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ironman218
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Ultimate motorcycle seat

Post by ironman218 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:21 am



I am looking to replace my stock seat with an Ultimate seat. I own a '94 1500 with a Lehman trike conversion. I noticed the Corbin and Ultimate seats are about the same price but was wondering about how they compare when it comes to riding comfort. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks...



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Re: Ultimate motorcycle seat

Post by themainviking » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:18 am

Corbins are really hard, and Ultimates are well cushioned. Some people find the hard Corbin to be the be all and end all of seats, but I could not sit on one for any length of time. I love the Ultimate seat I put on my GL1800, but others have disliked them. They are very different seats and probably the two most expensive ones on the market. If you can find people with them on their bikes and sit on them for a couple of hours, it might help you to not make an expensive mistake.
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Re: Ultimate motorcycle seat

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:01 am

themainviking wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:18 am
Corbins are really hard, and Ultimates are well cushioned. Some people find the hard Corbin to be the be all and end all of seats, but I could not sit on one for any length of time. I love the Ultimate seat I put on my GL1800, but others have disliked them. They are very different seats and probably the two most expensive ones on the market. If you can find people with them on their bikes and sit on them for a couple of hours, it might help you to not make an expensive mistake.
I'm one of those people. :)

My GL1500 came with a Corbin seat, and when I first sat on it, I thought; "oh man, THAT is going to have to go!" Like you said, it's hard.

But then I rode more and more on it, and noticed something - I was comfortable, and able to ride for a really long time without getting sore.

Riding down to Florida, 21 hours straight, I was tired - but not sore. I'd buy another Corbin in an instant. In fact, I have, for other bikes.

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Re: Ultimate motorcycle seat

Post by ironman218 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:21 pm

Thanks for the quick replies. I think I'll try the sitting test on a Ultimate seat first then find a Corbin. All I know is the stock seat has to go. Thanks again

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Re: Ultimate motorcycle seat

Post by CrystalPistol » Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:52 pm

themainviking wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:18 am
Corbins are really hard, and Ultimates are well cushioned. Some people find the hard Corbin to be the be all and end all of seats, … etc …
:roll: :) :hand raised: :!: :arrow:

I've tried several others, always came back to Corbin. Tossed a high dollar seat from a place in eastern Tenn. into a dumpster... that thing was as bad as any torture devised. I think I did same with OEM GL1200 some years ago.

Sure, they have less padding, but they are shaped right and don't rely on stuffings to fill in voids. Shaped right spreads load over all of buttocks. I have one on my GL1200A since the '90s, and it still sits / looks like new. I also have one on the trike now (but I kept the like new OEM 1500 seat with Utopia BR as it's not as bad as some) …
WingAdmin wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:01 am

Riding down to Florida, 21 hours straight, I was tired - but not sore. I'd buy another Corbin in an instant. In fact, I have, for other bikes.
I don't care if it's a trike or bike, 21 hours will work you. Trikes are hard to steer through bumps wiytout rocking.... and bikes … well your legs and back do a lot of work …
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Re: Ultimate motorcycle seat

Post by fibersport » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:02 pm

I'm another Corbin fan. My 1500 came with one and I thought it was too big and too hard at first. I even picked up a stock seat and put it on, the stock seat was sweaty even in the fall and was uncomfortable because it was soft and squishy. I did some reading on the Corbin about the height and the firmness, if you're on the shorter side, you need to slide forward when coming to a stop. I recently adjusted my handlebars to drop them a bit, and now the seat feels even better. I find I sit back further which makes me feel more in control of the bike. It's been in the 90's lately and while you do sweat a little, the leather seems to help breath a bit. My commute is 45 minutes each way and I know I couldn't do it with a stock seat. I'm sold on the Corbin.

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Re: Ultimate motorcycle seat

Post by clasaxe » Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:35 am

I've got one of the Ultimate Seat brand seats on my 1994 Aspencade. I just completed my first Ironbutt run from Austin, MN out to Rapid City, SD and back to Austin, MN. 1058 miles total in about 18 1/2 hours with stops. It was definitely a grueling ride but I can honestly say that I couldn't have done it on the stock seat. I've made several 400+ mile days on the stock seat and in every case, irregardless of temperature, I always felt sore and irritated. With the Ultimate Seat, although a little tired, I honestly felt like I still could have ridden more. I've had Corbin's on past bikes and have always spoken very highly of their seats, but for me, the Ultimate Seat is what truly made the SaddleSore run a reality for me. Every rider is different though and the ergonomics of a seat can make just as much of a difference as the firmness and materials that it's constructed of so ultimately you need to try as many options as you can and make up your mind according to what actually fits your body the best.

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Re: Ultimate motorcycle seat

Post by Redhot » Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:17 pm

The alternative is to take it to an upholsterer. A local guy (uk) did mine, and can shape the foam to your requirements for relatively little. I had a sports tourer seat done previously, and the trick is to scoop little out down the middle. Just like my mountain bike saddle. Btw Gel inserts are crap so don't get tempted. They do very little and can get very warm.

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Re: Ultimate motorcycle seat

Post by Sotaguy100 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:20 pm

I just completed a 4400 mile trip to Yellowstone, Glacier, Banff, and Jasper. It was the first long ride with my new Ultimate seat. I had the original stock seat on my 88 goldwing. We did a couple of 600 mile days coming home from Canada and my butt did not get sore. I would highly recommend the Ultimate seate for long rides. I have never owned a Corbin seat so I cannot compare the Corbin to the Ultimate. The workmanship on an Ultimate is very nice and it fits the Bike like a glove. :D

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Re: Ultimate motorcycle seat

Post by Stew » Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:42 pm

I'm starting to consider an aftermarket seat, I get sore after about 5-ish hours in the stock seat. It feels soft and well cushioned, I don't know if I have a boney butt or what, I'd like to be able to ride a lot longer but I find myself standing on the pegs and shifting around after a while to try to get some relief.
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Re: Ultimate motorcycle seat

Post by CrystalPistol » Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:47 pm

I see this my second post here in this thread.

One's butt is "X" square inches that support one and their mass … to me I found the Corbin just supports mine more comfortably than the others, including OEM on both my '85 GL1200 or the '97SE Trike, with no "hot spots" burning me after the third / forth hour.

Also like the adjustable back rest, easy to change with the lever at 70+ even. Not sure of others, but that one on my 1200 is 21 years young and looks great still so the quality is good. They aren't cheap, for sure
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I never heard my uncles complain about seat comfort after a whole day in the field sitting on a well shaped steel tractor seat … unless a crack in the seat pinched them.




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Re: Ultimate motorcycle seat

Post by Andy Cote » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:19 am

I liked the Ultimate on my GL1500.

I did not like the Hartco/Diamond on my GL1500.

I like the Ultimate on my Valkyrie Interstate.

I did not like the Mustang on my Valkyrie nor my Yamaha.
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Re: Ultimate motorcycle seat

Post by redial » Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:46 am

I love my sheepskin, it keeps me comfortable. Cooler in heat, and warmer in winter. They are terrible if they get soaking, so a plastic cover for when it is parked in the rain.


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