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post #31 of 38 (permalink) Old 10-Jul-2018, 03:24 PM (850)
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Now that Summer is here and I've been able to take my GSA Low on some of my favorite "trails" and offroad passes here in Colorado, I'm happy to report the GSA Low is doing well. I've heard some rocks bounce off the skid plate, but nothing that I thought "oh crap" and nothing that's had me concerned at all.

When I compare this to where I rode my Super Tenere with modified suspension, the ST still had gouges and dents in the skid plate and you'd hear rocks bouncing off it all the time. Now, its nowhere like the Africa Twin or XCx where those, I rarely heard any rock hits.

So overall, I'm really pleased that I went with the GSA low.
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post #32 of 38 (permalink) Old 15-Jul-2018, 12:12 AM (216)
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I'm 5'7" (if I stretch and tip my head forward to push measuring bar up with a 28" inseam. I've ridden tall dirt bikes/enduro bikes all my life and logged many miles on a 2016 standard height GSA. I recently bought a 2017 GSA Low and it was the best decision I ever made when choosing a bike. I ride it hard both off and on road and the only draw back Ive found is at steep lean angles my boots hit the ground and occasionally get pulled off the peg. I've corrected this by setting the preload to two up mode to gain some cornering clearance when pushing it in the twisties.
Off road, I can't tell you how many times the lower ride height has saved me from picking up the bike in rock garden hill climes and stream crossings. I run the Altrider skid plate to protect the case but, honestly I can't recall a hard hit that wouldn't have also bottomed out the full height version. Frankly, if you hit hard enough to do any real damage, you need to examine how you're picking your lines.
The most important thing when riding is to feel confident and in control on your machine. Most issues I've seen happened when someone was riding scared and hesitated rather than holding their line and keeping their head up. If you have concerns about a tall bike, that will affect your riding whether or not you have the ability to manage it. If you get the bike that feels right you'll have a far better riding experience. Forget all the other nonsense. We're talking about approximately 1". Just get out their and enjoy the ride!
Just my .02

(Of course you also get the yahoos who ride over their heads but, they're doomed regardless of bike choice.)
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post #33 of 38 (permalink) Old 15-Jul-2018, 01:03 AM (252)
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Im 6.0 plus and with the bmw low seat and the wunderlich adaptors BUT on auto settings for the ESA my feet touch but not fully flat
With ESA to Minimum fully flatfooted.
Would have liked to be maybe 0.5 inches lower
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post #34 of 38 (permalink) Old 23-Jul-2018, 04:49 PM (909)
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I'm 6'2" with a 32" inseam. I have the non short with the seat in the high position. With my Frankenstein boots on I am almost flat footed. This thing is very tall.

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post #35 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-Oct-2018, 06:38 AM (485)
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Originally Posted by Scubaman View Post
I am 5'5" with a 28 inch inseam. Recently I ran into a bunch of GS riders that asked me why I did not go for the lowered suspension. I explained that I had no problem sliding around the seat to put right and left foot down at stops so I did not feel I needed the low version. Also, I did not want to compromise the legendary ride of the GS by modifying it. Was I right? I just watched a video of a comparison between the GS ADV Lowered Vs Standard and they basically said that there was no compromise unless you ride hard off road. Anyway I purchased the low version of the seargent seat and love the bike. any thought guys? Did I make s mistake not buying the low version?
I can't say you made a mistake. I did two hour and a half demo rides on the GS and, at 5' 8", was constantly having to lean the bike over at red lights. I bought a factory lowered unit. Depending on the layout of the road I can still be up on the balls of my feet, or completely flat footed. IMO Lowered was the better option b/c it gave me lots of options for seat height between the low and regular (low-low, low-high, reg-low, reg-high) seats. With the stock suspension my only options were "probably too tall" and "definitely too tall".

Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong.
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post #36 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-Oct-2018, 08:41 AM (570)
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5'7" with a 29" inseam.

Daily rider is a RS1200 standard with 33.5" seat height
Ride dirtbikes with 36-38" seat
Had a R1200GS Adventure with 35" seat for a summer
Just test-rode a KTM 1290 Super Adventure R with a 35.1" seat

If you learn to ride a motorcycle with a tall seat without having to lower it, you'll feel comfortable and confident riding *any* motorcycle in the future. If you're always staying in your comfort zone of having to have both feet flat-footed, you limit yourself in what you can ride when the opportunity presents itself.

It's all just technique and practice.

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post #37 of 38 (permalink) Old 11-Apr-2019, 11:14 AM (676)
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I'm 5'7 and have ridden my FJ-09 for about a year when I turned my fancy into getting a GS. After drooling over the GS at my local dealer and sitting and trying out the standard height versions, I never felt sure footed even with the low seat installed. Mind you, the FJ still had a taller seat height than a standard height GS with the low seat option. I was finally able to sit on a factory lowered GS and I was instantly a fan. I finally got a chance to buy a leftover 2018 GS Exclusive with the factory low suspension option and I couldn't be happier. I feel that I can now confidently stop in weird inclines and traverse steep angles with the bike wherein I wouldn't even think about that with a standard height GS. I also feel that I can confidently have my wife ride with me on the GS with the lowered bike and just have the ESA adjust the ride height to even things out. All in all, very, very happy with my purchase and am proud to say that I'm now a GS rider. Cheers!
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post #38 of 38 (permalink) Old 11-Aug-2019, 08:14 PM (051)
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Originally Posted by Scubaman View Post
I am 5'5" with a 28 inch inseam and I have about 3500 miles on a GS standard suspension. Honestly no issues at all yet. Also, love the ability to set the suspension on the fly. I do have to look into what you said about having to stop for it to take effect. I did not know that.
I have to say that height challenged riders riding tall bikes and those having to modify the suspension to make it lower is all a matter of riding experience, about 90% of the shorter riders lowering their bikes fall into the novice as height has nothing to do with a bike being tall. I too am short but ride dirt bikes with a seat height of 38" and adventure bikes with a seat height of 36", with no issues.
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