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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-08-2015, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Some more first impressions about my 650 LT. I'm 510 185, 32 inch inseam, and I can't get the heels of my feet down. The bike still feels completely stable and operating it is a breeze, but I would still like a lower seat. When coming to a stop I find myself sometimes struggling to hold a straight line to a slow stop. I don't know if this is due to my inexperience with such a long traveling front, or the suspension settings. Finally, aftermarket and oem accessories are almost nonexistent at this time. Ah, honeymooning.
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I'm 5' 10" with a 29" inseam and am happy that I can get the balls of my feet on the ground! Thought about the Moto Werk lowering kit but haven't decided yet. I have the same issue with my BMW K75S. I need longer legs apparently. Still, I haven't suffered a zero speed topple over in something like 50 years of riding.

Oh, maybe I shouldn't said that.

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Several posts here on lowering seats. I removed all staples on rider portion of seat, removed all the foam except for first six inches, stapled the cover back in place. Then, placed an AirHawk R cushion on top. Lowers the seat height by two inches, and the AirHawk R cusion is MUCH more comfortable than OEM.

If the result is not low enough, install the Speedy lowering kit. I've done both, and with 29" in-seam, I can easily flatfoot my 2010 V.
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Some more first impressions about my 650 LT. I'm 510 185, 32 inch inseam, and I can't get the heels of my feet down. The bike still feels completely stable and operating it is a breeze, but I would still like a lower seat. When coming to a stop I find myself sometimes struggling to hold a straight line to a slow stop. I don't know if this is due to my inexperience with such a long traveling front, or the suspension settings. Finally, aftermarket and oem accessories are almost nonexistent at this time. Ah, honeymooning.
Keep in mind that lowering the seat, besides decreasing your cushion, will also decrease your legroom while riding. You may have more than enough, I dunno, but even with a mere 29" inseam, I usually want all that I can get.

I'm generally not a fan of lowering bikes, but as these bikes are sport tourers dressed up as "adventure" bikes, they have plenty more ground clearance than they actually need. For a hundred bucks or so you can get one of a couple types of devices to drop the rear end. Some are adjustable and can drop it several inches. You can also drop the forks in their clamps an inch or so to keep the bike as level as possible. Just another solution to consider.
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get the seat done and a cheap way to go. Don't lower the bike as you will lose some handling. Best to work on the seat and you will get used to it.
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I'd vote for the lowering kit. I added the lowering kit and new tires at the same time. Not sure which made the biggest difference, but I have a lot more confidence on tight lean angles now. I can flatfoot at stops too with 32 inseam... However if you got a little junk in the trunk of your own, the seat mod will get you there too.
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...Still, I haven't suffered a zero speed topple over in something like 50 years of riding.

Oh, maybe I shouldn't said that.
Yup - probably should NOT have...! I've had a couple over the years where I've stopped, put my foot down... onto gravel; my foot started to slide; and DOWN!


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