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post #1 of 23 Old 05-22-2008, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Why is the seat so bloody high...??????

I went out yesterday to check out a KLR650 and was very disappointed that I did not fit on the bike. I sat on the bike and could not touch both feet on the ground.
Why do they make the bike seat so high. If they lowered it they would open up the KLR's potential market big time to so many more riders.
Can someone suggest another enduro bike I might try that has a lower seat.
By the way my height is 5'8".
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post #2 of 23 Old 05-22-2008, 06:49 PM
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I'm 5'9" and installed the dished corbin and now I can plant my feet on the ground. I had trouble with the factory seat being to soft anyway. Money well spent. Another friend has the flat corbin and it is definately taller. I'm sure there are other mods to lowering the bike.

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You can purchase lowering links to help lower the bike and then along with the Corbin seat you should have no problem touching the ground.

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And for others, the tall seat and upright position is the main reason we own the bikes.
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post #5 of 23 Old 05-22-2008, 08:42 PM
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If they lower the seat, I imagine they would lose more potential customers then they would gain. As been suggested, check in to the corbin seat and lowering links and you can probably drop it 2-3 inches.
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post #6 of 23 Old 05-28-2008, 01:10 PM
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Iím 5í11íí and am thinking thatís about as short as you can go for the KLR. Iím on the balls of my feet when sitting on mine. I was a little intimidated by the height at first and almost didnít buy it because of it. 1500 miles later, not regrets!
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I am 5'10" and only dificult part for me is when I first try to get on! Throwing my leg over is fun, LOL!! Once on the bike sinks down enough for me to reach the ground with the balls of my feet, I can't flat foot! I am comfortable and can still manuever it fine on the balls of my feet though!! Mine is all stock!
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post #8 of 23 Old 07-13-2008, 10:19 AM
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I got the 4" lowering kit for my 2007 KLR just purchased 3 days ago.

I am 5' 8". The fit seems good except when I am trying to get off the bike.
Since it is lower because of my weight on it i am flat footed. When I put down the side stand I have to lean it right. Then the bike is too upright. When I try to get off it raises so much I have to rest my leg on seat and take 3 hops on left foot to get off. Any suggestions? I am thinking having the side stand cut another inch. Is there an established ratio of side stand shortening?

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post #10 of 23 Old 07-13-2008, 09:53 PM
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