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post #1 of 52 Old 06-04-2010, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Seat, seat, Arrrrrgh SEAT!

Ive been through 2 corbin seats and a stock one. My butt likes the corbin but (no offence) I just dont understand what the hell corbin was trying to do unless they we're trying to design a seat that didn't flow with the design of the 919 at all!

My eyes couldnt take it, I sold the 1st one proceeded to hate the stock feel bought another corbin remembered why I couldnt stomach the 1st one and again sold it, seriously why cant someone make a decent looking comfortable seat? Considered the sargent route they look good but with my luck i'll drop another 300 plus and wont like the feel but will like the look. Anyway Im reluctant to purchase something that is CLEARLY overpriced AGAIN and have the same results. There is no way you can convince me it costs anywhere near 300-400 dollars to manufacture a seat for cryin out loud. I undersand its a business and a luxury item but holy cow.

The purpose of this entire rant is..... has anyone tried the spencer mod? Im right on the edge just wanna see some good reviews before I take another (smaller) plunge. I like the idea of a stock looking seat honda nailed the looks and lines of the seat just the comfort sucks ass.

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The stock seat gets more comfortable the more you ride on it.

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You could insert a gel and memory foam on the stock seat by cutting into the foam like some other people have done.

Or you can spend the penny to have the whole seat custom made in France by Bagster. Any color and scheme for the 9er. Check it out. << LINK

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Lots of folks have had good experiences with Spencer's...I have a sheepskin pad that I use from time to time, and it helps a lot...I've also gotten good & used to the stock seat, it no longer bothers me like it used to...But I also plan to recover my seat and put in a gel pad soon!

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that bagster although a good idea seems to have been beat with the same ugly stick they used on the corbin (personal preference) ive been toying with ripping my seat apart but i wanted to see if anyone around here had good luck with spencer.

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Brian,

I used Spencer for an SV650s seat. The stock seat was the all-time worst I've ever had and I've had a lot bikes. I couldn't ride the bike more than 45 minutes without being in agony.

I tried Spencer and Frank was excellent to deal with, the seat looked absolutely stock, and I could ride for 4 hours before I really needed a break. Well worth the $70/$80 I spent with the man.

In addition, I try to spend my money with the little guys every chance I get. That being said. MrMike sent his seat to Sergent and it looks great in the pics. You may want to pm him for an opinion.

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I had Spencer modify my old SV650 seat. It helped a little, but I would still get pretty sore after about an hour of riding (versus 30 minutes on the stock seat). The stock seat was pretty horrible to begin with so I guess not much improvement can be expected.

The 919 seat is wider and very comfortable by comparison - I went on a 155 mile joy ride 2 days ago and started to feel sore about 3 hours in. Since the seat is larger, you have more room to work with and shape it if you go the Spencer route.

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Alright one good and one 1/2 good. thats good so far lol.

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I loved my Spencer seat, also on an SV. Careful of those gel pads if you live in a hot climate. Those things will soak up the heat and scorch your behind for a long time.

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I do live in a hot climate i'll keep that in mind

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close your eyes when you before you get on the bike sit on your corbin and enjoy the view you should be enjoying the one over the handlebars.

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the best looking corbin i have ever seen, still ugly as hell but better then all the rest

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3dcycle, what you talkin about? that looks pretty good! i like it alot.

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Is that a custom Corbin? It doesn't look like the one on their website or most I've seen in pics. That looks nice!

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Spencer does it right. We went for the lowering and LD comfort option. The best $75 I ever spent.

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3d that looks good, neither of mine looked like that I had the big ol honkin rear end.

i know its vain but I just dont like the other style. I would definitly go for the LD option.

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lol..... you guys are going to love this.

Why not have your seat modified by the local Harley Dealership..... TRUST ME, they really know how to re-shape a 919 seat.....ha, ha.... got it as a 2nd seat with my 919....i MIGHT be able to part with it, if anyone is interested. no --- seriously --- will probably use the base pan for a sargent re-build.

My point being.....unless you trust who you're sending your seat to....don't do it!!!!!




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Wow, that horrible. kinda looks like the rear end of a TLr.

Someone shoould be shot over that, not mortaly just a flesh would. Leg, arm something along those lines.

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Spencer's does a good job, had the 599 seat lowered and gel pad inserted.

I have an extra seat that I was going to send to Sargent, they make a nice looking solo style seat.

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just curious.... if you send in a donar seat..... what ballpark will the sargent end up costing?

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250-300 is what they told me.

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yea my corbin is a custom made one only 2 like it that i know of and i bought them both sold one to.......... crap forgot his name, he is a member here. but 400+shipping i think it has a part# on it i can take a look at it.

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thats about $12 for fabric and same for foam.I recovered mine so an hour labor 55 bucks for shop time and 24 bucks for goods that corbin name is pricey.

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250-300 is what they told me.
...... got a few things for sale on e-bay.....and a ready to go seat pan.

This will probably be my next purchase.

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Leave your stock seat alone. Learn to hang off in the curves. Stand up occationally in the long straights. Send me $100. We'll both be happier, and money ahead.

