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    K75 Lowering Options

    I'm thinking about adding a K75(probably S) to my stable, but prefer a seat height around 28 - 29".

    I lowered my oiler with Wilbers, and I'm guessing I can get a short shock for the rear. Can the fork tubes be slid up? How far? Can they be rebuilt to be shorter?

    I hear there is a lower seat. How low? Is it just a stock pan w less foam or a different pan? Typical cost? Are they hard to find?

    Has anyone cut foam out of a stock seat? Happy w results?

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    (PS: to the K-Bike devout, I passed on a '95 RT due to seat height and went for the 1100RT--a real freakin handfull at first, but I finally figured some things out (even though I could flat foot it, lowering an inch solved a big problem). The K75 seems like a near ideal mix of power, handling, comfort vs. weight and center of mass, for the way I ride. )
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    The low seat is a totally different seat configuration with hardware. It is about 2" lower than the standard seat. My standard height bike is in Texas, my low seat model is in Kansas, I am in Texas, so can't measure the low seat height. There are only a gazillion of these out there - common people - get out the measuring tape.

    Then you can slide the forks in the sliders an inch or so - more if you use handlebar setbacks. And a shorter shock. This will make you want a shorter centerstand too so find a good welder.
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    Hi,
    Paul has told you most of what can be done to lower the K75. One thing he didn't mention (nor did anyone else yet) is you can mount 80 series tires instead of the stock 90 series. This will effectively lower the seat height a little.

    The low seat kit consists of a seat, rubber covering for the rear of the tank, different brain holder (no storage bin above it), hooks the low seat slides onto at the rear, stick-on mounts for the rubber tank cover, latch assembly and seat lock/release lever, and all necessary attachment hardware. The kit is NLA, but the individual parts are still available. They come up every so often in the Flea Market or on fleabay.
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    Thanks for the info.

    Seller says seat height on center stand is 31". Ran over to a buddy who has one. Didn't have tape, but sat on it--toes didn't even touch-- more like 38" on the center stand and it was too crowded to get it down.

    Does 31" on the center stand make sense?
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    Low seat height

    Low seat=29.90 inches

    Standard seat=31.50 inches IIRC
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    ex: K75S Berlina R100GS/PD , K100RS , R75/5 , R60/2

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    Re: Lowering

    Quote Originally Posted by Rollifahrer View Post
    Thanks for the info.

    Seller says seat height on center stand is 31". Ran over to a buddy who has one. Didn't have tape, but sat on it--toes didn't even touch-- more like 38" on the center stand and it was too crowded to get it down.

    Does 31" on the center stand make sense?
    I have a 1994 K75 RT with a short Progressive shock and the lower Corbin seat. I am certain that on the center stand the seat height is at least 36" if not more. I can not come close to getting both feet on the ground when the bike is on the center stand. However, when it is on the center stand I push forward with one foot and have no problem getting both feet on the ground when the bike comes off the center stand. I would not worry so much about the seat height while sitting on the center stand. In fact, I only put it on the center stand when it is parked in the garage. I think you would be better off to see how it feels when you straighten the bike up from the side stand.

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    Does 31" on the center stand make sense?
    Seat height is not measured on the center stand. The bike can be taken off the center stand, with practice, the same way it is put up on the stand if you can't reach the ground to do it on the bike. I' m 6' 2'" with a 34" inseam and when my K1100LT is on the center stand I am on tip toes to get it off! If I was any shorter in the legs I would be standing next to it with one hand on the left handle bar and one on the lift handle.....

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    Paul,
    Is there an FAQ anywhere on the K-bike lowering techniques?
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    I'm not at my bike right now but I have a 94 K75/2 with low seat, i'm 6ft tall, and when on the bike I can put 1 foot flat on the ground and the other is on the ball-of-the-foot. I am actually going to be going with a high Corbin seat in the near future if you're going to be in the market for a low seat and all the fixins. Going from Low to High seat is a good bit cheaper than the other way around.

    Changing the profile of your tire will most likely throw off your speedo (assuming it reads based on wheel revolutions).

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddlamp View Post
    I'm not at my bike right now but I have a 94 K75/2 with low seat, i'm 6ft tall, and when on the bike I can put 1 foot flat on the ground and the other is on the ball-of-the-foot. I am actually going to be going with a high Corbin seat in the near future if you're going to be in the market for a low seat and all the fixins. Going from Low to High seat is a good bit cheaper than the other way around.

    Changing the profile of your tire will most likely throw off your speedo (assuming it reads based on wheel revolutions).
    Good luck in going from low to standard seat, and it being cheaper. Mine was not, but then after getting burned on eBay for a used seat, I ordered a new Corbin. After thinking about it, if you can land a "correct" standard seat, and they are not all the same, you might break even. Unless you can get lucky again, and get the battery side covers in the right color, that can save you. But you would have to be very, very lucky! PM me as I have some parts left you might be interested in. Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejressler View Post
    Good luck in going from low to standard seat, and it being cheaper. Mine was not, but then after getting burned on eBay for a used seat, I ordered a new Corbin. After thinking about it, if you can land a "correct" standard seat, and they are not all the same, you might break even. Unless you can get lucky again, and get the battery side covers in the right color, that can save you. But you would have to be very, very lucky! PM me as I have some parts left you might be interested in. Ed

    Ed, you're right. What I meant to say was that if you have the seat itself, there are more components to get the low seat to work than the high. But now that I think about it, there is also a need for the side battery covers (didn't think about those) so I think whatever made up theory I had in my head just went out the window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddlamp View Post
    Changing the profile of your tire will most likely throw off your speedo (assuming it reads based on wheel revolutions).
    Thow off your speedo??? HAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHA...... You mean it could throw it off MORE??
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    Quote Originally Posted by xp8103 View Post
    Thow off your speedo??? HAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHA...... You mean it could throw it off MORE??

    Hahah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddlamp View Post
    Hahah.
    I dont know off the top of my head what the stock tire size is and what the alternative 90 series tire would be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xp8103 View Post
    I dont know off the top of my head what the stock tire size is and what the alternative 90 series tire would be?
    I do, because I've mounted the 80 series tires when my late wife, Harriet, was alive and riding her K75 bikes. The stock sizes on the disc-braked K75 bikes are (front) 100/90v18 and (rear) 130/90v17. We used Bridgestone BT45 tires in sizes 100/80v18 and 130/80v17. They worked well, the only problem being they made it more difficult to hoist the bike onto the centerstand. The bike also was slightly more upright with the sidestand deployed, but it never was a problem.
    Ride Safe,
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