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    310GS for taller riders

    I'm age 59, 6'1", with a 34" inseam. I own a 1200GS, which I love for touring on pavement, and will be keeping it. I'm looking for a second bike to use for forest service roads, gravel, and some tamer sections of BDRs. For my non-paved skills, the 1200 is just bigger than I want for longer stretches of non-paved. Recently demo'd the 310 at our local dealer. Liked lots of things -- fuel injection, abs and tubeless tires...and I was impressed by the power of the little engine. However, ergonomically the cockpit is just to small for me. Had the pleasure of visiting with Paul and Voni at a rally, and am sold on the concept of smaller. I've owned a 700GS, but every seat I put on it still sloped too far forward, and its no much lighter than the 1200. I'm considering the Versys 300, but not thrilled that it has tubes. Has anyone with long legs found a way to fit the 310? If I have to have tubes, how about a Dakar or Sertao. May wait to look at the KTM 390 when in arrives? Appreciate everyone's thoughts

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    I suspect that a set of 2 inch Rox Risers bringing the bars straight up or even up and slightly forward would do what you need on the G310GS.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    Rox Risers on a 310GS

    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    I suspect that a set of 2 inch Rox Risers bringing the bars straight up or even up and slightly forward would do what you need on the G310GS.
    Paul, I tried the Rox Risers on my 310GS. I couldnít get the top bridge to clamp tight enough. So I used a 25mm riser kit.
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    Iím your age, height, inseam and 36Ē sleeve length

    Quote Originally Posted by shoot2miss View Post
    I'm age 59, 6'1", with a 34" inseam. I own a 1200GS, which I love for touring on pavement, and will be keeping it. I'm looking for a second bike to use for forest service roads, gravel, and some tamer sections of BDRs. For my non-paved skills, the 1200 is just bigger than I want for longer stretches of non-paved. Recently demo'd the 310 at our local dealer. Liked lots of things -- fuel injection, abs and tubeless tires...and I was impressed by the power of the little engine. However, ergonomically the cockpit is just to small for me. Had the pleasure of visiting with Paul and Voni at a rally, and am sold on the concept of smaller. I've owned a 700GS, but every seat I put on it still sloped too far forward, and its no much lighter than the 1200. I'm considering the Versys 300, but not thrilled that it has tubes. Has anyone with long legs found a way to fit the 310? If I have to have tubes, how about a Dakar or Sertao. May wait to look at the KTM 390 when in arrives? Appreciate everyone's thoughts
    Iíve had an R150GS, F650 Dakar, F800GS, and now a G310GS. My 310 came with a Sargent seat built on the stock pan. That helped with the knee angle. I put 25mm bar risers on and it works for me. Now Iím just riding the wheel off of it.
    Jim Nyffeler
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyfty View Post
    Paul, I tried the Rox Risers on my 310GS. I couldnít get the top bridge to clamp tight enough. So I used a 25mm riser kit.
    Interesting. I took them off my Kawasaki Sherpa when I sold it and put them on my 310 and they work just fine.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyfty View Post
    Iíve had an R150GS, F650 Dakar, F800GS, and now a G310GS. My 310 came with a Sargent seat built on the stock pan. That helped with the knee angle. I put 25mm bar risers on and it works for me. Now Iím just riding the wheel off of it.
    Jim, if you donít mind me asking, whatís your height and inseam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Interesting. I took them off my Kawasaki Sherpa when I sold it and put them on my 310 and they work just fine.
    Yea it was strange, I took my Rox Risers off of my R1150R?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoot2miss View Post
    Jim, if you don’t mind me asking, what’s your height and inseam?
    This might be TMI but here goes. I'm 6'1", with a 32"/33" inseam. With my DS boots on I'm closer to 34" inseam. Don't share this with anyone.
    Jim Nyffeler
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