I ride my RTP with the stock seat set at the middle height setting, and I can easily get the balls of both feet down on the ground. I feel no compelling need to flat-foot the bike I ride, whether it be the RTP or the GSA.
I've sat on a GSA in the showroom and it didn't feel too tall for me. I was able to get my toes on the ground with the bike on the center-stand, so I'm presuming I'll be able to touch the ground when the bike is off the center-stand.
If I'm an idiot, and I'm buying a bike that's too big for me, let me know before it's too late!
your feet will reach ground.
maybe not flat footed, but you will have sufficient contact.
2 feet flat-footed is highly over-rated, imo. nice, but over-rated.
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I try to park where backing is not needed.Old habit from driving large trucks w/ short trailers.
I can put both feet down on my GSA on most ESA settings, but if set for two up/comfort I believe, it's higher and I still can push back from the gate if needed. As long as one foot is available for balance ,I can reverse.
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It might be easier to move the bike by standing next to it, grab the handlebars with one hand and the passenger grab rail with the other. It takes some practice to become comfortable with this method but it does provide a great deal of control and less effort than trying to move a bike backwards with one foot on the ground.
In any event, good luck with the new GSA. It's a beauty!
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Also would get a low saddle for me. The stock seat may be a little too tall for me.
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OfficerImpersonator, I have the slightly lower 2011 GS and you and I are the same height. You will not have any problems. I test rode the GSA and GS. Pretty close for seat height. I am a new rider. With your experience you will easily adapt. I ride my GS with the seat in the high position.
Triple Black is beautiful (almost bought one) but I have to say, (for me)I went with red to be as visible as possible. It might also have something to do with 32 years in the Fire Service? Could'nt get away from the red! I have a bad back and do not plan on doing much off road riding other than a graded dirt road. That is why I opted for the non-spoked wheels. Sure easier to clean!!! If I thought I would do more off road riding I would have gone with the stronger spoked wheels like you are looking at. For some reason the spoked wheels look better on the GS or GSA. No matter what option or color, you will love your bike. They are nice. Enjoy!!!