Corbin's "Hollywood Solo" Saddle
Never sit on your ride without its seat!
Are you a Harley owner? Do yourself a big favor: Never sit on your ride without its seat - and we're not telling you this to prevent electrocution of your private parts. Sitting on your scoot without a seat does a couple amazing things and one not so amazing thing.
First and foremost it drops your ass down at least an inch. And on a cruiser lower is better. Second, it allows you to slide all the way back to the front of the rear fender. Now you know what a cruiser is really supposed to feel like. You're slung low and have to reach forward to grab the controls. Forget comfort. Forget a sensible riding position. Forget reason all together. This feels fantastic!
The one not so amazing thing is it makes you hate riding your bike with the stock seat. Sure it's comfortable and functional, but it's also damn boring. Face it: It's time to dump that stodgy old, vinyl cushion and slide into a sweet, low, leather saddle.
Time for a new perch
We ditched the comfortable and sensible stock seat on our FXDS Dyna Convertible and replaced it with a Corbin Hollywood Solo saddle. This is about as close to no seat as we could find. The Corbin Hollywood, like all Corbins, is covered with real leather. Why does a $15,000+ bike come with a vinyl seat in the first place? Good question. For this review we chose Corbin's optional "faux ostrich skin" for a truly unique look.
The Hollywood is an "extreme" seat. Basically, it covers the rails and the electrics and offers a modicum of padding between you and the machine. Although the padding is minimal, the Hollywood Solo is surprisingly comfortable. That's because Mike Corbin uses high density padding. On stock H-D seats you often find yourself sinking into and eventually crushing the soft padding, which makes them more uncomfortable than a so-called "extreme" seat.
How low can you go?
The Hollywood saddle drops you as low as you can go without shortening your suspension, sliding you all the way back to the rear fender. It gives you a sitting-in-the-bike-not-on-it feel. Once we rode the Dyna Convertible with the Corbin, we were hooked. No one asked for the stock seat back. This is the way a cruiser was meant to be ridden. The Convertible's foot controls are now effectively farther forward and more comfortable, and the highway pegs are the straight-leg propositions they should be.
One drawback to the abbreviated seat is that the top of the Dyna battery in now exposed and perfectly positioned to dig into the rider's right leg. But the major benefit to the new low saddle is that it helped change the Convertible from a dowdy, almost sensible cruiser to a sexy boulevard machine. By the way, to take full advantage of the new riding position, we heartily recommend also dumping the buckaroo handlebar in favor of the mini-ape hangers (also shown in the photo above).