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yea but it is really hard to stand up for 100+ miles aday. with the corbin i can cut that down to about 10 miles

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Not to thread jack or anything, but . . . Wife wants a backrest for our occasional two-up riding. Besides the obvious top case solution, all I've seen is a Corbin with removable passenger backrest that will end up costing a fortune. Anyone aware of another option?

Oh, and that HD seat looks like ass. Do they think every seat should be shaped like a tractor's?

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I did both Spencers and Sargent. The Spencer mod was good for the $70ish I spent, including shipping. Its not a night and day difference though...its a subtle difference. Brought the comfort up a few notches, took vibration away. But, the main reason for me sending it in was to lower the seat so in that area, it was not enough to make a huge difference to me. I think I paid about $230 and send my seat to Sargent, I am very satisfied in both comfort and the amount it was lowered. The also used different vinyl and it looks nice imho. I'll see if I can go snap a pic.

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I just sent in a spare seat to Sargent for some work. I got the basic supercell foam and maintained the stock shape for the 900RR. I like the stock shape, but after 14 years the foam seems to be losing it's ability to keep me happy, or maybe it is because I am 14 years older than when I first sat on the seat.

I had them recover it with there griptex or whatever they call it. The total was like $190, but my seat is about 1/2 the size of the 919 seat. I will be getting it on Weds. according to the shipping info, so I'll hopefully do a short back to back comparison with the stock seat and then I'll try and log a 400 - 500 mile day on it.

My buddy has one of those tractor seats on his R1 and it makes 600 mile days possible, but it looks like total ass. I don't worry too much about looks, but the widening and dishing they do makes the seat useless for the fun roads. That is why I chose to stick with the original shape, as it works great for the twisty stuff.

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i agree the dished corbin makes twistys i lil harder but i have overcome that. i am going to send my stocker to sargent though, i would like to compare corbin vs sargent. i will see

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Leave your stock seat alone. Learn to hang off in the curves. Stand up occationally in the long straights. Send me $100. We'll both be happier, and money ahead.
LOL -- not very many curves in Michigan.... Would look kind of funny riding around all day on your pegs.

I agree though....will leave at least one seat stock for track-days and Deal's Gap.

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i'm funny looking anyway.

I wonder if some sort of backrest could be mfg-ed and bolted to the subframe at the grab handle threaded holes.....

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...even though a Ventura rack isn't a backrest --- my wife seems to like it whenever its bolted on. A Givi Top case also makes a good backrest....


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i'm funny looking anyway.

I wonder if some sort of backrest could be mfg-ed and bolted to the subframe at the grab handle threaded holes.....
I've seen a few hand-built backrests for other bikes, notably the SV. But the way that the 919 grab bar is built makes it hard for me to see how to fab something with my limited skills. The hole in the plastics with the actual bolts going far down underneath would be a challenge. Where's Rob T. when I need him? Lol.

Anyway, I've already got side cases, which is about all the storage I need. I really didn't want to spring another $300 for a top case just for the occasional two-up with wifey. It's partly about looks, too. Wish I could just convince her to buy a bike. She grew up riding dirt bikes but doesn't have any desire to ride on the streets.

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Oh, and on the tractor seats ... Problem with that is you're locked into one position. For me, that made my butt sore faster than even the lousy seat on my dearly departed SV. One trick I've learned for long distance riding is to change positions frequently, and it's really hard to do that on a seat with a huge dish that keeps you in one spot.

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My Sargent seat was the best purchase I made. It's pricy to get the full mod, but your seat will thank you for it. Plus, it's more comfortable when your wallet has thinned out...

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Damn you guys are cleanchin me on the sargent, the 70 bucks is sweet.... but im tired of flushin my little bit of loot down the toilet.

A part # on that corbin would be nice I could call em and see what they wanted for that. I just rode 200+ miles and my ass is killin me I gotta get a handle on this as I like to tool around kind far.

Myztical, did you do the "LD" option on your spencer seat?

Sniper, Im cool with gettin down in the corners I just wanna have a comphy seat I came off of 15 years on super sports and wanted do some touring on a sport oriented machine (had a crusier a few years back, not my cupo of tea) hence the 9er. Im very pleased with it besides the seat and my right hand gets a real buzzy/tingley feeling after 100 miles or so. (if tingley is a word)

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Here's my Sargent. Love the thing. Rode across the US with it and a sheepskin tossed over the top.




Also, Jay313, I have a Corbin backrest that was originally off a Nighthawk 750 for sale--should fit many of their Gunfighter and Lady seat models. The stem slips into a hole in the Corbin (if it was made or modified to accept a backrest) and bolts in place via an allen bolt on the underside of the seat pan. Let me know if you're interested.

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I got inspired tonight..... and decided to tear into the 'Harley Davidson' 919 seat pictured above.

thankfully.... they left the seat pan and original foam in tact --- they just glued on the hump.

So ---- looks like I have a perfectly good starting point to send to Sargent.

Sweeeeeeet!

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