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Old 02-06-2012, 01:45 AM
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I have been driving around on my (new to me) SP-2 in the last weeks (in between the rain and cold front periods).
I should say that I am quite happy with the bike, but one thing annoys me terribly.

The problem is that I am sliding forward and backward on the saddle uncontrollably.
It is fitted with a Corbin aftermarket seat, which seems to have more padding in the front part.
It also looks a bit saggy at the back end.
This seems to make the saddle too flat.
The fact that the cover material is also pretty slippery does not contribute to the matter.

I am considering just to replace it with a OEM saddle, or rip it apart and built the padding / cover myself.

Any suggestions on this (minor) matter?
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:40 AM
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I switched from a Sergeant seat to OEM and am extremely happy with the switch on mine.
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:04 PM
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I switched from a Sergeant seat to OEM and am extremely happy with the switch on mine.
I did the opposite!
OEM is great for track days, but a full day in the saddle was killing me. I picked up a Sargent, and it's much better for me. Never tried Corbin on the RC, but on other bikes it's not for me anyway. Like you say, too slippery, and no one spot that you tend to stay in.
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:24 PM
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I think the general consensus is that Corbin's are harder than Sargent's. I had a Sargent for about a week and couldn't stand it. Went back and couldn't be happier. I have a modified stock seat that I use on the street, and a stock one for the track. The modified one has some of the padding removed from the underside to give it a little more give and not be so damn hard. The stock one for the track actually gets sprayed with a wax cleaner so I can slide easier side to side on it.

If you really don't want to slide back and forth all the time, get some stomp grip for the tank. It allows you to grip the tank with your legs, and keeps your baby makers from slamming into the tank.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:57 PM
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I bought a sargent to replace the stocker but ended up returning it and getting a corbin. I was able to have all three on me at the same time so I took a few profile pics and gave a quick personal synopsis on them.

http://www.speedzilla.com/forums/rc5...s-sargent.html

imo the stock will work best for trackdays and hanging off the bike while the Corbin felt the best to me for everyday commuting, riding, etc. I found the Sargent would keep you in a defined pocket and wouldn't allow you to adjust very much. It was fine for a while but quickly got uncomfortable. Like b.miller said to keep from sliding in the seat too much get either TechSpec or Stompgrip tank grips. Their effectiveness is well documented and offer a lot more than just comfort when riding.

Every butt is different but I found the Corbin to be the most agreeable. It's hard (though not as hard as stock) and that works well for me by not creating pressure points. I like being able to move around and back some on the seat to allow different riding postures. That helps keep the pressure distributed all around. Again if it just doesn't work play around with removing foam. I know Sargent does offer custom seat modification that they can tailor specifically for you. May be worth researching.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:39 PM
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I had a Corbin. Made my balls go numb from it being so flat. I took the stock seat to an upolstrer and had them shave the sides down, add in some padding on the rear and put some stickier leather on it. $60 later I had a seat that felt great. Then sold the Corbin and haven't looked back. Only wish I had them do the red piping on the seams though.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:26 PM
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I borrowed whitwngs corbin and he had leather conditioned it. even with stomp grips I had to reseat myself after every bump...until I stopped at resteraunt and had the waitress soak a napkin with mountain dew let dry and problem solved
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:44 PM
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I think the general consensus is that Corbin's are harder than Sargent's. I had a Sargent for about a week and couldn't stand it. Went back and couldn't be happier. I have a modified stock seat that I use on the street, and a stock one for the track. The modified one has some of the padding removed from the underside to give it a little more give and not be so damn hard. The stock one for the track actually gets sprayed with a wax cleaner so I can slide easier side to side on it.

If you really don't want to slide back and forth all the time, get some stomp grip for the tank. It allows you to grip the tank with your legs, and keeps your baby makers from slamming into the tank.
That was my Sergeant seat lol It changed hands on the forum 3 times in 3 weeks lol.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:32 PM
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I went with a Corbin 9 years ago, MUCH better than stock on a long ride. It's just now broke in
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:38 PM
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I have been driving around on my (new to me) SP-2 in the last weeks (in between the rain and cold front periods).
I should say that I am quite happy with the bike, but one thing annoys me terribly.

The problem is that I am sliding forward and backward on the saddle uncontrollably.
It is fitted with a Corbin aftermarket seat, which seems to have more padding in the front part.
It also looks a bit saggy at the back end.
This seems to make the saddle too flat.
The fact that the cover material is also pretty slippery does not contribute to the matter.

I am considering just to replace it with a OEM saddle, or rip it apart and built the padding / cover myself.

Any suggestions on this (minor) matter?
It sounds like your corbin's in terrible condition, whoever had it before you probably leather conditioned it
like wingnutt mentioned. Try the mtn dew on a cloth trick and see if that makes it less slick.
I've seen a few different materials used for the covers on these, maybe yours is one of the originals?

As far as the overstuffed front, saggy back, that doesnt sound anything like my corbin.
Flat it is, but IMO its the perfect shape for the most comfortable saddle for any distance riding on an RC.
As far as hanging off goes, I kinda like that flat edge of the saddle to hook the backside of your other
legs knee onto while your other knees draggin.

If your unhappy with it, I would send it to Corbin and ask them to fix it for you.
Their a great company and I believe were the first to come out with the aftermarket RC seat.
If they didn't offer to repair or replace it for you at minimal to no cost I would be surprised.

My all black carbon weave Corbin seat was one of, if not the first mod I ever did to my first SP1.
I have transfered that seat onto my 3 different RC's that I've owned/own and put over 50k mi on it cumulatively.
The only seat that could replace it I already own, the factory HRC waffle seat foam pad.
But that requires a thorsten SBK tailsection so they're shelved right now till I have that.







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Old 02-12-2012, 11:56 PM
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Sorry for my late reply, as it was impossible to post for me in the last days. Guess RC's are considered dangerous to discuss by the communist censors .

Thanks for all the reply (nice progress in bikes, RC51Stunna), it made me confirm my decision.
The Corbin 'as is' is useless for me, so decided to tear it up, add padding at the right spots, re-shape it, and have it covered with some sticky stuff.

Not really touring on this one anyway, so some thin, but better holding solution will be the target.

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Old 02-15-2012, 03:42 PM
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I took the cover off my stock seat and scooped out the foam with delicate application of a 4" angle grinder, then recovered it with leather. Yeah, it's hard but I don't even notice. Certainly less expensive than buying another seat.
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:32 PM
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I have a Corbin. For long trips it's far better than the stock seat. I don't change for trackdays and have no problems with it for riding fast, track, etc.

Recently discovered Tony Archer - Classic and Modern Car Trimmer, Motorcycle Seat Specialists
Have used him to retrim a standard seat on another bike and was very impressed with not just his workmanship, but his low pricing too. He doesn't do e-mail so you have to call him when making arrangements, but with internet telephony it's hardly a problem. A good possibility for re-trimming a stock seat with contoured gel and leather, piping, etc. in your preferred style. I'm sure he can do a suede seat if wanted too, or part ruberised for grip, etc.
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