Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Installing a Jardine Billet Backrest Extension & Corbin Dual Tour Saddle

Jardine Fishtail Pipes
finish off the look I was aiming for.
Many of you know by now that I have been picking up bits and pieces for my Suzuki Intruder 1400 (aka Serenity) since purchasing 'her' back in October 2011. One of those pieces happened to be a used Jardine Billet Backrest Extension off of a seller on eBay for $50.00! Not bad considering these retail new for just over $200.00 - proving that you can still get a good deal every now and then on eBay! That and the guy who sold it to me openly admitted he had no idea what he had really. As fate would have it, when I brought my bike into Moto Sport Newman on the south shore to get serviced after having sat unused for two years by her previous owner I was told that nearly all the parts that I purchased would not fit the bike! Before you chuckle to yourself and think - "see, don't buy anything blind on eBay!" I wish to state for the record that the mechanic(s) at Moto Sport Newman didn't know what they were talking about! This entire blog is dedicated to them as I will now show them and everyone who is interested how to properly install a Jardine Billet Backrest Extension!

Subsequently this blog will also show you how to install a Corbin Dual Tour motorcycle seat made to order especially for my bike! Corbin has been in business for decades now and make quality motorcycle seats amongst other things. Despite my reservations I opted for the leather seat combo as there was no price difference between vinyl. Also, despite their claim on their website that they cannot cut the saddle back if you call and ask politely they will in fact put your seat two inches back for you at no extra charge! Back to the matter at hand; to install both the Jardine Backrest Extension and the Corbin Dual Tour Seat simply follow these simple steps:

Step 1:
Remove the sissy bar pad by simply pulling on it. It isn't screwed in or locked in any way and requires only a gentle tug.
Step 2:
Using the ignition key, unlock the storage compartment door and simply pull out.
It is not hinged to the compartment door in any way and is held in place only by the lock itself.
Step 3:
There are four (4) bolts on the side walls of the interior storage compartment.
Remove All four bolts. Do NOT lose, you will need these bolts again!
Once complete, simply pull the top piece of the sissy bar head off and store in safe place.
Step 4:
The bolt and washer at the bottom of the storage compartment secures both
the seat and the storage compartment to the rear fender of the bike.
Remove this bolt and save. Do NOT lose, you will need this again.

Step 5:
Remove cap and ONLY LOOSEN bolt that supports both rear sissy bar and rear fender support trim.
You will have to use a ratchet and wrench for this as the bolt on the inside of the fender needs to be held firmly in place with a wrench whilst using a ratchet to loosen the bolt on the outside of the fender.
Do NOT remove bolt completely! You only have to do this with one side of the bike.
Step 6:
Remove the Passenger Seat by simply pulling it towards the rear and up.
If your like me (which I sincerely hope you are not), take a moment and step back and  pat your pockets down in a panic to make sure you have every little bolt and washer!
This is what everything should look like by now.
Step 7:
Once confirming that you have all the bits and pieces still place  Jardine Billet Backrest Extension  in place.
As you can see, it is a tight fit and the OEM sissy bar will hold it in place nicely as you have a look.

Step 8:
As you can see, it is not a perfect fit at first. This is largely due to the OEM sissy bar being too tight on the fender still.
However, the right side had no complaints fitting in when pressed down but the left side (where my thumb is) was stubborn and needed some coaxing. 
Step 9:
I highly recommend a hammer and gentle but firm tapping until it is flush with the OEM sissy bar.
Be careful not to get overzealous and hammering your rear fender instead! 
Step 10:
Replace OEM sissy bar storage compartment.
Return the screws (see step 3) to their proper place by aligning all the holes together and tighten! 
Step 11:
Tighten this screw again! This will secure not only the OEM sissy bar and the Jardine Extension Backrest but equally as important it will secure the rear fender support grab rail. Return the chrome cap when completed.
Step 12:
The OEM saddle is held partially down by this piece. Remove it and store it in a safe place.
You will NOT require this piece with your new Corbin Dual Tour seat!
Thus, do not replace after you have removed your OEM saddle!
Step 13:
Once the piece is removed, clean the area and prepare to put new seat on!
Step 14:
Unscrew this black box from the OEM Saddle.
You will NOT require the OEM bolts or the washers as Corbin provides you with a new set of both!
Place Corbin Saddle carefully on  left side of motorcycle frame and install black box on Corbin saddle underbelly with new screws and washers provided by Corbin!
Step 15:
Using the tongue at the front of the Corbin Saddle slide into designated slot and push saddle forward.
Once complete, push down on Corbin Saddle and align rear tongue with bolt hole.
Return the bolt (see Step 4) to slot with washer and press down and tighten.
Step 16:
Check both sides of the bike to ensure that the Corbin Saddle is flush with the frame of the bike.
Adjust if needed.

