Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: St. Clair Shores, MI, USA
Re: K1200LT Seat
I am with you on the issues with the factory seat.
Problem 1: Except for Corbin, many/most of the aftermarket seat makers want your old seat to rework it, so time without your bike being ridable will be a thing. And (probably more important to me), no ability to revert. I'm kinda a fan of being able to remove modifications and revert to factory (kinda an old car thing...where every dollar of modifications is a dollar OFF the value of a collectible car unless you got the parts to revert).
Problem 2: My factory seat had no heat. I kinda wanted heat.
A local person sold me a very lightly used Corbin seat set for $500 a number of years ago. Good news, the heated seat Just Plug In on the non-heated bike -- the cables are all there, just need something to plug into them.
Results of the corbin seat: I think it's no better than the factory seat. My GF (like you, the reason I bought the bike -- one sit on the back seat, she said, "You ARE buying this") really dislikes it, definite step backwards.
SO... granting that everyone's rear end is different, I'm going to say, "DO NOT GET THE CORBIN", at least at new prices...and I'd suggest NOT replacing the passenger seat if you do get a Corbin. I'm still trying to decide what my long-term plans with the LT are, but I'd be more likely to try to get someone to recover the Corbin than I would be to recover the factory seats.
Good-ish news(?), a lot of LTs are being permanently retired, so there's probably going to be a lot of used seats available.
(for reference, I also have an '85 K100RT, which came with a very beat-up old Corbin. I spent money to replace that with a factory seat, and never regretted it. So Not Just an LT issue. I just don't like Corbin seats)