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Old 07-14-2012, 10:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone who's been tracking their bike tried lowering the seat height? What effects, if any did you feel?

If you didn't lower it, why not?

I'd go out and try it myself, but the tracks here won't open back up for another 6-7 weeks. Even if they were open it's too ****ing hot out. 120 plus
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Kinda curious about this myself.. mine is on the high setting and is a little annoying for everyday cruising around (I'm 5'11"). I find myself doing the tip toe thing, which isn't a big deal, but I'd be curious to know if it drastically changes the handling moving it to the lower position.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have lowered my seat. It actually lowers the entire rear subframe. I'm on the short side 5' 9" and kinda have shorter legs. I was tip toeing pretty bad with it in the 32" setting. With it lowered its much more comfortable. I did not notice a handling difference with just lowering the seat, its not by much anyways. You can also lower the rear with the eccentric in the back, but that for sure will effect handling. I have read that it is a bad idea with models pre-2010 as the rear spring is stiffer than 2011-12 models.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have had mine on the lower setting from day one. I'm 5'5" with about a 30" inseam. For me it was a must have feature.

As compared to other bikes the RC8R feels like you are sitting IN it as opposed to ON it. It makes the gas tank feel taller, but it's not uncomfortable in any way (to me). If you have a big belly that might not be comfortable.
Having aftermarket rear sets set high might make it feel more cramped.

I don't see how it would drastically effect the the handling aside from lowering the center of gravity.


So far I have two trackdays in a months time on this bike with this setting.
I'm uploading a Video of the last one now... I'll post on my thread...
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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my seat is on 'low' and pegs on 'high'. I'm 5'9". I chose this position between I can get my knees higher and grip the tank but still stand low as possible. the RC8R is so light side to side I don't need to be higher up for more leverage.

I had a 'raised' superduke R and I could only tipy toe on one foot.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info, guys. I'll drop mine to the lower setting tonight and see how it feels riding the rest of the week.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Come to think, it would transition from lean to lean faster with lower setting.
Upper setting might give more leverage and body weight leaned into a turn thus contributing to a slightly lesser bike lean angle at the same speed/turn.

You have me thinking now.
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Yeah. I would think that the higher setting would give better cornering cause of the additional weight you could put over the front end. I just don't know.


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Yeah. I would think that the higher setting would give better cornering cause of the additional weight you could put over the front end. I just don't know.


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Yes it will but it also reduces you rake and increases you pitching fore and aft. You will feel the back come around under brakes and the front come up a lot easier as well as high speed stability problems. All of that happened to me when I had the seat in the high position, but I am no light weight so the results may well be far less with a light weight.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:41 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm 5"8 and my settings are as follows.
Clipons highest and in position, subframe lowest,
rear swingarm link lowest and rearsets on the higher position and I love how the bike handles plus I don't tippie toe anymore.

I'm not riding fast..Just flying low
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