Corbin Canyon Dual Sport Saddle Review [BMW R 1250 RS Project Bike]
I’ve been a fan of Corbin saddles ever since I bought one for my 2002 BMW R 1150 RT. This seat has completely changed riding a bike. Although the OEM seats are quite good, including those from BMW, they are compromised by the need to accommodate riders of a wide range of heights. Seats are often designed with a quick downward curve in the front to allow riders with shorter inseams to land at stops. This shaping reduces the width of the seat and narrows the support area. The success of the Corbin seat on my 1150 inspired me to try the Corbin Canyon Dual Sport saddle on the Ultimate motorcycling BMW R 1250 RS project bike.Corbin makes no compromises; Corbin saddles look like saddles, not seats. The saddles offer a wider seat. As a side effect, the flat profile increases the effective range on the ground. With my 34 inch inseam, that’s not a problem. The Canyon Dual Sport saddle is a one-piece replacement for the OEM two-piece seat.
The Corbin Canyon Dual Sport saddle ordering process was simple on the Corbin’s website. I picked colors, materials, seat texture, sides, welt, stitching and logo from a huge selection. I went for all black with a gray welt, light silver stitching and a medium silver logo color. Removable backrests are available for the driver and passenger, as well as a trunk to replace the rear seat, although I did not opt for any of these extras. Once I configured the new saddle, I received a configurator link to confirm the look of what I was about to order. The configuration I chose was $618.Corbin makes the base board and everything else, so you don’t need your stock seat as the donor. Additionally, the Dual Sport saddle is a one-piece replacement for the two-piece OEM seat. With all the details covered, I didn’t have to wait too long. It took 19 days from the time I submitted the order to the day it arrived in SoCal from the factory in Hollister, CA. I rate this relatively fast service for anything custom ordered, especially in an era of supply chain delays.The Corbin Canyon Dual Sport saddle is an inspirational heavy unit that snaps directly into the location of the old seat using the existing mechanism. During the initial installation, I had to lean heavily on the seat to snap it into place. This made turning the key to remove it difficult and worrying – I didn’t want to break the plastic key housing. After several installations and removals, the seat was easier to get on and off. I added a dab of thick grease to the retaining rod in the lockout mechanism of the bike and another dab to the commercial side of the connection dongle under the seat, which makes the transition easier. This may be part of Corbin’s recommended break-in period.The seat is ergonomically shaped and, after breaking in, conforms to my curves to provide better weight distribution while eliminating the pressure felt by the OEM seat. The Corbin Canyon Dual Sport saddle gives me two seating positions. When cornering, I naturally move forward where the seat is narrowest, giving me a good position for balance and quick direction changes. For long runs I move my butt to the widest part of the saddle where I get the most support.Corbin uses high-density Comfort Cell foam for a firm ride, so the saddles are known to be harder than other aftermarket seat manufacturers. However, I love how they feel and help me put on the miles. I’m well past 1000 miles, and it seems like the saddle is just beginning to adhere to my personal curves. Corbin says his seats need about 1,000 miles of riding to mold to the shape of the rider’s posterior. Heat, pressure and humidity can go a long way in softening the tough leather used on the face of all Corbin saddles. I look forward to many more years and miles as it adjusts to my anatomy.If, as I did, you order the heated seat (a $203 option), you’ll need to hook it up to the bike’s electrical system. Corbin includes a well-made harness with custom connector for the BMW R 1250 RS (and others). The instructions showed me where to make the only connection in the BMW wiring harness, plus a ground connection. This was accomplished in less than five minutes. Only a screwdriver was needed for the floor and no modification was necessary. There is no heat setting, only on or off. Some Corbin heated seats have high and low heat settings. Once turned on, the heater will run for one hour before automatically shutting off. Turn it back on if you need more heat. The QC thermal inspection tag under the saddle said the front had been tested at 115 degrees Fahrenheit for the front and 100 degrees for the passenger. That should be enough. I tried, and it works fine. My final evaluation for this feature will have to wait until winter.The materials and workmanship are excellent and the stitching is perfect. I get a lot of positive comments about the beauty of the saddle from those I meet during biker pit stops. I couldn’t be happier with this important kit. The seat pan, foam and hardware of Corbin seats are guaranteed for life to the original owner. Cover materials, radiators, coolers and workmanship are warranted for one year. Say goodbye to monkey buttocks and other associated discomforts that many OEM seats produce. With the Corbin Canyon Dual Sport saddle on the Ultimate motorcycling BMW R 1250 RS Project Bike, I can happily empty a full tank of fuel for 200 miles in one sitting.
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