Corbin seats

Randolph Peters arpee44 at
Fri May 22 17:20:39 PDT 2009

Hi Guys
I don't want to re-open a thread that may have been discussed ad nauseam during one of my absences from lurker-dom but I would like some feedback on experiences with the Corbin seat.
I took the plunge about three weeks ago and purchased a Gunfighter and Lady for my ZZR 1200, a bike notorious for its corrosive seat construction.
When I put it on I was immediately suspicious of the hard feel to it and the obvious thin padding.
However, there was no disputing the superior riding position and comfort stance (coupled with Contibars risers) in spite of increased folding of the legs due to lower seat height.
I have just returned from a trip to Houston, about 400 miles one way. At the end of the trip out I was  almost ecstatic: none of the inner thigh soreness and burning that always made the end of this trip an agonizing count of miles remaining.
However two days later on the trip back the last fifty miles provided some of the most excruciating moments I ever spent on a bike.
Both butt cheeks were on fire.  Even now, four days later they still cause me to want to take the car in spite of the beautiful riding weather.
Yesterday I felt mad enough to call Corbin and complain. I asked the representative if I could send the seat back to have some more padding installed.
I THINK  she said "yes" but then continued to lecture me about the ingenious construction of the seat which is made with special inserts which "need 2000 miles of use for the foam to conform to my particular butt shape" or words to that effect and THEN the comfort would kick in.
Ye Corbin owners out there is this Gospel? Was this your experience?
I would be very grateful for your responses since I am all but resolved to shop that thing on Ebay or Craig and do my best to warn others away from the Corbin trap.
Randy in New Orleans,
Nostalgic Former Owner (and still wrencher) of 95 Geeper
2005 ZZR 1200


----- Original Message ----
From: Steve Northrop <blackgpz at>
To: GPZ LIST <gpzlist at>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 1:06:20 PM
Subject: Re: was Home from Mr. Beard's/now gear you might want to try

Oh no, my secret's out.......

Steve in Western NY
'96 GPZ1100
'08 KLR 650
'08 Tuono Factory
"You Can't Fix Stupid", Ron White

----- Original Message ----- From: "The Masons" <masonjs at>
To: <dwaynedaniels at>; "GPZ LIST" <gpzlist at>
Sent: Sunday, May 17, 2009 11:22 AM
Subject: was Home from Mr. Beard's/now gear you might want to try

> I also found the Corbin to be like riding on a cement block but it was a step up from the stock seat.
> Steve Northrop had a pair of spndex like long boxers (nearly to his knees). I asked my son to get me a pair for Christmas.  He ordered a pair from EBay but they didn't arrive-he forgot to pay for them.
> On the trip to Cabot Head lighthouse last week I tried out a pair of Athletic Works Spandex boxers.  I got them in Wal Mart (sorry) $6.00 CDN and they're made for Pennman's in China (Sorry).
> I found I got monkey butt about the 500 km (300 mile) mark with regular cotton boxers.  I had no trouble with the 650 km on this trip.
> Few other pluses:
> They are anti-microbactirial
> You can hand wash them in a bathroom basin, hang them on a shower rod and they are dry & clean for the next day's ride.
> If you're getting a little warm in the crotch while riding, stand on the pegs and these will cool your scrotum very quickly.
> They feel like women's underwear ---- 
> Jim

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