Toasted Buns: Corbin Heated Classic Solo Saddle Install (Intro)

Corbin Heated Solo Seat Install

To start, remove the stock seat with a Phillips screwdriver.

By Tricia Szulewski

I can already see your raised eyebrow and skeptical expression. I’ve already dodged the sarcastic comments from my co-worker when I unpacked the new Corbin heated classic black leather solo saddle (#HD-FXD-FB-8-S-E, $355.80) that I’d be installing on my Dyna Fat Bob. Like I told him, if you’ve never ridden a bike with a bun warmer, you have no idea how much it’ll warm you up on those really chilly days. It’s just like in the car—sometimes that direct seat heat is the only thing that really defrosts your bones when there’s a chill in the air.

I’ve always been a big fan of Corbin seats. They are typically a bit firmer than other aftermarket saddles, but they’re formed well with high-quality materials. Once you break them in, they offer a level of comfort comparable to no other stock seat. This particular saddle took just one ride to break in and feel like it was made for my butt.

Corbin Heated Saddle Install

Flip the Corbin seat over, insert the supplied key, turn it, and remove the bracket.

The solo saddle replaces the stock seat screw with hardware that makes the seat removable with just a key. This is a great security feature, and it creates a seamless look with no visible hardware on the fender. If I were committing to not carrying passengers, I’d fill in the fender hole where the original seat mounted. But I sometimes do ride two-up, so I ordered the touring pillion (#HD-FXD-FB-8-TP, $151.20). The pillion requires removal of the solo saddle and some hardware in order to mount it, but it only takes a few minutes. So going from solo to two-up is easy enough.

Adding the Ovalbac backrest (#02-SB, $152.60) to the solo seat seemed like a good idea for long rides. A flap in the leather seat reveals the mounting point that accepts any of Corbin’s backrests. Unfortunately, the Ovalbac was a little too far back for me, and even pivoting it forward just doesn’t work for my size. I could have ordered my seat in the “reduced reach” sizing, but besides the Ovalbac being too far back, the standard solo feels perfect.

Corbin Heated Solo Saddle Install

Find a place for the Corbin pigtail under the seat. Route the black wire toward the battery and the red wire toward the fuse box. Pull the battery out enough so you can get the black wire through.

The heat is turned on and off via a switch on the left side of the saddle that lights up when it’s on. Installation was pretty simple, and the wiring is all hidden underneath the seat. The wiring is well thought out, and there’s no splicing or dicing or forgetting to turn the seat off after a ride (it will only turn on when the switch is on). Now when I need to toast my buns, I can just go for a ride!

Corbin Heated Classic Solo Saddle Install

After turning on the bike’s ignition, flip the heater switch and it’ll light up. A toasty seat soon follows.





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Corbin heated seat with Ovalbac backrest and touring pillion

The Dyna is ready for a long, cold ride now. The heat switch is easily reachable from the riding position., And the new keyed hardware offers more security with a tool-less seat removal.