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post #1 of 9 Old 03-22-2010, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Seat height?

As a guy with knee problems and a 34" inseam, seat height is a big deal for me. Most bikes are just too small for me to ride very long. I test rode a DL1000 a while back, and I found it very comfortable. I also thought it had a ridiculous amount of power. (I felt the same way about my FZ1). I think I would prefer a DL650 for my purposes, but I don't want to sacrifice any of the seat-to-peg distance. So how does a DL650 end up with a 1" lower seat? Is the frame geometry different? Maybe tire size? Is it entirely due to the shape of the seats? Can I just put a DL1000 seat on a DL650 and get the same seat height?
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-22-2010, 12:05 PM
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It is all in the seat

The Wee has a lower seat than the Vee but they are interchangable. Find someone with a Vee that wants a lower seat and trade.

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Can I just put a DL1000 seat on a DL650 and get the same seat height?
Yep, I did.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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If you aren't a peg dragger you can consider a foot peg lowering kit.

Many local upholstery shops can re-pad and re-cover your seat to get any seat height you want, as well as a more supportive shape. A supportive motorcycle seat has thigh support that feels obstructive when standing--bad in a showroom selling motorcycles, good on the road.

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Wee/Vee seats interchangeable?

How do they get an inch difference? Is the Wee seat that much less padded?

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The Wee has a lower seat than the Vee but they are interchangable. Find someone with a Vee that wants a lower seat and trade.
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How do they get an inch difference? Is the Wee seat that much less padded?
It's a 20mm difference and it's all padding.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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I'm 6'2" with a 35" inseam (and not so great knees) and have the 650. Added the gel seat and have no ergonomic problems - it's very comfortable.

The wind buffeting on the other hand...oh, wait...that wasn't your question.
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I have 29" inseam, am 5'-9" tall. Weigh 210 lbs stripped.

When sitting on my DL650 K8, I can FLAT FOOT both shoe bottoms (either tennis shoes or MC boots, doesn't matter what I'm wearing).

My rear shock is set at the 3rd groove (2 grooves are visible with about 1/16" space between 2nd groove and female lip). I think that would classify it as set at the 3rd groove. ?

I've read about seat height being a problem for shorter ops touching the ground when stopped, and wondering if my weight (too much) is reason I can flat foot? Or maybe my bike's original owner installed lowering links? (Front tubes are at stock ht). Is there a mfgr # or ID on Suzuki stock links?

My mc has 3500 miles on it, and I'm 2nd owner. I don't think the rear spring/shock is weakened any, as everything seems to ride OK.

Tires are inflated to manual specs. 34 & 38 I think it is.

Or is my situation normal for most 5'-9" guys? Just wondering.
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-20-2012, 03:34 PM
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Just thought of something.
FYI. I measured the 'crown' of seat to concrete slab. Used a 4' level and measured both ends to make sure it was the top most part of seat. See pic.
Result: Distance is 32 3/8" with mc on side stand, front tire pointing straight ahead. Distance same both end of level.
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