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post #11 of 25 Old 05-02-2016, 09:07 PM
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I'm basically the same height, though I lean toward saying 5'9". Lol. I try to always wear boots and I immediately installed crash guards. After 3 months or so I'm still ok with the stock seat and gaining confidence. I do however always try to park so i don't have to back up much.
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post #12 of 25 Old 05-02-2016, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Larry31, my thoughts exactly, I think safety first.
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I am about to buy a new KLR 650 and would really appreciate any comments from shorter KLR 650 riders regarding seat height. This will be my 3rd bike but there is a big time gap. I owned my last bike when I was 23. I'm now 56 and have not ridden since then. Being short, 5' 8", I can barely touch the ground on the KLR 650. I don't feel confident to ride the bike until I get a low seat.

My question is who makes the lowest possible seat and the most comfortable one?
A Sergeant low seat worked fine for me on my 2004 KLR. I'm 5' 7" with a 29" inseam. Can't flat foot both feet at a time but enough so to be confident on anything but the knarly stuff.
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would another inch get both feet flat on the ground? If so, what do you think about lowering links?
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would another inch get both feet flat on the ground? If so, what do you think about lowering links?
I'd need a 30" seat height to flat both feet at the same time. Don't think that will happen on a KLR without lowering links. But, try it with just the low seat first. you might be surprised how quickly it all comes back to you.

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post #16 of 25 Old 05-03-2016, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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will do. Hopefully I won't need the lowering links but if anyone has used the lowering links and has a comment re their effect on the bikes performance or ride please chime in.
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would another inch get both feet flat on the ground? If so, what do you think about lowering links?
Did anyone mention that the newer Corbin 'Dual Platform' seat appears to be quite a bit better shaped than the Old Corbin Low seat?

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Maybe less 'crotch wedgie'.

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Did anyone mention that the newer Corbin 'Dual Platform' seat appears to be quite a bit better shaped than the Old Corbin Low seat?

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Maybe less 'crotch wedgie'.
Yup, that's the one I had. Probably the most uncomfortable seat I've ever ridden on. Lol
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post #19 of 25 Old 05-03-2016, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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I heard that the corbin is a copy of the Afrika Dual Platform Seat, but that the seat is much softer so you don't slide forward much. This is also less expensive.

I don't think the seat is made anymore but you can find some around.
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post #20 of 25 Old 05-03-2016, 09:44 PM
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One thing to keep in mind is these new seats are also wider I believe ? So although you might be an inch or two lower, it will still be harder to put your leg down, unless you are smashing the twins against the tank at every stop then maybe not.

I was also going to suggest lowering links. They shouldn't change much about how the suspension performs other than just the smaller amount of travel. They are also WAY cheaper than a new seat.

My suggestion, go sit on a few different bikes and see what seat height you actually need to feel comfortable. You might find the KLR will never be able to be made to fit you properly. No sense in buying a bike you can't ride safely.
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