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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-07-2011, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thunderbird Seat Replacement

I picked up my new 2010 TBird SE this past weekend and rode home some 347 miles. I was ready to rip the seat off after the first 2 hrs and pitch it but sitting on the frame for another 4 hours wasn't an option. And before somebody says it I know SEARCH is my friend. Been there and done that with little to nothing relevant. Has anybody replaced their TBird seat with an after market or custom? I've had seats made by Russell Day Long in the past but that is one of the most expensive options. I can't seem to find much, all the usual suspects but not many for Triumph and less for TBirds.
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I just bought a Corbin dual tour seat. I have a similar thread on here. The dual tour is very comfortable. If you have a microscope you can see it in my avatar.


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https://www.triumphrat.net/thunderbir...rbin-seat.html

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I just bought a Corbin dual tour seat. I have a similar thread on here. The dual tour is very comfortable. If you have a microscope you can see it in my avatar.


found my thread

https://www.triumphrat.net/thunderbir...rbin-seat.html
Yep, saw this thread. Corbin has always had a rep for being park bench hard. There are lots of seat makers but very few seem to have done the TBird. Russell Industries does a fantastic job and their seats are very comfy but you loose your stock seat for 6 weeks while they rebuild it using the original pan.
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I had a local seat maker build a custom seat on top of the stock seat pan. I chose this option as I was able to visit his shop, and have the seat custom made to fit me. We did several test fits, and I actually rode the bike around on the unfinished seat for a couple of days at one point to make sure we had the right shape. That proved to be very worthwhile as we made a couple of minor changes after that. I don't think it is the most attractive seat I've ever seen, but the shape is the result of what fit my butt, and that is what was important. The passenger seat was made to match, and utilizes a custom fiberglass seat pan. Here is a picture so you can see how it looks.

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I picked up my new 2010 TBird SE this past weekend and rode home some 347 miles. I was ready to rip the seat off after the first 2 hrs and pitch it but sitting on the frame for another 4 hours wasn't an option. And before somebody says it I know SEARCH is my friend. Been there and done that with little to nothing relevant. Has anybody replaced their TBird seat with an after market or custom? I've had seats made by Russell Day Long in the past but that is one of the most expensive options. I can't seem to find much, all the usual suspects but not many for Triumph and less for TBirds.
The answer is Corbin, pure and simple. I had one on my America and did 2,500 klms in a week and got off every night like it had been only an hour.
I have ordered my Corbin for my TBird and am eagerly awaiting it's arrival. I kept the backrest from the previous seat so all good! ?"Unfortunately they are somewhat expensive - $700 bucks to me here in Oz and up to 12 weeks delivery but to me it is still well worth it. I believe you can get yours in the USA within a couple of weeks.

Happy travels mate
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BTW they ARE a hard seat for the first 1500 klms but once they break in to your butt they are the best around.

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My Corbin took about 2.5 weeks to get. It was about $650 with the shipping if I recall. Very comfortable.

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I rebuilt the long haul seat last winter. got rid of the rider back rest insert, added an 3/4 inch of gel under the rider and a inch of gel into the back edge of the rider seat, put a 1/2 inch of gel into the pillion section and added memory foam over all to smooth it out. Had a gal down the road make up a new cover out of black deer hide. It is quite comfortable and I have put some long days in on it.


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