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    I love the 9's looks and power but not too keen on the riding position. At 5'6" and 47 yrs old, what can I do to have a more relaxed seating position on this bike? Thanks.

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    Are you reaching for the foot controls ? Still in stock seat ?
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    There are two things you can do to improve your riding position at 5.6ft tall. First of all, you can get +2 Risers or Riser Extensions to move your bars back closer toward you...and secondly, you can get the Suzuki Gel Seat, which will push you forward toward your bars and your Footpegs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stavros View Post
    Are you reaching for the foot controls ? Still in stock seat ?
    The footpegs aren't a problem. My legs are a bit straight but I don't mind that part, it feels comfortable. It's just the leaning forward part that bothers me.

    Quote Originally Posted by BCRUZN View Post
    There are two things you can do improve your riding position at 5.6ft tall. First of all, you can get +2 Risers or Riser Extensions to move your bars back closer toward you...and secondly, you can get the Suzuki Gel Seat, which will push you forward toward your bars and your Footpegs.
    Would 2" really be enough? That would be my biggest concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turboyoshi View Post
    The footpegs aren't a problem. My legs are a bit straight but I don't mind that part, it feels comfortable. It's just the leaning forward part that bothers me.



    Would 2" really be enough? That would be my biggest concern.
    Yes, it is a significant difference. My best friend ZZUKE10 has them, and there's a big difference from the stock Risers, and how the +2 Risers affect your forward lean.

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    The half cut seat will push you forwards a couple of inches plus a couple more inches of pullback on the risers should make a fair difference, as the guys above have mentioned.

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    Good afternoon Yoshi,
    I am 5'6", with a 28" inseam. When I bought my 9, I noticed two problems.
    1. My legs were fully extended, with no knee bend. Although not uncomfortable, I wanted a little knee bend to be able to manuever.
    2. Like you, I had a forward lean that was uncomfortable. Although good for short runs around town, anything longer than an hour in the saddle and I could feel it between my shoulder blades.

    My solution:
    1. The only thing I could do to fix my leg extension was either move my butt forward or the footpegs closer to my butt. Since moving my butt forward would solve at least part of problem #2, I found a Suzuki Standard Cut gel seat. Here is a pic of the gel seats:

    As you can see, the full cut is much thinner behind your butt, and allows you to sit further away from the controls. (Great for the 6'4" crowd, bad for us). The standard cut, on the other hand, moves you forward in the saddle (Approx. 1 1/2 inches further forward over the stock seat). This put a small bend in my knees, and relieved some of the strain on my back.

    2. +1 inch risers. Everyone likes the +2 inch risers. Unfortunately, the +2 on my 9 would have required a complete cable and hose change on the handlebars, or for the cables and hoses to be rerouted under, instead of over, the triple tree (this can have it's own problems). Consequently, I purchased a set of +1 inch inserts which did not require any changes except to loosen a few zip ties on my cables. This moved the handlebars a little closer to me, making me sit a little more upright in the seat. Here's a picture:


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    I did recently have a custom seat made at a local upholstery shop using the stock seat pan. We started by using the dimensions from the standard cut gel seat, and actually pushed me forward another 1/2". Guy did an awesome job. Used top quality foam and vinyl on the seat. Very happy with the results.

    Also of note, the gel seats retain a lot of heat. Wouldn't be such a problem for you in the northeast, but could be a little uncomfortable for me in the southwest. Also of note, some people have said an aftermarket seat called the Ultimate Seat moves you closer to the controls, and is super comfy, but I have no experience with them.

    Long post...sorry. Hope it helps, tho.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazdvl View Post
    Good afternoon Yoshi,
    I am 5'6", with a 28" inseam. When I bought my 9, I noticed two problems.
    1. My legs were fully extended, with no knee bend. Although not uncomfortable, I wanted a little knee bend to be able to manuever.
    2. Like you, I had a forward lean that was uncomfortable. Although good for short runs around town, anything longer than an hour in the saddle and I could feel it between my shoulder blades.

