Potential buyer - seat height question

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Potential buyer - seat height question

Post by VFRHawk » Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:44 pm

Hey,

Fancy trading up my old VFR750 for a SD GT, but just went and sat on one and found I could barely touch the floor both sides at once - I'm only around 5' 8" tall. Does anyone know of a way of lowering the seat height an inch or so? I can't find any aftermarket seats that don't raise the height rather than lower it.

I'm in the UK BTW.

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Re: Potential buyer - seat height question

Post by Newjerseyduke » Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:25 pm

Switching back tire to a 190 50. From a 190 55 would get you a little drop in height. Add that to having the stock seat shaved down and that might do it.
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Re: Potential buyer - seat height question

Post by J biker » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:28 pm

I would suggest getting the seat re shaped. The GT is not a tall bike, for this type of bike anyway.

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Re: Potential buyer - seat height question

Post by VFRHawk » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:19 pm

Cheers for the replies - I was concerned those might be the only options.

Has anyone (in the UK) had a custom seat made or had the stock seat reprofiled and can recommend whoever did the work?

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Re: Potential buyer - seat height question

Post by Emmjaydee » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:24 pm

VFRHawk wrote:Hey,

Fancy trading up my old VFR750 for a SD GT, but just went and sat on one and found I could barely touch the floor both sides at once - I'm only around 5' 8" tall. Does anyone know of a way of lowering the seat height an inch or so? I can't find any aftermarket seats that don't raise the height rather than lower it.

I'm in the UK BTW.

Many Thanks
If you only sat on it in the showroom then it will be high. Once you start it up and after a couple of minutes the suspension will have sorted itself and set itself down. With the semi active suspension, it switches itself off high and then settles down once running. Mine starts with me on tip toes but after a couple of minutes it settles down so I am on flats of feet. It is the same on all bikes with electronic suspension

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Re: Potential buyer - seat height question

Post by VFRHawk » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:28 pm

If you only sat on it in the showroom then it will be high. Once you start it up and after a couple of minutes the suspension will have sorted itself and set itself down. With the semi active suspension, it switches itself off high and then settles down once running. Mine starts with me on tip toes but after a couple of minutes it settles down so I am on flats of feet. It is the same on all bikes with electronic suspension
Now that is reassuring - I may go and pay a visit to my local dealer tomorrow and arrange a test ride. Didn't know the electronic suspension lowered itself in use...

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Re: Potential buyer - seat height question

Post by Aussie Dave » Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:49 am

Cheers mate......from Aussie!

Elect suspension off = full height.

This is correct.....I first noted this two years ago when I bought a Caponord 1200 TP with full ADD whizbang electrickery suspension. It locks solid when off - in the full up position.....tricked a lot of newbies into thinking they had an electronics problem...... :lol:

The GT is spec'ed as 835mm high and I doubt the seat can be 'lowered' as it is really only a thin pad - but - it can be reshaped to allow a straighter shot for your legs to find the ground.

I lowered my tripple clamps down the forks on the Caponord (4-8mm) but that quickened the steering though it gave more foot pad to ground......I don't think the GT has much avail here, but you could squeeze 3-4mm and with say a 190/50 you might lower the plot by 5-10mm.......but keep in mind the suspension will loosen up over 1000kms and may naturally sag into the sweet spot for you (especially on 'comfort' setting).

The bike is so light compared to the vfr, you might only need a part foot on ground anyway. I'm 5'9.5" with 32" inseam....and I just make it onboard without crippling myself.....but it's so easy to control and manouvre due to its <230kg wet weight and geometry......best wishes.....the 1290 is an awesome power plant.....you need one. ;)
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Re: Potential buyer - seat height question

Post by steved57 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:44 am

Hey vfrhawk
Dont feel bad I'm 5'4" and I just bought a Superduke GT - actually I can touch ok but I think suspension will settle in and it'll be ok but I'm going to look into seat mod too as I mod seats on every modern bike I've owned
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Re: Potential buyer - seat height question

Post by bigman32hockey » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:21 pm

I'm also relatively short and can touch only with my heels slightly off the ground. With the GT, the height is dependent on the rider settings. When you have the suspension set for a single rider, the bike is at its lowest point. Dial in two riders with luggage and you can feel the suspension raise. Point is you have quit a bit of adjustability with this suspension. Play around with it at the dealer and see how it feels. Best of luck. Best bike I've ever owned.

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