Hello My Friends. I trust everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving had a good holiday. As promised here's my report on the Corbin seat.
I flew down to San Francisco to last weekend to pick up my KGT. A Corbin employee greeted me at the airport for the ride down to Hollister. My bike was sitting in Corbinís showroom with the new seats installed and I was immediately impressed with the design and appearance. Corbin selected subtle textured leather for the seat surface and a contrasting ďbead blastedĒ textured leather for the side panels. As soon as I could suit up I went for a test ride. While the seat felt comfortable I immediately noticed that I was sitting much lower than I normally ride and I could tell that I needed about ĺ inch more padding. Once back at Corbin I was told no problem. A ĺ inch thicker seat was already in the design plans so they made one while I waited.
As we all know the stock seat has a two position height adjustment. This is possible because of the plastic seat pan. Corbinís seat pans are fiberglass and making them work with the factory adjustment system isnít practical so Corbin will offer two different seat height options. The taller turned out to be perfect for my stature and is almost the same as the factory seat on the high setting. Comfort improvements are many. The seat is overall wider at the back but narrows towards the front similar to the factory seat. In fact I didnít notice any difference when putting my feet down at stops between the Corbin seat and the factory seat. This is note worthy as I have had problems with other aftermarket seats including Corbin that have too much added support making stops somewhat tricky at times and cut into my inner thighs. The seat has very little dish allowing full use of the front to back seat surface. I wear Gortex type riding gear and Iíve had serious problems with slipping on some seats. Not so with this seat. The leather Corbin selected seems to be a happy balance between being stuck to the seat and simply sliding forward at every stop.
I rode straight through the next day from San Francisco to Portland, OR (about 650 miles) and so far Iím very pleased with the result. I would occasionally find myself shifting around on the seat but I could alway find a new comfort zone and then get quickly get back to riding. So far I would not hesitate to recommend this seat to anyone.
As for the passenger seat, other than it looks great and it will accommodate the optional back rest, I really canít say as my wife hasnít had a chance to try it yet.
Next is the Smuggler option. The Smuggler is still in development but from what I saw, it is going to be a great option. Plenty of extra storage and Corbin is designing it to follow the lines of the tail section. I know the finished product is going to look great.
I have no idea on pricing and availability yet but Iíll let everyone know when I do.
Get back to me if you have any questions.
Thanks to all for your patience and I canít tell you how nice it is to have my KGT back!
06 CGM KGT