Super Tenere Seat Height

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by GGD, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. GGD

    GGD Been here awhile

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    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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  2. Crilly

    Crilly Been here awhile

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    :norton 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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  3. klebs01

    klebs01 Been here awhile

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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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  4. Animo

    Animo Beastly n00b

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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 :D<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  5. GGD

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

    thanks for the info
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    Ze_zaskar Been here awhile

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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.

    Just my 2 cents
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  7. fredz43

    fredz43 Been here awhile

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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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  8. JSEARS

    JSEARS Armed Adventurer

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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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  9. Gthebrit

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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 ... :D
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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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    Damn - i got short legs !!!:rofl
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  12. Night_Wolf

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  13. SuperCruise

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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 :clap
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  14. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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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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  15. ObiJohn

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    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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  16. ObiJohn

    ObiJohn Screaming Banshee

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    Bump... is no one using a lowering link on their S10?
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  17. Dcc46

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    I don't see why everyone feels a need to flatfoot a bike. It becomes a non issue after you ride it around for a couple of days. Anyway 5'8 30" inseam and I can almost flatfoot my tenere, I may raise the seat to the high position for some extra legroom for my shoddy knees.
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  18. ObiJohn

    ObiJohn Screaming Banshee

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    The reason I want to be able to touch enough of both feet down on any bike I ride is so I don't fall at low/no speed.

    Why would others want to do this? I think it comes down to skill/experience. I've only been riding for a little over a year, and while I am comfortable on my CRF230L dual sport and on my DN-01 street bike, the fact that both of these motorcycles had low enough seats so that I felt comfortable on them was a huge factor in my deciding to buy them AND in my learning and skill development. I rarely stop now on difficult conditions, instead I have learned how to pick my path as I approach a difficult condition and then ride through it.

    However, stopping in conditions where traction is limited (wet road, off-camber road, gravel road) often leads to falls. It's not just me, look at the 'sleeping S10' thread. I don't like to unnecessarily scratch and dent my motorcycles.

    I'll probably order the factory extra-low seat and try it first, and if that is insufficient I'll install the lowering link, and that's how I'll ride until I get used to the bike. A lot easier on it, and on me, to not fall. After all, isn't this the approach you used by having your seat in the low position initially?
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  19. WitchCityBallabio

    WitchCityBallabio Guzzi weirdo

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    Just go with the Stelvio then and be happy!

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  20. Weekend_warrior

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    Sat on one a deal last week. Not to bad. I have a solid 29inch inseam. I'm a little short in my quads which makes it harder to have a wide seat. I was on the balls of my feet. I think that I would make the seat a little more narrow in the front and about a .5 inches out in height and it would be just about right.

    A little tall does not really bother me that much. About the same as my Wee (stock not lowered). I'm pretty sure the Yamaha seat was in the lowe position. If I could lower the bike an inch it would like work very well, but not sure I would want to do that. If not I would ride it stock. Not to badn and I'm used to it. I would hate to lower the seat much since my knee position would suffer. I do like my bars high anyway. My buddy jumped from his YZ to my KTM and he commented that he felt like it had ape hangers (stock bars with a GPR under bar damper).
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