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post #1 of 4 Old 03-23-2018, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Vertically challenged riders....

Hi all.

So I just bought a KLR and am very excited to get onto it. I guess I finally realize I always wanted a " Do it all" bike.!?

In the past I`ve owned a couple of BMW R1200C`s, a Honda Shadow and in my younger years I rode Honda CBR 250`s. They were all quite low center of gravity and seat hight of around 31-32".

I`m a shortish guy, stand 5'5" and 165 lb. Anyone else in that category ride KLR`s and if so Hows is it treating you.?
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-25-2018, 09:47 AM
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Iím in the same boat as you Captainpete. I have been riding for over 20 years and the only bike I have ever lowered is my 07 Vstrom. I think it was a 3/4 inch lowering link. But I didnít use it off road. I donít want to lower my KLR and lose any suspension travel. So what I did was cut a couple inches of foam off of the seat. So far it has worked great for me. I can touch one foot a lot better now. I think Corbin and Sargent seats do the same thing they are made much thinner than the stock seat.
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The dialogue didn’t impress but the guys riding skill is something else.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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post #4 of 4 Old 03-26-2018, 09:59 AM
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I'm 5' 9 7/8"...
On my Gen I, I used Eagle Mike 1" lowering links.
On m Gen II, I bought a Seat Concepts seat...great product. I probably get 1.5" lowering from just the seat.

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