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I've always been sold on Sargent seats, had one on my SV1000 and R1. I just received and installed one on my RC the other day. Big difference and makes it much more comfortable to ride. It's got a very cupped shaped and the foam is a little harder than I expected though.

Anybody have experience with both the Corbin and Sargent seats? I'm wondering how different the Corbin could be?
 

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I had a sargent on mine for a bit, was just too hard for my tastes. Felt like I was sitting on a rock. The cupped shape of the seat just meant there was less padding for my ass. Next time I spend money on a seat, I will have one custom made for me. Most places will only charge you a little more than an off the shelf unit, and you can get a gel pad installed or whatever you like.
 

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After putting some more miles on the Sargent I have to agree it's a little too hard and cupped for my tastes. I got a good deal on a used Corbin so I took the opportunity to compare the three seats before I returned the Sargent.

Stock, hard as a plank and about as comfortable as one. Should work well on track though:


Standard issue Japanese crotch rocket seat



Sargent, surprisingly hard foam with a specific "cupped" shape. It gets uncomfortable pretty quick IMO. You can only move around so much on this seat - you can hang off to some extent:


Very clean underside, looks professional.




Corbin, also a very hard foam but works better w/ my butt. I like the shape of this one the best for street duty. You can't hang off as easy as the others though:


Not quite as clean as the Sargent but not as "shop class project" as I was expecting





I think both the Sargent and Corbin seats are well made and showcase excellent craftsmanship. In the end though I'll be returning the Sargent and keeping the Corbin. I'll break out the stock seat for track duty when it comes around again.

I wasn't able to weigh any of the seats with a reliable gauge but the Corbin is easily the heaviest of the bunch. The Sargent is only slightly heavier than the stock which is the lightest.
 

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When i had my Sergeant seat I couldn't sit in the pocket comfortably and on long spirited rides through Wisconsin it would rub my legs raw from the edge coming out of the "pocket".

My little Brother's Corbin is amazing(2003 Z1000) but i don't like the shape of the Corbin from side view pics enough to justify buying one. i feel like I would have the same problem as i had with the sergeant.

I am thinking about having a stock seat re-foamed and re-covered.
 

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When i had my Sergeant seat I couldn't sit in the pocket comfortably and on long spirited rides through Wisconsin it would rub my legs raw from the edge coming out of the "pocket".

My little Brother's Corbin is amazing(2003 Z1000) but i don't like the shape of the Corbin from side view pics enough to justify buying one. i feel like I would have the same problem as i had with the sergeant.

I am thinking about having a stock seat re-foamed and re-covered.
Glad the pictures help which is why I wanted to show the shape differences. The Corbin does have "sharp" drop offs which is why I don't think it would work too great if you're hanging off much. It is much more pronounced than the Sargent imo. However, it would probably be fairly easy to have shaved down a bit. The rest of the seat is very comfortable and accommodating though.
 

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seat fun!!

Heres my two cents, the corbin for me was more comfortable and the construction is excellent, a little heavy, but whatever. I think the sergant looks way better, as the corbin looks like a seat off a john deer tractor imo. I also hear a few complaints that the sergants seat pan, cracks over time and the plastic will break off. I have a corbin and although its kinda homely looking, I'll stick with it because the quality is top notch and it is very comfortable...
 

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I have both. Got the Corbin first, then had a chance to pick up a Sargent. The Sargent is softer and looks to have a better shape, but it cuts into the insides of my thighs and makes riding very uncomfortable after 45 minutes or so. The Corbin is harder and flatter, but much more comfortable for me - no complaints after 2 hours in the saddle between fuel stops. For me it is Corbin for the street and stocker for the track.

Eric
 

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Are you guys in full leathers when you complain about the seat sides digging into you?

I had a Corbin on my CBR and the Sargent on my RC. I tracked the CBR and also my friends 2003 RR with a stock seat. My butt didn't think anything of the difference on the track, but I also wasn't putting my knee pucks on the pavement yet either.

Between the Corbin and the Sargent I can't say I have felt any difference while wearing full gear and a 15lb. backpack full of weekend clothes and shoes. The only thing I noticed was the seat angle. Looking at these pictures you can see how the Sargent forces you closer to the tank. The Corbin pretty much parks your butt in one spot.
 
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