Step 17:
Return storage compartment door and lock in position.
You will have to raise (slightly) the Jardine sissy bar pad to do this and  push the rear of the Corbin passenger saddle pad away in order to get the door back on properly. This is straight forward and not complicated.
Step 18:
Return the OEM sissy bar pad to its original location. Align with  the three holes provided and push firmly.
At this point you may decide that you want to have the Jardine and the OEM sissy bar pads recovered in leather.
I was going to have the OEM sissy bar pad recovered in vinyl to match the Jardine sissy bar pad BUT my wife says she likes it the way it is. Apparently it's "cute"! Who am I to argue?
Step 19:VOILA!
Check everything over at least once and make sure it is flush with each other. 

Step 20:
Admire your handy work and pat yourself on the back!
Oh, and send this as an email attachment to the jackass (aka: the mechanic) who said it couldn't be done!
So there you have it... if an idiot like me could figure it out it makes you wonder if the guys at Moto Newman Sport were simply inept or lazy?! Personally, I love the high sissy bars. It reminds me of the old choppers my mother's friends and boyfriends had when I was growing up as a kid in Verdun. As for the Corbin Dual Tour seat, despite many people complaining that the seat makes the riding position too high or that the seat itself is too hard I like it for exactly both of these reasons. This was a must for me personally and gives me more height and space between my fat ass and the mid-controls on the bike. I haven't had a chance to really ride the bike much with the Corbin saddle on the bike but will give it a good run in this weekend. Apparently, Corbin states that you must give their seats a break in period of two thousand miles! For those of you who only use your bikes on Sundays, when its warm out and without a drop of rain to be seen... this could easily translate into a breaking in period of three years or more.... LOL. For the rest of us, it's nothing a trip down to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally won't cure really quick! ;-)


  1. BSJ,
    I just want to say Thanks.....Im deployed and have been waiting to see my ride with extended backrest and my new Corbin seat.....I sent your link and good ole wifey did her first wrenching on my bike.......and me 9000 miles away what was I thinking(sorry T) It was easy enough for her and she still burns Tea( sorry again T)

  2. Corbin has many options to choose from, Black Natural Leather, Black Bomber Leather, etc. Curious what option you choose? Thanks, Willis

    1. Hi Willish,

      Given that I am an all weather rider I opted for the basic black leather option that was offered. Nothing too fancy in lieu of the fact that I wasn't sure how leather would hold up with the increment weather here in Quebec, Canada. That being siad, once waxed regularly, I never had an issue with it and would buy again from Corbin. It's a great seat which made riding long disctances for many hours non stop (except for petrol, etc...) enjoyable and easy. Hope this helps.

    2. Thanks. I'm glad I saw your initial remarks about sweet talking the Corbin folks about moving the saddle back 2". I also saw their "can't do" statement in regards to. Hope I can sweet talk them also!

    3. Yeah, it wasn't even an issue really when I asked. I guess they put that on their website in case someone wants something drastically different. Either way, they have a daily drop in centre where you can have the seat fitted to you by one of their specialists! Of course, that would mean riding out there on the stock seat but think about how comfortable the ride would be coming back! ;-) Ride Safe!

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