Corbin goes adventuring with DL1000, R1200GS saddles

Publish Date: 
Aug 27, 2014
By Bruce Steever

HOLLISTER, Calif. – There sure are a lot of new adventure bikes this year, The multitalented nature of the ADV machines means that many of them will see serious mile-crushing duty.

Corbin has been busy creating fitments for all the newest machines.

For the latest water-cooled R1200GS (introduced first in 2013) and Suzuki’s hugely updated DL1000 (introduced 2014), Corbin has created specific fitments in its Canyon Dual Sport for both models.

The Canyon converts the stock two-piece seat into a comfortable single-piece stepped saddle. According to Corbin, it was designed to maximize the comfort and usability of each bike bike while placing the rider in the “sweet spot,” the ideal position from which to pile on high-mileage days.

This single-piece design also gives Corbin the ability to integrate backrest support hardware in the front seating position, which would not be possible with the two-piece unit. 

The Corbin saddle provides a platform that offers an increased area of body contact to give excellent weight dispersion and eliminate hot spots, the company noted. The platform is also neutralized to curb the tendency to slide in the saddle, which should greatly reduce fatigue.

All Corbin saddles are built up with its exclusive Comfort Cell foam, which feels firm at first, but then breaks-in to the rider’s body and provides lasting support. Each saddle also accepts a removable backrest in either the rider's or passenger’s position for added vertical back support. The backrest installs with a single screw and adjusts easily without removing it from the saddle.

Finally, the Canyon Dual Sport is available with optional electric heated seating panels for a luxurious touch on colder rides. Heater units are self-contained inside the Corbin saddle, with robust external toggle switches easily operated with gloved hands, and simple installation that connects the saddle to the motorcycles’ on-board electrical systems, Corbin noted.

The base Canyon Dual Sport Saddle retails for $393 on the Suzuki and $528 for the BMW, while the heated versions retail for $533 and $678, respectively. Ovalbac backrests retail at $218. 

Press images courtesy Corbin