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Lowered bike, now new seat raised me back up

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I'm an idiot.

Went thru all the trouble to lower this bike with the Motowerks link, etc. and then installed the seat concepts foam/cover. It's comfy. I like it. Triples my comfortable riding distance.

But.... I'm back on my toes again. It's certainly taller than the OEM seat.
.......Not realizing that they also offered a lower version of that foam/cover set.

So, if any of you need a taller seat, I would be open for a trade.
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I'm 5'6. I have the speedy lowering kit and stock seat. I barely touch on my tip toes. So I just leave one foot on the foot peg and one flat on the ground. Been doing that since '09 and never had an issue. No offense meant but why do you need to be flat footed? The only bike I've ever flat footed was my wife's old 250 ninja.

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Hi Mack, I have to agree with you on that one! I'm 1-1/2" taller, no kit, OEM seat - toes and one foot down, sliding the cheeks a bit. Got no problem with it for myself BUT if I were riding with a passenger. That would probably change everything. Sure, it could be done in an emergency but I would not want to tour like that.
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I'm 5'6. I have the speedy lowering kit and stock seat. I barely touch on my tip toes. So I just leave one foot on the foot peg and one flat on the ground. Been doing that since '09 and never had an issue. No offense meant but why do you need to be flat footed? The only bike I've ever flat footed was my wife's old 250 ninja.

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Yeah, you're right. This Versys is light and it's really not a problem to be on tip toes.

I lowered my FJR1300. Much heavier bike. The bike feels totally different now, and I like it much better. Hard to explain. Can't exactly flat foot it, but at least I'm not on my TIP toes.

We do some amount of unpaved roads. Getting into a situation where it's a stretch to reach the ground is not as pleasant as it was when I was 18 years old.



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Maybe you should give Loren a call. If he's not to far away you could ride in and get a custom fit..http://www.motorbikesaddles.com
Huh. Great idea. It's just a short day ride - 275 miles according to Google maps. I could slide out of here around 4 am one morning....

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Yeah, you're right. This Versys is light and it's really not a problem to be on tip toes.

I lowered my FJR1300. Much heavier bike. The bike feels totally different now, and I like it much better. Hard to explain. Can't exactly flat foot it, but at least I'm not on my TIP toes.

We do some amount of unpaved roads. Getting into a situation where it's a stretch to reach the ground is not as pleasant as it was when I was 18 years old.



Yes, I wear very thick soled boots.
I 2up a lot but gravel without being flat footed would definitely be a no-no for me as well.

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...We do some amount of unpaved roads. Getting into a situation where it's a stretch to reach the ground is not as pleasant as it was when I was 18 years old.



Yes, I wear very thick soled boots.
On my 4 day adventure ride thru AZ, NM, UT, NV last October I dropped BIG RED when I had parked on the Moki Dugout (to take some pics) on an un-even stretch where the crown of the road fell away on my right a fair amount. Got on, started getting the bike upright - - - "What-the-hell!" as my right foot found air instead of dirt, and over she went. Here's the pic I stopped to take..., and the one that resulted...!

I TRY to be VERY careful NOT to park in such an area again....

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On my 4 day adventure ride thru AZ, NM, UT, NV last October I dropped BIG RED when I had parked on the Moki Dugout (to take some pics) on an un-even stretch where the crown of the road fell away on my right a fair amount. Got on, started getting the bike upright - - - "What-the-hell!" as my right foot found air instead of dirt, and over she went. Here's the pic I stopped to take..., and the one that resulted...!

I TRY to be VERY careful NOT to park in such an area again....

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It looks like maybe it's just tired. You're working it too hard.

I have a bike that likes to lay around the garage.
after a hard day riding........

BTW, nice photo !
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Loren built me a seat a couple years ago. We traded a bunch of email and some pictures and I got about as perfect a seat as possible.

Beautiful work as well.

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...I have a bike that likes to lay around the garage.
after a hard day riding........

BTW, nice photo !
Does your Wing enjoy 'sleeping' on its left side TOO...?



You liked my pic... which one, the "sleep" or the Dugway...?


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Does your Wing enjoy 'sleeping' on its left side TOO...?



You liked my pic... which one, the "sleep" or the Dugway...?

Nope, just the right side....

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I thought both your photos were good. It's the journey, and the stories. If you do't have pictures..... it didn't happen....
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