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Old 11-24-2012, 06:54 AM   #1
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Corbin seat for an R80G/S-Opinions

What are your thoughts on the Corbin seat for an R80G/S?
My seat is kinda in tough shape including the pan,looking for something to replace it
for dual sport riding.The wife also rides with me sometimes.
http://www.corbin.com/bmw/8186gsst.shtml
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:35 AM   #2
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I like mine a lot. But some people don't so it may be worth trying one first. I can't comment on riding two up as the g/s and st are too small for me to add another passenger.


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Old 11-24-2012, 07:41 AM   #3
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I've had two different corbins for R100GSs over the years, both second hand. The first was a hand me down from a friend who bought something better. It was hard as a rock and weighed a metric shit done and without a doubt was the most uncomfortable saddle I've ever tried. I rode on it for less than half an hour before I'd had enough. I just bought a GSPD that came with a corbin two-up saddle and I actually like it quite a bit. It's still VERY heavy, but the foam is firm enough without being overly hard. The shape isn't quite right for my particular hind end, but I still prefer it to the stock GS saddle. Unfortunately I have no idea of the age of either of the corbins I've tried and production has changed over the years. I couldn't tell if what they're making now is any better or worse.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:10 AM   #4
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I was never crazy about them. For the price, I go to a local seat guy and have one made that fits me. Rich's in the Seattle area is around 400. More if you want leather, etc. Here's a couple of links if you want to poke around. Good luck

http://www.rickmayercycle.com/

http://www.richscustomseats.com/

I did a little research earlier was going to go the mayer rout, but the seats are a little taller so keep that in mind.
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:09 PM   #5
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The Corbin that came on my r80st was a joke. Heavy, poorly made out of materials that were not at all suited to life as motorcycle seat leather.
Customer service at corbin is legendary in how poor it is and the owner of Corbin seats was involved in a company that defrauded its investors, that company was merlin motors.

Corbin seats lock you into one position on the bike. The foam is super dense and I weigh a lot but I don't have a lot of extra padding and my rear was on fire after about two hours in the saddle.
My seat leather tore from uv exposure which allowed water to soak the foam.
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I wonder how the seats changed (i.e. fabrication/foams) over time. Mine weights no more than the stock seat.. may a pound.. but nothing significant. I suggest you try the one that you are thinking of buying first given the variation in reviews.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:38 PM   #7
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Saw this in venders. It's foam and a cover you put on your pan. Black Friday sale too. Might be something to look into.

http://seatconcepts.com/products#!/~...53&id=13947498

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=843031
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:21 AM   #8
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when I was in the market for a new seat... came to conclusion, too many bad feedback to be worth taking a risk on that much $$$.

ended up with a used Russell day long solo seat for R80G/S. huge improvement over PD solo seat.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:22 PM   #9
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I wonder how the seats changed (i.e. fabrication/foams) over time. Mine weights no more than the stock seat.. may a pound.. but nothing significant. I suggest you try the one that you are thinking of buying first given the variation in reviews.
I got my R80ST with the corbin in 1994,
I've been around Corbin seats on a wide variety of bikes since then and here's my observations.

To be able to keep a catalog of so many models Corbin uses seat base molds and fiberglass chopper gun style layups
The produces a heavy base that has a wide range of variation for fit, (I could never get my Corbin to fit right)
In the 90's till at least the late 00's Corbin used a basket weave vinyl, that looks and felt like it was reproduction Volkswagen style seat "leather"
they of course also offered up different choices of vinyl or even real hide for seat covers, but their base vinyl was this basket weave.

This vinyl was not outdoor UV stable stuff, cracking and splitting if the seats were left outside for any length of time.
The foam they use is thick and heavy with the seats needing a long break in (or your ass one or the other)

My Corbin vs the stock seat was more then two times the weight, in 2006 when working on a custom VTX I found the seat to be the same style of construction and the same increase of weight, that seat had a custom leather hide provided to Corbin so that wasn't part of it, but I'm sure it did add slightly to the weight.

In 94 there wasn't a whole lot of options for seats for most bikes, today there are tons.
I know a lot of people who swear by their Corbin seats and I know a lot of folks who swear at them.

Personally I'd never buy another, new or used.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:52 AM   #10
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Thanks

Thanks for the input,I guess maybe I'll try one of the Siebenrocks.My seat pan is kinda rough
and I would get a new pan with one of those.
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