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Old 01-18-2006, 02:06 PM   #21
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Re: The PASHNIT Busa gets a whole new look !!

This is no good! I think this is solely a conspiracy to make me buy a 'busa next year! The wheels, the tank bra..... I'd posted a question about what I was considering for a sport-tourer on a thread I started, and the 'busa was on my list. I think Tim's 'busa the way he's set it up is the clincher.......... should do my own now.......!
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Old 01-18-2006, 02:58 PM   #22
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Re: The PASHNIT Busa gets a whole new look !!

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Wow man...the bike is getting nice. I will have to check out your mod page.
Yah - I have to do a bunch of updating to that too.
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Old 01-18-2006, 03:57 PM   #23
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Re: The PASHNIT Busa gets a whole new look !!

Very pretty bike, Tim.

I bet now the the group will let you ride along.
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Old 01-18-2006, 04:47 PM   #24
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Re: The PASHNIT Busa gets a whole new look !!

Got a question about the Tobin Seat vs. the Corbin. Mine as well answer that here.

The seat you see here is a 'Tobin'- made by a fella on the east coast that is sort of one these 'local boy makes good' stories. It is a stock seat that's been recut into this shape.

I have always been a big fan of Corbin Seats (even going to the factory to have them make custom seats for my bike & my wife's). Have done about 30,000+ on Corbin seats so can vouch they are good product with big following. But the bowl-shape Corbins I have seen for the Busa just didn't look right for me.

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I went with the Suzuki Gel Seat at first thinking that'd be the best for traveling, ntm much cheaper. Gel seat on eBay is like $90. So I put a couple thousand miles on that seat with a couple trips.

Suzuki Gel Seat

I also recovered the stock seat with a Second Look Seat cover- I really liked the look of the matching colors.

Stock Seat with Second Look seat cover

So figured I'd try a Tobin since it looked 10x better than the flat black Gel Seat. I was a little hesitant though as there were few, if any, owners in the sport-touring community that had used them as a long-distance seat. The Tobin seemed more of an item of the 'custom' boulevard crowd or the drag-racers.

Tobin Seat

But the Tobins were immensely popular in the busa community and everyone seemed to vouch for this person that didn't even have a website and was all word-of-mouth sales.

One story I was told is that when Tobins first started getting popular, Corbin's business selling Busa seats all but dried up. Somewhat surprised at this - they began asking quiestions and of course quickly found out it was because of this Tobin fella. Well the name 'tobin' seemed highly suspicious and Tobin got a call from Corbin's lawyers wanting an explanation. Not only had their seat business greatly tapered off, but there was some guy making busa seats with a very similar name. Turns out that is really is his first name, and to get the lawyers off his back, Tobin sent them a copy of his drivers license and they left him alone after that. Gotta love American capitalism!

Nice thing about Tobin is you just send him your stock seat, tell him the colors you want- this one is a custom two-color job with the custom 'pashnit' stitching- and Tobin whips it up. There is also a rear seat that has been re-cut, the Hayabusa kanji symbol stitched into it, and the rear lip for the passenger. Corbin might be better for two-up with that backrest, but my wife has her own bike so I always ride solo.

Overall, after about 15,000 travel miles on the Tobin seat, I'm a believer. The biggest difference is it gives you the feeling of sitting 'in' the bike, rather than on. And it does lower you down about an 1". It is thinner, however the rolled shaped of it fits surprisingly well.

Both seats

I liked it so much, we have a photo thread here of Tobin seats.
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Old 01-19-2006, 09:04 PM   #25
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Re: The PASHNIT Busa gets a whole new look !!

The mods look great! I can't wait for my next bike- 2004 ZRX! Be a good switch bike for the Madura. Think I got the avatar down now. Thanks. You live around the central coast?
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Old 01-21-2006, 03:30 PM   #26
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WOW LOoking good..great job..
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Old 03-09-2006, 01:57 PM   #27
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Re: The PASHNIT Busa gets a whole new look !!

Lookin' sweet, Tim. I'll be in the market for a new bike before long. You're tempting me.
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Old 03-10-2006, 10:50 PM   #28
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Re: The PASHNIT Busa gets a whole new look !!

Well this post just answered the question before I could ask it. I am planning on getting a Tobin seat but wasn't sure about the comfort it would provide for a long day of riding. I didn't think asking on the hayabusa site would help anything as Tim said they are all into speed and racing. So now that I have my answere I guess I will send my seats out and have them done as it's still not riding season yet. got one more month of rain after this and then its time to break the bike out for the season.
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Old 10-24-2006, 07:06 AM   #29
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Re: The PASHNIT Busa gets a whole new look !!

The Pashnit Busa is a great looking bike. So great that I have to have one, been riding a Road King (2000) and like the long tour rides. Keep up the good work and hopefully I can get to your area for a ride this coming season.
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:15 PM   #30
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Re: The PASHNIT Busa gets a whole new look !!

WOW! almost makes me want a BUSA so I can get them spiffy looking toys too... once i got the bike i couldnt afford the new toys tho... oh well... I'll stick to my chrome & just admire yer bike from afar!

nice work Tim!
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