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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old Aug 31st, 2006, 1:28 am Thread Starter
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New Corbin Saddle Project

If Corbin and I can work out the schedule, I'm going to let them use my bike as a guinea pig for designing a new front and rear saddle for the new KGT. The project will take about 8 weeks but I have extensive business travel coming up anyway. As we go forward I'll keep everyone posted on the progress and schedule. AND if anyone has any suggestions for saddle design and areas needing extra support please let me know and I'll share them with Corbin. Thanks in advance to all.
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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old Aug 31st, 2006, 7:23 am
 
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I think that it would be really cool if they also came out with a "smuggler" option for the GT like they have for the RT.

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I second the smuggler design. Also ,how about some sort of removeable back rest WITH arm rests as in the LT and Goldwing back rests they make. I know that pillion backrests with arm rests wont interest everyone ,but a removable one would be good for the big rides. Will the Corbin seat keep the heating?
Also ,maybe not quite so squared off, around the edges would be good ,just so you can still hang off the seat a little bit.
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Smuggler plus heated seats - definitely!! They better plan on a large production run.
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Ok. So far, smuggler, heated seats and soft corners on the transition from the butt surface to the sides.

What about extra thigh support, or more of more of a contoured pocket?
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If Corbin and I can work out the schedule, I'm going to let them use my bike as a guinea pig for designing a new front and rear saddle for the new KGT. The project will take about 8 weeks but I have extensive business travel coming up anyway. As we go forward I'll keep everyone posted on the progress and schedule. AND if anyone has any suggestions for saddle design and areas needing extra support please let me know and I'll share them with Corbin. Thanks in advance to all.
All I want is a seat that doesn't look like it doesn't belong on this bike (like a Russell does) and one that will allow me to ride 400-600 miles per day.

Anything above that is just gravy.

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Yeh...

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I second the smuggler design. Also ,how about some sort of removeable back rest WITH arm rests as in the LT and Goldwing back rests they make. I know that pillion backrests with arm rests wont interest everyone ,but a removable one would be good for the big rides. Will the Corbin seat keep the heating?
Also ,maybe not quite so squared off, around the edges would be good ,just so you can still hang off the seat a little bit.
And...don't forget to round off the padding on the arm rests cause you don't want to get hung up on those either...when you're hanging off....

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Absolutely nothing against removeable back rest WITH arm rests idea. cr500 is clearly a creative thinker. BUT as a priority, I agree that the two top priorities should be that the seat will allow a painless 600 mile day AND be aesthetically pleasing on the KGT. The lounge chair strapped to a motorcycle look is not what we are going for here!

I've used Corbin saddles for over 15 years and personally, I have found that the piping at the seam can become uncomfortable on a long ride. This could be an inherent Corbin design requirement for stitching durability and can't be avoided. Has anyone else had any issues with the seat piping?
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And one more thing, I just talked with Corbin about the seat heaters to make sure that they make every effort to make their seat heater simply plug into the BMW seat heater system. No need reinvent the wheel when we already have handle bar control switches and LED indicators.
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All I want is a seat that doesn't look like it doesn't belong on this bike (like a Russell does) and one that will allow me to ride 400-600 miles per day.

Anything above that is just gravy.

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