    My solution:
    1. The only thing I could do to fix my leg extension was either move my butt forward or the footpegs closer to my butt. Since moving my butt forward would solve at least part of problem #2, I found a Suzuki Standard Cut gel seat. Here is a pic of the gel seats:

    As you can see, the full cut is much thinner behind your butt, and allows you to sit further away from the controls. (Great for the 6'4" crowd, bad for us). The standard cut, on the other hand, moves you forward in the saddle (Approx. 1 1/2 inches further forward over the stock seat). This put a small bend in my knees, and relieved some of the strain on my back.

    2. +1 inch risers. Everyone likes the +2 inch risers. Unfortunately, the +2 on my 9 would have required a complete cable and hose change on the handlebars, or for the cables and hoses to be rerouted under, instead of over, the triple tree (this can have it's own problems). Consequently, I purchased a set of +1 inch inserts which did not require any changes except to loosen a few zip ties on my cables. This moved the handlebars a little closer to me, making me sit a little more upright in the seat. Here's a picture:


    Author notes:
    I did recently have a custom seat made at a local upholstery shop using the stock seat pan. We started by using the dimensions from the standard cut gel seat, and actually pushed me forward another 1/2". Guy did an awesome job. Used top quality foam and vinyl on the seat. Very happy with the results.

    Also of note, the gel seats retain a lot of heat. Wouldn't be such a problem for you in the northeast, but could be a little uncomfortable for me in the southwest. Also of note, some people have said an aftermarket seat called the Ultimate Seat moves you closer to the controls, and is super comfy, but I have no experience with them.

    Long post...sorry. Hope it helps, tho.


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    Nice informative post..Seat looks nice... you just got to hope you dont grow taller....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIDMARK View Post
    Nice informative post..Seat looks nice... you just got to hope you dont grow taller....

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    Not likely. I think I stopped growing when I was 12. Mom always tried to tell me that eating chocolate would stunt my growth. Caused my hair to fall out, too.


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    Thanks Taz and everyone else. Good stuff there, that makes me more confident I can make this work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazdvl View Post
    Not likely. I think I stopped growing when I was 12. Mom always tried to tell me that eating chocolate would stunt my growth. Caused my hair to fall out, too.


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    Moms are alwsys right....even when wrong.... it will be right or theres the door...... They got something for hair loss..... Its called baldness....

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    I need to make the opposite thread. I'm 6'6" and my knees are bent up by the gs tank when I ride. Don't get me wrong, I sat on 50 different bikes looking for one that fit me, and the 9 was the best, but there are still issues.

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    As far as seats, you should look into a Corbin seat. The front of the seat is narrower the the gel seats. This Inables your legs to be closer together. Find a local rider that has one and try it out. This and 2 inch pull backs should help. I would look for local members also with this set up as not all pullbacks are true 2 inch pullbacks.

    I made this very thread 8 years ago to collect information for the vertically challenged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rynosback View Post
    I made this very thread 8 years ago to collect information for the vertically challenged.
    https://www.m109riders.com/forums/sho...ighlight=Short
    Thanks! I like the idea of those Kury pegs that shorten your reach a little bit too.

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    Just a little taller than you 5'8" buuuut, I agree with TAZ the seat makes a huge difference. I put on some adjustable bones and dropped the bike 2 3\4 2 1\2 feel way more comfortable and flat foot with a little knee bend. Next MOD I am working on this winter is fabricating mid controls. Will post step by step when I get there. Forwards are okay but I like mids for stability. Stay tuned y'all!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemo View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiskeythrottle505 View Post
    Just a little taller than you 5'8" buuuut, I agree with TAZ the seat makes a huge difference. I put on some adjustable bones and dropped the bike 2 3\4 2 1\2 feel way more comfortable and flat foot with a little knee bend. Next MOD I am working on this winter is fabricating mid controls. Will post step by step when I get there. Forwards are okay but I like mids for stability. Stay tuned y'all!!!
    I too lowered my 9, as has many others. However, it does nothing toward helping create a better knee bend when reaching the foot pegs...which is what the OP is trying to accomplish.

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    I am fairly new on M109R, love the Bike but again same problem that I am vertically challenged(5" 8') for this beast. Could use a way to adjust foot pegs or floor boards to bring it little closer and also looking for 1" Risers. Trying to look all over internet could not find exact product. Some links will definitely help.

