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post #1 of 26 Old 04-17-2009, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Need help, setup for light rider

Hi there.

New to the forum, recently purchased 2001 KLR 650 w/ 12,000 miles in great condition. I have put on a Corbin Dual Platform Seat on it (pretty disappointed in how little this made a difference!) and still a bit tall for me. Short of putting on the lowering links I have is there anything else I can do to make it fit better? I am 5'7" and 140# and a 31.5" inseam. I have the dampening set at 1 and the shock at 0 or 1 (can't remember but the lowest setting).

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post #2 of 26 Old 04-17-2009, 01:44 PM
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5'7" is a stretch. Pun only somewhat intended.




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That wasn't very helpful. Let me try again. I don't think at 5'7" you will get the bike to where it feels safe and comfortable. But I may be wrong. I'm 6'2" and put my foot down in some gravel yesterday. Foot slid some. If I had been shorter the bike would have been on the ground. It's a tall ass bike.




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Thanks, not exactly the kind of advice I am seeking.
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post #5 of 26 Old 04-17-2009, 08:23 PM
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You are pretty limited.1 lower seat.2 lowering links.3 smaller wheels.
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post #6 of 26 Old 04-17-2009, 10:02 PM
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That's cause you're asking for advice that doesn't exist, in my opinion. You know what your options are. Personally,
I don't think you can make the bike comfortable for someone who is 5'7". But have at it. A lot of info about lowering on this and other sites if you look for it.




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post #7 of 26 Old 04-18-2009, 12:07 AM
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You probably need the dished corbin which drops the rider about 1.5" down to 33.5" if I recall correctly. Add the lowering links for another 1.5" down to 32" and you should be able to at least get the balls of your feet touching with a 31.5" inseam. Don't forget to adjust the forks as well. After this, you'll probably need to bump the shock back to 5 or you'll be bottoming out non stop.
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post #8 of 26 Old 04-18-2009, 02:08 AM
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Check out these lowering links, they will take you lower than any others.

http://www.scootworks.com/shop.cgi/p...D=PUT_SID_HERE

Just click the link and it is right there.

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Welcome to KLRforum. You have a fairly common inseam or close to it. Part of the problem with the DS seats is the width being wider. I know you are not in the area but Corbin allows one adjustment. A couple months after I bought my Corbin seat I had it Nosed or narrowed and this helpd. I am 6' with a 32" inseam. Call Corbin and see what they can do to help you.

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I didn't see the inseam note, sorry...you got long legs. You can get a few inches off the bike for sure. I wasn't trying to come off as flip before, I truly think most people who are 5'7" would not be happy on this bike, but you might be able to pull it off.




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