Christ sake. My 2016 XCA is a fabulous bike, beating the absolute bejesus out of the F650GS it replaced in every way except for one - comfort. Or rather, confidence. I'm stupid short - 5'6 but with a 28" inseam - and was about to pull the trigger on an XRT with low seat, but a buddy of mine convinced me to get the XC instead adamant that the extra 2" of height would be something I'd get used to pretty quick. That doesn't seem to have happened though - have already pulled the seat on the XCA and replaced it with the factory low one. I don't need to flat foot, but on the XCA I can get the tippiest of one toe down, and aaaaaaalmost scrape the other one. But try as I might, it still feels a bit too tall for me, and get the shits stopping on cambered roads and hills. To the point where I'm finding myself not riding - coming up with excuses. Its pissing me off, and don't like the feeling that I'm actually FORCING myself to get out and ride, and even when I do I'm not having a good time. I'll be absolutely loving it blasting along, and then I have to get out of the happy zone and plot and plan for a stop coming up. Fuck sake. I've already gotten into the habit of putting left down instead of right to account for cambers, which makes it a hilarious sight trying to take off again. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago. Eating dinner, and the wife asked me if I was going for a ride this weekend. Mumbled a bit, said "Nah, probably not, too hot" and she called me on it. "When you had that BMW, I couldn't keep you in the house for an hour on the weekends, what the hell's going on?" and confessed "That thing out there intimidates me, and I can't get confident on it." And in true wifely fashion, offered a solution "Knock the sand out of your vagina and keep at it, or sell it and get a bike that works better." She has a point. So brings me to the dilemma. I've made a conscious decision to get out on the bike a half dozen times in the past two weeks, albeit just short 1-2 hour rides around Sonoma County. Goddamn the roads are awesome here. But still, same shite different day. Putting myself in situations with stop signs and the like, even deliberately picking routes where its flat as a pancake, and find myself over thinking it, in the occasional case panicking, and eventually getting pissed off. I'm a bit tired of banging my head against a wall, so time to make a change. Either lower it via Soupys links (and replacing the stand) I actually had a set of lowering links in my hand last year, but thought it's an idiotic idea to buy a taller bike just to lower it to the spec of a different bike - no point in having something that's more designed for off-road use when you strip it of the clearance in the first place. But have to do something now. Or the other option - which I kinda think I got spousal approval for - sell the XCA, which should fetch $10k considering its got just 7k on the odo and get myself a shiny new XRT with a fancy pants TFT screen.