Zuckermania, congrats and you didn't miss much but pain from the OEM seat mate
Turboyoshi, I got my Corbin last week. No mods, just ordered it as you see it on the web. I will post a full review once I have "broken it in" (I have heard 1500 miles) but for your benefit I will do a quick one.
First impression: Comfy while it was sitting on the side stand. Looks flash, standard seat looks like crap next to it.
First ride: Pretty sure I could have felt an ant go under the wheel riding up the road.
Half an hour later: Smoothed out a little, can't feel any ant fatalities anymore.
An hour and a half after the test ride started: Getting a little uncomfortable, however.... that was 120+k. The OEM seat without being "shaped" allowed me to ride 70k before I was standing up with 2 nails in my butt, 40k I was getting uncomfortable. I could not get used to the OEM even after 2300k so I had it worked on.
On the weekend I did around 450K+. There is sections between stops that I am always sitting on the rear seat to give me a break from the seat of death. My butt is still getting used to it and it is going through its break in period but at no time did I have to sit on the rear seat. In short I had a fantastic weekend. I had so much fun that I made a video of the ride I will post up in a minute. Even tho it is one of our normal"lunch at Casino" rides it was just so much better so no buyers remorse here.
Side Covers: I have not tried the left hand cover but I have been in and out of the right hand cover all Saturday, it is where I charge my camera batteries. I have read that you can't get them off but it seems to be not the case at all. You just have to do it a little differently but it is no drama once you get used to it.
Fit: I have read the bolt holes at the back don't line up. There is truth to this one but not an issue in the long run. Initially it looked like it was going to line right up but not quite so. I put the first bolt in but didn't tighten it right down. The left hand bolt did not line up then so I put a screwdriver through the seat fitting bolt hole into the bolt hole on the bike and levered it over slightly, not much pressure required. That fixed the problem.
Seating position: You DO sit further back, about an inch I would say. In my case I was looking forward to this and am very happy with it. I believe you can ask them when you order to sit forward, up down whatever you want but I wanted exactly what they had.
I sit "in" the seat now instead of "on" it and it comes up my back something like 5 inches. I did get a little bit of back ache but I think it is something that will not be an issue next week. I believe it was just me getting used to the slightly changed seating position. That being said I did have thoughts about just how comfy the thing would be with a backrest and that will be my next purchase for sure. Not to fix a problem but just to add to my enjoyment of the ride.
That is about it but remember your mileage may vary. I have heard some people say the Valkyrie seat it amazing so I would assume those people may think the Corban is a horror show.
Anyway, I rolled the dice because I couldn't try one anywhere but the OEM seat was just to crap to live with and when I had some cash become available. The dice was kind to me
The Corbin next to the OEM.
Even if the seats crap for your butt it looks soooooooo much better.
I need to google what "quick one" means apparently.