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post #1 of 8 Old Feb 16th, 2009, 12:29 pm Thread Starter
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2008 1200GT Suspension

I need to lower my wife's 2008 1200GT about 2 inches anyone have any ideas how I can do this?
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Re: 2008 1200GT Suspension

Let the air out of the tires?



Anyway, I am not aware of any way to lower the suspension on the K1200GT.

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Re: 2008 1200GT Suspension

Does it have ESA? If so then you are likely out of luck. Have you tried a custom saddle made specifically for her? That can make a significant difference in a rider's ability to reach the ground and doesn't screw up the bike's handling characteristics and ground clearance.

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I need to lower my wife's 2008 1200GT about 2 inches anyone have any ideas how I can do this?
Thanks for any advice.
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Re: 2008 1200GT Suspension

You may be able to talk to a suspension shop about getting custom lowered shocks (Works, Öhlins, Penske, etc). But there will be limits here, and you'd lose the ESA function.

Have you thought about changing the seat? Some folks have had good luck with the Sargent low seat. Check this thread for more info from folks who have done this. Remember, it's not just total seat height, but the up-and-over inseam measurement that counts.

And since Sargent is about 3 hours from you in Jacksonville, maybe you can ride up and test-fit one. Be aware though that I think you have to buy both the front and rear seats from them, just to get the low seat to fit right.

Another option is having a custom seat manufacturer make a seat specifically for your wife. Bill (Rocky) Mayer for example rides an '06 GT with a custom seat that he cut down to fit himself better, so he'd have a pretty good idea of what was necessary.

And finally, don't laugh at the platform shoes comment. Several riders have had good luck with having a local cobbler add 1/2"-3/4" to the bottom of their riding boots. That, in combination with the above suggestions, may just be enough to put her in the comfort zone.

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Re: 2008 1200GT Suspension

Hey thanks guys! Yes it has the ESA on it and yes she has already bought the Sargent seat. But she did not like the fact that I cut some pieces of 2X4 and screwed them to the bottom of her riding boots! She told me there was a kit that you can buy @ over $2000 that will modify the suspension to lower it but I can not find it. She has dropped it once already when she was stopped and put a few scratches on it at a tune of $500 for the repair. She is a very experienced rider but she is a little short in the crotch area. If I modified the suspension what would it do to the ESA?
As for letting the air out of the tires, well let's just say she needs just a little bit more air in them if you know what I mean.
Thanks for any help.

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Re: 2008 1200GT Suspension

I have heard of model-specific lowering kits for the R-bikes, but not for a GT.

Suspension changes usually either take new, shorter shocks (meaning you'll lose the ESA function), or changes to the suspension links.

Again, I'd contact the various shock makers and see what they might have available.

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Re: 2008 1200GT Suspension

We import Wilbers shocks and have lowered several K1200GTs. Drop me a note at [email protected] asking for a quote and I'll get one out to you.
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