folks think that they might like the RT, but are worried that
it is too big or that they wont be able to manage the bike
if they have a short inseam.
From San Antonio, Texas has the right attitude: "I will
not accept that I am too short (28.5" inseam) for the
RT, it is just too over tall, so here is how I've addressed
- Comfort seat
to lowest level was not enough so I traded it for a regular
OEM seat (which is lower than the comfort seat) and had
it done over by Sargent with their "nosejob".
Seat problem solved, both height and comfort.
- Regular thick
soled boot, not a special lift or anything like that. Boot
OEM shocks to the lowest level and was not happy with the
ride and still was not low enough. So got custom made Works
Performance shocks to my specs, result was lower by
1.5 inches. Suspension problem and ride height solved.
- Had center and
kick stands cut down so they operate properly with new ride
Now the bike is
not too tall and I am not too short, everything is Just Right."
Charles says "I
had never dropped my bike but had come very very close and
never felt really comfortable. Now I am much more confident
and am happy with all the modifications that have been made."
RT Rider I know went to Corbin
and they did an extreme nosejob on his seat that allowed
him to flatfoot the bike with the seat in the lowest position.
Frank From Columbia, SC reports that he has "lowered
my RT with the shorter shocks. When I did that I also shortened
the sidestand and the centerstand. Also don't forget to reaim
your headlight. You do loose some of your cornering clearance,
but it is not that significant. I am now totally flat footed
without any luggage or passenger, which is real nice. Would
I do it again? Probably yes, the sidestand and centerstand
are a pain. You need to have a good welder at hand.
points out that You basically have three options, lower the
bike, have the seat lowered, or both. As for lowering the
bike, Works will custom make shocks about 1" lower and
I believe the price is in the $7-900 range. As noted above,
you may have to shorten your side stand and center stand.
The other option is to have the seat worked on. A company
like Sargent, http://www.sargentcycle.com
, can do custom work and lower the seat and make the sides
a bit "thinner" to get more ground contact. Call
Sargent and tell them what you want to do and they will give
you an idea on how much they can shorten the seat. They can
also make the seat more comfortable than stock! To have the
seat work done is probably in the $275-$390 range. Good luck
and let us know what you decide.
From The Netherlands pointed out an excellent resource: "For
those with this problem, checkout this site: http://www.nebcom.com/noemi/moto/sbl.faq.html
" This is really a great resource for folks who consider
themselves too short for the bike of thier choice.
Ian Jackson From
Scotland reports " My solution was +5/8" on the
soles and heels of my BMW goretex boots. Pared my "comfort
seat" down a least 1" with an electric knife, sealed
it with latex liquid and stapled back the cover (don't take
the front part of the cover off). Backed off the suspension
preload a bit below "Normal". Also after 5K miles
my bike is a "little" lower. By the time you have
done all that AND done the other things you see in these posts
your brain and the RT will be one and, like me, you will be
able to ride two up with great confidence.
Another idea is
lower the seat mount itself. Fernando Belair of Los Angeles
CA says "The rubber bumpers that the front of the seat
slides onto measure 34mm OD by 10mm ID. If you can get your
hands on a round rubber block of approximately the same density,
and can have its 10mm inside hole drilled about 5-6mm off-center
(this will take a special abbrasive or circular drill as a
wood/metal drill will not work), then install them in place
of the OEM bumpers, making sure that the "short side"
is up, you can drop the front of the seat about 1/4 inch.
If this tilts the seat too far forward for you (a common complaint
even in stock trim), then you can cut the rubber bumpers that
the back of the driver's seat sits on by an equal amount (1/4-inch).
Just make sure that the posts that the rear bumpers ride on
do not become the primary support for the rear of the seat.
If they do, shorten them by 1/8 inch and you'll be fine. With
such a small reduction in seat height, you should not have
any problems with the "tongue-in-groove" mating
of the front seat to the rear seat and the entire mechanism
should latch in place just like it was meant to."
Kris from Mountain
View California has a different opinion on flat-footing the
bike: "I don't flat foot... not sure that many here do.
I'm jealous of those that can flat foot (like Cary!), but
when it comes right down to it, I don't need to flat foot
either. I've found that I prefer balancing the bike with the
balls of my feet, if something starts to move I'm able to
spring the bike back to center much easier. When I do find
myself resting on one foot (flat), I've found myself more
likely to lose my footing and more likely to watch the bike
There are many
people who are able to ride their RT's even if they are a
bit vertically challenged. However, one of the primary complaints
they have is slow-speed handling. It can be easy to drop the
bike at slow speed no matter what your size. Short Cut from
Pleasanton, CA notes "Something I find that really helps
the low speed handling is dragging the rear brake. You can
make tighter low speed turns this way and it gives better
stability than the front brake at slow speeds. In fact this
bike also responds really well to dragging the rear brake
while entering really tight corners like hairpins. This is
a dirtbike technique that works well on this bike too."
says "Squaring up" when coming to a stop helps a
lot (also making sure the passenger is in as vertical a position
as possible). Shorter shocks help (and from my experience
with Works Performance, they can be designed so that things
don't drag in the corners as readily as you think, although
a bit more than with a standard length). Boots with heels
are a must, as well."