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glk17l
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Short legs

Postby glk17l » Sun May 01, 2016 6:05 pm



I asked a similar question before in regard to my short legs and being able to reach the ground with my hole foot on my '93 gl1500. I cut out about 2 1/2" of foam out of the seat, which gave me a gain of 1/2" closer to the ground. I know it is more a matter of the width of the bike that spreads the legs out more. I only have 6lbs in the rear shock, and that can be tough on the back when I hit bumps. Some one else must also have run into this problem. Does any one know if there is a way to lower the suspension (front or rear or both) in order to bring it down at least 2", with out having to changing front forks and with out having make major modifications to the rear end? I was thinking of "Platform" shoes, but my wife through out all my 70's cloths years ago, LOL. Even if I did rig up thicker soles on my shoes it will hinder the toe movement for the shifter, even after adjusting the shifter placement. I already tried it with a mock up sole on my shoes. I have no problem balancing the bike with just me on it, and I have always been on the balls of my feet on all my bikes since 1968. With the 1500, I can not balance it with my wife on the back, and that defeats the purpose of her letting me buy it, so we can do some long distance riding. So, it boils down to me being able to lower it or having to selling it. Hopefully there is a solution.
Thanks, glk17l.



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ekvh
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Re: Short legs

Postby ekvh » Sun May 01, 2016 6:21 pm

Did you also take foam from the sides? As you stated, they're wide. Taking it right to the minimum on the sides makes a big difference for me, the leg can go down straighter. I find it also helps to have it set in your mind which way you're going to lean. I prefer back brake for the stop, so as I inch to a stop, I begin leaning it that way. That way you can have yourself situated to that side to gain all you can. Using the front is harder because you inadvertently steer it as you squeeze the brake. One time out of four, it will stop and go the opposite way.!???

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Re: Short legs

Postby glk17l » Sun May 01, 2016 6:49 pm

Yes I have removed all of the foam from the sides of the seat, and I have found that the using the back brake does work better and eliminates a lot of the forward inertia that throws by feet out of place just before the moment of stop. I do use both breaks to slow down just before a stop and release the front just before the stop.

I was wondering if I lowered the front fork tubes, at the triple tree yoke would help, or would it dangerously change the dynamics of the ride?

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Re: Short legs

Postby ka4yqi » Sun May 01, 2016 7:55 pm

I had that problem also when I had the 89 1500. When I bought the 98 1500 solved my problem. Seems the the 1998, 1999,and the 2000 made the seat closer to the ground. So you may be able to get one a seat from that year models and have a better starting point. Good luck. It bad to be short, but I dont duck as much as others. Postive side,.

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Re: Short legs

Postby glk17l » Sun May 01, 2016 11:58 pm

Thanks. I have been looking for a seat from '98 to 2000 for a year and no luck. Most of the used parts places don't know what year the seats were from, and I don't know of any marking on the seat to designate the year. The Honda dealers only know that the part number in the book is different, and they want from $900.00 and up for the seat. I even checked with Corbin and Mustang, and they are well out of my price range. Thanks for the reply.

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Re: Short legs

Postby brettchallenger » Mon May 02, 2016 2:07 am

A solution to your problem might be the "landing gear" equipment - http://www.landingear.com/g2_gl1500.php which keeps the seat etc original but provides a stable platform for when the machine stops. This equipment, if still available, may be out of your price range as it is very expensive, but a thought nonetheless.
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Re: Short legs

Postby glk17l » Mon May 02, 2016 1:11 pm

Thanks for your input. Yes It is very expensive. Last I checked it was over $3,000 not installed. I still can't find a place that sell it, only in China, and I am not sure if it is legal for US MVD regulations.
Thanks for the reply.

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Re: Short legs

Postby trike lady » Mon May 02, 2016 1:28 pm

According to LegUp's website they have dealers in your state, there are 3 in Connecticut.
There's also Trike Alternatives: http://www.trikealternative.com/index.html
Next you have the Voyager and Insta-trike and then real trikes.
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Re: Short legs

Postby OldZX11Rider » Mon May 02, 2016 4:38 pm

Another thing you might try is a new rear tire with a shorter aspect ratio.
When I replaced my rear, stock size Bridgestone tire with a car tire, (not recommending you go to the darkside) I compared the two tires when I had them off.
Sitting side by side, my 60 size car tire was about 2" shorter than the Bridgestone motorcycle tire.
That should get you a little bit.

(I'm not recommending you go to the darkside unless you're interested and you do your own research on the subject.)
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Re: Short legs

Postby glk17l » Wed May 04, 2016 12:33 am

Thanks for the info OldZX11Rider. I am glad you mentioned that. I was talking to a Valkary rider last fall and he mentioned that he put a car tie on the rear of his bike and it vastly improved the handling and the over all ride comfort and much better traction especially in the rain. I haven't seen that that done to a bike since the 60's, when we used to put them on the choppers to give them better rear stability because of the looong rakes. What size did you put on your GL 1500?

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Re: Short legs

Postby OldZX11Rider » Wed May 04, 2016 8:05 am

I believe it was a 175/60-16. It is a Goodyear Assurance.
(Looked all over but found it at Walmart. :lol: )
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Re: Short legs

Postby glk17l » Wed May 04, 2016 11:29 pm

OldZX11Rider: Thanks for the info.

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Re: Short legs

Postby brettchallenger » Thu May 05, 2016 1:20 am

I believe it was a 175/60-16. It is a Goodyear Assurance.
(Looked all over but found it at Walmart. :lol: )



Is this a straight fitment or do you have to modify anything for it to go in the swing arm etc?
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Re: Short legs

Postby OldZX11Rider » Thu May 05, 2016 8:22 am

It will fit right on the wheel without any modifications, and you don't have to do anything to the bike. It won't rub on anything.
I started out running 40 lbs. of air pressure and it felt a little "squirmy". I'm up to 46 lbs. and it feels a lot better.
On the sidewall of the tire 51 lbs. is the maximum you can run.
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Re: Short legs

Postby OldZX11Rider » Thu May 05, 2016 8:30 am

Please check out the information about going to the darkside before doing it. There are pros and cons. Opinions from experienced riders have been posted on this website also.
Just take a few minutes to check them out. Consider everyone's opinion before making decision on what you want to do.


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