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post #1 of 38 Old 07-07-2019, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Ride height adjustment?

Probably a dumb question, but I am gonna ask it since I don't know. I have a 2018 KLR650. Just got it and I love the ride! I am 6ft tall with long legs but I find myself up on my toes when on the bike. Is there a way to lower the seat height just a bit so I can stand flat footed?

I have looked at the owners manual and repair manual and it appears that maybe an adjustment of the pre-load could do it. I put a socket on it but it felt tight and I didn't want to force it and bust something.
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post #2 of 38 Old 07-07-2019, 10:02 PM
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Probably a dumb question, but I am gonna ask it since I don't know. I have a 2018 KLR650. Just got it and I love the ride! I am 6ft tall with long legs but I find myself up on my toes when on the bike. Is there a way to lower the seat height just a bit so I can stand flat footed?

I have looked at the owners manual and repair manual and it appears that maybe an adjustment of the pre-load could do it. I put a socket on it but it felt tight and I didn't want to force it and bust something.

JNS foot peg lowering brackets is what you need.
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post #3 of 38 Old 07-07-2019, 11:18 PM
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I think you'll find that the bike gets shorter the more you ride it. Well,,,, maybe not really but it feels that way. It didn't take long and I'm 6' as well. There's no seat adjustment but you can lower the bike with new links. I'd give it some time before you go down that road.

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Thanks, I will wait a bit then. Hopefully the suspension loosens up. I weigh over 200 and was surprised that the bike doesn't move much when I get on it.
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You shouldn't be able to flat foot it and don't need to be able to flat foot it. A dual sport is tall for a reason. If you lower it with links you're just screwing up the suspension. If you install a lowered seat you're just screwing up the seat and your ability to move around on the bike.

If you want to flat foot a bike, get a cruiser or crotch rocket.
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Thanks, I will wait a bit then. Hopefully the suspension loosens up. I weigh over 200 and was surprised that the bike doesn't move much when I get on it.
I don't think the bike will "loosen up", you'll just get used to it. If not you can lower it but I wouldn't. You could always find a Goldwing club to ride with. They're really into ice cream so if you ride with them long enough, you may end up being able to flat foot the bike

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At 6' you do not need to lower the bike. Setting the sag properly is done for proper suspension action, not to adjust the seat height; set the preload for about 30% of the travel or about 2 1/4" front and rear. Definitely keep it in the 25-33% range.


As far as the seat height goes; you'll get used to it. You can also try taller boots......if you're still not happy you can cut down the seat foam some, though that isn't ideal either (as Tom mentioned). My ex-wife rode a stock height KLR at 5'4".....but she was also the PNWMA Women's offroad champion for 4 years in a row.

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............... You can also try taller boots......
These are nice:

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Those don't help much with stand-over, though, and they are just like being on tippy-toe.

These are biker-approved:
https://youtu.be/BodXwAYeTfM
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No Gold Wing.....I came from a Harley Touring bike. I just don't think at my height I should be up on tip toes at a stop light. Makes backing around on sloped gravel driveway at home and work more of a work out. I don't want to screw up the suspension so I will just leave it for now. Most all my riding is gonna be on the street. Been too many years since I rode a bike in the dirt. And I don't heal that fast any more. I have ATVs for the dirt.

What can be done about the seat? 20 mile ride today running errands and my boys went numb. I saw another thread about the seat pushing me forward squashing the boys and today figured out that is the problem.
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