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Old 01-05-2011, 07:53 AM   #4516
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NattyMo, wow we responded with almost the same info at the same time. Weird huh
Yes it's weird, now stop it. Okay?
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:44 AM   #4517
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If I don't sell my 950SMR first, I'm going to have it lowered. Guys I spoke to said well under a grand and he can take it down 2 inches.

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You can do it for much less. An internal spacer in the shock will shorten it and you compensate by raising the forks through the triple tree.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:00 PM   #4518
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6 ft even, 32 inch inseam...no problems w/ the seat height...
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:23 PM   #4519
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You can do it for much less. An internal spacer in the shock will shorten it and you compensate by raising the forks through the triple tree.
I know about raising the forks, please explain the spacer in the shock.....
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:10 PM   #4520
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I am 5'4" tall and barely 29" inseam. My GSXR has a 31" seat height, and the front of the seat is quite narrow. It feels just as tiny as my 99 R6 racebike.

I had a 94 ZX7 before the GSXR, and it was a tippy toe one foot afair. Almost fell over right in the Deals Gap parking lot when my wife climbed on, and the bike was knocked a little off balance. She is very careful about sliding her butt up onto the seat now, before slowly lifting her feet up to the pegs.

My legs are so short, I can't even back up the GSXR on a flat paved parking lot. I have sentenced myself to getting off and walking to back it up. Up till now, I refused to lower any bike. I couldn't make the cornering clearance sacrifice. The pegs would drag too early. I am replacing toe sliders now as it is. Sure I could install rearsets, but the cramped seat to peg relationship already gives my knees aches after a couple 500+ mile days in a row. No way I could ride that far with the pegs higher. So, on my GSXR, I have just learned to touch tiptoe both feet and live with it. It is pretty manageable. The SMR has alot more distance seat to pegs, so rearsets would be a good option to combat the loss of cornering clearance if lowered.

Now the 950SM/SMR is way taller than my GSXR. I can ride it solo, like it is, tip toeing at stoplights with just one foot, or ass sliding off like my dirtbike. The other is a few inches from the ground. However, I'd hate to get stuck on an uneven spot and off centre, or fall over while letting my wife climb on the back of the bike. These are my issues.

Another option is to settle for less. The Duke 690 or 690SM are 100 lbs lighter and would be way more manageable at a stop. And the Duke's seat seems way more comfy to me than the 950 SMR- but I can't begin to imagine 3 days of 500 miles in a row at 75 mph on a single.
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:00 PM   #4521
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Have you tried to ride one at stock height? I'm only 5ft 6 (30 inch inseam)
& find the bike so light that it's seat height is not an issue. Look at it like a dirt bike with a huge motor (it is). The only issue I have had is backing up hill, then I get off and push.
Ditto. I'm a 29" inseam. I've raised the forks about a half inch and that lets me toe tap at a stop. Easy answer...don't stop!
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:31 PM   #4522
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Another option is to settle for less. The Duke 690 or 690SM are 100 lbs lighter and would be way more manageable at a stop. And the Duke's seat seems way more comfy to me than the 950 SMR- but I can't begin to imagine 3 days of 500 miles in a row at 75 mph on a single.[/QUOTE

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Old 01-05-2011, 04:10 PM   #4523
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Superduke's just as tall as the SM isn't it?
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:36 PM   #4524
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Superduke's just as tall as the SM isn't it?
Hmm..not as much difference as I thought 1 inch lower than the 900 SMR and only .7 in lower than the 950 SM,
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:10 PM   #4525
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Anyone give me the heads up on the most common go-to spot for add on's and extra's such as tail tidy, colored plastics, frame sliders, and graphics? I've found KTM twins and KTM cycle hut, but the 950SM options seem to be little limited.
Im curious to see what the carbon bits look like...


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Old 01-05-2011, 11:24 PM   #4526
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ktmtwins.com and ktmcyclehut.com are the two places I shop.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:37 PM   #4527
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I know about raising the forks, please explain the spacer in the shock.....
Any shock rebuilder can make a spacer on the lathe which prevents the shock from fully extending. Think of the piston of the shock moving inside the shock cylinder. In effect, this spacer is a hollow cylinder around the shock shaft which a) shortens the suspension travel by x mm and b) lowers the shock length by an equal amount.
Usually, a 10mm spacer will bring the rear down by 30mm, more or less.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:43 PM   #4528
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Would the spring also need to be shortened by a coresponding amount?
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:51 PM   #4529
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Would the spring also need to be shortened by a coresponding amount?
Only if there is no available preload space on the threaded top part of the shock.

You can try decreasing your preload by 10mm (measured on the shock, not rear wheel travel), then measure how much the rear axle has moved (with the bike supporting its weight) and drop the yokes by an equal amount (plus 10% or so to account for the caster angle). You will get an idea how much your seat height has been shortened. The beauty of the spacer is that the change is fully reversible. Looking at the SM pic above, it looks as if there is plenty of available preload space.

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Old 01-06-2011, 12:07 AM   #4530
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I dont like the idea of using preload tension loss as a ride height adjuster. It takes away from your ability to properly set rider sag.

That's why I was aking about a shorter spring. If you made no changes to the spring, but put a spacer inside the shock body, the preload would be increased dramatically on reassembly
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