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A vertically challenged acquaintance has a 2012 GS with the factory lowered option. He is considering selling it. What exactly is done to make the GS "factory lowered"? I am 6'1" and would like to consider the bike. Can whatever is done to lower it be "undone"? What would be involved both technically and financially? (I am not a wrench and would not do the work myself)
 

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From what I understand, the shocks & the seat are shorter on the lowered bike. Also the side stand & center stand are shorter....

I think there is a thread on adventure rider about changing a lowered bike to a regular hight.
 

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At 6'1", I can't imagine you would have a problem with a regular GS or GSA for that matter, unless you have an extremely short inseam. I am 5'9" with a 30" inseam, and I can nearly flat foot a GS. I will admit, for me, using a low seat works better, but I have had no issues riding a regular GS.
 

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Moot said:
A vertically challenged acquaintance has a 2012 GS with the factory lowered option. He is considering selling it. What exactly is done to make the GS "factory lowered"? I am 6'1" and would like to consider the bike. Can whatever is done to lower it be "undone"? What would be involved both technically and financially? (I am not a wrench and would not do the work myself)
Lots of shop time and lots of money swapping out parts even though most of them are "bolt on". This assumes that you could sell the old components on E-Bay as a package and recoup - if you are lucky - 50% of the cost.

As George used to say: "Wouldn't be prudent!" :D

On the flip side if you have a 29" inseam to go along with the 6'1" frame it might just be the A ticket. ;) It's all about inseam - and weight - trust me on this. I deal with it every day.
 
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