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    Smile seat

    I have a Corbin seat on a f800st, which I found for half price on the flea market. I really enjoy it.

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    F800st riding position-comfort

    I owned a 2008 F800ST model and liked everything about it with the exception of the low handlebars, which necessitated leaning way forward. I am 5'9" tall, which is average height for a male, but the short, cramped and leaning far-forward riding position caused back and leg/knee aches for me. The problem was solved by the excellent service department at BMW of Atlanta installing one-inch bar risers(can't remember brand of same) and required longer Speigel brake cable. I understand that an aftermarket foot-peg lowering kit is also available, which may help. Other than the initial required cramped riding position, never had any other issue with the F800ST. Loved the low-maintenance belt-drive. The F800 is a very safe, fun, smooth running, powerful-quick and reliable bike.
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    I am 5'8" with 32" (I know - short upper half). Have about 25K on the bike. This included a couple of 600+ mile days as well as two ~ 3000 mile trips over 12 days with about 9 days of actual real riding. Several back to back 500 mile days.

    Much of your comfort is a question of individual build and fitness and how you fit to the bike. For me the stock setup works fairly well though I am about to put SW-Motech barbacks to allow me to move back a bit in the seat. Still using the stock seat but use a Sheepskin cover on anything around 200+ miles.
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    Well, all I can say is I just traded in my new 2011 F 800 ST with only 500 miles on it because I was so uncomfortable. I loved the bike and say 20-30 years ago I would have been able to ride er all day. I AM NOT KNOCKING THE BIKE AT ALL, it was fun.
    I am now the proud owner of a brand new 2010 F 650 GS twin which I find "perfect" Very Happy rider
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    Brad

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    I feel your pain Brad. I've had a F800ST for about 3 weeks and about 1200 miles. So far my knees are not very happy and my hands are numb from leaning so heavily on the bars. I am 58 years old. I am working on some mind games to distract me and trying to not lean on the bars. I'm going to try some grip padding before trying bar risers. Would hate to have to get rid of this beauty as it is a wonderful bike otherwise.
    PEPE

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    I suppose there are all kinds of tricks to making a bike more comfortable. I was fortunate enough to get an ST with 1cm bar risers. It's impressive how much that little change helps.

    Andy

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    I took an F800ST for a test ride a couple weeks ago. It didn't take me long to find out that my wrists wouldn't take the leaned forward riding position. I can't imagine doing 4 0r 5 hundred miles in a day on that bike.

    I also prefer a much larger fairing, although I know that the smaller fairing is supposed to allow the wind against the chest to support some of the weight on the arms.

    I much prefer the upright seating and full coverage fairing on the RT. I think an F800RT would make a lot of sense.
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    I am 60 years old and 5'9" I have an 800S which has 91,000 miles on it and will probably trade it for a 800ST when, nothing happens, I turn 100,000 miles. I am just the opposite and concerned the 800ST may be too upright for me. I previously had a R1150R and a R1100RT and find the 800S more comfortable. I have a sensitive lower back and hip and the lower bars put less pressure on it. I have done a thousand mile day, 950, 870 and several days over 600 miles. I really love the 800 engine and the belt drive but also love the Boxer engine. We are all different and what works for one may not work for another.

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    I have mostly two problems on my 2011 F800St:
    1. Short legs. Just got the low seat which I hope will give me better footing.
    2. Pain and tingling on my hands from leaning on the bars so hard. I took Rox 2" risers and longer brake line to my local BMW dealer and the service manager said there was "no way" it could be installed on this bike. Have you all had this problem on a 2011 800ST? I suspect he just didn't want to do the job but he knows more than I do.

  10. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by Pepeps View Post
    I have mostly two problems on my 2011 F800St:
    1. Short legs. Just got the low seat which I hope will give me better footing.
    2. Pain and tingling on my hands from leaning on the bars so hard. I took Rox 2" risers and longer brake line to my local BMW dealer and the service manager said there was "no way" it could be installed on this bike. Have you all had this problem on a 2011 800ST? I suspect he just didn't want to do the job but he knows more than I do.
    Who's the dealer? Did the service guy say why it couldn't be done? Clutch cable? Throttle cables?

    As for discomfort, what did you ride before, Pepe? My previous bike was a K75S. (Still riding it - smooootthhhhh). I'm 5'3" and 130 lbs on a good day and ride with the SW Motech risers installed by dealer (and clutch cable rerouted). Never had an issue with wrists, even on 500 mile days. Legs and lower back must do some work for this riding position.

    Maybe the 650 GS would be a better option for you.
    Dave
    '92 K75S, '08 F800ST, '14 F700GS
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    Thanks Dave. I had a Triumph Bonneville T100 before this one so that position was lovely for me.
    I get the feeling I will be able to find a non-BMW mechanic to do the job for me, as it seems far from impossible.

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    Coming from a T100, I can see why a GS might not suit your taste. I hope you get the ST adapted to your satisfaction. It is a sport tourer, but you can see by this message board and others (eg, F800riders.org) that many folks have made it close to a more standard tourer from an ergonomics perspective. You might enjoy comparing the T100 to the ST at this site.... http://cycle-ergo.com/
    Dave
    '92 K75S, '08 F800ST, '14 F700GS
    Cedar Falls, IA

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    Find the ST just right...

    I'm 6' with a 32" inseam and I find the ST pretty much perfect. Just enough forward lean so that it's sporty and controlled, but not hunched over. The knees can get a tad uncomfortable if I wear thick jeans under my riding overpants, but that's more of the sharp angle causing the jeans to be way too tight through the knee area. Ride with thinner pants or just riding pants and I have no problem.

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    Madly modified F650GS

    I've also considered changing bikes, but instead, I went nuts modifying my 2010 F650GS. I installed MV Motorrad Bar Risers (do a search on my username "moonseal" and you'll see what I ended up with), put pivot pegz on, foam grips (which I've since ripped off since I no longer lean on my handlebars since adding the bar risers), and an airhawk seat cushion for rides over 2 hours. NO PAIN. I used to have massive shoulder pain and low back pain. Now I ride about 7 hour trips with no pain. Admittedly, when I do a long trip, I pack up my Kriega backs to stuff into my lumbar so I can lean on something, but it works and the bike is well balanced and well packed. Write to me for details if you want them. I completely modified the bike to match my voracious desire to be on it constantly. It's a perfect compliment now.

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