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Old 05-29-2014, 06:46 AM   #1
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How low can a 800 GS go? VS 650?

I have been looking for the 2012 sun yellow/black GS for a while now and I am thinking maybe I should just start looking for an 800 instead. I looked up the specs and the 800 seems to be just a little heavier than the 650.

But the seat height is listed at 34"....something.! The 650, with the low seat,low susp is much lower. I guess my question is....am I right in assuming there are 800s out there with low seats or suspension...or both? Was it a factory option at any time?

With the single low or double low combo, what would the seat height be on the 800?

Any info from folks who have lowered thier 800 would be appreciated.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:52 AM   #2
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Factory lowered 800's were available only at the model change in 2013. So you can get a 2013 used or 2014 new low but not older. The result of this is a height very similar to a f650/f700 standard height.

Some people as you indicate have lowered there older ones with springs changes.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:06 AM   #3
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i lowered mine two ways. Hyperpro springs and shock (you made need to mod your side stand) and I had Woody's Wheels make me a 19" front wheel. I didnt get the 19 front to lower it, but only so I could go tubeless. With a 31" inseam I am more than flatfooting. I think it corners better with the smaller front. pk
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:06 AM   #4
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I have the hyper pro 50mm springs and a Richs custom low seat. Guessing it's at 31.5 or so. I have an 30" inseam and can get both feet on the ground with my heels off the ground about an inch.

Bike is a 2010.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:13 AM   #5
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My 2013 800 is factory lowered version. It is about 1" taller than the 700, if both have the standard seat. It became just a little lower in the front when I added a 19/17 tubeless wheel combo from Woody's. Also effect of this was much better street handling in the twisties.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:18 AM   #6
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One of the few advantages of the 800 over the 650 are ground clearance and suspension travel. When you lower it you give up both. Keep looking at the 2012 650. GH
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:19 AM   #7
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I'm 54' with a roughly 29' inseam. So....short. I can just manage a seat height of 790 mm. It's not ideal but at least I can manage it. All my bikes have to be lowered,sadly.

Even lowered I have NEVER been able to flatfoot ,the best I can hope for is. All my toes and part of the ball of my foot.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:34 AM   #8
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I have a factory low shock that will fit on a f800gs from 2009 and up. With the factory low shock and factory low seat, was would the seat height now be in MM?
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:14 AM   #9
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I'm 54' with a roughly 29' inseam. So....short. I can just manage a seat height of 790 mm. It's not ideal but at least I can manage it. All my bikes have to be lowered,sadly.

Even lowered I have NEVER been able to flatfoot ,the best I can hope for is. All my toes and part of the ball of my foot.
The last bike I was able to flatfoot was my first 125cc. Flatfoot is overrated
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:22 PM   #10
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The new F800, with the factory low suspension and low seat is supposed to be the same height as a normal F700GS (32.2 inch seat height). I have sat on all models (F800GS and F700GS, both standard and low in both) and can say that the low F800 "sits" higher than the standard F700, likely due to it being wider, resulting in a larger inner leg curve (71.7 for the low 800 vs 71.3 for the standard 700).

At 5'5" I went with the factory low F700GS and can flat foot it easily. Yes, loss of clearance, also cast aluminum rims vs wire spoke, but for that I have my little XT.
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Old 05-31-2014, 09:36 AM   #11
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I agree with GH41. The main advantage of the F800GS over the F650/700GS is the long travel suspension and greater ground clearance if you want to true off road.

If you need to lower it, you lose all or most of that advantage.

Unless you are serious about doing true off road save your money(for trips and othe stuff) and get the F700. Its suspension is longer than standard bikes, it does a great job on dirt roads, etc.
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Old 06-01-2014, 12:50 AM   #12
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I frerquently get mine down to about....zero" ground clearance.....normally off a drop off or jump at about 60km/hr
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