I didn't have a Corbin seat on my CTX1300 but I did on my Burgman 650. Corbin seats follow the idea that it is NOT how soft a seat is but if the SHAPE is right. I've come to the conclusion that those who think a Corbin seat is too stiff or hard haven't sat on one that was the right SHAPE for THEM. You don't want a soft seat anyway. Not for a ride that you'll be sitting on it for a long time. That will result in hot spots and a really sore bum before the end of the ride. The only way to determine if a Corbin seat is right is to sit on one... for a while. When I bought my Burgman with the Corbin seat I already knew all this so before I committed I went to the dealer where it was, put the Burgman on the center stand, and just sat on it for a half hour at least. I moved around a little while I was sitting but I didn't get off until I was convinced that it was the right shape for me. Most Corbin seats are custom made for that reason. Some are stock seats. A Corbin close seat will move you closer to the bars and also give the passenger more space. Adding a rider back rest will take away a little space for the passenger (had that on my GW). A combination of a Corbin close with a rider back rest is the best combo for everyone since it moves you closer to the bars (you did mention that would be preferred) and gives you the back rest (which is really helpful on longer rides) and retains a good amount of space for the passenger. That's just my opinion based on having some of those details on various rides of mine.