Hi JulThank you for all your answers. New at this site so just saw all your answers today. I'll go to the authorized BMW that was recommended to me and get the bike lowered. I already have the kit to lower the rear so the mechanic will have to figure the front himself. When I spoke to him he wasn't completely sure how difficult it would be. Sounds like the front is pretty straight forward .
And yes, the mechanic mentioned shortening the side stand as well.
Thank you again for all your inputs .
Thanks for your feedback Focus, but that won't be enough for me. Looking for 2 inches at least.I went with the tractive low shock from rally raid, way better shock than stock and it lets you dial in up to a full inch lower. the recall side stand is longer than the original one and will definitely need to be shortened.
Hogrider --Thanks for your feedback Focus, but that won't be enough for me. Looking for 2 inches at least.
Thanks for the feedback Charles, much appreciated.If you use the fork springs you will need to remember that there will be that much less suspension travel. 40mm drop = 40mm less travel.
I am also not so sure about lowering links on the bike also. If it was just using a shorter or longer "bone", I would be ok (I did this on my old GT250R) but this requires more rear suspension work. My RC390 is like that, no "bone" either.
The lower seat is not worth the money. If I were you, I would get the rear shock that can lower the bike in fine increments (Rally-Raid) and then lower the front forks appropriately. Should you want to upgrade the front suspension to you weight, you can get that from Rally-Raid as well as Andreani. By the way you do not have to remove the forks to replace the cartridges as long as you use an extractor to remove the fork oil. I checked with Andreani. That will save a good amount of money on labor cost. As the bike leans over pretty far when the kickstand is down, depending on how much you lower, you may not need to shorten stand.
It is best to do it correctly. I don't know how short you are but my inseam is 28" as measured pants and 30" to bottom of heel. I have the regular seat and can't flat foot either. However, if you wear Adventure boots (Cyclegear has Bilt brand for about $120) or If you have hiking boots they will give you more reach to the road. Also ADV boots will give you more support at the ankle if the bike leans over for you to control. Don't wear running shoes when you ride, wear motorcycle boots. I fell once and since I was wearing standard shoes, they did not protect my ankle and I got a big piece gravel in it and the skin had to reform over a 2" oval area. Luckily I did not break or badly damage it, but I would not have injured it at all if I had been wearing the proper boots.
Some novel thinking there.Hogrider,
If you need a huge drop like 2" or more, you can replace your front wheels with wheels from the "R" as they are 17" as opposed to the 19" fronts on the "GS". That will make you a SuperMoto version. That along with the Rally-Raid shock that drops the back 1" (25mm) might get you where you want to be. Rake will shorten so will handle more like sport bike than Adventure bike.
Use a 150/60R17 rear instead of the 150/70R17 which will also lower a little. You will now have a G310SM (supermoto)
Let me know what you end up doing. My Dad is from the Philippines.
Absolutely correct Kris, and I would be much happier not having to lower the seat height.lowering the bike affects the bike's geometry and lowers the ground clearance. i also thought of lowering the Versys 1000, which is much heavier bike, but decided against it. it all comes to learning how to keep balance on the bike, not controlling it with feet on the ground. i have done some off-roading with crf250L and it all comes down to knowing how to balance the bike. sitting high on a adventure bike is all the fun...