Stock v. Corbin v. Sargent Seat on 5th Gen VFR “What is the best aftermarket seat?” We get this question quite a bit. Maybe not as much as which oil or which tire should I use, but enough that I thought a comparison was in order. With the loan of SLOav8r’s recently acquired Corbin seat I was able to conduct a little research. I have at least 1000 miles on the various seats which I felt was enough to make my comparisons. 1 - Stock seat Weight - About 4 lbs on my $8 bathroom scale which is calibrated by NASA so it must be good. Fit - Pretty good as it was designed for this bike and you’d be pretty dumb to make a bike with a bad fitting seat if you were Honda. Finish - This is pretty subjective but I thought the stock seat looked a little plain. The stock seat cover also appears a little flimsy to me. Comfort - Well, there’s the caveat isn’t it? The stock seat while more comfortable than your average bullet bike seat can leave a little to be desired on trips farther than 75 miles. Tech support - N/A Total - 15 stars 2- Corbin Gunfighter Weight - about 11 lbs making this easily the biggest Bertha in this test, add at least another 3 lbs if you plan on attaching the backrest. Fit - It fit pretty good but was slightly harder to get to latch than the stock seat. Finish - No doubt about it, the Corbin is a mighty fine looking saddle and looks right at home on the VFR. The leather of the Corbin brings to mind a riding saddle and looks very sturdy. Unlike the Sargent two piece, the cowl will fit over the Corbin's pillion. Comfort - This seat is leaps and bounds better than the stock seat and even though it was not specially fitted at the plant as I have heard some people say, it still seemed to fit my arse well. It is the firmest of the three and takes a while to break in according to member reviews. Tech support - I did not use them, but there have been reports here on the site that they are less than helpful at times. Again, this is hearsay as I have no dealings with them at all. No rating. Total - 17 stars 3 - Sargent WorldSport Weight - 7 lbs putting it squarely in the middle of the pack. An important note is that this weight include both the front and the pillion which are two piece on my particular model. 4/5 stars Fit - Fits as easily as stock and the added option of leaving off the pillion adds storage possibilities under the cowl. Finish - Good. I like the look of this seat as well as any I have seen, but it does not look quite as rugged as the leather covered Corbin. An important thing to note: the cowl will not fit over the pillion seat. Comfort - Well, again it is leaps and bounds better than stock. I don’t hesitate to ride this seat for hundreds of miles in a day. This seat is firmer than the stock seat but not as firm as the corbin. I have had reports that over time the foam wears down but after 30000 miles from me and at least 20000 from the prior owner it still seems to be doing well to me. Tech Support - N/A again as I have never had occasion to use them. Total - 18 stars Summary Both the Sargent and Corbin are superior to the stock seat in my opinion based mostly on their comfort level and the fact that they appear to be made of better material. I might give a slight edge to the Corbin just based on the firmness of it. Either one is a good choice. Here are the most important points to consider: 1. Do I need a backrest, 2. Is weight the most important thing to me, 3. Do I need extra storage, 4. How much? If you need a backrest, then there is only one choice, the Corbin. If weight is the most important consideration, you’ll either want to stay with stock or get the Sargent. If you need a little extra storage under the cowl and don’t often have a pillion rider then the two-piece WorldSport is your only choice. When it came down to a trip I was taking of about 700 miles recently and I had all three available to me, I chose the Sargent. I am comfortable with it and have logged greater than 30000 miles on it and it’s still wearing well. That being said, I would not hesitate to buy a Corbin if a better deal on one cropped up and I was still riding a stock seat. **EDIT** One thing I neglected to mention originally is that the Sargent with Griptex keeps you more firmly in the saddle than the Corbin. This can be a plus or a minus. When I am in the twisties getting off the seat, the Corbin outperforms the Sargent. I have to raise my butt up just a little more on the Sargent due to it being slightly softer and the griptex covering it has. The stock seat lets you slide all over the place if you are wearing leathers, it's what I used on my track day.