Corbin Indian Seat Review: A Tale of Two Seats

Sep 08, 2014 View Comments by

Corbin Indian Seat Review: A Tale of Two SeatsWhen fellow RoadRUNNER editor Florian Neuhauser returned from a tour of Florida on our 2014 Indian Chieftain press bike, he had a few complaints about the bike’s stock seat, though, as far as OEM seats go, Indian’s is certainly one of the best. Still, after a couple thousand miles it was obvious that this was one area where the Chieftain could certainly be improved.

I was planning on taking the Chieftain on yet another Florida tour (see the Tallahassee, FL Shamrock Tour article in the Sep/Oct ’14 issue), so I ordered a Dual Touring Saddle from Corbin. Though the stock seat’s leather is much nicer than the vinyl used on the majority of OEM saddles, Corbin’s leather surface takes the quality up a notch. The seat just feels much more premium. It looks better too, as the contrasting diamond stitching really stands out. Our Dual Touring Saddle came with back rests for both rider and passenger as well as the heated seat option—which I didn’t plan on needing for a summer tour in Florida.

Corbin Indian Seat Review: A Tale of Two SeatsThe installation process was pretty straightforward. After the removal of the stock seat, it was simply a matter of installing the back rests, connecting the electrical (for the seat heater) via an easy snap in connector, putting the seat into position on the bike, and securing it with a single bolt. The results are an even more comfortable and better-looking Indian Chieftain, an accomplishment indeed.

After totaling more than 2,000 miles (including one 600-plus mile day) I am very impressed with the Corbin saddle. The seat is significantly more comfortable than the stocker. I experienced no pressure points, back pain, or anything worse than the normal stiffness that comes from long days in the saddle. Surprisingly, I even used the heating feature some as several of the early mornings were quite chilly.

As with anything, there’s bound to be a few quibbles, but with the Corbin seat I can only muster one (okay two). Firstly, on the OEM saddle Indian’s signature leather fringe is attached to the seat with Velcro making it easily removable. This would have been great for Corbin to carry over. However the fringe, like it or not, is here to stay. Which wouldn’t be as big a problem if it didn’t interfere with closing the Chieftain’s saddlebags. Every time I went to shut the bags the fringe would get caught in the lid, compromising its weatherproofing and forcing me to spend some extra seconds pulling the individual strands out. In the great scheme of things, this is just a minor annoyance, but worth mentioning none the less. If that sounds like too much of a hassle, the seat can be ordered without fringe. The only other negative thing I can say about the Corbin Dual Saddle is that you do pay for its high quality, comfort, and good looks. Not including the backrests, the heated Dual Touring Saddle costs $793. Is it worth it? Well, only you can answer that.

Corbin Dual Touring Saddle for Indian Chieftain
Price: $793 (without heat $633)
Colors: black and Indian tan
www.corbin.com

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There’s something relentlessly romantic about riding a motorcycle. I’m blessed to know that feeling. With a background in photography and a love for motorcycles, I’m interested in the beauty and honesty of the open road. You’ll find me riding Carolina’s roads on my Suzuki SV650.