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Old 03-30-2012, 09:28 AM   #121 (permalink)
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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
thanks for the review. It's a couple of years that i'm looking at this seat, a bit pricey, but i find it wonderful.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:56 AM   #122 (permalink)
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My Corbin Smuggler Review(with pics)-bonnie-corbin.jpgThanks for the update FuzzyFrank.
After about 1k miles on my corbin I'm happy with it. I commute to work on the Bonnie and the smuggler compartment is an excellent added value. When I bought the bike it had the T100 w/white trim seat versus the stock original, as a special offer the dealership upgraded the seat with a Thruxton (with optional mounts for cowl). I sold both seats and ordered the Smuggler, while waiting on Corbin I purchased the original seat that should have come with the Bonnie SE on eBay. After using that pain in the a** the Corbin was like sliding onto a cloud. My seat isn't slippery but it probrably has to do with me treating it with good ole neutral shoe polishing wax, LoL! I also used black shoe wax to subdue Corbin's bright a** logo on the side of the seat. So bottom line the Triumph Thruxton was very comfortable and a 2 seater by design. For a few hundred bucks more, maybe less you can match paint and mount the cowl. The a** will look good and you have the option to go 2 up. I don't pack anyone on my bike, ladys can jump in my car, so again I think the Smuggler is sweet and the original Bonnie seat basically sucks.

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Old 10-01-2012, 03:55 PM   #123 (permalink)
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I know this is bringing back an old thread from the dead, but I was directed here after reading another newer post.
I'm glad to see the detailed and varied experiences had by fellow riders with this company aired here. We all need to know who is and who isn't a trusted supplier when parting with our hard-earned money. Luckily I had my impression with them made BEFORE coughing up the cash for a custom seat I was going to have them do for me some years ago.
Not to pile-on, but let's face it, there are a LOT of negative stories just on this forum about these guys, and we're just ONE small community of riders...people need to be informed about companies like this:
Back in the mid '90s, my wife and I had driven through central and northern California on a vacation, and at one point I realized we were only a few miles from the Corbin factory. At the time, I thought they were awesome, since they had done an amazing custom job on a seat for me on an '83 Suzuki GS1100 I had a few years earlier, and I wanted them to do another custom job on my new Ducati. Besides, I thought it would be cool to actually see the place, especially since we were so close by (it's about 400 or so miles from my home). My wife gave me a, "sure why, not it?", so off we went.
We drove over and walked in the front door, explained our situation, and asked if we might be able to take a quick walk or tour through the factory. Between the receptionist, and the manager(?)/administrator who came out to briefly talk to us, we were basically treated as though we had leprosy! We were also very bluntly told there was no way we could be shown the factory - he acted as if we'd just asked for the secret formula for Coca-Cola! Even the look we were given when we first walked into the "showroom" (not much of one, back then anyway) by the receptionist was incredibly dis-interested and indifferent, accompanied by a very deadpan "hello" (in fact, performing that "hello" became kind of a catch-phrase with us for years after).
And please understand, we were an attractive, fit, friendly, professional couple in our 30s at the time that drove up in an Acura, not some hairy, dirty, outlaw Hells Angels that had roared up to the front door (no offense to any Hells Angels here... ).
We left the place dumbfounded, with a pretty bad taste in our mouth - still not really sure what the problem was, but it was a major negative in what was otherwise a very cool and fun vacation, and completely killed the idea of having them do a seat for me. Unfortunately, that experience will always be in the back of my mind when I consider their products. Hearing what other people have gone through with their complete lack of customer service only serves to promote that feeling.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:01 AM   #124 (permalink)
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Sorry frank, couldn't get through any other way...

Hi Frank.

I have just found your post regarding your corbin smuggler review. I am doing a Design Engineering degree in the UK and my final year project is to create useful storage space on the thruxton, specifically under the seat cowl. I believe that there is a better way of doing it than corbin has achieved as so much space is wasted/quality issues etc.

I hope you don’t mind me asking, but would I be able to use and reference your images in my report. I will show fully where and who the images came from but apart from ordering one myself, your photographs are the clearest I have come across.

Kind regards, Rob Manley.
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:01 PM   #125 (permalink)
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OK with me Rob.Just make sure you post your results here so we can all take a look at what you come up with.As you read in my review the first Smuggler they sent me was a little poor on the quality.The replacement they sent me is very good though.

Yes a little more storage in the cowl area would be nice.The rear subframe and fender do not leave much room.That is why the Smuggler has so little storage space.It seems the only way to do it would be a higher cowl/storage area(or removing the sub frame).But I will leave the designing to you since you have the degree(haha)!Would love to see the whole top of the cowl open up instead of just a portion of it as the Smuggler has.Would give it much cleaner look and it would just look like a cowl instead of a lid.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:27 PM   #127 (permalink)
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-dezynguy, any more pics with the city bags? I'm thinking of replacing my cowl with the smug. Just not sure of the look. Thanks
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Istyle - there's a black smuggler on ebay, auction will end in a couple of days..here's the link in case you are interested
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Corbin-Smugg...d99b21&vxp=mtr

Planning on putting a ride together and hit the North Shore on the 31st of this month, here's the announcment link

http://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/mcd/3442574193.html
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