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post #11 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-06-2016, 01:24 PM
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Darren, I don't understand it. My inseam is ~30" and I'm flat footed and my knees are bent.
I myself have a 30" inseam and my suspension set to 25 and my feet are on the ground.
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post #12 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-06-2016, 06:16 PM
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I think that it depends on your but, if you have a big but your legs will be higher.
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Well, I went out for while today, and just rode around town, trying different things. I have done the leaning to one side when coming to a stop, and that does work, "most" of the time. If I do anything, it will be with the seat. I will either have some foam taken out of the stock seat, or maybe look for an aftermarket seat. I did figure out some one thing that was making me uneasy when coming to a stop. It may not be right, but it helped me. When coming to a stop sign, or an intersection, and don't have to come to a complete stop, I don't down shift all the way to 1st gear. I have noticed that the gearing on the 1800 is a little different then the 1500. I don't know how to explain it, other then 1st gear on the 1800, is geared lower? I can't stay in 1st very long at all, other wise it gets real jerky. If I am coming to a complete stop, I am going to work on the leaning to the left, until I am completely stopped.
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BD like several have said, it's going to take time, a lot of stop and go practice before you'll get the hang of this heavy bike. I'm short and can stand flat footed. Flat footed with one foot only, the left foot.

When coming to a full stop I sit forward on the seat so my leg has more length because the front of the seat isn't as wide as the middle or rearward part of the seat.

Do several slow speed U turns both to the left and right getting use to the weight.

I've logged 11000 miles on my wing and it's getting more comfortable for me.
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You're right Darren, 1st gear is like a tractor!
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Darren, is the seat comfortable as is for long rides? If it is, try removing foam from the front area only.....that area where your thigh goes of the set and down to the pegs. But keep that comfortable riding zone.

Do you wear boots with thick soles. I think last year we had a rider with similar issues and simply got boots with thicker soles. I think he also used an insert of some kind under the heel.

There is a kit available to actually lower the bike. The website is http://www.lowerwingproducts.com/ The website has mounting instructions, pricing, and a warning about the effect on corner handling. This would be my last choice.


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I have a new 2016 and have a 29 inch inseam. I do fine when solo but find more of a challenge when two up. I find I shift forward when coming to a stop so I get both feet down. I put both feet out, using the front brake only to come to a full stop. My biggest concern is stopping on ground that is sloped to the left. At a gas station that was left sloped, I put the side stand down, filled the tank, then almost could not get the bike up off the side stand. I've only put about 800 miles on the GW so far, and hope with time and miles to get more confident.

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1. Car tire on rear will lower it some.
2. New seat, more like a saddle, Corbin, for one.
3. You want that baby leaning on the kick stand. Mine was way too upright, most of the time and I modified the kick stand with some washers to make it lean more. I'd rather have to ask a passerby for assistance getting it off the kickstand than up off the ground when it blows over.

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Darren, I will agree that eh 1500 "feels" lower when riding compared to the 1800. But it does become far more nimble once the technique is acquired. It's for sure a matter of confidence and trusting in the bike to go where you look. Make sure you're looking where you want to go and not where you are at. Slow speed maneuvers and practice, practice, practice.
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I bought a pair of boots that make me level to the ground now , try that


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