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Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => BMW 1200 LC => Topic started by: Brucet on January 07, 2019, 01:35:06 pm

Title: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: Brucet on January 07, 2019, 01:35:06 pm
Thought I would mention this as it may help someone. I didnt realise this could be done:
Im 6ft 5 and weigh around 125kgs and although I find the GSA comfortable I have always felt the seat feels like its leaning forward. So I read somewhere that you can set the seat to high in the front and low in the back, which i have now done (after a year of owning the bike  :patch:). This has made a huge difference to the comfort and I feel like I am sitting level on the bike now. Does anyone else have their seat set like this?

Now with my weight being slightly ( :lol8:) heavier than the norm i have now set my suspension to one person plus luggage. Does my logic make sense and has anyone else done this or should i just leave it on the standard setting?
If not what suspension setting do you ride daily on?

Thank you

Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: Gryshond on January 07, 2019, 02:54:39 pm
I have always set my seat high in front and low at the back, work a treat.

My suspension is always on 1 up with luggage as I weigh as much as a regular sized rider with a lot of luggage. As long as you can reach the ground that setting will be fine.
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: Brucet on January 07, 2019, 03:15:50 pm
Thank you Gryshond.
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: TheBear on January 08, 2019, 10:08:31 am
6'2" and 125kg
Seat level, both settings on high.
Suspension 1 + baggage.
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: Brucet on January 08, 2019, 10:22:10 am
Thanks TheBear

Does it not feel like you are leaning forward?
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: TheBear on January 08, 2019, 10:26:25 am
Thanks TheBear

Does it not feel like you are leaning forward?

It never did, till I read your post, so now I am wondering ....   :lol8:

Anyway, will set mine like you and Gryshond and see how it feels.
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: Brucet on January 08, 2019, 11:47:31 am
 :lol8:

Sorry
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: OomD on January 08, 2019, 11:50:50 am
Strangely mine feels like its leaning backwards, seat set to low on front and rear. Suspension set to 1-up. I'm by no means short, 1.92m.
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: JABO on January 08, 2019, 12:06:31 pm
My seat is high front and back. Did not notice that is leans forwards but also got me thinking.
Suspension 2-up.
If i set suspension 1-up plus luggage it seems to push up too high and I get a slight vibration from the drive shaft as the angle is probably too much because of not enough weight on the bike. But touring with luggage there are no vibrations. Did any of you notice the vibrations. This is my 3rd GSA LC and all of them did the same.
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: Slaaiblaar on January 08, 2019, 12:11:59 pm
I change my seat setup during long trips to different positions as it change the pressure points. Normal setup both on low and single rider, this is for highway use to tru and get more wimd protection. I'm also in you weight and size range.
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: YoungGSer on January 08, 2019, 12:50:08 pm
I have it highly in the front and low at the back. Iím tallish at 6í3 but I do it because it feels like the seat is pulling on my nut sack if I have it low at the front. Having it more level definitely helps with comfort on the open road. I have a newer GSA so has self leveling ESA but never feels like itís bottoming out on dirt with luggage, although I do pack lite.


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Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: Ouman on January 08, 2019, 01:53:27 pm
I bought my GS LC brand new in 2014 and right from the outset it felt like I was sliding forward banging my nuts on the tank. I made the setting then and have been using it like that ever since. And its also the 1st thing I did when I got my LC ADV. No banging of nuts and no more removing my pants from crack every few kilometers!
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: Nish on January 15, 2019, 10:08:47 am
I have found the settings to basically alter the height of the bike.
Offroad I run her on 1 plus luggage with hard suspension and rough stuff where extra clearance is required on 2 up with medium suspension.
Day to day traveling is on 1 up with soft suspension.
Try all the settings - you can definitely get more out of the bike  :)
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: TheBear on January 22, 2019, 12:51:37 pm
I have set the seat as discussed and I am quite surprised how much more comfortable it is.  The only negative I may experience is my knees on longer trips.  For now, that is how I ride with my seat. 
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: Bravofox on March 18, 2019, 07:00:18 pm
I really wish there was a way on the newer 2018 models to get these old settings. Would also like the "one helmet, two helmet, luggage, soft, medium ,hard" settings.
The automatic settings of the Enduro Pro mode does not work very well for me...
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: BuRP on March 19, 2019, 09:37:44 am
Would also like the ".... two helmet ..." settings.

Pls post a pic what you look like wearing two helmets?
 :dontknow:
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: Bravofox on March 19, 2019, 09:41:32 am
Would also like the ".... two helmet ..." settings.

