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Radar580

Lower XR650L/R seat height

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All,

I want to use a Honda XR650L/R as a base to build a SuperMoto.

The problem is that the bike has a 37" seat height and I have a 28" inseam.

Not a great combination.

I've found a lowering link that drops it 1.75". That's really not enough.

That is still a 35.25" seat height (!!!)

A good 7" on the plus side.

[sigh]

Has anyone else ran into the same problem?

Any other ideas to bring the seat down from the stratosphere?

Thanks for any info,

Radar

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This topic has had several post in the past. Do a search in the forum and you'll find your answers. I am in the same boat as you are but with a 30 inseam. I have a lowering link, slid the forks up 1 inch, shaved the seat 2 inches, low profile tires, High heels... LOL

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Get a shorter rear shock or turn the spring down on the rear.

On the front you can cut the springs an shorten the dampening rod.

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Your bike is supposed to have 4" of sag meaning that it should squat from about 36-37" down to 32 or 33" with normal seat, shock, etc. Swapping to 17" rims with street tires should give you a little bit more...maybe an inch. I would think that you can adjust it pretty close without the lowering link. If you lower it too much, you might be scraping pegs when you are hugging corners on supermoto. Also lower the front end (as mentioned above), lowering your front end on the fork increases your turn-in capabilities for supermoto. Try that first before buying the lowering link.

One of my friends in LA is 5'4" and starts the XR650R standing on a block. The suspension is all stock and he is an awesome supermoto rider. He usually gets laughed at until he starts running laps and beating most of the people out there.

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Thanks for the info. I'm pretty light, so the suspension did not sag at all (!!).

This was at the dealer, so I was unable to do any adjustments to it.

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Thanks for tips on bringing the XR down from the stratosphere.

All sound really good. Who did you get to shave the seat?

Is it still comfortable?

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Thanks for the info. I'm pretty light, so the suspension did not sag at all (!!).

This was at the dealer, so I was unable to do any adjustments to it.

then the first thing you should do is swap the springs on the bike so you do get sag. The handling of the bike will be horrible for you if there's no sag at all

XR650R seats are never comfortable to begin with...

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