How will a Corbin seat change my seating position? (starting out with a tough one!)
Every seat we design is engineered ON THE MOTORCYCLE, not from the stock basepan. With that statement, you'll understand there is no pat answer that applies to all bikes and seat models. However, we can certainly tell you about our design criteria and this may help give you an idea of what to expect. Here goes:
How can I expect it to feel and ride?
The Corbin saddle is made to support your body weight more from the sides and provide better weight distribution. As such it may feel wider than your stock seat and you may find yourself wanting to slide forward and out of the bucket for best ground reach at stop signs. This is because the seat was engineered to provide the most support possible WHILE RIDING with your feet on the pegs which actually displaces some of your weight to your thighs and helps relieve hot spots. The Corbin saddle will usually provide ground reach easier than the stock seat although it may not feel like it considering the above.
Can I order a saddle different from what is shown on the page?
Absolutely YES! Corbin is a custom saddle manufacturer and virtually all of our products are made to order. We can offer you a variety of colors in styles ranging from flames to scollops or even just a tasteful welt. For detailed information, just go to the Product Info link you'll find on your left (that's the clutch side).
Is the Corbin seat softer than my stock one?
When the question of seat softness is raised, it actually brings up several issues. First off, a soft foam is actually detrimental to riding comfort (most stock motorcycle seats use a foam density of 3-4 pounds). When a foam is too soft, it does not offer the rider the support that is needed for the long haul and given time will compact to the point to where it offers no resiliency at all. When this occurs, the rider usually assumes that the seat is too hard, when in fact the problem has arisen from the foam being too soft.
Do you still offer a print catalog?
Short answer: Sorry, we do not.
What happens if my saddle gets wet?
Don't panic, water won't damage your saddle. Corbin covers are extremely durable and are weather resistant too. Although the materials are resistant to water intrusion, the stitching in the cover can let water in. If this happens, your behind will probably get wet a couple of the times as you squeeze the water back out while sitting on the seat. The solution to this is to let the seat dry out in the sun for awhile. If you often find yourself getting caught in the rain, you may want to consider a saddle rain cover.
Can a saddle be modified to suit me?
Yes, however the Corbin saddle is designed to work perfect for about 90% of the riding population. If there is any doubt, you can provide your height, weight and inseam to your sales representative and they will provide that information to the people making your saddle. We strongly suggest that before any modifications are made, that you try riding our standard shape seat, that way, if modifications need to be made, we will have a point of reference. If you have to send a saddle back to us for modification, we will change the shape of your seat to your specification at no charge as long as we can put the same cover back onto the seat. If the changes are such that the cover cannot be reused, then we would have to charge for a new cover at cost.
If I order a leather seat, will the entire seat be made of leather?
Mostly, we only use leather in the seating panels. That is to say, any area of the seat or backrest that actually comes in contact with your body while you're riding. The reason for this is simple: The side panels of your seat and backrest take the most beating from day to day use and the advantages of leather are lost since your body doesn't contact those areas. Instead, we use a coordinating vinyl that is a perfect match to the grain and color of the leather, but does not stretch like leather, therefore keeping your saddle tight. This provides you with a motorcycle saddle that stays looking new for a much longer period of time.
What are the advantages or disadvantages of the various cover materials?
We'll take this one material at a time:
My seat's about 30 years old, can you recover it?
Naturally we offer recovers, repairs and restorations of your Corbin saddle. The cost of recovering a seat can vary quite a bit and your best option is to contact our Customer Service department directly. To give you an idea: If your saddle needs a new cover made, the cost will be approximately 75% of that seat model's current price. This is because the greatest area of cost on a saddle (in raw materials AND labor) is in the cover and assembly. Before sending in a saddle for repair or rework, always contact us for a "TLC" number first to assure you get the quality service you deserve.
What is "Carbon Fiber" Leather? Is it Carbon Fiber? Is it leather?
First off, YES it is leather. What our manufacturer has done is taken a nice supple hide and laminated a black nylon weave to the top that has a herringbone pattern that matches true carbon fiber. Why didn't they use real carbon? Simple, when real carbon fiber was tried as a laminate, it had a tendency to fray and scuff. This eventually left it looking like an old sweater with those funky little fuzzy things all over it. The custom made black nylon doesn't do that and holds up very well to constant use.
If I order a Corbin saddle now, can I add the backrest later?
Yes, you can add the backrest at any time you like as long as you have made provisions for its addition. In some cases, the Corbin seat has a type of hardware that bolts into the bottom of the seat (parts #OPL & #OPS) in which case, you just order your backrest and the required hardware. In most cases, however, the hardware is built right into the saddle. If you think you may want to add the backrest at some time in the future, make sure you tell us when you order the saddle and we will build the hardware in place at no charge to you. "Better safe than sorry" as the old story goes.
