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Old 04-02-2013, 02:51 PM   #1
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Any one 5'9" out there riding the tiger 800XC

I love the Tiger 800xc but im 5'9" and im getting one when i get back from afghanistan, but when i sit on the stock seat in the low setting i can only get the balls of my feet on the ground, while i feel confident with this, is there anyway to get my feet flat or as close as possible without changing the suspension height??
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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Jk. I'm 5-10 works fine for me
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:57 PM   #3
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I love the Tiger 800xc but im 5'9" and im getting one when i get back from afghanistan, but when i sit on the stock seat in the low setting i can only get the balls of my feet on the ground, while i feel confident with this, is there anyway to get my feet flat or as close as possible without changing the suspension height??
I used to be 5'9" but I'm sure I've shrunk in my old age! I bought the Triumph low, gel seat which is about 1" lower. Stock suspension settings. With boots I can almost flat foot it. And of course it sags more when loaded with bags etc. I think it has sagged down a little bit since new or maybe I've just gotten used to it.
Good luck and come home safe from Afghanistan!
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:09 PM   #4
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is there anyway to get my feet flat or as close as possible without changing the suspension height??
Platform shoes!

Seriously though, I wouldn't stress about flat-footing it, 100 miles on the tall bike and it will feel natural. When I put my 5'10" ass on a "normal sized" bike, putting both feet on the ground at the same time feels... awkward. :) I've grown to appreciate the 33" saddle height my Uly gives me.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:15 PM   #5
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I'm 5' 9-1/2" with a 32" inseam and on the Tiger 800 XC with the seat in the lower position, I can get flatfooted with both feet.

Did you try the bike with the seat in the lower position?

To get even lower, you can use a "lower seat" that has little less padding and even get lowering links to bring the whole chassis down (which has side-effects on overall clearance and on the side and center stand - both fixable).

Link to Ad Spec lowering links
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:37 PM   #6
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I guess the 2" makes a big difference, my inseam is 30" and with the stock seat in the low position I can get the front half of both feet flat on the ground. I feel stable enough cause my dirt bike is about the same but the weight difference is about 300lbs compared to the tigerxc lol, I looked at the lowering links but to me if I lower it I might as well just get the tiger but I love trail riding to much to not get the XC
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:19 PM   #7
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I'm 5'5" and have a roadie, at first it was some what intimidating but after a couple of week learned how to handle her and what not to do. It;s just a matter of getting used to it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:25 PM   #8
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I'm 5'5" and have a roadie, at first it was some what intimidating but after a couple of week learned how to handle her and what not to do. It;s just a matter of getting used to it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:18 PM   #9
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I'm 5ft 8 with a 30in inseam I have had the XC for a few months now and it's really not that bad. I don't worry about getting both feet down. I just slide over a little and go with the one foot down. I was a little nervous at first but now it doesn't seem that tall. I do have the low seat in the low setting though.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:42 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the input and info guys, I feel alot better about it now
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:04 AM   #11
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I'm 5'5" with a 29" inseam on a really good day and I've had no problems with my XC. Except for one bike (my first, a Suzuki TM75), I've never been able to two-foot, so it's always been the 'one foot, cheek-off-the-seat' approach for me. Oh, and thanks for your service...
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:22 PM   #12
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I'm 5'5" with a 29" inseam on a really good day and I've had no problems with my XC. Except for one bike (my first, a Suzuki TM75), I've never been able to two-foot, so it's always been the 'one foot, cheek-off-the-seat' approach for me. Oh, and thanks for your service...
Otherwise called Captain Morgan approach.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:31 AM   #13
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I'm about 5'8" with a 29-30" inseam and I just brought home my new (to me) '12 800XC. I sat on both it and the roadie and honestly the seat height difference felt little enough that I couldn't think of an excuse to pass over a lightly used XC in favor of a new roadie so that's what I went with. The seat height is something I'm getting used to. My only other bike is what I started riding on: an 81 Kawasaki KZ440 with a seat height of about 28", if that. Sitting on that bike was about like sitting in a chair, knees bent and both feet flat on the ground. I've had a few unsteady moments at stoplights with the XC, but so far it hasn't been that hard to get used to, as Lion BR put it, the Captain Morgan approach .

With my boots on, I can get the balls of both feet down or one foot on the peg and the other mostly flat on the ground. I thought about lowering links and/or a lower seat, but it really isn't proving to be much of an issue getting used to it.

Now, if I can just keep my fingers from going numb when I ride the thing for more than 15 minutes, I'll be in heaven.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:49 PM   #14
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:08 PM   #15
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Platform shoes!

Seriously though,....
There is an Adventure MC boot manufacture that makes a 1" taller boot but I hear it is a bit hidden as in slightly thick sole outside AND inside. Taller leather over the foot allows for the inside thickness that keeps it from looking "platform". A search should find the brand. They make them for men and woman.
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