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    I wouldn't mess with the controls. Especially since the risers and the seat are such an easy fix to the problem.

    I was planing on just the 2 or 3" risers but I am thinking instead of the extra cost of the cables that I would have to change with the 2+ inch rises, put that money on a seat which would also improve comfort and bring me in closer to the controls. 1" risers plus gel seat is the way to go IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrysharma View Post
    Hello all

    I am fairly new on M109R, love the Bike but again same problem that I am vertically challenged(5" 8') for this beast. Could use a way to adjust foot pegs or floor boards to bring it little closer and also looking for 1" Risers. Trying to look all over internet could not find exact product. Some links will definitely help.
    In order to accomplish what you’re trying to do, you will need to invest in a seat that will push you more forward (Corbin Seat or Ultimate Seat). Because you can’t move the foot controls back toward you, using the stock forward controls, you can either purchase +2 Riser Adapters (least expensive solution, but you’ll have to re-route your clutch cable to allow for more length/range based on the added length to the Risers), or purchase a set of aftermarket +2 Risers (you’ll have to re-route the cable with them as well. There’s no 1” Risers available that I know of.

    You can can go to MEANCYCLES for the Riser Adapters or the aftermarket Risers, and you can go to www.Corbin.com for the Corbin Seat, or www.ultimateseats.ca for the Ultimate Seat.
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    I have just the opposite problem, as I'm kind of tall for any motorcycle. But I have a friend who rides a Nine and he's an even five feet tall. He installed floorboards and they help, because he can ride with his feet back on the board to relieve having to stretch for the entire ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalman View Post
    I have just the opposite problem, as I'm kind of tall for any motorcycle. But I have a friend who rides a Nine and he's an even five feet tall. He installed floorboards and they help, because he can ride with his feet back on the board to relieve having to stretch for the entire ride.
    Like you, I'm tall. 6'2" and 170 pounds. I have the full cut gel seat and one inch drop risers. Perfect. Never felt the need to mess with the foot pegs though, still stock.
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    I'm 5' 9" and have the Corbin seat, they made it to push me as far forward as possible, probably somewhere between 1" -2". I had 2" risers on my previous 109 and just ordered another set. I was able to install the 2" risers without purchasing new cables. You will likely have to unbolt the front brake hose "T" fitting and re-route other cables to allow for more slack with the 2" risers. MeanCycles has a footpeg relocating kit, 2" forward or back, but that would likely severely reduce you ground clearance when leaning into a curve and does not relocate the shifter or brake lever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kratos109 View Post
    I'm 5' 9" and have the Corbin seat, they made it to push me as far forward as possible, probably somewhere between 1" -2". I had 2" risers on my previous 109 and just ordered another set. I was able to install the 2" risers without purchasing new cables. You will likely have to unbolt the front brake hose "T" fitting and re-route other cables to allow for more slack with the 2" risers. MeanCycles has a footpeg relocating kit, 2" forward or back, but that would likely severely reduce you ground clearance when leaning into a curve and does not relocate the shifter or brake lever.
    Thanks Kratos 109, can you please share the link where did you ordered risers. Also if you are installing will be able to take some pics of steps. I think it will help a lot of people not any great videos on this on Youtube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrysharma View Post
    Thanks Kratos 109, can you please share the link where did you ordered risers. Also if you are installing will be able to take some pics of steps. I think it will help a lot of people not any great videos on this on Youtube.

    Here you go - https://www.meancycles.com/store/par...?partID=228191

    I have a longer trip coming up the end of September, not sure I'll install the risers until closer to that time. But I will take some pics when I do install them.

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    I believe the std gel seats are not available any more. What are my options on getting a seat that would push me 1-2" forward? Ultimate says it would if I get the backrest but how about just the seat without any backrest? I do like the Ultimate but they say no difference in seating position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by W8INLINE View Post
    I believe the std gel seats are not available any more. What are my options on getting a seat that would push me 1-2" forward? Ultimate says it would if I get the backrest but how about just the seat without any backrest? I do like the Ultimate but they say no difference in seating position.

    Corbin will, but you have to make sure you ask for that option. I believe it is called the "close" version of the seat.

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