I'm throwing myself at the mercy of the hive. Please be gentle. I'm 5'6" with 29-30" inseam. I normally ride a Triumph Bonneville that allows me to flatfoot at stops. However a couple of weeks ago I broke down and bought an F800GS with the low seat. Essentially, it is everything I can do to get the balls of both feet on the ground at stops. It's actually more like ball of one foot, toes of the other. I'm learning to just shift to one side, but I like the confidence of being able to put both feet down. With a passenger or luggage I get some compression on the springs, but not much. Of course the salesmen at both shops I went to, scoffed at the idea of lowering the bike or going with the low seat. They also promised that it would compress a little over time. They said simply that I just needed to get used to it and learn to ride a big bike. Ok, maybe so. However, one of the shops had one last '09 F8 in stock with the factory low seat, so I snagged it. My plans are to use the bike for some mini adventures that will consist of mostly paved roads with 10%-20% gravel or packed dirt. I don't plan, nor do I intend to ride this like a dirt bike. I don't currently have the skill or desire for this. With that being said, I'm seriously contemplating buying the 2" Hyperpro lowering kit and then buying the Sargent seat. I'd gain two inches with the Hyperpro but then lose an inch by going to an improved stock seat with the Sargent. Of course, I'd lose two inches of ground clearance and shock travel, but I'd gain an inch of leg room in the box. I have no idea how handling would change. So, what say the hive? Man up and learn to ride a bike that "feels" to big for me? Or, drop it down and gain some confidence and a nicer platform for my ass? Will I get used to the taller bike and gain confidence with use, or is it just a matter of time before I drop it at a light? Please advise.