Corbin Seats Frequently
Is the Corbin seats softer than my stock
When the question of Corbin seats softness
is raised, it actually brings up several issues. First off,
a soft foam is actually detrimental to riding comfort (most
stock Corbin seats use a foam density of 3-4 pounds). When
a foam is too soft, it does not offer the rider the support
that is needed for the long haul and given time will compact
to the point to where it offers no resiliency at all. When
this occurs, the rider usually assumes that the Corbin
seats is too hard, when in fact the problem
has arisen from the foam being too soft.
Corbin's solution is to use a contoured "Comfort Cell®"
foam. This foam is of the closed cell variety which means
that it is made up of a series of small bubbles which hold
air pockets that keep the Corbin seats resilient indefinitely.
Corbin foam is designed to give us the flexibility to vary
the density of it to suit the design of the Corbin seats
(low profile Corbin seats require
denser foam) and is cast into a shape that disperses the
rider's weight over a greater area of square inches, therefore
eliminating pressure points. This is what we call "ergonomic
shaping". On average, Corbin foam is used at a density
of approximately 7 pounds which after extensive testing
has proven to provide the best combination of softness and
true touring SUPPORT! In addition, Corbin's foam has a memory
feature. After a break-in period of approximately 1500-2000
miles, the Corbin seats will actually take on the shape
of the rider which provides even better weight dispersion
and custom fitted comfort.
What happens if my Corbin seats get wet?
Don't panic, water won't damage your Corbin
seats. Corbin covers are extremely durable
and are weather resistant too. However, the stitching in
the cover allows for water intrusion! If this happens, your
behind will probably get wet a couple of the times as you
squeeze the water back out while sitting on the Corbin seats.
The solution is to let the Corbin seats dry out in the sun.
To assure that your Corbin seatscover
retains it weather resistance, we recommend conditioning
your Corbin seats on a regular basis with CorbinCare Leather,
Vinyl & rubber cleaner & protectant. You should
condition your Corbin seats at least as often as you wash
your bike. In the case of leather Corbin seats, we strongly
suggest a regular coating of a good silicon based leather
conditioner such as Corbin's motorcycle seat Cream (do not
use cleaners or conditioners with a petroleum or kerosene
base). This will help the leather to stay supple and keep
it looking great! Rain covers are also available for motorcyclists
who spend a lot of time in the rain or for bikes that are
stored outdoors. TIP: Remove your Corbin seats
from your bike when washing it, especially
if you're using a pressure washer.
Can a Corbin seats be modified to suit
Yes, however the Corbin seats
is designed to work perfect for about 90% of the riding
If I order a leather Corbin seats, will
the entire seat be made of leather?
Mostly, we only use leather in the Corbin seatsing
panels. That is to say, any area of the Corbin seats or backrest that actually
comes in contact with your body while you're riding. The
reason for this is simple: The side panels of your Corbin seats and backrest take the most
beating from day to day use and the advantages of leather
are lost since your body doesn't contact those areas. Instead,
we use a coordinating vinyl that is a perfect match to the
grain and color of the leather, but does not stretch like
leather, therefore keeping your Corbin seats tight.
This provides you with a motorcycle Corbin seats that stays looking brand new for a much
longer period of time.
What are the advantages or disadvantages of the
various cover materials for Corbin seats?
We'll take this one material at a time:
Vinyl is a popular cover material because it is durable,
weather resistant and is available in the widest range of
colors. Since it is a man made material, it doesn't breathe
very well which means that it can trap heat against your
body. The solution to this if you prefer a vinyl Corbin
seats, is to order basketweave or some other
textured Corbin seatsing. Basketweave material has a pattern
to it that allows for some air space between your body and
the Corbin seats itself. Conditioning
a vinyl Corbin seats every time
you wash your bike will assure a long lasting cover!
Leather is the best material for a motorcycle seat especially
if you are a long distance rider. Since leather is a natural
product, it breathes well and helps to keep your body cool
where you contact the Corbin seats. Leather will also conform
with the foam shape as it breaks in to give you a personalized
fit. For leather Corbin seats,
we recommend a regular conditioning with a good silicon
based cleaner/conditioner such as Corbin's motorcycle seat
Cream to help it age well and stay weather resistant.
Velour is a very plush material for touring Corbin
seatsas it provides a very cool and comfortable
ride. Since it is a cloth material, it must be treated well
with some form of protectant such as Scotchguard. Even when
well treated, velour is not very weather resistant and gets
dirty fast, which means it requires the most amount of care
out of all of your material options. Additionally, Velour
does not last as long as the other material options.
What is "Carbon Fiber" Leather? Is it
Carbon Fiber? Is it leather?
This material is a Corbin USA exclusive! First off, YES
it is leather. What our manufacturer has done is taken a
nice supple hide and laminated a black nylon to the top
that has a herringbone pattern that matches true carbon
fiber. Why didn't they use real carbon? Simple, when real
carbon fiber was tried as a laminate, it had a tendency
to fray and scuff. This eventually left it looking like
an old sweater with those funky little fuzzy things all
over it. The custom made black nylon doesn't do that and
holds up very well to constant use.
