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    Quote Originally Posted by f14rio View Post
    makes me wish my legs weren't so short. (5'10" but only a 30" inseam).
    hafta stick with the r12r.......

    maybe i can have it painted black
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    Quote Originally Posted by f14rio View Post
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    makes me wish my legs weren't so short. (5'10" but only a 30" inseam).
    hafta stick with the r12r.......

    maybe i can have it painted black
    I'm 5'11", and also have a 30" inseam.

    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.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by f14rio View Post


    makes me wish my legs weren't so short. (5'10" but only a 30" inseam).
    hafta stick with the r12r.......

    maybe i can have it painted black
    A 5'7" riding friend owns an 1150GSADV and a 1200GSADV. He has a Sargent low seat. That's the only mod. He rides them fast and everywhere, on and off road. One of our most hilarious rides was on a forest road that had been washed out by heavy rains in a number of places. Numerous water crossings, soft dirt/sand, and nature made ditches. He never dropped the supertanker but oh did we howl with laughter as we planned our lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f14rio View Post
    What happened to the wire wheels? Why would you put cast wheels on a GSA?

    This is what I have in mind:
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerfish1100 View Post
    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.
    i guess you don't use your feet to back up much.

    my harley weighs 250 lbs more and is a pleasure to back up compared to the r12r.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by dancogan View Post
    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!
    Yes, this is what my 5'7" friend does... if he parks it in a place where he needs to back it up, he just walks it back from the side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    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.
    yup. rare that i ever have to back up. only predictable spot is getting out of the garage. and i do that off the bike. superior thinking beats superior leg length every time!
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    May I have your address to steal this incredible bike.

    Also would get a low saddle for me. The stock seat may be a little too tall for me.

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    Congratulations!! Theres nothing better then the anticipation of that first ride on a brand new bikeExcept the first ride!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OfficerImpersonator View Post

    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!
    That bike is so bitchin good looking I wouldn't have a second thought about it being too big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f14rio View Post
    i guess you don't use your feet to back up much.
    i back my GS up by standing along side it and pushing. The 1150s have a great grab handlel for doing this.

    5' 8" with 29" inseam. You should see my Roy Rogers mount/dismount on the HP2e...

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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!!!

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