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OR do it yourself by making a bridge-piece out of steel, then adding 2 longer bolts and 12 washers.





MINE haven't broken in about 135K miles.

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OR do it yourself by making a bridge-piece out of steel, then adding 2 longer bolts and 12 washers.

MINE haven't broken in about 135K miles.
I did the same thing using aluminum bar I picked up at Home Depot for about $5. Raised it 3/8 inch and it's perfect. If I can do it, anyone can!

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Riser Block for Front Seat Lift Mod

Created / copied from For Sale to Active Cosmetic thread, for those wishing to request , feel free to post in the for sale thread of Rawkstar320. If you have alternative suggestions post in this thread. Thanks

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I did the same thing using aluminum bar I picked up at Home Depot for about $5. Raised it 3/8 inch and it's perfect. If I can do it, anyone can!

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Are these riser blocks still for sale?
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Are these riser blocks still for sale?
Check the "sticky" for Rawkstar320's address.

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I am thinking of doing the flat bar and washer riser on my '11. I am right at the limit of being able to get the balls of both of my feet down at a stop. Will raising the front edge push me over the top and require a lowering kit? I'd rather not have to do that.
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I am thinking of doing the flat bar and washer riser on my '11. I am right at the limit of being able to get the balls of both of my feet down at a stop. Will raising the front edge push me over the top and require a lowering kit? I'd rather not have to do that.
I've never ridden a Versys w/out that flat bar and washer riser, EXCEPT for the ride home from the dealer back in Sept '08 (...AND the ride from the dealer on my '09 and '15 Vs...).

Have you "set your sag" yet? Mine is at about 45mm, so the seat is HIGH when I get on, but when the suspension 'settles' I'm very close to 'fat-footing'. I have a 31" inseam (MAYBE closer to 30"....).

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I've never ridden a Versys w/out that flat bar and washer riser, EXCEPT for the ride home from the dealer back in Sept '08 (...AND the ride from the dealer on my '09 and '15 Vs...).

Have you "set your sag" yet? Mine is at about 45mm, so the seat is HIGH when I get on, but when the suspension 'settles' I'm very close to 'fat-footing'. I have a 31" inseam (MAYBE closer to 30"....).
No, I haven't adjusted the suspension at all. The guy I bought the bike from was around my weight, and he said he adjusted it for him, but I haven't verified anything.
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Setting the "sag" is one of those (seemingly...) 'black-art' things, but it's fairly easy, and works better w/ two people. I did it w/ my wife who is NOT mechanical. Just hit SEARCH for setting the sag.

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No, I haven't adjusted the suspension at all. The guy I bought the bike from was around my weight, and he said he adjusted it for him, but I haven't verified anything.
My bike came with the preload and damping all set to max. I was questioning my purchase during the first ride home. The suspension was so stiff I could tell you how many times the lines on the road had been painted. After I took the time to adjust the sag and rebound damping, it became the bike I was expecting. If memory serves me, the fork pre-load is 1 turn in from completely out, and the damping is less than 1 turn from all the way out. The shock is on the lowest preload and 3 clicks damping. The owners manual is way off with their suggested settings, and most people follow bad advice and use sport bike "track" settings on the street.

With the correct suspension sag, I was able to install the riser block and still flat foot at a stop with my 32" inseam.

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My bike came with the preload and damping all set to max.....
This is NOT unusual....

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My bike came with the preload and damping all set to max. I was questioning my purchase during the first ride home. The suspension was so stiff I could tell you how many times the lines on the road had been painted. After I took the time to adjust the sag and rebound damping, it became the bike I was expecting. If memory serves me, the fork pre-load is 1 turn in from completely out, and the damping is less than 1 turn from all the way out. The shock is on the lowest preload and 3 clicks damping. The owners manual is way off with their suggested settings, and most people follow bad advice and use sport bike "track" settings on the street.

With the correct suspension sag, I was able to install the riser block and still flat foot at a stop with my 32" inseam.
My rear preload was on “3”, so I dropped it to “1” and I can flat foot it. I weigh about 165 so we’ll see how that goes. I’ll try the dampening on 3 for a bit and see how I like it.

The front preload is adjusted with the top nuts on the forks, right? I haven’t checked them. Hope to bump the front of the seat a little this weekend.
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I had the riser 3D printed a while ago but finally got around to installing it yesterday. I wasn't having a big problem with the tilt of the seat, but figured I'd try it anyway. On a 45 minute commute to work this morning I could definitely tell the difference -- guess I had been pushing myself back in the seat more often than I knew. I'm sure this will make a bigger difference on longer rides. I'll likely get an aftermarket seat at some point, but in the meantime this is a great low-cost mod. AT 5'9" I can still (barely) flat-foot the bike with the seat riser in place and a thick sheepskin seat pad. BTW, you'll need two M6 x 40mm hex-head bolts, and two M6 flat washers unless you're using flange-head bolts. I think 40mm is minimum bolt length; others have used 45mm or 50mm. I went with stainless bolts and washers.
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Hey everyone, I am still alive!

A few things, first thing is since I never set up my PM to email me notifications, I got busy with life and forgot to check my PM box for a while. o_0

But more importantly, I definitely cannot make the risers for people anymore. It is simply too much work managing everything, however, the files are out there on Thingiverse ( https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1775953 ) and there are TONS of 3D printing services that can manufacture the parts for around $10-$15 per part --- which is WAY cheaper than it costs for me to build it.

Good luck all, and ride safe!

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Hey everyone, I am still alive!

A few things, first thing is since I never set up my PM to email me notifications, I got busy with life and forgot to check my PM box for a while. o_0

But more importantly, I definitely cannot make the risers for people anymore. It is simply too much work managing everything, however, the files are out there on Thingiverse ( https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1775953 ) and there are TONS of 3D printing services that can manufacture the parts for around $10-$15 per part --- which is WAY cheaper than it costs for me to build it.

Good luck all, and ride safe!
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thanks for making the ones you did. I am still using mine and it will go with the bike when it is sold or traded in. Take care, and glad to see your name. I also go for weeks without checking in.

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