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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 2007, 3:53 pm Thread Starter
 
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I picked up an 07 1200 GT last week because I had to have that particular model.

I need advice on a new heated seat. I have a 29 inch inseam and I can barely touch

the ground. My dealer graciously offered to sell me a lower factory seat for $400.00.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 12th, 2007, 12:59 pm
 
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I don't know about the newer seats, I would hope they would be adjustable like my 98, and if it is, check and make sure it is on the lower setting before you do anything. Otherwise, the high seat, as per my rough guesswork and having an RS low and a GT high, is that an inseam of 29 or 30 you need the low seat on low, 30 or greater you can use the low seat on high, the high seat on low or high. Chicago BMW, 20 percent off man.
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This thread should be in the K1200GT (next generation forum). Those guys will have some answers.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 12th, 2007, 3:23 pm
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I picked up an 07 1200 GT last week because I had to have that particular model.

I need advice on a new heated seat. I have a 29 inch inseam and I can barely touch

the ground. My dealer graciously offered to sell me a lower factory seat for $400.00.

What a guy! Other than that the bike is awsome.
Either Corbin or Sargent offer seats that are actually lower than the low factory seat. Sargent has heat, I'm not sure that Corbin does yet. I have a heated, low Sargent rider seat on my '06 and love it.

HOWEVER, for your '07, both companies currently require that you buy the rider and the pillion seat so its gonna be expensive. On an '06 you could purchase just the rider seat, but since BMW changed the design and attachment between the rider and pillion for '07, you can't do that anymore.

There is a chance that Sargent will be updating their pans to the '07 spec so you'd only need the get the rider seat, but you'd need to contact them to see when/if that will be.

Your other option is obviously either of the Mayer's, CeeBailey or KonTour, but these companies designs don't normally lend themselves to be "lowered" seats and in fact are either the same or higher. Again, check in advance with these companies to see if they can accommodate your special needs.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 2007, 10:12 am
 
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For starters, make sure your seat mount is locked into the lower position. If the seat mount is in the higher position, you will have a difficult time touching the ground.

The seats are pretty high on this bike. I am 6'2" with a 32" inseam and its difficult for me to get both feet flat on the ground.

I am currenty waiting for a Corbin seat which I ordered a few weeks ago.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 2007, 11:13 am
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There's a couple of things you can do first, since seat height has been a long standing issue on most of the BMW bike models.

It may sound obvious, but if you remove a stock seat you cannot get a seat lower than the frame support tubes. When you look at a stock seat in the low position, the seat pan is pretty close to the profile of the frame. I found stock seats uncomfortable because they had to compromise on the seat foam thickness to keep the seat height low. If you want 'comfort' they added an extra inch of foam but the seat height was raised.

The only solution is to use a thin lower profile but denser foam or insert which has the same or better comfort properties. This is where I think the specialist seat manufacturers have the edge. I've had medigel inserts in my stock KRS seat for a while now. At the time they were popular because you could get comfort without the extra thickness of standard foam. My only criticism of the medigel is I wished I'd thought more about the front 9" of the seat which needs reshaping.

There are some who have looked into suspension lowering, but this is a whole new ball game and probably not for a new bike in warranty,



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When I had my '07 GT seat done at Bill Mayer Saddles, there were two other GTs there. One guy had a 29" inseam and they made him a seat that he was very happy with. One trick is using less thickness but better quality foam. Another trick is to carve away towards the front of the seat under your thighs so you can reach the ground better when stopping. A third trick is to have a local cobbler resole your riding boots to give you an extra 1/2-3/4". That can also make a huge difference.

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29" and you have problems? I've only got 28" on a good day and no worries! But, I do ride offroad quite a bit on my GS and flat-footing for me is overrated. Nevertheless, I have a custom seat that is identical in height to the BWM one, and I also got a Sargent's recently that is lower than either; so far so good on it, but no real long trips yet.

One other important thing to check besides the obvious making sure that it's mounted properly and in the low setting (as posted above): check your preload and make sure it's in the single rider position! I'm on my tippy toes if it's in the double rider setting.
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