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    1150GS seat height

    Okay since I am 46 the odds of my legs getting any longer are remote at best. My bike has a Russell day long seat that I love but I am on my tippy toes when stopped. What are my options, other than getting a different bike, for getting a little more of my feet on the ground?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeClark View Post
    Okay since I am 46 the odds of my legs getting any longer are remote at best. My bike has a Russell day long seat that I love but I am on my tippy toes when stopped. What are my options, other than getting a different bike, for getting a little more of my feet on the ground?
    I think there is only one. Lower the bike slightly with different shocks.

    I'm 5'10" with a 30" inseam and that makes me too short for most BMW bikes, especially the GS models. But I've had to tip toe bikes since I was 15 and the thing is you do get used to it and there are ways to compensate like picking where you choose to stop more carefully. I know that is not always possible and once in a while things get more exciting than is optimal but you do adjust and adapt.
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    thicker soles on your boots, or lowering your bike. That's about it.

    sorry....
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdpc2 View Post
    thicker soles on your boots, or lowering your bike. That's about it.

    sorry....
    How does one go about lowering the bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeClark View Post
    How does one go about lowering the bike?
    Just told you in post number 2.

    "Lower the bike slightly with different shocks."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Wanderer View Post
    Just told you in post number 2.

    "Lower the bike slightly with different shocks."
    Um...yeah I didn't see your post about the DIFFERENT SHOCKS before I sent that post.
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    Before you try different shocks, you could try changing the preset on the rear shock. I moved mine to a lighter setting, which was good for me, but in the process, it also lowered the bike and center of gravity, which has also been good for me.
    I also like the boot idea
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeClark View Post
    Okay since I am 46 the odds of my legs getting any longer are remote at best. My bike has a Russell day long seat that I love but I am on my tippy toes when stopped. What are my options, other than getting a different bike, for getting a little more of my feet on the ground?
    Do you try to put both feet down when you stop?

    The reason I ask is I have a 30" inseam on a tall day, and I ride my wife's R1150GS with no issues -- but that is in large part because I'm comfortable with *only* putting my left foot down, and further not feeling a need to put my entire left foot into contact with the ground (i.e., I'm usually on the ball of the foot at a stop). FWIW, my R12RT with standard seat is even more of a reach than the GS. For me, riding technique/practice/developing confidence has eliminated the need to modify the bike.

    Not bragging or saying this is the only "right" solution -- just offering up the idea as an alternative to lowering your bike, which can be a pita (e.g., which you swap in sorter shocks, you need to modify the centerstand to make it sorter, and the sidestand will make the bike stand more upright/be more tippy).
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    What about the low seat I have seen mentioned?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeClark View Post
    What about the low seat I have seen mentioned?
    I avoid them due to thin/uncomfortable padding. By the time you add cushions to make them livable, you're back up to standard height anyway.

    You may be able to get one of the custom seat makers to build a relatively comfortable low seat (Russell, Mayer (Rick or Rocky)).
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