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lowering and the hand controls?

My wife is still bike shopping. Today, we went to BMW Manhattan to check out a lowered f650GS. She likes the look of it and they even let her take it for a test ride.

She found the angle of the brake and clutch lever forced her wrists into an akward angle and I confirmed the problem. It almost seems like lowering the seat has caused an unexpected drop in the angle with which the forearm approaches the handlebar. This for her is the only bad thing about the bike. It's light enough and very nearly low enough for her.

Does the lowered Versys have this problem too? Would puling back the handlebar slightly fix this weird angle?
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My wife is still bike shopping. Today, we went to BMW Manhattan to check out a lowered f650GS. She likes the look of it and they even let her take it for a test ride.

She found the angle of the brake and clutch lever forced her wrists into an awkward angle and I confirmed the problem. It almost seems like lowering the seat has caused an unexpected drop in the angle with which the forearm approaches the handlebar. This for her is the only bad thing about the bike.
One of the FIRST things you should do with a new bike is to 'tailor' the controls to YOU! Loosen the clutch and brake levers and move them to where the angle of your wrist and forearms is pretty much straight (which I bet the BMW was NOT!), bearing in mind that the angles have to be right for standing on dual sport bikes.

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I agree about loosening the clutch and brake lever mounts and turn them to the desired fit for each rider. I have always had to do that because i have shorter arm length. My wife rode a lowered F650 all over the US with me and loved it. We just don't have a good BMW dealer around here anymore. All my levers are almost horizontal and most have them turned down because they have the arm length. Ask the dealer to adjust them once to her.

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