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post #1 of 25 Old 05-02-2016, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Need help with seat question

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?
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post #2 of 25 Old 05-02-2016, 01:12 PM
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my friend bought an XR650 which is super tall for him, all he had to do is take it to any upholestry shop and they shave it for him.

i did the same with my 1200gs, it was stupid tall for me. the bike feels okay now.
my klr650 fits me well. no complaints.

remember though, the lower the profile of the seat the less comfortable it is!
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post #3 of 25 Old 05-02-2016, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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that was my first thought but I was hoping for a ready made solution. I heard about the Corbin and Sargent low seats and was hoping that folks who have these and other products could give their opinions. But custom upholstery may be a very good option.
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post #4 of 25 Old 05-02-2016, 01:32 PM
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both corbin and sargent even saddlemen makes great seats. but it all depends on your budget.

if you want a cheap custom solution, take it to an upholstery shop, they will remove the cover, shave the seat while you are there, you can try it before they recover and adjust it as necessary.

on my bmw they only charged me $55. i think it was cheap.

so really it depends on your budget and preference.
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post #5 of 25 Old 05-02-2016, 01:33 PM
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I honestly think if you can leave it tall its better, because when you lower it, you are compromising the bend angle of your legs and stress on your knees. for long trips you legs will hurt,

i have highway pegs so thats not an issue for me on klr or bmw.

so if u do lower it, get highway pegs.
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post #6 of 25 Old 05-02-2016, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Leaving it the way it is, won't be an option for me. I am hoping to bring the new seat to the dealership with me when I buy the bike. I don't want to drop the bike while trying to get it home from the dealership. Cost is not really a factor so I would prefer the best existing solution first.

xzatx... I thank you for your help!
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post #7 of 25 Old 05-02-2016, 02:25 PM
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ok good luck! .

if money is not issue get a corbin seat
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post #8 of 25 Old 05-02-2016, 02:29 PM
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I would go for the low Sargent or the low Seat Concepts kit. I had the Corbin and while it was a nice seat, it seemed to continually slide you towards the tank. And then the seat material grips your pants and gives you a crotch wedgie... And yes, that's as comfortable as it sounds! Lol
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post #9 of 25 Old 05-02-2016, 02:36 PM
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when you said it slide you toward the tank, i was going to suggest a pants with grippers on the bottom would do the trick, but then you mentioned the wedgie issue,,, then i concluded that the corbin seat is not cut correctly to the right incline angle. Your body want to slide fwd, the seat is holding you in place and causing the wedgie.

it sounds like the problem is that the seat should be inclined BACKWARD toward the tail, and in your case, your seat might been inclined toward the tank instead, not sure if you understand what i mean,

it's like on some bikes you can adjust the seat height by raising the front or the back or both.

if you raise the front only, you wont get wedgies, thats how seats should be built, slightly inclined to the back,
if you raise the back only, you will get the crotch wedgie .

so yea... it depends how the seat is cut and trimmed. it makes a huge difference!

i hate seat search phase, i'v been trying to find a good seat for my 1200gs and still no luck... my klr is much more comfortable than my bmw bike.
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post #10 of 25 Old 05-02-2016, 07:42 PM
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I have a 2011 KLR650.
I had local shop trim about 2" off rear of seat, and taper to about 0" near mid point. Seat is about level now. It helped lower the seat, and allow me to plant my feet flat on ground. No "wedgies", and still allows for my knees to be bent almost like original seat. I'm about 5' 10"
BTW: I wear steel toe high work boots. I took them to a shoe repair shop. They put thicker, and rubber soles on the boots. That also helped to reach the ground better.
Every thing is about compromises. You may have to do a lowering link, and drop the front to match.
I really feel that it's really un-safe to ride, street or dirt, if you can't get proper footing, no matter how good a rider you are. You still have to put a foot down when you stop. The ground isn't always level, or sand free.

See my KLR page (link below) for the seat details. Scroll down to the part about the seat.
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