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I own a 2005 LT. Love the bike, but it's a bit tall for me. I have to use tip toes when it's at rest.

Has anyone had any positive experience with lowering the suspension a bit (assuming that it can be done)?

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How about a lowered seat?

I have read several threads over the years regarding lowered LTs. My recollection is that it was expensive and changed the handling too much.

How about a lowered seat? Member "RonKMiller" makes great seats, as do several other reputable organizations. Might be the best way to go, unless you still have your "frankenstein" sole disco shoes stashed in a closet somewhere... ;)
 

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Might be a whole lot cheaper to get some riding boots with a thicker sole/taller heel, to help you reach the ground..I am 6 foot, and in normal riding/stopping mode, I have to tip toe my stops, but just by sliding up on the seat a tiny bit, I can flat foot...
 

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Dave here in Waukesha. I just had my seat lowered at Astech seats in IN last week-they shaved off some of the seat giving me better traction when I stop. I'm 5'10" and was always wishing for a bit more leg room. Great guys, quick service-plus it made a nice one day ride down and the next day back. reasonable price made this a good solution.

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Dave here in Waukesha. I just had my seat lowered at Astech seats in IN last week-they shaved off some of the seat giving me better traction when I stop. I'm 5'10" and was always wishing for a bit more leg room. Great guys, quick service-plus it made a nice one day ride down and the next day back. reasonable price made this a good solution.

dave

Hmmmm... maybe I should bring my stock seat with us to Racine and points north this week. If they are close, maybe can stop on the way up and retrieve on the way home.
 

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I don't think I'd be looking at lowering the suspension (ride height) too much. My '05 is very easy to scrape the EHCS when fully loaded, and also the side stand on the LH side. I suggest you go for a lower seat option, as others have also said. I'm presently waiting for Wilbers to arrive for both ends of mine to raise the ride height when fully loaded, along withn the other stated benefits in handling, ride quality etc.
 

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Nothing you need to do except put more miles on it. Pretty soon the springs will sag enough you can reach the ground with your knees. This is pretty much how mine is at the moment. :(

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davebullock said:
Dave here in Waukesha. I just had my seat lowered at Astech seats in IN last week-they shaved off some of the seat giving me better traction when I stop. I'm 5'10" and was always wishing for a bit more leg room. Great guys, quick service-plus it made a nice one day ride down and the next day back. reasonable price made this a good solution.
Dave, thanks. How does the revised seat feel? And do you think the price was fair?
 

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seat feels the same actually. I didn't have the gel added because the stock seat never bothered me-I've done 65 K miles in 5 years. My issue was only height.

they shaved off enough to let me flat foot the bike, took less than 2 hours, let me watch every step, and charged $139. I thought the whole process was great!

the guys will accommodate just about any request. Memory foam or gel for some, the stock seat reworked for others.

Plus the fun of seeing a small business thrive

Dave
 

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Thanks for your help!

Here's the update: I've done two things that have helped the situation.

First, I rode to Astech in Jonesboro, Indiana and had my worn-out Corbin seat rebuilt. They also lowered the seat about .5 inch in the process. Great job! Rode back home happy, six hours in the saddle, no discomfort. $185; I got to watch, and they did three trial fittings with me before the job was finalized. Highly recommended.

Second, I bought a pair of Carolina waterproof electrical lineman's boots that look like logger's boots with the higher heel and thicker sole. That combined with the seat repairs above have enabled me to flat foot the LT.

The next issue will be to rebuild the suspension. The stock suspension has 43K miles on it, including a long trip to and through Alaska, and it's pretty well worn out. Perhaps this winter, Oehlins or Wilburs, not sure which one.
 

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I installed after market shocks that wound up raing my LT about an inch. I use the tips of my feet when I stop.

At first. I thought about taking them out and getting them cut down. But, going over norma speed bumps now is a breeze. No more slowing down to 5 mph and gradually going over the speed bum to prevent the crash pan from hitting the crown of the speed bump.

The down side to the addition height is that she is even less stable at slow-no speed.

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