custom fitting for out of towners.
 

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Is hard seat better for longer rides? I'm fairly new rider and did not have very long trips yet. But the whole reason for the new seat is that I want to start riding long distance. My first trip is going to be 3 hours one way.
It's all personal preference, I suppose. I like a firm seat. On long rides you will have smashed the softer seat to the point it will be hard anyhow. The firmer seat provides uniform support and molds slightly to the rider. I think Corbin says it takes about 1500 miles for their seats to completely conform to a butt.
 

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I had both Sargent and Corbin in the past (not on Vstrom). Due to the fact that I like softer seat with a bit more padding, Sergeant was a winner for me.
 

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I have a Corbin on my ZRX1100. GREAT seat--firm, but not uncomfortable. I tried another ZRX owner's Sargent, the seat base pan was flimsy and when seated, the rear of the Sargent would bow up away from the bike. Another friend who had a Honda CBR600F2 bought a Sargent, sent it back twice for adjustment, then got rid of the seat out of anger, lol.
 

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Love Corbin’s......they’re my go to saddles for any bike. Yes they are firm, but that firmness breaks in to your butt, and that firmness also allows you to ride a long time.
 

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I had a Corbin on my 650. Besides being firm (but not in a bad way as noted), it transmitted a bit more vibration to the tush, I guess because of the metal seat pan. Solved all problems with it by adding an Airhawk R cushion.
 

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Corbin’s are known for being hard. I have one on my cruiser and am super happy with it. I have no experience with one on a Strom. I’m also only slightly over half your weight so I may not be the best judge for your situation.
+ 1 on the Corbin’s being hard. After a long day in the Smokies I once rode 40 miles standing up on a BMW K75. My butt just couldn’t take another mile on the Corbin.

I’m on my second Sargent now (1st on a long departed DR650; 2nd on my current Strom) and haven’t thought about my butt since noting the comfort on the maiden ride. My vote goes to the Sargent.
 

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I have 4 Corbin seats in the garage for different bikes, unfortunately not One to fit the newer Strom to let you try out as I’m close by. I have a Sargent for one of my ST’s, which is an upgrade from OEM, but much prefer a Corbin. Although the Corbin on the Vee does transmit a bit of buzz it not a game changer for me. I have Corbin’s for my HD that don’t transmit any vibration, surprising considering the source.
They will bring the seat out without the cover to make any adjustments. Take advantage of that and go for a spin and relay your thoughts the the person doing the construction. It takes a few hours but normally they will let you wonder around the back shop if you ask.
 

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I can attest to most of what has been said about Corbin. It looks really great, but it rides a little hard, and I have to sit back just a bit further than with the stock seat. Another small point, that mine started wearing very quickly on the lower left ridge where my leg contacts it when lowering my leg to come to a stop.

I've done numerous rides to/from the Bay Area from LA, the Corbin and stock seats are just about the same in terms of overall comfort/fatigue. I'm sure this varies by your height and weight.

BTW you probably know Corbin is in Hollister, might be worth a trip before laying out a few hundred.
 

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I can attest to most of what has been said about Corbin. It looks really great, but it rides a little hard, and I have to sit back just a bit further than with the stock seat. Another small point, that mine started wearing very quickly on the lower left ridge where my leg contacts it when lowering my leg to come to a stop.

I've done numerous rides to/from the Bay Area from LA, the Corbin and stock seats are just about the same in terms of overall comfort/fatigue. I'm sure this varies by your height and weight.

BTW you probably know Corbin is in Hollister, might be worth a trip before laying out a few hundred.
You surely cannot be serious? I couldn't last 100 miles without being in pain on any stock seat on any bike I've owned, I can ride 500/700 mile days easy with Corbins. If they were no better than OEM seats, they would not still be in business and sell as many saddles as they do. :wink2: I have owned 3 Sargents as well, they are damn good seats but not the level of comfort "for me" over a Corbin canyon saddle.
 
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I can attest to most of what has been said about Corbin. It looks really great, but it rides a little hard, and I have to sit back just a bit further than with the stock seat. Another small point, that mine started wearing very quickly on the lower left ridge where my leg contacts it when lowering my leg to come to a stop.

I've done numerous rides to/from the Bay Area from LA, the Corbin and stock seats are just about the same in terms of overall comfort/fatigue. I'm sure this varies by your height and weight.

BTW you probably know Corbin is in Hollister, might be worth a trip before laying out a few hundred.

I have an appointment with Corbin at their Hollister facility this Saturday. Im going to keep it and see how it works out.

If it does not work, I can always sell it on ebay, Craigslist or here. Or may be if Im not happy at all, I can just not buy it there (after all the fittings, etc).
 

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You surely cannot be serious?
No I thought I'd make a feeble joke.

Of course I'm serious. 500 miles is about the LA-SF distance, I've had my Corbin for about 3 years. As stated, a lot depends on size/weight/posture, but the shape and padding of the Corbin did not offer me much improvement over the stock seat. To be fair the Corbin is slightly more comfortable, but no way near the difference of suffering for 100 versus 500 miles. I gotta stretch legs every 1-2 hours no matter what.

I can only say that for $400+ I will look for something else next time.
 

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I have an appointment with Corbin at their Hollister facility this Saturday. Im going to keep it and see how it works out.

If it does not work, I can always sell it on ebay, Craigslist or here. Or may be if Im not happy at all, I can just not buy it there (after all the fittings, etc).
That's the way to go. Good luck.
 

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Only your Butt is going to know which seat it likes. I have had 2 Corbins and And 3 Sargents. Sargents fit me best. One thing about Sargent they give you a month to try it, if you do not like it you get your money back...:smile2:
 

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You Sir, are a big fella, thanks for making me feel "light" at 230 pounds.

I can't say much about the seats, but you will probably be better off with either of them over a stock seat. If it's not quite good enough consider adding an AIRHAWK seat cushion to whichever one you choose.
 
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