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Offline hamman69

Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« on: June 07, 2016, 11:53:39 am »
How tall do you need to be to ride one of these beasts? Normal gravel travel type roads...not extreme terrain.
I am 1.74.

I would appreciate any vertically challenged formites opinions here :sip:
 

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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2016, 12:01:09 pm »
How tall do you need to be to ride one of these beasts? Normal gravel travel type roads...not extreme terrain.
I am 1.74.

I would appreciate any vertically challenged formites opinions here :sip:
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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2016, 12:03:49 pm »
1.6m is more like vertically challenged. You should be fine. you can get a lower seat though if you want
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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2016, 12:04:18 pm »
How tall you are has nothing to do with it.. its how long your legs are. Not everyone who is 1.74 can ride these bikes.. that being said I saw a flipping short oke walk up to a 1200gs adv the other day, I thought there is no way it was his bike, he got on and immediately stood up so I knew he was a BMW rider, that and he needed to see over the clocks.. lol, that's not really true but the long and the short of it was if you can ride.. your height should make no diff.

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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2016, 03:01:15 pm »
I am 1.79 and I can just manage.  Fortunately the LC has a narrower seat than the previous model which makes it a bit easier.  When the bike is loaded I sometimes struggle to get it upright from the side stand position, especially when the angle of the surface adds to the lean.  On lower suspension settings it is manageable but when I pillion I sometimes have to ask swambo to help getting the bike upright.  My legs are just too short to plant my foot far enough to have the leverage required to get it upright from the side stand position. Also, be careful when you approach pay points, parking lot dispensers or toll gates.  Although the bike handles be easily in the upright position, I find goes south very quickly when you pass a certain angle.  Rather stop closer. But I guess there are people much shorter than me that cope much better.  It is all a matter of skill, strength and experience.  I don't claim too much of any of that.

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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2016, 03:32:28 pm »
I am 1.79 and I can just manage.  Fortunately the LC has a narrower seat than the previous model which makes it a bit easier.  When the bike is loaded I sometimes struggle to get it upright from the side stand position, especially when the angle of the surface adds to the lean.  On lower suspension settings it is manageable but when I pillion I sometimes have to ask swambo to help getting the bike upright.  My legs are just too short to plant my foot far enough to have the leverage required to get it upright from the side stand position. Also, be careful when you approach pay points, parking lot dispensers or toll gates.  Although the bike handles be easily in the upright position, I find goes south very quickly when you pass a certain angle.  Rather stop closer. But I guess there are people much shorter than me that cope much better.  It is all a matter of skill, strength and experience.  I don't claim too much of any of that.

But when the bike is moving on any surface it was designed for, even two up, it is total bliss.

I am the same length and have got the same difficulties. Parking off road I am always looking for a rock to kick under the side stand before I stop, for the bike not to lean to far over. Then again we ride the bike and not walking it. :imaposer:
 

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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2016, 03:40:55 pm »
The reality is though, that if the bike is too tall for you, then you lose some of the
enjoyment of riding. You always on the lookout every time you need to stop in case
theres a pothole, slope, even a small depression in the ground. Rather get the
lower seat or suspension, then you know where you stand.
 

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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2016, 05:13:31 pm »
For the Short legs; When having to stop Make sure you engage 1St Gear (keep clutch in if you prefer) move your left bum over to the left so it comes off the saddle and you have lots of extra reach.Pull off and move bum back problem solved (Practise makes it easier!!) Believe me it works.Let me/us know if it sorted your problem.
 

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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2016, 06:28:22 pm »
 :imaposer: thank you for the input.  Seems I will just have to wing it.  Alternative is probably riding boots with really thick soles :lol8:
 

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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2016, 12:04:52 pm »
:imaposer: thank you for the input.  Seems I will just have to wing it.  Alternative is probably riding boots with really thick soles :lol8:

I can lower the rear shock for you if you are referring to the LC.

Is the seat in the lowered position front and rear?

My wife rides the new LC Adventure, low seat, on the lowest setting, with the lower rear shock.  She rides it like a hooligan too!

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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2016, 06:35:42 pm »
Thank you Jughead, its not the new  LC adventure its a 2006 model. Will only receive the bike via millys bike transport in about a weeks time.  Bought it from a fellow forum member.

what are the options on lowering the bike besides the low seat?

 

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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2016, 06:29:43 am »
Thank you Jughead, its not the new  LC adventure its a 2006 model. Will only receive the bike via millys bike transport in about a weeks time.  Bought it from a fellow forum member.

what are the options on lowering the bike besides the low seat?



Just drop the preload to the minimum, front and rear.  The only problem there would be bottoming out when riding gravel roads.  Hit a dip hard enough and you will bend the rear torsion bar.
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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2016, 12:19:17 pm »
As ek n GSA kon ry, dan kan enige ander ou ook  :imaposer:
 

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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2016, 12:24:56 pm »
As ek n GSA kon ry, dan kan enige ander ou ook  :imaposer:
Ja maar jy het n voordeel, jy het lank ballet gedoen.Tone is gespits en geoefen. :deal: :lol8:
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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2016, 12:27:03 pm »
As ek n GSA kon ry, dan kan enige ander ou ook  :imaposer:
Ja maar jy het n voordeel, jy het lank ballet gedoen.Tone is gespits en geoefen. :deal: :lol8:
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Ek maar altyd heelvoor by robot gestop dat ek een poot op pavement kon kry  :imaposer:

As ek die panniers vrek swaar gelaai het was dit lekker, dan kon tone raak  :lol8:
 

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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2016, 12:32:55 pm »
Ek maar altyd heelvoor by robot gestop dat ek een poot op pavement kon kry

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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2016, 12:43:43 pm »
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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2016, 12:47:16 pm »
Noudiedag stop hier n klient met sy 1190 R.
Die man kan ry maar sy wegtrek is linkervoet op die peg en drop clutch en swaai regterbeen oor all in one motion.
Sy lengte is van so n aard as hy poep dwarrel die stof om sy voete. Die man kan ry!! :thumleft:
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Re: Bmw Gs1200 adventure and short legs
« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2016, 12:55:29 pm »
You don't need the length when you are riding.
You need it when you stop and have to prevent the bike from falling over.
I am 1,74m and I amy just too short for the GSA.
When I bought my latest bike I tried the GSA but settled for the GS instead.
Just 30mm extra seat height took me from ball of foot to tippy-toe.

I found it just too tall when I had to manoevre the GSA standing still
(like forward or backward a little to get the valve on the rim accessible to the air hose at the garage)

I've been happily riding my GS since, with no problems...
except when after a bumpy dirty session, I forget to adjust the ESA down to road settings again.
Then I find myself with GSA style tippy-toes again ! :-\
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