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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old May 16th, 2007, 8:13 pm Thread Starter
 
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Hey Guys and Gals,
I need a little input re seating position wrt handlebars and seat . I, like about everybody else hate the OEM seat because it constantly throws me forward (climbing the tank) and puts a lot more pressure on my wrists and extension required of my neck. i thought the Helibars would solve the problem, and they helped some. However it's still an issue. Would a new seat (KonTour, Mayer, Mayer, Russell, etc.) with more build up at the front solve this problem or would it just move my trunk to a more erect position making me have to reach too much for the bars. Anybody else with the same problem? Anything available to bring the bars back further? Almost makes me wish to have my '02 LT back though I sure would miss the thrust! Thanks for your feedback!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old May 16th, 2007, 10:53 pm
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Hey K12M5,
Funny you should be on about this. I have similar concerns...maybe not as pronounced as you're saying...but can empathize. Just read...can't recall where BUT...Wunderlich has some risers that not only bring the bars up; but back too. Also, Suburban Machinery....the folks who make those great peg lowering kits; have some bar adjusters in the works as well. These should be on the scene in June - early July.
And yeah that stock seat is a poc on such a fine highly teched machine! Had mine refoamed. Anything is an improvement!!!

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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old May 16th, 2007, 11:01 pm
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Ah, an LT convert. I had this exact conversation last night with another ex-LT rider, who has the same complaints.

My Bill (Rocky) Mayer GT seat is excellent. I sit firmly but comfortably in place, and have done two 1,000-mile days already (only 5,400 miles on the bike so far). I don't slide around at all, and I don't squirm no matter how many hours I've been riding. I did have them put me as far back as possible (longer '07 seat pan) to help minimize knee bend.

A lot of it has to do with your own dimensions, and what you're used to. The LT sure is a comfortable bike, if a bit heavy and relatively underpowered.

I put the Helibar risers on the day I picked up the bike. And yes, I need about another inch or so more reach. Helibar adds 25mm (1 inch) back at the highest stock bar position, but that's just not quite enough. Suburban Machinery has a kit due out soon that will also give 25mm back, but will allow for three height positions. I think that the tallest is still only the tall stock position though.

Wunderlich is also about to release a kit that will give 25mm back, but an additional 40mm height. I'm pretty sure this is above the stock tall position. If so, it might be just about perfect for us ex-LT types. It should be available in July, and I'll be chasing this one down.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2007, 3:29 pm
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As Ken says, a lot has to do with your personal physical makeup.

I'm 5'8" - 5'9", medium sleeve, 30" inseam and to get the bike to fit me the way < I > like, I put on heli-bars, lowered pegs which also move them slightly forward and a Sargent Low seat which does just the opposite of Ken's and moves the prime seat position closer to the tank but does not cause forward sliding.

Prior to the changes I was about ready to trade this thing off and get something else 'cause the bike and I just didn't fit well! Now, I'm happy and its a joy to ride.

Good luck on your search to make it fit you better.

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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2007, 8:15 pm
 
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I've got an 06GT and have all the same complaints. My longest ride has been three 500 mile days in a row. I know by a lot of guys standards around here thats just getting warmed up, but by the end of the second day the arm and shoulder fatigue I found to be pretty intense. I've got a Russell day long on the bike now but haven't had a chance to put on more than an hour and a half at one sitting. I did notice right off though that it doesn't push you forward into the tank. It was built on an original BMW pan and is noticeably higher when you come to a stop. Tip toes verses flat foot. Actually I think I'm going to enjoy having both as I prefer the OEM for around town for the stopping convenience.
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I've got an 06GT and have all the same complaints. My longest ride has been three 500 mile days in a row. I know by a lot of guys standards around here thats just getting warmed up, but by the end of the second day the arm and shoulder fatigue I found to be pretty intense. I've got a Russell day long on the bike now but haven't had a chance to put on more than an hour and a half at one sitting. I did notice right off though that it doesn't push you forward into the tank. It was built on an original BMW pan and is noticeably higher when you come to a stop. Tip toes verses flat foot. Actually I think I'm going to enjoy having both as I prefer the OEM for around town for the stopping convenience.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old May 18th, 2007, 7:01 am
 
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Hope you're right about the seat. I see you bought the right color GT thats for sure.
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old May 20th, 2007, 5:34 am
 
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refoaming your '06 GT seat yourself?

Has anyone refoamed your own seat? If so, what kind of foam did you use? I would like my seat redone to keep me from sliding forward against the tank. I appreciate your help.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old May 20th, 2007, 9:12 am
 
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Back to the original question:

The heli-bar adapter DOES NOT require any
re-cabling for use.
I gotta believe the wunderlich, if it does what it says has to lengthen the cables ???
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Back to the original question:

The heli-bar adapter DOES NOT require any re-cabling for use.
I gotta believe the wunderlich, if it does what it says has to lengthen the cables ???
I don't know, as I don't have the Wunderlich setup yet.

Some cables may be fine as is, some may need to be rerouted, and if both of those options fail, maybe some will need to be replaced. We'll find out once these kits get released and folks start installing them.

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