Which backrest model works in my seat?
Nice thing about the Corbin backrest system is that even though the backrests themselved have undergone much development, the mounting system is the same! In other words, any of our current backrest models should work fine in your saddle. There are a FEW seat models that require a specific backrest type and these are noted on the seat's product page. Likewise one of our tech reps can get this information for you if you are concerned.
Can I order a saddle without the backrest hardware?
Yes you may, but in most cases there is no reason to do so. Later, if you or a buyer of your motorcycle wants to add a backrest, they will not be able to do so.
Can I order a touring saddle without the "Lumbar Lever"?
In the case of our Dual Touring saddle for the Harley-Davidson Dresser models, the answer is yes, but you will lose the ability to adjust the backrest while you are seated on the motorcycle. All of our other touring models (where shown) require the Lumbar lever to support the backrest, so it is required if you want to use the rider's backrest.
Can you recover my stock seat or build a Corbin seat on my stock basepan?
If you simply want your stock seat recovered, it is best to just have it done at a local upholstery shop where you can choose your colors and design your pattern. As far as stock basepans are concerned, we cannot build a Corbin seat onto the basepan that many motorcycles come with. Most basepans do not offer the strength to support the Comfort Cell foam and provide you with the comfort that Corbin saddles are famous for. If you are building a custom chopper and have had a steel or very strong fiberglass basepan made, then we can build a seat for you on your basepan, but we cannot build in the support for a rider's backrest. For additional information, drop us a line: Corbin01@corbin.com
I have a two piece stock seat, will the Corbin front work with my stock rear and vice-versa?
In some cases (Harley-Davidson Softails & Suzuki M109 R for example) the Corbin components were designed to work with the stock pieces. This is not true on all models, however. In many cases, we have designed our components to accept the removable rider's backrest and this may interfere with its ability to be used with the factory seats. In any case, the Corbin components make a much more comfortable and better looking alternative.
What is the Warranty period on Corbin Saddles?
Corbin offers a lifetime warranty on the foam, basepan and hardware with one year on the cover and heater units. This warranty applies to the original owner. Normal wear & tear or physical damage due to external forces (like your dog chewing it up) are not covered under the Corbin warranty. Any problem encountered with the material or workmanship of your Corbin saddle will be repaired at no charge to you. If you have a possible warranty situation, please contact our customer Service department so they may determine the cause of the failure. Customer Service
Recently I've seen some information about "Gel Seats". Why doesn't Corbin offer this?
Mike extensively tests every new foam technology that comes to market. Over the past 30+ years, we've done much testing on the gel padding and its possible usage for motorcycle seats and found that our advanced Comfort Cell foam is superior in both comfort and durability. Gel padding was originally developed as a prosthesis for mastectomy patients and was never intended to support more than its own weight. Gel has been tried as a cushion in running shoes, bicycle seats and gloves among other things (in fact, Mike has a gel seat on his exercise bike at home!) Gel is also very cold and is an inadequate cushion for most serious enthusiasts. Even when new, gel can apply pressure to areas of the body that are not well suited to load bearing. When subjected to heavy pounding, gel deteriorates developing pockets or holes. This situation worsens as the gel deteriorates.
Why do you use a Fibertech basepan for your saddles?
There are several reasons that Corbin uses fibertech as a basepan material. First off, fibertech offers us the design flexibility to fit each and every contour of the motorcycle to provide a precise fit. Fibertech is also very weather resistant and won't rust when subjected to the elements.
If I order a seat today, when can I expect to get it?
If we don't have your saddle in stock, time in the shop can differ greatly depending on the season. During the "slow months" turn around time is roughly 2 weeks. During the peak spring and summer months this turn around can vary greatly. We will be happy to let you know what the current status is if you want to drop us an e-mail or call! If you order a seat via our secured server, we will confirm the order as soon as possible and provide an estimated delivery date.
Do I have to pay sales tax?
If you pick up a new seat at a rally or from one of our locations and take it with you, then you will pay sales tax. If we SHIP your new seat to you, you will only pay sales tax if the shipping address is within the state of California or Florida. All other states will not pay sales tax on shipped orders. For international orders, you will be responsible for any customs charges and taxes that may be applied. When ordering internationally, it is always best to work with one of our Worldwide Distributors.
What are the shipping charges?
Unlike many companies, we do NOT markup our shipping charges. Our preferred carriers are UPS, Federal Express and DHL. Please keep in mind that many Corbin products are considered oversize and may ship by dimensional weight rather than actual weight. Naturally, air freight orders will cost more and are always billed at dimensional weight.
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