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    Lowering S1000XR

    It might not be possible but is there a way that is not too technical to lower the seat height on the 2018 S1000XR? My other bike is a 2006 K1200R and the height was perfect for my 5-10 body. Thanks

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    Welcome to the forum
    There are several owners here, but kinda slow at times.
    Quickest is the low seat option that is available on a lot of models, next is a lower set of aftermarket shocks...not the low budget fix for sure.
    Some friends have added a thicker sole to bottom of riding boots to gain a bit as well. Once again a low cost option.
    Coming off a K1200R, I know it feels diff, but have you ridden it much yet?
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    I just got the 600 mile service done but I am leaving in a couple of days for a 2 to 3 thousand mile trip.

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    Soupy's Performance Lowering links

    I'm 5'6" and just bought my S1000XR. I purchased the lowering links from Soupy's performance. My BMW tech installed them and lowered the front forks. Perfect! I can almost flat foot. And the cost was reasonable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    Welcome to the forum
    There are several owners here, but kinda slow at times.
    Quickest is the low seat option that is available on a lot of models, next is a lower set of aftermarket shocks...not the low budget fix for sure.
    Some friends have added a thicker sole to bottom of riding boots to gain a bit as well. Once again a low cost option.
    Coming off a K1200R, I know it feels diff, but have you ridden it much yet?
    Lower seat on XR isn't a strong option IMO... the low seat only gets you .5", and makes the seal feel much shorter from front to back due to the shape (slopes toward center from front and back).

    We have installed the link solution mentioned earlier on several S series bikes with good results. Keep in mind the rear link will adjust far more than can be balanced correctly with the limited room to raise the fork tubes... you want those values to match to retain as much of the originally designed geometry as possible. Lowering the rear more than the front can lead to diminished stability at higher speeds.
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    lowering

    I had lowering links installed and moved the forks up 1/4 inch. the ergonomics and handling are fine. but it does ride rougher. i called Ted Porters Beemer shop and they are making me a better shock. Yes its more money but a smoother ride is what im looking for. My bike is a 2018 XR and ive put 3000 on it since ive done the modifications.

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    It's strange to me that nobody is talking about the low suspension model option that is available. I never considered this bike since seating on it in showrooms I felt it was too tall for me, I'm 5'9". Then one day a few years ago I went to the dealer to consider the R1200RT or K1600 knowing they had a lower seat and so forth and by chance sat on the S1000XR on the floor and was surprised I could flat-foot it. Well a few test rides with it as well as the other models I was looking at and I was sold on the "Low Suspension" S1000XR.

    Since then I've ridden on several BMW rides and I ran into a fellow XR rider who was my height and he had the standard height but had his lowered with the adjustable dog bones kit and such to basically achieve the same height as mine.

    I can't honestly comment on the tall suspension ride characteristics but mine is the best handling bikes I ever rode. It is very neutral and quick to turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickyracer View Post
    I had lowering links installed and moved the forks up 1/4 inch. the ergonomics and handling are fine. but it does ride rougher. i called Ted Porters Beemer shop and they are making me a better shock. Yes its more money but a smoother ride is what im looking for. My bike is a 2018 XR and ive put 3000 on it since ive done the modifications.
    Lowering your bike with the adjustable dog-bones and dropping the fork really doesn't change the ride roughness. The only thing your changing is the suspension travel limits so unless your bottoming out your suspension, the ride quality is the same. The geometry may be affected such as rake and such which affects the turning and such but the suspension should be the same.

    Also changing the shocks will eliminate some of the features our bikes have such as electronic ride loading and other ride modes that work with our shocks to control this.

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