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post #1 of 8 Old Sep 29th, 2006, 6:49 pm Thread Starter
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Waht about seat height??

I am shopping for a new bike and spent the day looking at BMW's, particularly the K1200LT. While seated on the bike, I could touch both feet to the floor, but only on my toes. I could not touch the floor flat footed. According to the salesman, that was because their was a higher seat on the bike and with the standard seat this would not be a problem. I have a 29" inseam. Will I be able to touch the ground flat footed with a standard seat?? Are their any other options to facilitate this??

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post #2 of 8 Old Sep 29th, 2006, 8:35 pm
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Was the seat set in the low or high position? Was the rear suspension set light or stiff? Was the bike on the center stand or were you holding it up with your feet and legs? Was the seat a BMW stock seat or something else? Sit on a bike that will be just like yours, or preferably sit on the bike you will actually be riding prior to buying anything!

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Did the seat have a stiched pattern in it? if so that was the comfort seat, a little thicker. If the seat was smooth then it was the stock seat. Either seat has an adjuster under it so it has two postions. The seat could have been on high. Go back and lift up the seat and you will see the adjuster. I have a 30" inseam and have taken the adjuster out and lowered the seat another inch.

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Smile 30" inseam here too

I have a 30" inseam, stock heated seat with the adjuster removed(easy to do, as it just pops right out) and I have no trouble reaching the ground to support myself at stops and walking the bike backwards in reverse.

Of course at most stops, I have my left foot touch the ground while my right foot is appying the rear brake. I had to learn to do that on this LT the hard way. Ugh!

As stated above, fit the bike you'll actually ride, then you know! Lots of different things to try to make your feet hit the ground! Happy hunting!


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Does removing the adjuster lower the seat?

"I have a 30" inseam, stock heated seat with the adjuster removed(easy to do, as it just pops right out)"

What is the advantage of removing the adjuster? Does it lower the seat?

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Thumbs up Yep, it lowers the seat!!!!!!!!!

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"I have a 30" inseam, stock heated seat with the adjuster removed(easy to do, as it just pops right out)"

What is the advantage of removing the adjuster? Does it lower the seat?

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Sure does lower the seat about another 1/2 inch or so. You need to adjust the latch too.
Make sure there isn't any wires etc in the way between the seat and the frame. You can gain a little more by removing the rubber bumbers on the frame too, but I don't recommend that as it might make it noisy.

Any more lowering will require cutting away some of the side panels.

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You planning on riding it or walking it around?

BMW makes a lower seat as does Corbin and some other aftermarket seats that will drop it down quite a bit for you. Not sure how much the BMW seat drops you, but I know the Corbin drops almost another inch, which may not sound like much until you set on it. Good luck!!!

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I have the BMW lowered seat on my '03 and it drops me 1.5" which includes the modification to adapt the seat. One of the mods is to remove the adjuster as was said. So, that probably gives the .5", the seat does the rest of the inch.. I have a 30" inseam and I can stand flat footed if and when it is necessary. But, it usually isn't. I often will have one foot on the brake while the other foot is on the ground.

Sure made the bike alot easier for me to handle .... But, it is not as comfortable because it must have less padding. After about 100 miles, I have to stop and take a butt break. But, I can ride 500 mile days stopping every 100 miles or so.
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