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Corbin in Black bomber jacket leather...

With a big sigh of relief, i can gladly say that from the moment my (not so small) a** touched down on the Corbin – I knew it was meant to be.
What a stark contrast to the OEM, Statement and Quilted seats; the Corbin is wide, supportive, cups flawlessly and feels fantastic. Dished perfectly, I sit much more in it (as opposed to feeling ¨on¨ it) and I am placed far back enough with a natural reach to my (raised) bar. The rear curve of the seat supports, but puts no pressure anywhere near my tailbone. All my weight is spead out over the seat and its immediately noticable.

The weather is horrible, so I only rode up and down my neighbourhood. But the improved comfort & seating position is so pronounced it is not even comparable to stock. Some seats take a while to get used to or need an adjustment period (like the statement), but the Corbin felt like i´d been riding on it for years – after just a few hundred meters.
To put it bluntly: the stock seat was a torture rack for me and the quilted seat feels like a padded, flat bench after sitting in the Corbin. I am not so quick to criticize the statement seat however, cause once I got used that punishingly hard plank of leather - I really enjoyed it. If it was not for my complaining coccyx I probably would not have even considered the Corbin.

Fitment was super easy and the Corbin comes with its own torx screws ready to install the Triumph nameplate and pan. I bought a black seat pan and I think it sets off the whiteish tones of the bomber jacket black leather perfectly. Speaking of whiteish tones, the color of the Corbin is VERY much like the Statement black. And they both use beautiful, soft leather. As another fellow member mentioned, it is also nice to see that that the Corbin is handmade, so it’s not machine-perfect. In turn, this gives it some character (which the statement seat also has…)

Aesthetically the seat does not look big or out of place. Yes, it has lost some of the stock seats elegance and smaller profile, but the comfort issue far outweighs the looks of slightly larger and wider seat. The black seat pan does play a part in making the whole seat assembly look smaller. Also, the aged leather gives the bike a real classic, refined yet rustic look. It’s a quality seat and it shows. For me, the Statement seat still holds number 1 spot looks-wise. But who cares once you´re sitting on it! It simply can´t hold a candle to the Corbin in the comfort competition.

I really thought I would need more time to ¨like¨ the Corbin. But the massive smile I had the moment I sat in it tells the whole story! In all honestly, I was smiling from the moment I opened the box, but held back until the last bolt was installed so I could sit on it.

When the sun comes out I will go on a long ride & see if my tailbone has found its holy grail of Bobber seats. But after many, many bikes and seats (this is my 3rd Corbin and I have had countless more aftermarket seats) my instincts tell me the Corbin is a perfect match for me.

Obviously not every bum is the same and I would say that for lighter riders with a smaller build/waist/hip build, the Corbin may not be for you. But for those of us over 96kg/6 foot+ and 36¨waist+, it is definitely worth considering (if you are not happy with the standard seat).

I will update this thread once i´ve done more riding.

Here are some pics (most are non filtered so you can see the true colors of the leather/seats)...



























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Looking good! Def wider, and looks like it grips your B-Hind from all 3 sides!
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Looking good! Def wider, and looks like it grips your B-Hind from all 3 sides!
Grips and grabs
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I bought a second hand Corbin for my first GTR1000 (Concours) and loved it so much I kept it for the second...
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Eisen, thanks for the great review and those comparison pictures. I love the looks of Statement seat which like you, I feel is the truest match to the stripped down Bobber style. That said, it does take some getting used to, partularly in the support area. I thought other pictures I’ve seen of the Corbin seat made it seem a bit to big for me and your comparison pix and the rider height/weight specs (I’m nowhere near those being shorter and way lighter) I’ve pretty much determined it’s probably not for me. Admittedly I know they make great seats having ridden one comfortably for years on a HD Low Rider. But since I use the Bobber for day rides and around town (my Indian Scout fills the bill for multi-day long rides) I may just go back to the Statement or recover
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leather. Anyway, thanks again for this post. The best verbal and visual comparisons of the available options I’ve seen yet.
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looks very nice, and thanks for the comparison pics as well! for me the corbin seat would be way too large/wide - i'm one of the statement seat guys. do like the look though. would be cool lif corbin offered smaller sizes like one thats like the stock size, and one like statement seat size. three sizes: small, medium, and wide!
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Looks great eisen! The stockers were so bad for me too!
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Eisen, thanks for the great review and those comparison pictures. I love the looks of Statement seat which like you, I feel is the truest match to the stripped down Bobber style. That said, it does take some getting used to, partularly in the support area. I thought other pictures I’ve seen of the Corbin seat made it seem a bit to big for me and your comparison pix and the rider height/weight specs (I’m nowhere near those being shorter and way lighter) I’ve pretty much determined it’s probably not for me. Admittedly I know they make great seats having ridden one comfortably for years on a HD Low Rider. But since I use the Bobber for day rides and around town (my Indian Scout fills the bill for multi-day long rides) I may just go back to the Statement or recover
the original with some distressed
leather. Anyway, thanks again for this post. The best verbal and visual comparisons of the available options I’ve seen yet.
Thanks for your comments Jerrman. I appreciate them
The statement will indeed be perfect for town rides and daily blasts. I am keeping mine for just those occasions - as swapping the seats out is so easy.
But as I’m planning some longer days out (200km+), I need a bit of comfort.

I also forget to mention the way I like how the rider can feel the sensations and feedback through the Statement seat. Nothing is numbed or dulled like with other padded seats.
I am going to go to some roads i know very well to test out the Corbin and to see if & how it’s heavy duty nature affects sensations in comparison. But not until the weather clears up...
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looks very nice, and thanks for the comparison pics as well! for me the corbin seat would be way too large/wide - i'm one of the statement seat guys. do like the look though. would be cool lif corbin offered smaller sizes like one thats like the stock size, and one like statement seat size. three sizes: small, medium, and wide!
I think Corbin have always marketed their seats to (ahem) the more “weighty” clientele.
When I was younger, I was still too light for my first Corbin and probably didn’t appreciate the full benefit of it. But 17 years on, an amazing wife + 2 kids & lots of restaurants/wine made sure that I can enjoy it now
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A big thanks for the side by side and one over the other pics. Confirms (for me anyway) my statement regarding the Corbin in your thread about the quilted brown. I do like your choice of leather however. I think I'm going to get some similar color leather and recover the original seat since it was more comfortable for me than the quilted I now have on the bike. The original seat kind of reminds me of the shape of a Corbin or Seargent only smaller. I do like the quilted because it allows me to shift my weight inside on curvy roads, something you probably couldn't do on the Corbin.

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