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#333623 - 05/08/08 11:24 AM How to lower a r1100rt?
crnagel Offline
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Registered: 05/07/08
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I just purchased an r1100rt with Corbin seats. I have 28" inseam and can hardly reach the floor when on the bike. Iím OK on long rides, but when I get to a stop on a slanted road I panic.

I read that stock seats are much lower, and I can purchase lower shocks for the rear as well as a smaller rear tire, but I suspect these modifications will alter the handling of the bike.

I live in western Arkansas, and would like to try a stock seat for just a few minutes, but I know no one with an r1100rt to go to.

I would appreciate any help.

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#333655 - 05/08/08 12:40 PM Re: How to lower a r1100rt? [Re: crnagel]
exwingnut Offline
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Registered: 05/23/05
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I have had both the Ohlins shocks on my GS lowered, no noticeable effect on the handling yet.

Getting the seat narrower will help as well, corbin's tend to be quite wide.
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#333711 - 05/08/08 02:43 PM Re: How to lower a r1100rt? [Re: exwingnut]
bubblehead Offline
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Registered: 03/16/07
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Loc: Central Indiana
make sure your corbin is in the lowest position, also check the preload on the shocks (front and rear), better yet, have someone help set up the shocks correctly for your weight etc. I have a stock seat, (although it seems like it may be the comfort seat as it sin't very low) a corbin that I use most ofthe time and a low sargent. I'd sell the low sargent as it "squishes" me when I sit in/on it... in other words, there isn't enough front to back room.... 8-) Otherwise it is low enough for me (29" inseam)...I would offer to send one to you, but the cost of shipping isn't very low...
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#333720 - 05/08/08 03:00 PM Re: How to lower a r1100rt? [Re: bubblehead]
Godfather Offline
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I just lowered my RT 1" with Wilbers shocks, and that did the trick, not to mention the handling is excellent. I am now back to the stock/comfort BMW seat and it suits me fine with the lowered shocks. I have a "Low" Wunderlich seat that worked very well with my almost 29" inseam until I could afford the shocks...$1300 (I am thinking about parting with the low seat. PM me if interested) The combonation of shocks and seat is too low.
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#333755 - 05/08/08 04:22 PM Re: How to lower a r1100rt? [Re: crnagel]
Paul Mihalka Offline
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As you live in western Arkansas, visit Bentonville BMW http://www.bentonvillebmw.com , it can't be very far from you. They have new bikes and used ones, so you could test sit some. They are excellent very helpful people.
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#333794 - 05/08/08 05:58 PM Re: How to lower a r1100rt? [Re: Paul Mihalka]
bubblehead Offline
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 Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
As you live in western Arkansas, visit Bentonville BMW http://www.bentonvillebmw.com , it can't be very far from you. They have new bikes and used ones, so you could test sit some. They are excellent very helpful people.


Excellent suggestion, they very well may have one you can compare direct with... good luck!
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#333823 - 05/08/08 07:15 PM Re: How to lower a r1100rt? [Re: crnagel]
tomk99r11 Offline
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Registered: 05/22/04
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My midget length legs cause me the same concern as you voice. I have a custom seat somewhat lower than stock, and the brackets in the lowest position. Some have shaved the bumpers that the seat rests upon to gain a little more/flatter foot postion than you might expect. If I was going to replace a shock, I might consider that option but otherwise it seems silly to me. JMO tho.
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#333835 - 05/08/08 07:44 PM Re: How to lower a r1100rt? [Re: tomk99r11]
crnagel Offline
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Registered: 05/07/08
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Thanks to all, thank you Paul a very good suggestions. I didn't think of Bentoville BMW, Jerry the shop supervisor is a good friend and I will call him tomorrow.

I also have a r1200c and it seems to fit much better to my anatomy, but I like the ride of the RT, it feels much more confortable, smooth and enjoyable.

$1,300 for new lower shocks seess high.


Godfather, I'll PM you soon. I will try a loaner seat before making you depart with your seats.

Thanks again. And if any of you get to ride in this area please let me know, I will join you if possible or direct you to beautiful places in Arakansas and Oklahoma.

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#333853 - 05/08/08 08:55 PM Re: How to lower a r1100rt? [Re: crnagel]
phoenixtexas Offline
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Registered: 05/24/05
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Loc: North Texas
CR: I also have a 28" inseam, and went a different route on my R1100S. I got some $25 hiking boots from WalMart with a 1" heel and thick sole, and added some 1.25" elevator shoe inserts which cost about $10. Gives you 2.25" inches. Hope this is helpful, didn't know if you thought about it.

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#334014 - 05/09/08 10:47 AM Re: How to lower a r1100rt? [Re: phoenixtexas]
AviP Offline
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Registered: 12/01/04
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IMHO, the stock cornering clearance is atrocious. I don't know where you live or ride but if you lower it, take care in the twisties.
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