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post #1 of 22 Old Nov 2nd, 2008, 8:01 pm Thread Starter
 
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Inseam Challenged

I'm looking for people who are riding K1200LTs and are inseamed challenged. I'm hoping you'll share you height, weight, age, inseam length, and any modification you have made to offset your lack of inseam.
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post #2 of 22 Old Nov 2nd, 2008, 8:55 pm
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Re: Inseam Challenged

28" inseam
5' 8"
200 lbs
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Nothing but the stock set on the LT on the low setting. No Problems!

Low seat on the GS standard suspension - only problem is its rock hard. I plan to get a custom seat for this bike over the winter.


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Re: Inseam Challenged

29 inseam
5'6
185 lbs
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No mods on LT
No problems handling the LT

GS had to go with Wunderlich Super Low seat

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I've got y'all beat, 5' 6" with a 27" (maybe) inseam, 200lbs and 48................49!


I have the heated lowered seat, just had Ohlins installled and modified for my stuff, bike handles like a dream and I have never had problems handling the bike.

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Re: Inseam Challenged

5'8" 29 inch inseam 225 lb 47 years old
suburban machinery peg lowering kit for a bad hip
no problem handling the big girl

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post #6 of 22 Old Nov 3rd, 2008, 7:43 am
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5' 7", 170 lb, 29", 62 yrs.
I've done my drops, my pickups, etc. All part of the fun.

By exercising a little caution at stops and doing a lotta miles, the drops are rare now, and the handling has always been a pleasure, except it just gets better.

Don't worry about dropping it, just learn how to pick it up. The skill will come with practice. This baby was meant to enjoy, not fret over.

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Re: Inseam Challenged

5'8"
190 pounds
30" inseam
2002 K1200LT

I was lucky in that the previous owner was also inseam challenged and had already put a lowered Mayer seat on it though.

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post #8 of 22 Old Nov 3rd, 2008, 1:03 pm
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Re: Inseam Challenged

5'7" (more like 5'6 1/2" nowadays)
190, incl my 30 lb fat suit
27" inseam
67 yrs.
stock seat on low setting, short windshield.

After 18,700 tip over free (knock on head) miles since new, I've concluded that my assessment in earlier threads was wrong. My 2006 LT isn't tall; it's got a wide seat and a very high CG, which makes it feel tall. The wife gets on the back first while on centerstand. Otherwise, I can't seem to reliably hold it upright during her gelandesprung onto the pillion. Bless the BMW engineer who thought up the electro-hydraulic feature.

The high CG is nice in cross winds, and it's is a byproduct of good turn clearance.
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5' 9"
181 lbs
29" inseam
70 yrs old
Bill Mayer seat on low setting

dropped 4 times in first year..zero drops since then..

floorboards for comfort on long hauls..have to be always on the alert when stopping/parking..other than that, it's a great bike..oh, 81,000 miles since I bought it brand new..
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post #10 of 22 Old Nov 3rd, 2008, 8:14 pm
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I hear this all the time, I'm 5' 6", I ride two up all the time, donet mess with the bike, just get a pair of hiking boots with a tall soul and the problem is solved.
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post #11 of 22 Old Nov 4th, 2008, 6:18 am
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Re: Inseam Challenged

5'7"
200LBS
29" inseam
55 going on 12
I also ride 2up most of the time.

I took the normal seat height-adjustment bar right off. It simply snaps on and off. I think I gained 1/2".

The height of the bike was a little intimidating at first. After a few miles the bike starts to shrink. It becomes smaller and a lot easier to handle, even at slow/walking speeds.

I suspect that most of the drops have nothing to do with the drivers' inseam. Wether you are short or tall, the basics apply. Be careful, use good judgement, watch were you are going and where you put your feet/tires when stopping, etc. etc. etc.

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5'7" with 28 inseam and 45 and 185 lbs.

Have a corbin seat, but also ride with stock seat. 2000 LT with no modifications for height other then short Mick O Pegs.

Ride most miles 2 up but ride to work everyday in traffic.

I do most stops with one foot down, always look straight out and never have an issue. All drops have happened do to something I have done. Never at a stop.

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post #13 of 22 Old Nov 4th, 2008, 3:29 pm
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5' 7" with a 29" inseam
180 lbs, 54

Rode for the first year with the stock seat on my '02 without too much difficulty but couldn't get flat footed. Swapped it out for the lowered one for better peice of mind (but less confort).
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29" inseam, 230 lb. beer gut, dropped it 3x at < 2 mph the first year until I figured out the trans, read enough on this forum to figure out the rest, and got decent motorcycle boots with decent soles.

Have not come close this year, and do 75% 2-up riding.

Big bikes take practice. I did 15 years on a old Yamaha Y-Triple and never lost it.

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post #15 of 22 Old Nov 5th, 2008, 6:02 am
 
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I'm looking for people who are riding K1200LTs and are inseamed challenged. I'm hoping you'll share you height, weight, age, inseam length, and any modification you have made to offset your lack of inseam.
Inseam 30"
height 5'7" 3/4"
weight -230 lbs ( I think I try not to get on a scale)
When I put both feet down my heals are about a 1/2" off the ground unless I have a passenger then I can have both feet down . I usually stop & put left foot down only & lean the bike to the left a little bit . Yes I have dropped Brutus a few times always in slow speed & in parking lots . Of course I did not have my wheel straight .
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Re: Inseam Challenged

Daytona Road Star GTX boots would be a good consideration, they will give you a couple of extra inches.

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post #17 of 22 Old Nov 19th, 2010, 8:02 pm
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5' 3"
28.5 inseam
130
Yea I am a small guy. I have been riding 40 years and dropped one bike once on the road due to sand and no rear brake (can you say "teenager")
No problem two up and reverse
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5' 8" , 28" inseam, 240lbs, 66 years young. I ride 2 up with my 200 lb bride, have Ohlins shocks, stock seat with adjuster bar removed. Have lowered floor boards by Darius, takes a lot of strain off the legs.

Had thick soles put on my boots, 1" thick with 2" heels, works fine. Only dropped once in the garage when the side stand wasn't locked in (my bad) and nobody saw me . I try to use both brakes when coming to a full stop and come down on my left foot.

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Hight 5' 5+3/4" , Inseam 28" , weight 15 stone , & 58 years old . I road our LT as a 2 wheeler for a few months with the stock seat , & it was OK , but sometimes getting going from a stop on a hill wile trying to turn was fun . Now with the hannigan on it , no problems at all .

On my 2010 R1200 GS Adventure I have an Tour Tec Extra low seat ... But then the stock seat hight on an Adventure is 35"

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post #20 of 22 Old Nov 25th, 2010, 8:51 am
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Anyone know what years have the adjustable seat height?
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5'7
27 inseam
275 lbs
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I bought this LT used in September this year and haven't put on many miles. The stock heated seat has been replaced with a low OEM seat non-heated and the shocks set on low setting too. Works for me so far. At first earlier I dropped the bike couple of times in the garage.

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post #22 of 22 Old Nov 27th, 2010, 11:07 am
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5'7" with 28 inseam age 45 and 180 lbs...

I just bought my bike in Aug. I was on a K1100 LT previously and they are quite a bit taller. I bought a nice pair of Lineman's boot with a tall sole to overcome my inseam challenges which really worked out when I purchased the K1200 LT. Just make planful stops and watch your footing. I have had a few close ones mostly on the footing part with loose gravel or sand. Stock seat in the lowest position and preload 3/4 toward the lowest position. All I do is adjust the preload for two up or loading the bike for longer rides.

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