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Old 01-29-2014, 04:17 PM   #1
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Can only tiptoe on the 1190 R. Is it enough?

First time I'm considering buying a bike that I can only touch the ground on my toes when sitting on it.

Really love the R, but should I go with the std instead?

Tiptoers on their R, thanks for sharing your experience.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:28 PM   #2
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Just slide your butt off to the side when you stop and use one leg.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:30 PM   #3
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I am on the balls of my feet (both at same time) on it. 90% of the time, when I stop, I only put one foot down. I think this really is a personal preference thing. I wouldn't let it hold me back from owning the bike I wanted. Now, if you couldn't touch the ground AT ALL, that might be another story.

Reducing the shock preload may help a tad, but I wouldn't count on that.

Did you ride the standard? Did you like it? Do you "need" the R?

Oh hell, just get the R
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:31 PM   #4
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What bomose said. Just remember, it is tall, it is heavy, and you WILL tip over on it. I was tip toe on my 950 adventure and it was a wonderful bike but when things got dicey, it got heavy and tipped over a lot.

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Old 01-29-2014, 04:34 PM   #5
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anything beats degrading suspension performance, be glad you can tippy-toes the mad beast
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:46 PM   #6
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I'm 5'9" and only had one mishap with my gs. I stopped in a downpour, on a muddy road, fully loaded with every piece of gear possible, and didn't realize the road was slightly slanted. There was not stopping it from going over. That's what they make crash bars for!

I also took out an 1190 for fun and didn't see any issues with being as smaller feller.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:01 PM   #7
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The best advice I can give is that you get used to it. The key is go go out and spend a lot of time on it, and if you're going to ride off road, try to ride *just* past the edge of your comfort zone (so if you do go down it's not too big of a problem). Do that enough and you'll get so used to how it feels that you'll totally cease to notice it.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:31 PM   #8
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I have an '04 that i ride 2 up on jeep trails with my wife. The seat height is 34.5". I'm 5'9 with a 31" inseam. The only time I've dropped it is in a parking lot. You''ll get used to it.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:43 PM   #9
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I'm in the same boat...Getting used to just putting one foot down. I have "set the bike down gently" once at a stop sign...I was being a bit of a dumb-ass, was going to roll the stop sign, and somebody came flying down the cross street. The stop sign was on a funky downhill slope to the right, so my left leg didn't hit the ground. Got my right leg down, but couldn't stop the drop. Didn't do anything to the bike. It is a pretty heavy bike to lift back up though...
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:47 PM   #10
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Do it. What could possibly go wrong?

I am 5'10" with a 31" inseam and can tip toe both feet, or flat foot one foot on my R. I generally only ever put one foot down at a time anyway, so its not really an issue...until you drop it, but then, that happens to everyone right?
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:00 PM   #11
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That's what it looks like.

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Old 01-29-2014, 06:04 PM   #12
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thats heaps! You will get used to it.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:09 PM   #13
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Do it. What could possibly go wrong?
My main concerns R (are):

1- I can manage it on "flat" tarmak, but I can picture myself in trouble when it's time to put my feet on the ground on uneven terrain.

2- let's say that after a while I find the single-piece seat less comfy than I tought, I'm screwed. The ergo seat or even the std seat are both higher.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:31 PM   #14
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1. That's as much as I get on my 950 with the stock seat on it. I also have a Renazco that I use most of the time and it's an inch taller. You have no problems. You'll drop it a couple times, but crap occurs. It's an Adventure bike, not an SUV.

2. The aftermarket will be along shortly...just get the bike already!
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:36 PM   #15
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Touratech has a 2 cm lower seat:
http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/3...90-Adventure-R
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