The F800GS Seat

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by M N B, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. M N B

    M N B would rather be riding

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    I don't know if they cut the leather into strips and stitch it or not, but it would allow for fitting the cover to the seat for more complex shapes.

    I've found they pretty much know what they're talking about when it comes to seat making and it's best to roll with their advice. That said, you can get them to customize the seat quite a bit, but from remote that's probably not advisable. If you could go in, they can do things like lengthen the rider part of the seat (at the expense of passenger length of course).
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  2. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    I live close enough to Corbin to ride to their site. My experience with them is that they will make you a "semi custom "seat. They have stock patterns for the cover of each seat and they will shave a little on the cushion to accomodate you as long as it doesn't mess with the cover that they use.
    I had my vinyl covered seat reconditioned and replaced with leather. The leather is pretty thin and is not going to wear well. The vinyl wears better.
    Not bad for the price, but not necessarily a top quality seat.
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  3. M N B

    M N B would rather be riding

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    The leather on my seat is quite robust as well as on my other two Corbins. The customization you can have ranges from minor and major custom shaping, lowering, moving rider position forward or backwards, fitting a non-standard bike (they custom formed a base pan for an R100GS with an R80 gas tank while I was there), a variety of cover materials and covers, the ability to mix multiple materials for multi color or inlaid effects, custom stitching. They couldn't do custom embroidery for me, that was about it.

    I'm not sure why your experience was so different, but with all my seats, they are very much a top quality seat.
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  4. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    I am glad your experience was better than mine. I have had only 2. The original seat was the standard Gunfighter seat for the TDM with a vinyl cover.
    10 years later I brought it back to be refurbished. Arrived at my appointment time only to find they had no record. They finished up a bike they were working on and then went to lunch. 2 hours after the appointed time, the worker arrived back and I told him what I wanted done to the seat. No problemo. He even gave me the choice of leather or vinyl for the same price. That should have been a clue. He then got the material and the pattern and gave it to the seamstress, My problem was I did not inspect the leather before hand, because it was probably the econo grade. He added material to my existing cushion and began shaping it. I stood there and watched and made some suggestions as to how I wanted it. He then told me that there were limitations to what he could do because of the pattern for the cover.
    The leather on mine is wearing along the seam above the back of the cutout on top of the seat and will not last as long the vinyl.
    The recover did not cost me much and maybe part of the problem was the rush for time, but that was their error not mine. Not impressed.
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  5. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    For the vendors that rebuild on the standard seat pan, does anybody know if any of them have enough stock to send a new seat out, and then have us send our old pan back AFTER we have something better to sit on? :D

    And... sorry to ask, but I know some of the custom seat mfg. do not use the stock pan which would allow a swap back to factory if desired. Has anybody compiled a list of this class of custom seat?

    Thanks!

    I've been dinking around with various make-do stuff, but have concluded that spending $300 - $500 on a better seat is what I what I should be doing... now if I could just decide WHO to spend it with.... :huh

    Thanks,
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  6. DolphinJohn

    DolphinJohn Caveman

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    The reason I hesitate to buy an aftermarket seat is they all tend to look like cruiser seats.
    I really like the look of the stock seat, not so much the feel on my tailbone after a couple hundred miles.
    The touratech seat looks great, but for the price, I would really want to feel a difference.
    I would love to hear from someone who has one, and who rode with the stocker before, so they can compare.
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  7. thelouv

    thelouv ocd

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    Ditto on the Touratech seat swap.
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  8. 10Cup

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    +1 Has anyone got a Touratech seat installed? Let us hear from you please.
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  9. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    I'm going to wait to see what Sargent comes up with. I've had a couple of their seats and been quite happy. Their web site says they'll have something for us in the spring.
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  10. Ballbearing

    Ballbearing Adventurer

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  11. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Bucko,

    Get on sargent's list and if you buy when the seat comes out you get a discount. I signed up last friday. Go back on their site and follow directions.
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  12. Bigem

    Bigem Long timer

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    Gotta agree. One of the best seats I have come across. I have an airhawk I use on the BCR, and I have an extra set of straps to check it out on the 800. have done a few short rides(200km) with no ill effects to the posterior as yet!!
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  13. 10Cup

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    Just got my Alaska Leather but pad in and I really like this thing! Very well made and super comfortable. May even make the stock seat bearable :1drink

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  14. rockinrog

    rockinrog Long timer

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    I have been looking at the Alaskan Leather sheepskin, but the deluxe full seat for the f80gs is $100. If it doesn't make a very significant difference I think I would rather put that 100 towards a 400 corbin. The stock seat isn't what i would call terrible, but TN to PA in one day.. lets just say I wish it had been a bit more comfortable.
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  15. M N B

    M N B would rather be riding

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    So I've got about 600 miles on the seat now. It's quite comfortable, but I'll be going back in for some rework.

    1) I can feel the edge of the basepan on the inside of my leg. Especially on the right side. I noticed it when it was being built, but as I had overpants on, I thought he'd trimmed enough off. Riding with jeans has illustrated that he hadn't.

    2) I'm going to cut down the butt scoop. 1/3 to 1/2 as well as lower the pillion spot a bit. This will allow me to shift my weight back while sitting. I can do it easily when standing, but I think once in a while it might be handy to do it sitting down. That would be awkward in the current configuration.

    The changes will make it look more similar to the stock low height seat, although it'll still be scooped a bit.

    I'm not in a big rush to have the changes made, but sometime in the next several months I'll schedule a Saturday morning with them.

    I'd probably be fine with the seat as is, but since they allow one free rework, I'm going to take advantage of that and tweak it some.
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  16. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    Yes I got my Corbin exactly 6 weeks after the order and I sold it 90 minutes after I got it here on Adventure rider. I found it was too wide when putting my legs on the ground. My last 2 corbins were the same but this one was even wider and very aggravating IMO after a few minutes. I decided to keep my carved seat...it has a nice dish without the width. If I was going to do more road riding I would have kept it but I don't. The guy I sold it to loved it.

    The dish with a sheep skin I am set!

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  17. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Ok, this might help someone in the future. When I got my first corbin on an 1100 RT it was so wide that I could hardly touch the ground. Called corbin and they suggested a "nose" job on the seat. They took it and narrowed the front. After the nose job, I was flat footed. If your going to get a corbin for any bike, ask about the nose job.:D
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  18. itsatdm

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    I carved on mine also, though not as deep as yours. Even a 3/4 in. removal of foam took out the crown and made the seat much more comfortable.
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  19. JRWooden

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    Is there any "substructure" of foam or whatever under the fur?
    Or is it kind of like a faux animal "pelt" :lol3

    Thanks,
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  20. Chumley

    Chumley Been here awhile

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    I can tell you that after having 7 Corbins and 1 Bill Mayer seat made you need to ride in and get it custom fitted.

    I have done some incredible things with Corbin and had some very custom seats made. I don't believe that the stitching is needed and the leather will stay glued to the seat foam just fine if it is all smooth, somebody was just wrong. There are different leather thicknesses and you have to get the right feedback to know what to pick - you shouldn't have to but that's the way it works.

    I have to admit that a typical Corbin take 2 tries to get it right and the last one took 3 covers but it is right and it looks and feels great.

    They are truly custom so pretty much anything is possible if you know what you want and have the resolve to push for what you want. I would never buy from anyone without being there in person. I keep hearing that Sargeant can do it but I haven't seen anyone else get it right via pictures or written description. That has got to be a crap shoot at best. My mail order Bill Mayer was way off.

    Good luck, BMW went with a real dual sport type of design for the seat so the same issues that have haunted the real hard core dual sport guys are here for BMW now.
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