Corbin Times Home Edition
August 5, 2010


Ariel Corbin Rally
Wow, what a party (as you can see from the above pic)! We were rocked by the number of folks that turned up for our Fourth of July party. To those of you who made it... Thank you, thank you, thank you!


* * * NEW PRODUCTS * * *
Here's the latest from our R&D shop

Rumble Seat for Honda Fury     Details
Fleetliner Saddlebags for Honda Fury     Details
Dual Saddle for Ducati Monster 1100     Details
Undertail kit for 2009+ Yamaha V-Max     Details
Dual Saddle for 2007+ Suzuki Burgman 400     Details
Pilot saddle for BMW S1000 RR     Details
Gunfighter saddle for Victory Cross Country       ONLINE SOON


* * * WHAT'S UP NEXT * * *
Tall Boy seat for Suzuki Boulevard M109 R
Front seat & Smuggler for 2010 Honda VFR 1200
Front seat for 2010 Ducati Multistrata
Dual Sport saddle for Kawasaki KLX 250S
More Seat models for 2010 HD Softail models


* * * JULY WINNER * * *
Some call it Payola... others a Bribe ...     We just call it Our July Winner!

Congratulations Tom Holt!

If that's you (and ONLY if that's your name) send a confirmation email that includes your snail mail address to: chuck@corbin.com. Once again we're giving away a $300 Corbin Certificate and all you have to do is drop me an email within two weeks. Yes, it's that easy. Watch this spot for your name in our next newsletter!


* * * ORMOND'S OPEN * * *
Just a few minutes up the road from Daytona Beach and a stone's throw from Rossmeyer's Destination Daytona Harley dealership lies Corbin's base of East Coast operations in Ormond Beach, Florida. This fabulous showroom / warehouse of Corbin goodies is open seven days a week for sales, installation and support. Naturally our Florida team also mans the phones daily so you can reach us anytime.

With the wonders to today's technology, our regular toll free number will reach either office anytime we're open. 800-538-7035


* * * FREEBIES * * *
You'd scoff it I told you we were giving away free stuff right? Everybody knows that good stuff isn't free and free stuff usually isn't any good.

Well we've got an exception for you there Mr Scoffer Person! You CAN get free Corbin stuff, but there is a bit of a catch... relax, it's a small one. If you have a bike that's on our "Wanted List" and are willing to loan the bike to our R&D team for tooling, then you'll get the first production part absolutely FREE.

The amount of time we need to borrow your ride will vary by the type of part we're working on, but it's usually about 3-4 weeks. So if you're game, just follow THIS LINK and check out the list.


* * * LOOKING UP * * *
It's been a tough couple years... especially in the motorcycle industry where pretty much everything falls squarely in the relm of discretionary income. Lately there has been much heated discussion between myself and Bo about the future. For the record, I believe the US is on it's way to becoming a plutocracy while he firmly believes society is headed for complete collapse. I know that's pretty heavy, but he's just a dog (my black Labrador) so don't take it too seriously.

The argument usually concludes with me pointing at him and loudly exclaiming "What do you know, you don't even have opposable thumbs!?!" which is an argument he never wins. Yet I digress.

With so much bad news, it's really refreshing to see signs of revival. To wit: Suzuki Motor Company is returning to the US market in 2011 after a conspicuous lack of 2010 models. Likewise there are reports that used bike sales are on the rise and some brands are posting some very encouraging numbers. Not to mention Triumph is releasing two new Adventure bike models that are building a lot of buzz. It all feels pretty good!


* * * RIDER APPRECIATION DAY * * *
Geeeeeezzzz... what a zoo this place was! We really underestimated how many people would be into hanging around the factory Fourth of July weekend. You guys turned out en masse and surprised the heck out of us. You can bet we'll be doing that again next year!

While you're thinking about it, mark your calendar for Saturday, July 2nd. Come on down to the factory, have a little grub, check the place out, listen to music and look at bikes. We're already making plans so we'll be better prepared for the crowds, that's for sure. Wow... I'm still reeling from this one.

Lastly, there's a group of people still petitioning the city of Hollister to back an official rally. There's no real progress in that respect but talks are on and that's something. Regardless, you can always hang out with us on the North side of town! Bookmark THIS PAGE to keep up to date.


* * * BIKETOBERFEST * * *
Ormond Beach Showroom Now that the Corbin team doesn't hit all the rallies around the nation, there's only three times a year when you can wrangle a discount out of Mike. Once a year at the factory during "Rally Weekend", and twice a year at our Florida store during Bike Week (March) and Biketoberfest (October).

Well kids Biketoberfest is coming up here pretty quick. This year the rally's official dates are October 14-17 and we'll be offering 10% off and free installation of Corbin products all that week. You must attend the event to get the discount though! We're tossing around some ideas about hosting a little something for you folks that can drop by too, but we're still out of Tri-tip so don't expect too much. HA-HA!

Hmmm... guess you had to be here to think that was funny. Anyway, see ya at Biketoberfest!


* * * BO-STRADOMUS * * *
I don't want to obsess or anything, but for discussion purposes let's just say that Bo is right in predicting societal collapse. Suddenly your iPad only has value as long as you can use it to bludgeon something to eat for dinner. In this brave new world what would your mad Photoshop skillz or investing strategy be worth? A trifle I dare say.

Fear not, I offer a solution in one word: Zymurgy!

Allow me to explain. I personally may not be able to bring down a charging boar from a hundred yards with a water balloon. Likewise, if I found a deceased bovine I'm fairly certain I wouldn't know how to take it apart and I'm pretty sure it's not going to turn into T-bones and Ribeyes by itself. How did I prepare for this?

Learn how to make beer! Believe me when I tell you that around Hollister there will be no shortage of people that could disassemble a critter. I'd be willing to bet they'll be more than happy to trade for a nice frosty mug of Chuck's home brew! Problem solved.

Fortunately, I recently also learned how to make ice.


* * * HOKA HEY WHAT THE HECK? * * *
The Hoka Hey Challenge sure had a lot of people convinced that it was a big scam. Turns out it was just disorganized which is much more forgiveable and perfectly understandable for a first year event in my humble opinion.

Regardless, congrats to all the participants that made the 8,000+ mile journey and especially to Will Barclay who bagged the gold. It's a long story with a lot of drama but we won't get into that. You can read more at Quick Throttle magazine including interviews with the organizer at their website: www.quickthrottle.com.


That's it for now boys and girls, we hope you're enjoying your summer and riding safe!
Chuck


My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.
-Ernest Hemingway


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