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I have the chance in finally pulling the trigger on my dream bike, the 2018 GS. I am now debating between 2 brand new leftover 2018s, both are “exclusive” fully optioned ones except for one has low suspension option. However, the price difference is close to $1k for the LC model. I am 5’7 and am comfortable with the standard model GS with the low seat. Just debating if the LC model would be better for me in the long run. I am coming from riding a couple of years on my 2017 Yamaha FJ-09 which is about half an inch taller than the low setting on a standard seat GS. Being that the GS is heavier, would the $1k difference be worth the peace of mind? I do occasionally do some light trail riding on my Versys X300 bike and would also try to take the GS on some fire roads and stuff, will the short suspension be a hindrance in these types of terrain? THanks for any thoughts.
 

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guess one question is, for those that have the LC GS, does the shortened suspension have any issues in scraping when you go off roading? I am looking to join some type of off road riding class like rawhyde and want to make sure that with the LC GS, there wouldn't be any issues going over the more technical stuff.
 

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Buy the bike for you not the next owner. If you think you need a low try one out. I am 5' 8" with a 30 inch inseam and I ride a regular GS with a low seat and can flat foot.
 

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I have the GSA with low suspension and no problems off road but you have to be careful in the twistes and ride with the ball of your foot on the pegs or you will scrape your toes on the pavement. I have only scraped the pegs a few times though.
 

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Got a great deal on an '18 GSA standard. 5'8" w/ 30" inseam and have no issues. I have the seat on the low setting and the ESA suspension on min / low. Can't quite flat foot but I feel comfortable with the set up. Coming from sport bikes and cruisers, this higher riding position definitely takes some getting used to. The only way you will know for sure is to take them both out for a comparison test ride...
 

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I, too, am 5'7" and I went with the low suspension, love the low suspension, HATED the low seat. It was brutal after an hour or so. I think I put up with it for 2k miles and then got a Sargent low version. Very comfy now.
Re resale...people argue back and forth on this. Some say it could hinder resale, while others bemoan that a GS is too tall for them and that keeps them away from the GS. If the lowered suspension fits you, I rec that and have them swap out the low seat for a normal seat (which you can put in a high position) or expect to be in the seat market soon. the sargent was $479, iirc.
 

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Are you going to keep it forever? Low suspension limits resale options!
really? didn't know that....
There is ALWAYS someone looking for a low model. Dealers sell every one they get. I am 5'7", 29" inseam. I waited and waited for the right factory low GS to come up for sale in my area and I pounced.

Like AndyNJ Said, buy what YOU want, not what you think the next owner might want.
 

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After being able to test ride a 2019 GS 1250 with the low chassis, I'm sold. Even with the $1k premium, I believe it'll be ultimately worth it. Picking it up tomorrow. Cheers!

Here's a pic of the 1250 they let me test ride. That thing is so sweet. Scenes like a rocket.



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Here she is. Picked her up this morning and now in the middle of the 2 hr ride back home. I absolutely love the quick shifter.. lol. Can't wait to get my sw-motech crash bars and maybe the top box in black. Ride safe and cheers!





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I have the chance in finally pulling the trigger on my dream bike, the 2018 GS. I am now debating between 2 brand new leftover 2018s, both are “exclusive” fully optioned ones except for one has low suspension option. However, the price difference is close to $1k for the LC model. I am 5’7 and am comfortable with the standard model GS with the low seat. Just debating if the LC model would be better for me in the long run. I am coming from riding a couple of years on my 2017 Yamaha FJ-09 which is about half an inch taller than the low setting on a standard seat GS. Being that the GS is heavier, would the $1k difference be worth the peace of mind? I do occasionally do some light trail riding on my Versys X300 bike and would also try to take the GS on some fire roads and stuff, will the short suspension be a hindrance in these types of terrain? THanks for any thoughts.
im 5'7" also and have a 2016 R1200gs LC with low suspension and russell seat.....i looked at the low seat but if you plan on riding long days you ass will pay for it.....it is lower because it does not have as much padding.....i am just able to get both feet 95% on ground.....it will only be an issue for those who take too long to get rolling after stopping.....you like the low LC bike
 
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