Recently we've added a Carbon Fiber embossed vinyl to the
material choices available. Unlike the leather, this material
is actually a weave pattern embossed into the surface of
the material. We like to use the embossed material in the
side panels to coordinate with Carbon Fiber leather Corbin
If I order Corbin seats now, can I add the backrest
Yes, you can add the backrest at any time you like as long
as you have made provisions for its addition. In some cases,
the Corbin seats has
a type of hardware that bolts into the bottom of the Corbin seats in which case, you just order your backrest
and the required hardware. In some cases, however, the hardware
is built right into the Corbin seats.
Can I order a Corbin seats without the
Yes you may, but in most cases there is no reason to do
so. Later, if you or a buyer of your motorcycle wants to
add a backrest, they will not be able to do so.
Can I order a touring Corbin seats without
the "Lumbar Lever"?
In the case of our Dual Touring Corbin seats for the Harley-Davidson Dresser models,
the answer is yes, but you will lose the ability to adjust
the backrest while you are seated on the motorcycle. All
of our other touring models require the Lumbar lever to
support the backrest, so it is required if you want to use
the rider's backrest.
I have a two piece stock Corbin seats,
will the Corbin front work with my stock rear and vice-versa?
In some cases (Harley-Davidson Softails & Suzuki RF
600R for example) the Corbin components were designed to
work with the stock pieces. This is not true on all models,
however. In many cases, we have designed our components
to accept the removable rider's backrest and this may interfere
with its ability to be used with the factory Corbin
seats. In any case, the Corbin components
make a much more comfortable and better looking alternative.
What is the Warranty period on Corbin seats?
Corbin offers a full one year warranty on all materials
and labor. Normal wear & tear or physical damage due
to external forces (like your dog chewing it up) are not
covered under the Corbin warranty. Any problem encountered
with the material or workmanship of your Corbin seats will be repaired at no charge to you.
Recently I've seen some information about "Gel
Corbin seats". Why doesn't Corbin offer this?
Mike Corbin extensively tests every new foam technology
that comes to market. Over the past 30+ years, Mike has
done much testing on the gel padding and its possible usage
for motorcycle Corbin seats and
found that our advanced Comfort Cell foam is superior in
both comfort and durability. Gel padding was originally
developed as a prosthesis for mastectomy patients and was
never intended to support more than its own weight. Gel
has been tried as a cushion in running shoes, bicycle Corbin
seatss and gloves among other things (in fact, Mike has
a gel Corbin seats on his exercise
bike at home!) Gel is also very cold and is an inadequate
cushion for most serious enthusiasts. Even when new, gel
can apply pressure to areas of the body that are not well
suited to load bearing. When subjected to heavy pounding,
gel deteriorates developing pockets or holes. This situation
worsens as the gel deteriorates.
Cooling air flow is also blocked by gel. Corbin
seats are contoured to distribute loads without
applying pressure to sensitive tissue or blocking air flow.
Instead of using a liquid displacement technology as in
the gel foam, Corbin uses air as a cushion. (Running shoe
manufacturers have found that air pockets make excellent
padding.) Corbin does this one better by combining the strength
of closed cell foam and the air trapped inside to give the
best possible support and impact protection! Corbin foam
adapts to your body and provides you with evenly distributed
Why does Corbin use a Fibertech basepan for their
There are several reasons that Corbin uses fibertech as
a basepan material. First off, fibertech offers us the design
flexibility to fit each and every contour of the motorcycle
to provide a precise fit. Fibertech is also very weather
resistant and won't rust when subjected to the elements.
When used in the proper thickness, fibertec is also lightweight
and provides the strength necessary to support the contoured
foam used in Corbin seats. With
proper basepan strength, the Corbin seats
will always support you in the right places! When making
a new Corbin seats design, Corbin engineers the basepan
to ride on rubber bumpers which keep the basepan up and
off of your paint job. This is a much better alternative
than carpet or similar material which will trap dust and
grit against your bike and ruin a paint job.
If I order a Corbin seats today, when
can I expect to get it?
Estimated shipping times refer to the length of time for
an item to leave our warehouse and should not be confused
with total delivery time to your door. Shipping times are
estimated in business days and do not include weekends or
holidays and may, in some cases, run longer than shown.
If you have ordered an item that will by delayed due to
a back ordered or discontinued status you will receive a
prompt e-mail and/or call from one of our Surfside Representatives.
The most common shipping method is UPS ground service. Addresses
containing P.O. boxes and military FPO/APO's are shipped
via the U.S. Postal Service. Delivery can be expected in
3-5 business days of transit time after leaving our warehouse.
Complete and updated address information ensures timely
shipments! Many orders are received earlier than this estimate,
depending on how far you are from our warehouse and whether
or not we need to order your product from one of our vendors.
If your order contains an item that is back-ordered you
will receive a prompt notification from our sales department
to try and help you with any substitutions. Please refer
to the rate
table for UPS ground shipping costs.
Do I have to pay sales tax?
Florida residents only must pay sales tax on their Corbin seats.