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post #1 of 19 Old 07-04-2012, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Seat differences question from new guy :)

Hi folks, I'm new to this forum and thinking about switching my ride from a Yamaha FZ6R to a Wee. I understand the 2012 comes with a low and high seat option in addition to the standard. My question is, does anyone know how they achieve the different seat heights? Is it done by shaving or adding additional foam, or is the padding the same in all the seats and there is some adjustment made in the construction of the seat support to make it higher or lower? Stock height is manageable for me but is at my limit, and one of my criteria is a comfortable long ride seat, so if padding is removed to make it lower I don't think that would be q great option for me. Thanks folks . . and HI again.
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For me, the standard is far more comfortable than the tall. The seat pans are the same, so it must be the foam. I dunno about the low seat.

Of interest. I can easily flatfoot the bike with both standard and tall seats despite my 32" inseam and the advertised seat height of 32.9 inches. (Boots are part of this, seat shape is the other part. The seats have a narrow nose.)

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Yes the lower seat has less foam, and is less comfortable. I tried one and returned it the day after (was refund less 15% fee). I am 5'6'', 6000km now with the stock seat and very happy with it.
I had a KLR before so the height is not really a problem for me.
If i would be 5 or 6" taller i would consider the tall seat.
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Same pan, same rubber bumpers where seat pan contacts frame. The difference is in the height of the foam, AFAICT.

Seat height on this bike shouldn't be a deal-breaker, in my opinion. As stated, the shape of the seat, the suspension, boots, etc. - all play a part in how it will sit for you.

Also, it's commonly reported that people lower the bike because it feels too high for them, only to end up raising it back up once they become comfortable with the bike.

Lowering links are option, too. Get the bike you want, then make it fit you.
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Also, it's commonly reported that people lower the bike because it feels too high for them, only to end up raising it back up once they become comfortable with the bike.
I haven't heard of anyone lowering the 2012. I had to lower the '07 and '05 by a half inch.

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I haven't heard of anyone lowering the 2012. I had to lower the '07 and '05 by a half inch.
I lowered mine 19mm at each end. Backing up was too hard on my knees and I did not need the extra ground clearance.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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I lowered mine 19mm at each end. Backing up was too hard on my knees and I did not need the extra ground clearance.
Roger, Pat. 19mm = 3/4 inch.

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Another option to look into is an aftermarket seat. I am not sure how tall any of them are compared to the stock (or other dealer) seats, but there are other threads talking about different seats.

It sounds like the most popular are the Russell Day-long and the Corbin seats. I am still riding the stock seat, but looking into the aftermarket world. I also know that Saddlemen will have their adventure track seat out within a month, which I will likely end up with...and it will probably be the heated version.
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I lowered mine 19mm at each end. Backing up was too hard on my knees and I did not need the extra ground clearance.
With the bike lowered 19mm at both ends (lowering links and forks raised I presume?) does the stock side stand still work properly. How about the centre stand if you have one?
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The stock side stand on mine works fine. It had a severe lean in stock trim. I have an SW-Motech center stand that also works fine. I don't go off road though. It's a little harder to get on the centerstand but I'm 67 and have no trouble.

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