Pls post a pic what you look like wearing two helmets?
 :dontknow:
I don't think that is wise, as some people here might leave their  browsers open to run and throw up and their kids might then see it...

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Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: Brewed_Coffee on March 22, 2019, 03:54:22 am
Thought I would mention this as it may help someone. I didnt realise this could be done:
Im 6ft 5 and weigh around 125kgs and although I find the GSA comfortable I have always felt the seat feels like its leaning forward. So I read somewhere that you can set the seat to high in the front and low in the back, which i have now done (after a year of owning the bike  :patch:). This has made a huge difference to the comfort and I feel like I am sitting level on the bike now. Does anyone else have their seat set like this?

Now with my weight being slightly ( :lol8:) heavier than the norm i have now set my suspension to one person plus luggage. Does my logic make sense and has anyone else done this or should i just leave it on the standard setting?
If not what suspension setting do you ride daily on?


Since day 1 of riding the 1200 GSA, my regular riding setup is exactly as you have !
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: Ysbeer6 on August 08, 2019, 03:12:34 pm
My seat is high front and back. Did not notice that is leans forwards but also got me thinking.
Suspension 2-up.
If i set suspension 1-up plus luggage it seems to push up too high and I get a slight vibration from the drive shaft as the angle is probably too much because of not enough weight on the bike. But touring with luggage there are no vibrations. Did any of you notice the vibrations. This is my 3rd GSA LC and all of them did the same.

JABO

I'm also riding my GSA on the 2-up setting, works well for me. I've noticed a fine vibration when coming off the throttle. Are you getting the vibration while cruising, accelerating / decelerating?

I'm new on the shaft scene (coming from KTM's), wouldn't want to cause excessive wear or something just because of a setting...
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: Ian Bean on August 08, 2019, 04:56:24 pm
A friend of mine also had vibration in 2up setting apparently its the shaft angle affecting where spline goes into engine or something like that. Try low setting see if goes away. 
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: JABO on August 08, 2019, 06:27:21 pm
My seat is high front and back. Did not notice that is leans forwards but also got me thinking.
Suspension 2-up.
If i set suspension 1-up plus luggage it seems to push up too high and I get a slight vibration from the drive shaft as the angle is probably too much because of not enough weight on the bike. But touring with luggage there are no vibrations. Did any of you notice the vibrations. This is my 3rd GSA LC and all of them did the same.

JABO

I'm also riding my GSA on the 2-up setting, works well for me. I've noticed a fine vibration when coming off the throttle. Are you getting the vibration while cruising, accelerating / decelerating?

I'm new on the shaft scene (coming from KTM's), wouldn't want to cause excessive wear or something just because of a setting...
Yes on higher setting I definately get the slight vibrations. Normally at low speeds. 40-70kmh

Loaded up vibrations are gone.
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: Ysbeer6 on August 13, 2019, 12:19:20 pm
My seat is high front and back. Did not notice that is leans forwards but also got me thinking.
Suspension 2-up.
If i set suspension 1-up plus luggage it seems to push up too high and I get a slight vibration from the drive shaft as the angle is probably too much because of not enough weight on the bike. But touring with luggage there are no vibrations. Did any of you notice the vibrations. This is my 3rd GSA LC and all of them did the same.

JABO

I'm also riding my GSA on the 2-up setting, works well for me. I've noticed a fine vibration when coming off the throttle. Are you getting the vibration while cruising, accelerating / decelerating?

I'm new on the shaft scene (coming from KTM's), wouldn't want to cause excessive wear or something just because of a setting...
Yes on higher setting I definately get the slight vibrations. Normally at low speeds. 40-70kmh

Loaded up vibrations are gone.

JABO/Ian

Thanks for your comments. Vibration because of the shaft's angle at a higher setting makes sense, mine doesn't feel different though between 1up and 2up settings. In both settings there's definitely a vibration when coming off the throttle. This might be normal, I don't know. On the KTM's you get used to all sorts of vibrations, not sure on the GS what's normal and what not. It's fitted with Anakee Wilds, not sure if these can have an influence...? Maybe best would be to ride another GS to compare...
Title: Re: How is your seat and suspension set (for the bigger riders)
Post by: caconcepts on August 13, 2019, 12:40:42 pm
My seat settings are the same but I have added the wunderlich handlebar raisers to give me more movement in my arms. Without, I always felt like I was leaning to far forward and the old john thomas was riding the tankpad. Now I can sit back and we both can enjoy the ride.