Motorcycle USA’s 2010 Honda Fury project bike gets some old school-cool courtesy of its new Corbin King and Queen Saddle with a design straight out of the ’70s.
Motorcycle USA’s 2010 Honda Fury project bike is going old school courtesy of Corbin’s traditional King & Queen Saddle, a look straight out of the ‘70s. If you don’t believe me, Corbin’s got a US Patent for the design dated Nov. 14, 1978, for a King and Queen seat that’s almost identical to the one we mounted on our Fury project bike.
One of the coolest things about Corbin is they offer so many options, no two seats need to look alike. Sure, the basic design is going to be the same, but Corbin offers a long list of textures and colors to choose from. The top of the seat is made of genuine leather with a natural grain texture in a diamond-stitch pattern while the side panels are vinyl. We went with basic black but opted for an alligator skin pattern on the side panels. The custom side panels cost a bit more than the standard combo but the company offers a grey faux-snakeskin at no additional charge.
Corbin’s made installation as simple as possible. It takes longer to get the stock seat off than it does to put the new seat on. We unscrewed the single bolt attaching the small stock pillion first and then undid the two side screws bolting the stock saddle in place. W also took off the bracket that holds the seat in place, but the Corbin King and Queen
saddle comes with strategically placed rubber bumpers so it’s a rider’s call whether they want to remove it or not. We intend on swapping out the plastic fenders with some good old-fashioned metal ones, so we went ahead and pulled them off.
Putting on the Corbin seat is cake. First take off the backing plate of the new Corbin saddle by removing the four button head screws. This gives you access to the mounting bracket that bolts to the rear fender. Once it’s off, the two tongues in the front slide right in under the tank the same as the stock seat. Next it’s just a matter of lining up the adjustable rear bracket. We got it aligned perfectly with the rear fender hole on our second try. You use the stock bolt to screw the King and Queen Saddle back in, which was a little tricky because the stock screw is super short. This part did require two people, one to push down on the saddle – so the bracket was as flush as possible – while the other one tightened the bolt down. Finally, screw the backing plate back on, making sure not to tighten it too much because it can crack. The backing plate is styled with the same diamond pattern as the saddle and has a leather-like texture so it blends in perfectly with the seat’s design.
The first time I sat on the Corbin King and Queen saddle, it felt wider, taller, and positions riders a tad closer to the bars. It’s narrow at the tip and wide in the rear with an ergonomic design aimed at distributing weight properly. It’s more comfy from the get-go thanks to plenty of Corbin’s Comfort Cell foam. The rider’s saddle comes up higher than the
Out with the old, in with the new. A side-by-side comparison between the stock seat and the new Corbin saddle. (below) We went with an alligator skin pattern for the side panels.
stock seat and provides more support for the lower back, which will be a boon on longer rides. As we’ve been breaking it in, it’s only gotten more comfortable.
My wife wasn’t too keen on jumping on the Fury’s minimal stock pillion, but now she’s digging the new seat. It went from no passenger backrest to 12-inches of vertical support. The new passenger pillion set-up has more cushion and supports her comfortably with her legs resting almost parallel to the seat. Now she doesn’t mind going along for the ride. I also feel much better about taking my kids for spins around the neighborhood with the support of the passenger backrest minimizing the chance they’ll go flying off the back.
The Corbin King and Queen Saddle definitely changed the whole vibe of the Fury. It’s got more retro appeal now. Looks are subjective, so you’re either going to love it or hate it, but it has gotten more compliments so far than negative feedback. I think I do need to raise the bars to balance it out in front now. Corbin’s got a new racy Contraband Fairing that does the trick admirably as well. Since we’re going throwback style, we’d like to add a cool sissy bar, too. So any interested parties out there, we’re on the hunt for an original piece to add more old school cool to our Honda Fury project bike.
Rider Seating 14” wide X 14” long
Rider Back Support” 10”
Passenger Seating: 8.5” wide x 10.5” long
Passenger Back Support: 12”
Cover Materials and workmanship come with a one-year warranty.