2009 BMW R1200RT-Patrol
You two inspired me to add station identification to my signature.
Ever stand next to a full size YZ 450 F ? My little short butt is lower than the bottom of the seat . Bars are even with my shoulders . But I ride them every chance I get .... try that at 70 yrs. Old .... LOL ....My bike is around 440 lbs dry. I put freeway bars on it, so if it ever does go over it won't be completely flat and I think I should be able to lever it up without injuring myself, but I sure don't ever want to try! It's also low and easy to balance; with my 32" inseam my knees are bent when I'm sitting on it flat footed. When I was in that Pinconning bike shop the other day I was looking at a dirt bike they had on display, the seat was above my waist and I had no idea how I'd ever get on the thing, and I'm sure that at this age and condition, I couldn't learn. Sometimes I wish I could venture off into some trails but will content myself with a low bike and regular roads at this point.
I'm with you on avoiding the docs. In fact after my recent experiences, I'd rather die than go in. But that's a different thread.
Glad you didn't get hurt worse and prayers for a speedy recovery. And let us see the "cut down to size" result!
Ronk, I should mention, I appreciate the compliment. Thank you for that. My writing would have to be up a few notches before it will be worth publishing beyond the collection of electrons at my websites. I dabble at writing at the same level I do trombones, upright bass, painting, sketching, shooting, woodwork, metalwork, motorcycle riding ... never good enough to do it for others, but keeping myself nicely amused.--
Nicely written article. A full catalogue of your writings would easily be a tome. Of course, lifting it would be a strain on your back.
The DRZ seat famously resembles a jolting, vibrating 2x4 between your legs. They own the patent on uncomfortable. Reducing the padding to lower it is quite out of the question. Going from 18" rear and 21" front to 17" front and rear will help a lot. To get to my 32" clubman target the forks and monoshock will have to be rebuilt as well. Then I add some comfort to the seat and build it in a cafe' pattern.When you lower the saddle, do you reconfigure just the seat or do you change the suspension? Seems like some foam removal would lower it some, but then it wouldn't be comfortable. But changing the suspension requires other changes, doesn't it?