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Offline The dogs

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Seat Height - GS to CT
on: May 02, 2013, 04:47:12 PM
I manage quite easily with the seat height on my standard GS. Am I likely to find the CT a problem with a 31 1/2  inch inside leg as not tried a bike to date for size. i did have a GS Adventure before my standard GS and coped with a low seat on that. Any feedback folks would be grateful.
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Re: Seat Height - GS to CT
Reply #1 on: May 02, 2013, 05:29:49 PM
Mmm...you do know why they don't sell Crosstourers in Japan, right?  :745:

Seriously though, you should sit, ride and decide...until then, all that we say is only speculative :002:

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Re: Seat Height - GS to CT
Reply #2 on: May 02, 2013, 07:25:22 PM
I'm 5ft 8ins with a 29in inside leg and I manage. The CT is 9mm higher than the Transalp it replaced, so I'd had a bit of practice. Most of the time I 'tip-toe' at halts, but you soon get the technique of sliding a buttock off the seat when necessary, and once you get a foot flat on the ground you have a stable 'tripod' with a firm foot and two wheels. The weight needs some getting used to under these circumstances, and you have to look for level ground to stop; but all this is a small price to pay for the time you spend MOVING with that fantastic motor. Doc has the best idea - you have to try it for yourself - but if I can mange, then you can manage; but it depends whether or not you want to settle for 'managing'. I fell in love with the CT as soon as they released the press photographs, but thought it would be too tall. Just sitting on the demo bike convinced me.

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Re: Seat Height - GS to CT
Reply #3 on: May 02, 2013, 07:41:23 PM
*Originally Posted by Black Bob [+]
I'm 5ft 8ins with a 29in inside leg and I manage. The CT is 9mm higher than the Transalp it replaced, so I'd had a bit of practice. Most of the time I 'tip-toe' at halts, but you soon get the technique of sliding a buttock off the seat when necessary, and once you get a foot flat on the ground you have a stable 'tripod' with a firm foot and two wheels. The weight needs some getting used to under these circumstances, and you have to look for level ground to stop; but all this is a small price to pay for the time you spend MOVING with that fantastic motor. Doc has the best idea - you have to try it for yourself - but if I can mange, then you can manage; but it depends whether or not you want to settle for 'managing'. I fell in love with the CT as soon as they released the press photographs, but thought it would be too tall. Just sitting on the demo bike convinced me.

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Re: Seat Height - GS to CT
Reply #4 on: May 02, 2013, 08:21:51 PM
You could always get the seat lowered to make things a little easier. I got about 3/4" shaved off the front and 1" added to the pillion area so the missus had a better view over my head. She was moaning that a couple of extra inches would be nice, i assumed she was talking about the bike seat but i wasn't really paying attention  :084:

The guy who did the mods, Tony Archer, also fitted a gel pad front and rear and recovered the seat with grippier material as the original Honda cover wouldn't fit properly with the extra padding. I only got the seat lowered a little as i was worried about making the seating position too cramped. Jobs a guddun now  :028:

Tony Archer is based in Huddersfield which is a bit of a hike for you but another forumite based "dahn sarf" got his seat modded a lot closer to home. If you do a search you should find his post (apologies to the guy in question whos name escapes me).

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Re: Seat Height - GS to CT
Reply #5 on: May 02, 2013, 09:00:38 PM
She was moaning that a couple of extra inches would be nice, i assumed she was talking about the bike seat but i wasn't really paying attention   :745:  You know the saying Terry ?
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10 mm here 10 mm there. It might be cheaper to get some platform glam boots, or get a cobbler to bond on another sole. Unless you are a 6' 1" bean pole who can get both feet flat on the floor :164:  :007:

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Re: Seat Height - GS to CT
Reply #6 on: May 02, 2013, 09:17:16 PM
*Originally Posted by The dogs [+]
I manage quite easily with the seat height on my standard GS. Am I likely to find the CT a problem with a 31 1/2  inch inside leg as not tried a bike to date for size. i did have a GS Adventure before my standard GS and coped with a low seat on that. Any feedback folks would be grateful.

CT feels lower than the standard GD IMO, you won't have any problems  :031:

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Re: Seat Height - GS to CT
Reply #7 on: May 02, 2013, 09:21:05 PM
Anyone fitted the lowering kit ? There are a few around £60 and lower by 30mm ... if so, do you have to do anything to the front or just fit the kit plates to the rear ?