With my 28" inseam, my new 2009 BMW F800GS is just too tall for me. I'm on my toes with it when stopped. I bought it anyway, after considering and rejecting the F650GS, which is available in a lowered version, because I couldn't pass up all the niceties of the F800 model. (BMW apparently does not offer the "lowered suspension" option on the F800, even though the parts appear to be compatible.) Now, to make this otherwise great bike useable... Rear suspension: I can buy the rear spring/damper unit for the lowered F650, and it will likely fit in the F800 bike (I've examined a lowered F650 alongside a standard F800).. But, that unit is actually overkill, and, on the F650 I've sat on, it puts my heels on the ground, and sacrifices more ground clearance than I am willing to give up. (I'd like to shorten, but retain my centerstand. I guess I'll also have to shorten my sidestand.) So, here is what I'm hoping that someone will have information on---- Can that rear spring/damper assembly be disassembled, i.e. the spring removed from the unit, and reinstalled? It is not obvious from looking at the unit (still mounted on the bike), if this is possible. If this can be done, then I can shorten the spring by a turn or so to get to the "happy medium" that I seek. I did the same on a previous bike with conventional twin coil-over rear shocks. (Cut turns off with a torch, bent the remaining "tail" and ground it flat to seat properly.) The springs were much smaller, and yes, I may need to build a giant spring (compressor) removal lever tool for this big monoshock, but I would think that this should produce the desired result. Maybe someone out there has another approach. I'd love to hear it. Front suspension: It looks like the forks can be slid up into the triple clamps by about an inch, which would be just about perfect. The diameter of the part barely sticking out of the top of the top triple clamp is within about .01 inch of the diameter just below that clamp, so it looks like there's probably not a ridge inside the triple clamp acting as a stop. Can anyone confirm this for me? Also, any suggestions for a safe way to support the bike and _gracefully_ slide those loosened triple clamps that inch further down the fork legs? (Do we still call them fork legs even though they are the upper section, now?) I envision a block and tackle to a ceiling beam, plus a rubber hammer "persuader." Or, maybe I need to reverse my thinking and remove the front wheel and hook the forks to my ceiling support, and then coax them upward (whack, whack). Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated, especially if you have first hand knowledge from having had these things apart. Thanks! Greg P.S. Before posting this, I searched for anything on this topic and found none. Let me know if I missed anything.