I have been reading the postings here, and on the prior site, for several years but decided that now was the time for my first original post.
My love and I came to this sport 5 years and about 15,000 miles ago. As a girl she had ridden dirt bikes with her brothers on the farm. But my parents were set against bikes. That carried on for many years until I surprised her with a HD Sportster for Christmas one year and I bought a used Honda Rebel for myself. I had no idea what I was buying other than it was the smallest HD that looked like a HD.
The Sportster did not work out very well but it did lead to another bike, which lead to another until she was on her Beloved Heritage Softtail Classic and I had a K1200RS.
I had wanted to get her onto a bike with ABS. But while her legs reach all the way to the ground when she is walking, they don’t when she is sitting on many BMW’s. We did find an R1100S, the Red Rocket that was low enough to the ground and light enough to stand up. She had the Red Rocket as second bike for shorter rides. But the seating position was too aggressive for her to be comfortable for a longer ride.
When the GT was on the horizon, it looked shorter and narrow so we decided that we would order one under the theory that “one of us would like it.” We did order the short seat when we ordered the bike. The seat came a couple of weeks before the bike so she was ready.
We went to see that actual bike two weeks ago on Saturday. We were not sure if we would trade in my K1200RS or her R1100S. That would determine whose name would go on the title. On that fateful Saturday, my love decided that she would trade in the Red Rocket – which was OK since I was not comfortable giving up a bike that I knew I liked, for one that I might like. So her name went on the title, the low seat went on the K1200GT, and she rode it home.
By the time she got home, the seat did not fit her posterior. So with an extra full height seat that one of us could use on the bike, we peeled the cover off the seat and started out to reshape the seat with an electric knife. The knife was hard to control so we sketched a outline we thought would work on the side of the seat and put the seat on my radial arm saw. Following the sketch with the radial arm saw worked great. We then followed up with some very rough sand paper. The result is that we took 3 inches off of a measurement from one peg over the top to the other peg. And now she has a comfortable seat.
The result is that at 5’ 3” with a 28” inseam she likes the bike. This is what some RT riders call “the pull of the dark side of the force.”
My love has let me ride it twice now.