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    Ride Height

    I am a proud owner of an '06 K1200S with a major problem. I am short (29 inche inseam) and have already dropped the bike twice. Anyone know of any products that will help other than stilts? This is really killing my confidence in what otherwise is an incredible ride.

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    25-MPH NEXT 1OO MILES PacWestGS's Avatar
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    Aug 2004
    N47.06' 204" W122.33' 188" (PacNorthWet)
    Hi Rick, welcome to the asylum.

    How is it (specifically how) have you dropped your bike. Just not finding enough toe traction or something more to it?

    There are some things you could do but the first would be sliding your butt off to the side you are going to plant a foot on and getting a good flat foot down. (Usually the left foot). It's OK to straddle the seat with your right thigh until you are moving again. You don't need to get both feet down for much of anything short of someone else getting on/off.


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    I know of three companies that build shocks that will lower the bike. It gets very exspensive, I did it to my R1150R and regained my confindence. Shocks can run up around $1500.00. I found a set on the flea market for $700.00 that were new. If your interseted I can put up there names or contact info that I have.

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    RK Ryder
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    Sep 2005
    London, Ontario
    I agree with Doc's butt sliding. It worked for me but what worked even better was adding 3/4" to my riding boots. It isn't much. It still permits me to walk when not riding but what an amazing difference handling my bike at stops. I also have a progressive rear shock which brings that bike a little closer to the ground. Good luck.
    Paul F. Ruffell
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    Scooter Trash WildWilly's Avatar
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    SE Iowa
    Hi Rick,

    Sliding your derriere off to one side is the most common and most sensible way to handle the bike when coming to a stop. I've been committed to this practice for over forty years. I have learned that it takes a bit of attention when coming to a full stop. Applying brakes must be accomplished very smoothly until the bike is almost completely stopped. I always favor holding my bike steady with my right foot planted. That way I can sit at a stop light for extended periods in neutral, but have my left foot ready to shift when the light changes.

    Another maneuver that requires extraordinary effort is handling the bike while mounted, especially when attempting to reposition within a confined area. Again, I favor paddling with my right foot. Sometimes, though, you just have to dismount and manhandle the machine. It takes a lot of pre-planning and common sense to save yourself what might become an embarrassing moment.

    Believe me, pard, 'been there, done that.

    P.S.: It helps to build up the muscles in your legs to minimize injuries.

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    A little cheaper alternative might be that I've seen some boot manufacturers that make models with a couple of inches of added height.

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