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How To Make Lower K1200LT

Hi, everyone who riding LT. I need some advise .
I'm 5'9'' inseam 29''. When stop I can't reach ground flat foot . Some advises how balance my LT on lower speed or stop.
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Hi, everyone who riding LT. I need some advise .
I'm 5'9'' inseam 29''. When stop I can't reach ground flat foot . Some advises how balance my LT on lower speed or stop.
Thanks.
Rimas,

We are built the same and I have lowered my seat using the lowering bar under the drivers seat and have "dialed" back the rear shock preload using the dial also under the drivers seat.

Along with wearing BMW boots I fit fine.

I also find that after 30K miles in 18 months on the LT I am much more confident than when I first started.

Good luck with the fine bike!

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Re: How To Make Lower K1200LT

Hi, Paul.Could You describe little be more about Technic to lowering seat.
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Hi, Paul.Could You describe little be more about Technic to lowering seat.
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Lift the drivers seat and look for the preload dial and turn

Look under the drivers seat for a bar. Flip the bar one way and put the seat down. Flip the bar the other way and put the seat down. You will notice that there is an up position and there is a down position.

Adjust as necessary.

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Re: How To Make Lower K1200LT

Or just wait a year or so until the shocks and springs wear down and ...

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If you take that bar out from under the seat and then take the rubber "stops" off the seat, it will lower it another 1/4 an inch or so too. That bar just snaps out and in the slot.
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Re: How To Make Lower K1200LT

Last thread you wanted to buy an 05 RT.

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Yes , i was confused. I was thinking to sale my LT and buy RT. But thanks folks in the forum where i understood that LT is smoother and much better riding machine then RT .
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When stopping, try to practice putting both feet down at the same time after the bike has stopped moving. It takes some practice but after a while it becomes secondary.
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I wear high heels, Pumps work best. Make sure you wear heavy socks though, it gets cold

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Rimas, Don't know if you've read some of the other posts in which guys have talked about adding 1" to the soles of their riding boots. Might be a helpful suggestion.
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Rimas, you have gotten good advice. I'm 5' 8" with a 28" inseam. My seat is lower than a factory seat but I can't flat foot it. My boots have about a 1" thick sole which helps a lot. I prefer the stiffer ride gained by screwing in the pre-load adjustor for the rear shock.

It really makes no difference to me that I can't flat foot at stops. I just lean it a bit to the left and I've gotten used to it.

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Loren it looks in your profile pic that you are driving next to/attached to a street sweeper or a Zamboni.... I wouldnt think tip over would be an issue! But seriously, your body will get used to the height the more you ride!

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Rimas, you have gotten good advice. I'm 5' 8" with a 28" inseam. My seat is lower than a factory seat but I can't flat foot it. My boots have about a 1" thick sole which helps a lot. I prefer the stiffer ride gained by screwing in the pre-load adjustor for the rear shock.

It really makes no difference to me that I can't flat foot at stops. I just lean it a bit to the left and I've gotten used to it.

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LOL! You do get used to the height. Zamboni? Street sweeper? Pretty darned close to the truth. I got whacked in the knee by a dog a few months ago and received an anterior cruciate ligament injury in my right knee. Ouch! No way could I hold the beast up from the right side. Very nice to have the sidecar as I can continue to ride. Zamboni, street sweeper!

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Loren it looks in your profile pic that you are driving next to/attached to a street sweeper or a Zamboni.... I wouldnt think tip over would be an issue! But seriously, your body will get used to the height the more you ride!

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On second look and what you wrote, it may be more akin to a bumper car!

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Thanks everyone for advises.
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I find that when stopping while in my normal riding position on the seat, I cannot flat foot the LT, doesn't seem to be a problem to hold it up with my toes...and if I slide forward on the seat at a stop, I can then flat foot the bike... the reality of it is that if you don't keep the bike balanced at a stop, I don't care if you have size 13 boots flat on the ground, you arn't going to be able to stop the bike from taking a nap.

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Some guys use a Hiking boot...They can have pretty thick soles.. Helps a bunch..

You know what they say. You can ride in Hiking Boots a lot easier than you can hike in Riding Boots.


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Re: How To Make Lower K1200LT

Ok, I'm 5' 6" with a 27" inseam, I have the optional lowered heat seat, Ohlin Shocks and Danner boots, still can't flat-foot but have no problem with the LT.

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i have a heated stock lowered seat in my shop i would like to sell. send me a pm if interested
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i have a heated stock lowered seat in my shop i would like to sell. send me a pm if interested
Thanks, but I sold my LT
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