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post #1 of 133 (permalink) Old 05-14-2011, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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My Corbin Smuggler Review(with pics)

Here is my review of the Corbin Smuggler.Had it for about 500 miles so far.First off I added 2 chrome Triumph emblems to it.The emblem is metal and self adhesive.I found it on the Triumph website under the accessories for the Thunderbird.It is a very nice piece.Needed something to break up all the blue on the back of the bike.You can see it in the pictures.
As for the Smuggler.It raises the seat height about 1 inch.The seat is also a little wider than stock,especially the farther you sit back.It is firm but it seems to have softened a bit with use(or my butt has got used to it).The seating surface is leather.You could go crazy with the seating surface color choices they have but I kept it a simple black.The rear cowl portion comes pre painted.The paint match is good.One thing I do not like is the gap between the storage lid and the cowl.It is not uniform.To much gap all around especially on the left side.The locking mechanism is a little stubborn at times.There is very little storage space.Maybe you could fit a small bottled water and a pair of gloves.That's it.But at least it is something.Mounting it to the bike was a little tough.I could not get the bracket on the Smuggler to line up with the bracket on the bike without a little bit of a struggle.Once I did the bolts would only tighten about half way.After a few rides I was able to tighten it all the way.I guess the rubber spacers had to settle in a little bit.
Over all I like the look and the little storage space it has.Goes nice with the fly screen I added.
The price was $763.I would have liked a little more quality in the lid/cowl gap for that price.
You can check out the pictures to see if you like the look
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Good review - thanks for sharing.

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And thanks to Haggis for telling me how to post pictures!


Here is one more from the rear of the bike.
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Major thanks for that...I'd been looking at the Smuggler on their website and was curious if it really had that gap or if it was poor photography. You just saved me a wad of cash... I might still get a Corbin seat, but I'll pass on the Smuggler.

A shame, too, because I wanted that little bit of storage...
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Here is my review of the Corbin Smuggler.Had it for about 500 miles so far.First off I added 2 chrome Triumph emblems to it.The emblem is metal and self adhesive.I found it on the Triumph website under the accessories for the Thunderbird.It is a very nice piece.Needed something to break up all the blue on the back of the bike.You can see it in the pictures.
As for the Smuggler.It raises the seat height about 1 inch.The seat is also a little wider than stock,especially the farther you sit back.It is firm but it seems to have softened a bit with use(or my butt has got used to it).The seating surface is leather.You could go crazy with the seating surface color choices they have but I kept it a simple black.The rear cowl portion comes pre painted.The paint match is good.One thing I do not like is the gap between the storage lid and the cowl.It is not uniform.To much gap all around especially on the left side.The locking mechanism is a little stubborn at times.There is very little storage space.Maybe you could fit a small bottled water and a pair of gloves.That's it.But at least it is something.Mounting it to the bike was a little tough.I could not get the bracket on the Smuggler to line up with the bracket on the bike without a little bit of a struggle.Once I did the bolts would only tighten about half way.After a few rides I was able to tighten it all the way.I guess the rubber spacers had to settle in a little bit.
Over all I like the look and the little storage space it has.Goes nice with the fly screen I added.
The price was $763.I would have liked a little more quality in the lid/cowl gap for that price.
You can check out the pictures to see if you like the look
I don't know that it would make a lot of difference, but it appears from your photos that you might be able to adjust the locking mechanism (it appears to have elongated mounting holes), which would lock the top more tightly, possibly eliminating some of the gap at the tail of the bike. Only a guess on my part. Overall, I think it adds to the appearance of your bike, plus giving you at least a smidge of space for gloves, cell phone, etc.

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The hinge looks similar to a European cabinet hinge. Those type of hinges can be adjusted a number of different ways to make a cabinet door hang properly. Is there any such adjusting mechanism on this hinge to adjust the gap around the container?

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No wonder there's a gap, the lid doesn't match the curvature of the base at all. Check it out in the first picture. Very disappointing for that amount of money.

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Man, that is nice!
Hey fuzzy, are you not set up to recieve messages?
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No offense but that gap is horrible. I would be sending that back.
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I just ordered one of those seats, they told me 4 weeks to deliver it. I have 3 weeks to go. I'm very disappointed with that gap in that first picture. They are going to have a problem with me and that gap after shelling out this kind of money.

Is that adjustable at all, something looks wrong with all of that, the lines don't even match with the lid and lower body. It almost looks like a bad fiberglass job or mold issue between the lid and body.

I'm almost thinking about canceling my order.
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