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Planning to do some long riding this summer, and have some questions that popped into my head about the seats.
I have read all the Corbin and Utopia backrest posts, and it leaves me wondering which option to go with (I WISH Mustang made a seat for these, as those were the most comfortable cruiser seats I have used) While some seem to love the Corbin seat, many find them too stiff, but there really do not seem to be other options.
I really want a backrest, but I am squeamish about screwing up my seat. Does the backrest change the seating for the passenger?
Does the Corbin Close change their seating too?
on a side note, I find the handle bars just a tad bit of a reach, would lowering them add any distance closer? It's fine for local riding, but thinking may be a bit of a reach long rides?
AS always, all opinions are welcomed and gratefully accepted!
 

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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.
 

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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.
Thanks. I have the top case with a back pad for S.O., and she is super cozy! Something pointed out to me yesterday, is the way the stock seat rolls, it actually makes leg supports for her, almost like a recliner chair.
I was amazed to see it, and it explains her added comfort on this bike.
 

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I'm not sure how comfy the wife would be with the Utopia backrest directly in front of her. Someone else with experience on that needs to let you know how the wife liked it. It's 12 inches wide, and with the oversized Givi trunk I'm using, no comfortable room for a rider.
Besides, with the wife behind you, do you really need a back rest?
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Forgot to mention that on my GW I did have a Utopia back rest and my wife was very comfortable riding passenger on that bike. But that's likely a little different than the CTX1300. My wife stopped riding with me shortly after I sold the GW. She did ride a few more times but hasn't been my passenger for over 10 years now.
 

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Forgot to mention that on my GW I did have a Utopia back rest and my wife was very comfortable riding passenger on that bike. But that's likely a little different than the CTX1300. My wife stopped riding with me shortly after I sold the GW. She did ride a few more times but hasn't been my passenger for over 10 years now.
I'm thinking too, there's a little more length in the GW seat? More room between the rider and backrest?
 

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I never had anything other than factory seats. I have always used a sheepskin under my butt.
The sheepskin allows breathing compared to sitting on plastic.
I do long distance and stop about every 1.5 -2 hours for gas. (1/2 tank)
 

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I never had anything other than factory seats. I have always used a sheepskin under my butt.
The sheepskin allows breathing compared to sitting on plastic.
I do long distance and stop about every 1.5 -2 hours for gas. (1/2 tank)
I bought a gel seat for my last bike because I suffer from bony butt syndrome. Don't let it sit in the sun though. All that heavy gel really retains some heat compared to foam.
Now I use an Airhawk cushion for long rides.
 

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Corbin standard (tall rider) and a custom oem seat pan rebuild. You can see the difference in 2nd seat position on the custom that is basically oem tail end. A corbin close is going to dish more forward like seat on left. I believe the oem seat is in between the two.
No comparison for your better half.
There is a break in period on corbin so get one and get 500 miles short rides or more on it before doing 500 mile days.
 
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