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Corbin Seat Break In

For all of you Corbin fanatics, I'm curious as to how long it'll take for my seat to get comfortable. I've put about 300 miles on it so far, and it's been pretty rough. Yesterday my wife and I went on a 200 mile ride with several stops, and we were ready to jump off of the bike while it was moving. I actually had to pull over so we could shake it out when we were within about 15 miles from my house. The seat we got on my 2016 RGU is Corbin's heated dual tour. The only reason I changed from stock is that after riding for about 2 1/2 hours, my crotch went numb. Other than that, the stock seat was fine and my wife loved it. Now she wants me to get rid of this expensive Corbin seat and throw the stock back on. Are all Corbin seats this awful before break in? I had one on my Yamaha and don't remember it being anything like this.
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For all of you Corbin fanatics, I'm curious as to how long it'll take for my seat to get comfortable. I've put about 300 miles on it so far, and it's been pretty rough. Yesterday my wife and I went on a 200 mile ride with several stops, and we were ready to jump off of the bike while it was moving. I actually had to pull over so we could shake it out when we were within about 15 miles from my house. The seat we got on my 2016 RGU is Corbin's heated dual tour. The only reason I changed from stock is that after riding for about 2 1/2 hours, my crotch went numb. Other than that, the stock seat was fine and my wife loved it. Now she wants me to get rid of this expensive Corbin seat and throw the stock back on. Are all Corbin seats this awful before break in? I had one on my Yamaha and don't remember it being anything like this.
Perfect timing on this post as I've been doing some looking around myself, and this was one of them I considered. Quite a few say the corbin's are a firm seat. Some prefer that, while others don't. I had my factory seat modded by mean city cycles but it's currently not as comfortable as I would like so I just reached out to Allen to see if there may be anything else I can try before a cross-country trip next month.

On the positive side, if the seat doesn't work out it's one that's pretty high in demand. If it doesn't work for you, you could probably unload it without totally losing your shirt.
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Perfect timing on this post as I've been doing some looking around myself, and this was one of them I considered. Quite a few say the corbin's are a firm seat. Some prefer that, while others don't. I had my factory seat modded by mean city cycles but it's currently not as comfortable as I would like so I just reached out to Allen to see if there may be anything else I can try before a cross-country trip next month.



On the positive side, if the seat doesn't work out it's one that's pretty high in demand. If it doesn't work for you, you could probably unload it without totally losing your shirt.


I've considered riding to NC to see Allen myself. It's just around 4 1/2 hour ride from my house.
I really want this Corbin seat to get comfortable. I love the seating position it puts me in as well as how much easier it is to back my bike up. My wife says it's much easier to get on and off the bike with her short legs. I just wish it didn't hurt my butt so bad. It's the first time I've ever heard my wife complain about her butt hurting on a ride before.
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For all of you Corbin fanatics, I'm curious as to how long it'll take for my seat to get comfortable. I've put about 300 miles on it so far, and it's been pretty rough. Yesterday my wife and I went on a 200 mile ride with several stops, and we were ready to jump off of the bike while it was moving. I actually had to pull over so we could shake it out when we were within about 15 miles from my house. The seat we got on my 2016 RGU is Corbin's heated dual tour. The only reason I changed from stock is that after riding for about 2 1/2 hours, my crotch went numb. Other than that, the stock seat was fine and my wife loved it. Now she wants me to get rid of this expensive Corbin seat and throw the stock back on. Are all Corbin seats this awful before break in? I had one on my Yamaha and don't remember it being anything like this.
Not sure about the dual tourer seat, but I got thier solo with pillion seat about 2 years ago. I one to the WC factory and had it custom made while I waited.

There never was a break in period for me. I've used it to Canada and back as well as to North Carolina this year for SW VII and never had any issues.

I love mine. Maybe its just not for your butt. You will be able to unload it I'm sure if you decide to go a different direction.

Good luck.
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I've considered riding to NC to see Allen myself. It's just around 4 1/2 hour ride from my house.
I really want this Corbin seat to get comfortable. I love the seating position it puts me in as well as how much easier it is to back my bike up. My wife says it's much easier to get on and off the bike with her short legs. I just wish it didn't hurt my butt so bad. It's the first time I've ever heard my wife complain about her butt hurting on a ride before.
That's Ironic, I'm 4 1/2 hours from him myself.....where do you call home? Oops, just saw 'Kentucky' on your avatar, my bad lol
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Unfortunately, for every person that loves a particular seat, there is a person who hates it. That's why asking about comfort opinions on seats isn't very useful.

Asking about riding position, higher, lower, further forward, further back, etc. are really the only useful pieces of information when it comes to seats.

If you bought the seat new from Corbin, you can have a conversation with them and see if they can soften it up some. They believe that firm support is best for a long time in the saddle.

After going through my back issues and discitis I can sit in my ergonomic office chair for an hour at a time. My wooden dining chair for 1/2 an hour and my overstuffed living room furniture for 10 minutes without discomfort.

When I use the OEM seat on my RGU, I have to push myself into the rise of the seat to keep from bottoming out and putting pressure on my leg nerves, same with the OEM Road King seat. The Corbin is good for about a 1/2 hour before I start getting squirmy, and the low tour HD seat is good for about 45 minutes. The low tour with my sheepskin pelt extends the riding time some.

There really is no break in time on a Corbin these days. They say their foam stays resilient for the life of the seat now instead of forming to your backside while it hardens. The break in is whether your backside will get used to the Corbin.

I tried the Harley Hammock and the Road Zeppelin and I couldn't wait to get off the Hammock while the Zeppelin was too high and changed the ergonomics of the bike.


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I don't think there really is a break in period but some people say within 500-1000 miles it should be broken in.

I'm not on my fourth seat and finally found "the one".

You may just need a different seat.
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I've tried Corbin's on friends Harley's. I don't like the seats personally! That being said, I do have a Mustang on one of mine, and LOVE that, so I bought one for my RG. I can't say I LOVE it, however it's MUCH better than the stock for me!

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A Corbin seat is like Chuck Norris. You don't really break the seat in to your butt, you break your @$$ into using the seat. I bought my Corbin Solo last fall and didn't have a chance to ride it before old man winter showed up. I trailered the bike to Phoenix in Feb of this year and broke my ass into the seat in 6 days of riding there. It does take some time. That being said if your body is not used to it by now, after about 700-1000 miles it may not be the seat for you.

Unfortunately your search will probably continue. I suggest a Harley Hammock seat, the good thing is that most dealers have seats that you can demo, I suggest trying a couple different ones out over a couple of weekends to see if there is a seat that will work for you before investing again. Put some miles on those demo seats. Remember also that other folks have done the same thing with those seats and they are probably well broken in. A new one will take time to break in as well.


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For all of you Corbin fanatics, I'm curious as to how long it'll take for my seat to get comfortable. I've put about 300 miles on it so far, and it's been pretty rough. Are all Corbin seats this awful before break in? I had one on my Yamaha and don't remember it being anything like this.
It took me a good 600-700 miles to get mine broken in but once it got formed to my "tushie" it's the most comfortable seat I've ever ridden with and I've tried all brands.

Hope this helps!

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