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Old 03-16-2011, 06:07 PM   #1
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Super Tenere Seat Height

I'm interested in the Super Tenere, but I'm concerned about the seat height. I have a 30 inch inseam, and bad knees. I can flat foot a Stelvio, touch my toes on a Buell or KTM, and My feet don't come close on the BMW GS. Anyone have any experience on the Super T vs. the others. I'd hate to put the money down and not be able to touch. I HATE THIS ORDER WITHOUT SEEING Sh&T!
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:36 PM   #2
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I am 5'3" tall and have a R1200GS low. On the balls of my toes with a 26" in seam. I sat on a Tenere in Daytona and I think with the low seat it would be OK.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:05 PM   #3
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I have a 30 inch inseam and sat on the two XTZs at the Novi show many times. Touching the ground was no problem with the seat in the low position, and was OK in the high position. I was a little on the balls of my feet in the high position, but was still in full control with both feet down. I did think the high position was a little more comfortable as far as my arms go in the riding position and will probably be able to run the seat in the high position when I get it.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:38 PM   #4
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I am 5'10" at the doctor's office and a GS or GSA would topple if I rode one. The S10 with the seat on low is perfect for me. Plus the excellent center of gravity of the bike makes it feel like it is shorter and pretty light. If in doubt wait until you can sit on one, that is all they let me do before I bought mine, they didn’t let me ride it....... If they had I would have bought in 30 minutes earlier that I did
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:58 AM   #5
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I have a 30 inch inseam and sat on the two XTZs at the Novi show many times. Touching the ground was no problem with the seat in the low position, and was OK in the high position. I was a little on the balls of my feet in the high position, but was still in full control with both feet down. I did think the high position was a little more comfortable as far as my arms go in the riding position and will probably be able to run the seat in the high position when I get it.

I had ticktes to the NOVI show, and I had to leave town - i missed it.

thanks for the info
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:15 AM   #6
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6'1 here, 33'' inseam. The bike is very narrow on the front of the seat, so I can almost flat foot with it in the high position (I would have gone higher if I could). Keep in mind that a longer peg to seat distance will ease the seated-stand transition. In my opinion that's even more important than the seated-foot on the ground, this if you want to improve your riding technique.

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Old 03-19-2011, 06:32 PM   #7
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I also have a 30 inch inseam and found that I could flat foot the S10 when I rode a display unit at my dealer's shop. This pic shows my boot on the back side of the bike is flat on the ground.
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:56 AM   #8
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I'm 6 foot tall, 32 inseam. I can flat foot a GSA (depending on the seat). So I should have no problem on my super ten.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:04 PM   #9
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Totally understand why you would want to try before you buy. I'm 5"6" with a 29 inseam. BMW 12GS stock suspension but a low seat was balls of my feet - Super Ten at the NY show "felt" higher - but totally subjective.

Seems like a silly statement - but every bike is different - Triumph Scrambler should feel too tall for me with a 32.5" seat - but it felt great - oddly better than the 31.9" Tiger 800.

For that much cash i'd wait for someone to get one - chase them down the highway and ask if you can sit on it ...
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:00 PM   #10
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5'7" with a 32" inseam and I was pleasantly surprised at how I was able to reach the ground on the S10
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:17 PM   #11
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:26 PM   #12
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:39 PM   #13
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30" inseam here. I can flat foot on one side and be on the ball of my foot on the other side on my S10. All is good
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:19 PM   #14
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I am 5'11'' 31 inseam. I ride a DRZ400, and a WeeStrom. I can just barely flat foot the Wee, but not the DRZ. I rode a new S.Tenere a couple weeks ago in Lisbon. Gotta say, I loved that bike. Nice suspension, smooth, lots of usable power, coughs a little off the line, but it only had 5 klms on the clock. good brakes, etc. The one glaring problem that can't be fixed is the gearing. It's shaft drive, wonderful, but geared WAY too high for a bike you plan to load up with gear, and ride on all kinds of roads.
Even my host agreed. they also have other bikes they use in thier business. They said, everyone has the same response about it. If the gearing were much lower, say where the GS is geared, I would have put my money down as soon as I got home. But, I won't buy it based on the gearing. I plan to ride it again for an afternoon in a couple weeks. Maybe I will change my mind, or maybe I will take the TA instead.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:04 PM   #15
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Getting the seat down a couple of inches...

I'm 5'6" with a 30" inseam. I sat on one at a local dealer yesterday, with my riding gear including boots. Even with the seat in the low position I'm on my toes. The dealer was pushing getting lowering links to bring it down an inch, and I'm considering it... I'm not looking for a bike I can run enduros with, but something I can run gravel roads on, even with the occasional pothole. From looking at cycle-ergo.com, if I lower the seat 1" with the link plus another 35mm with the factory extra-low seat, that brings the seat down almost 2.5"... and I could almost flat-foot that.

Has anyone tried the lowering link/factory extra-low seat, together? Or, is it possible to get an aftermarket seat, or to modify the factory seat, to get the seat height down a couple of inches? I'd rather not mess with the lowering link, but am considering it with the extra-low seat until I get used to the bike.
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