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    G310GS Lowering Kit

    My wife has a G310R at the moment and is interested in switching over to a G310GS. At issue is the seat height even with a lower seat being somewhat of a challenge. She isn't looking to entirely flat foot it, but decidedly something that doesn't keep her on her toes when not moving.

    I've looked around and it seems that there are a few options to bring the height of the G310GS down, fully realizing that it alters clearance. However, the intended use is for riding on our county dirt roads and not completely off-roading it. Thus the willingness to lose some of that clearance.

    With that in mind, has anyone lowered the GS and if so, how did you go about it? Any input is appreciated, including your experience with the lowered bike.
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    You can lower it with a dog bone and cutting the kickstand, or go the higher end route with a Hyperpro Shock with Progressive fork springs which will lower the bike up to 2.5".

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    Once you lower a 310 GS...aren't you somewhat left with the 310 R you already have? Since you only have plans to ride dirt roads, might it not be easier to just put some dual sport tires on the 310 R that already fits your wife?

    Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by powwow View Post
    Once you lower a 310 GS...aren't you somewhat left with the 310 R you already have? Since you only have plans to ride dirt roads, might it not be easier to just put some dual sport tires on the 310 R that already fits your wife?

    Just a thought.
    That was what what we were trying to do, but finding dual sport tires is what proves to be difficult. That, the suspension, and the more upright seating position are added factors.

    I spoke with Ted over at Beemershop this afternoon and I think we’ll go with a lowered suspension from him, should we continue pursuing the GS route.

    Now, if we can find dual sport tires, that might change things up a bit.
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    I just got used to falling over off-roading my KTM 640 Adventure. With a 37” seat height I can only get 2 toes down. No biggie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbtex View Post

    Now, if we can find dual sport tires, that might change things up a bit.
    I'm sure someone has gone up/down a little bit sizes to make something fit. Dennis Kirk says these Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR's will fit... I have no first-hand experience with them...
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    Avon Trailriders are another possibility, if a 120 series tire can be fitted to the front. The AV53/AV54 Trailriders come in 150/60-17 rear and 120/70-17 front. According to online specs, the G310R comes OEM with 110/70-17 rubber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibum69 View Post
    I just got used to falling over off-roading my KTM 640 Adventure. With a 37” seat height I can only get 2 toes down. No biggie!
    Falling over is not an option, according to my wife, at least not if it can be avoided due to the height of the bike. :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by drneo66 View Post
    I'm sure someone has gone up/down a little bit sizes to make something fit. Dennis Kirk says these Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR's will fit... I have no first-hand experience with them...
    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider View Post
    Avon Trailriders are another possibility, if a 120 series tire can be fitted to the front. The AV53/AV54 Trailriders come in 150/60-17 rear and 120/70-17 front. According to online specs, the G310R comes OEM with 110/70-17 rubber.

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    Thanks for the suggestions! The Avon could potentially fit the bill. The rear definitely. The front might be a possibility. We also found a great used 2018 G310GS owned by what looks to be a fellow MOA member. The dealer up in Michigan is great to work with, so we'll give that a try before make the decision on whether to keep the G310R and go the different tire route on it.

    Appreciate the input!
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    Quote Originally Posted by powwow View Post
    Once you lower a 310 GS...aren't you somewhat left with the 310 R you already have? Since you only have plans to ride dirt roads, might it not be easier to just put some dual sport tires on the 310 R that already fits your wife?

    Just a thought.
    No, the 310GS has tons of travel. I lowered mine 2.5" and you could barely see the difference. You still have a 19' front/17" rear, the ability to turn off ABS, the back rack, , the front fairing and a windshield. It's a far cry from being a 310r if you lower it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargentino View Post
    No, the 310GS has tons of travel. I lowered mine 2.5" and you could barely see the difference. You still have a 19' front/17" rear, the ability to turn off ABS, the back rack, , the front fairing and a windshield. It's a far cry from being a 310r if you lower it.

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    Thanks for the reminder of the differences. I would tend to think that the ability to defeat the ABS and having the larger front wheel are the biggest differences and benefits to taking the bike off-road compared to an R, even if the clearance ended up being about the same.

    Curious, how did you determine how much to take off the side stand after the bike was lowered?
    Tech on Two Wheels: 2018 R1200RT Mars Red (Mine), 2019 F750GS Silver Metallic (Mine), 2018 G310GS Red (My Wife's)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargentino View Post
    No, the 310GS has tons of travel. I lowered mine 2.5" and you could barely see the difference. You still have a 19' front/17" rear, the ability to turn off ABS, the back rack, , the front fairing and a windshield. It's a far cry from being a 310r if you lower it.

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    Very nice looking moto. Even lowered it still looks sharp.

    I also like the sticker on your top box. I have one of those on my bicycle.

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    Do you ride two up on that GS?

    My wife and I will putt around town on my 310 but I've never taken us both out on the highways.

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    Do you ride two up on that GS?

    My wife and I will putt around town on my 310 but I've never taken us both out on the highways.
    Voni and I each have G310GS bikes. We have ridden them each over 20,000 miles. They are excellent one-up bikes. We have ridden them two-up a couple of times for short distances: once about 25 miles and once about 50 miles. They work OK two-up in a pinch, like to get home when you drop off a car for repairs. I would not recommend them for people who plan to do a lot of two-up riding. There just are better bikes for that purpose.
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    Just curious about the Remus exhaust!

    I don't want to high-jack the thread but I would like to know more about the Remus exhaust on that G 310GS. I've got an Ackrapovic racing carbon system already so I'm just curious.

    Back on subject a little, I had an issue with comfort in even short distance related to traffic light to traffic light riding here in SWFL. Sargent just got my seat back to me and it may be the solution to the tip toe and discomfort issue. First distance ride tomorrow so I will report the results.

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