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)...