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Old 02-28-2012, 12:13 PM   #1
Ken Fritz OP
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Joined: Oct 2002
Location: Orangevale, CA
Oddometer: 1,025
Varadero XL1000V help needed

OK, so I bought a 2003 Varadero XL 1000 V3 off an Internet advert in Ireland for a ride through Europe this summer. Everything I read says it's a great bike and I got a nice one with Hepco & Becker bags, MRA screen, LeoVInce cans, and with a full service, including brake pads for a good price.

Besides not trying the bike myself before purchase (a trustworthy and knowledgeable friend in Ireland took care of that), I have a few problems.
Minor problem - nothing is available for it in the USA.
1. no engine skid plate (found a German one for a ridiculous price of about 540Euros)
2. no crash bars (Givi makes some that fit, but who else?)
3. the seat is too high - major problem

I ride an 1150GS without much hassle. At 5'9" with 29-30" inseam, I'm fine on the GS, but at 33" seat height on the Varadero, I'm going to be beyond challenged. Anyone have knowledge of a lower seat for this thing? Sources? Experience? Photos?

I see lowering kits for suspension, but think the seat is easier to fix. True?

I don't mind used parts or seats if in good condidtion.

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