i neglected to mention in my original post that the task took a couple of hours longer than corbin had intended (they seemed to be overloaded on ordered product work vs appt/walk-in) and when i went to pay for it, there was no charge for the backrest. i asked why and he said, "we're sorry you had to wait ....".
wow, completely unexpected (especially since we never discussed timing / wait period before then.)
when i ride down that way 2 weeks from now i'm taking him a carton of our jams / jellies / honey from our gardens / hives.
another point worth mentioning:
mine was the only gl there. couple of bmw's with owners who clearly distance tour on them, a suzuki-something sport tourer - the guy had ridden down from idaho, and a brand-spanking new harley BIG DOG kinda bike in bright harley orange ... a guy and his wife.
i enjoyed talking scooters / touring / life with all of them but especially enjoyed the harley guy and his wife.
he's an army major, just 3 weeks home from afghanistan. army for 24 years, originally enlisted, finished his bachelors while enlisted, moved to officer and is in the middle of his master's. he loves what he does and his wife has enjoyed being a military wife - they've lived around the world - and they expect to retire from army in 6 years +/-.
i really enjoyed hanging out with other scooter people - i tend to ride alone or with selected friends - and hearing their views about their scooters, touring and life.
overall, a wonderful day @ corbin - and i got my saddle reupholstered, too!