Lower the seat height on the Concours 14? : Kawasaki ZX Forums: Kawasaki Ninja Forum
» Sponsors
» Insurance
Go Back   ZX Forums > Kawasaki Motorcycles > GTR 1400 Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-30-2007, 08:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
Newbie
 
aviator's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
From: DeRidder, Louisiana
I Ride: Concours 14, ZX 14, 1500 Classic

Posts: 19
Post Lower the seat height on the Concours 14?

I hope I'm not the extreme minority here. While I luv my Concours 14 it is a very tall bike and I would like to get more of my footsies on the pavement. Does anyone know of or have an idea for lowering the Concours? Anyone ever have their seat coushions shaved? How about replacing the center shock absorber with an air operated one?
aviator is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-30-2007, 12:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
Newbie
 
RangerRick's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2007
From: Tenn.
I Ride: BMW's, currently a R1150R

Posts: 7
You probably can have your seat shaved/cut down by a custom upholstery shop.
I'll bet Corbin and Sargent are working on seats of their own for the GTR, keep an eye on them.

Just curious, what is your height and inseam??
__________________
Long time BMW rider.
RangerRick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2007, 12:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
Member
 
Joined: Jul 2007
From: Phoenix, AZ

Posts: 53
I have the same problem. 30" inseam has me on tip toes. Will be looking at lowering seat height and raising boots.
__________________
2002 Honda GL1800 w/DFT trike kit
2008 Suzuki B-King
2008 Kawasaki Concours 14
2000 Yamaha Road Star (RIP)
2001 Hayabusa (RIP)
2003 FJR 1300 (RIP)
2004 HD Electra Glide (RIP)
jaxon3@cox.net is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2007, 08:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Joined: Apr 2007
From: JAPAN

Posts: 151
Lower the seat height

Quote:
Originally Posted by aviator View Post
I hope I'm not the extreme minority here. While I luv my Concours 14 it is a very tall bike and I would like to get more of my footsies on the pavement. Does anyone know of or have an idea for lowering the Concours?
I think that it is not at least in the minority in Japan. 

When I also straddled the 1400GTR, I wanted to have my feet on the ground.
In this respect, the ZZR1400 is superior to the 1400GTR.

It seems that the suspension manufacturer is developing the suspension for the 1400GTR.

Cf. “Suspension for 1400GTR” (#2), “Suspension lowering? ”


________________________________________
I love Kobe.                    Voyage to the future
Breeze07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2007, 09:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
Member
 
Joined: Jul 2007
From: Sparks, NV
I Ride: ZX10 , Concours 14

Posts: 40
Keep in mind that lowering the seat is not the only thing that happens, in effect you are raising your pegs, raising the bars, and raising the windshield. This could effect comfort in a big way, just to stand flat footed at a stop light. May not be worth it.
TedG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2007, 05:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Hitman's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
From: Brixham, Devon, UK
I Ride: 1400GTR in Diablo Black

Posts: 451
It won't be long before the Gel seat is out and that lowers seat height by 30mm (11/2") which will allow most pilots to go flat footed. If K has made the gel 30mm lower then it can't effect the body position comfort wise too drastically.
__________________

Chris
_____________________________________________

The biggest difference between Men and Boys is the price of their toys........
Hitman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2007, 06:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
ReaperWales's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2007
From: Wales, UK
I Ride: 1400GTR and ZZR600

Posts: 228
Great news about the Gel seat being lower, but think your imperial to metric conversion might be out a bit, 25mm to the inch therefore 30mm is 1 1/5" (1.2") .
Regardless any improvement is worth having and I will most definately be getting a gel seat as soon as they're available!
__________________
Regards, Ian

Current Bikes
1400GTR
ZZR600-E9

Lifes too short to sit still!
ReaperWales is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2007, 07:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Hitman's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
From: Brixham, Devon, UK
I Ride: 1400GTR in Diablo Black

Posts: 451
Oops...Yur right Reaper...Umm, that makes it 1.181102362 inch.
Yup I think That should just about let me flat foot
__________________

Chris
_____________________________________________

The biggest difference between Men and Boys is the price of their toys........
Hitman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2007, 07:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
ReaperWales's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2007
From: Wales, UK
I Ride: 1400GTR and ZZR600

Posts: 228
hehe I bow to your calculator, but as I said for me its a must have anyhow, more so due to suffering numb bum after an hour in the saddle. The fact its lower is a huge bonus but not a deciding factor in my choice.
__________________
Regards, Ian

Current Bikes
1400GTR
ZZR600-E9

Lifes too short to sit still!
ReaperWales is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2007, 08:01 AM   #10 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Hitman's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
From: Brixham, Devon, UK
I Ride: 1400GTR in Diablo Black

Posts: 451
I have a mate in the unit next to me who does bike seats and covers and shapes and reupholsters them to custom requirements using Marine grade vinyls which are harder wearing than the standard vinyls used.. I plan on getting some gel pads and get him to make up a sexy cover like wot GarryG had done in an earlier post. Recons he should be able to do it for me for about £100 plus the gel pads which I have to supply as he doesn't have any suitable.
__________________

Chris
_____________________________________________

The biggest difference between Men and Boys is the price of their toys........
Hitman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2007, 08:20 AM   #11 (permalink)
Newbie
 
Joined: Oct 2007
From: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

Posts: 5
Sargent Cycle is in the process of developing new versions of the seat for the 1400. We are soliciting suggestions and recomend taking a look at http://sargentcycle.com for any custom work you may want done. Input such is yours is invaluable to us.
mary@sargent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2007, 01:58 AM   #12 (permalink)
Newbie
 
Presta's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2007
From: Portugal
I Ride: 93 Honda CBR 1000F & Diablo Black 1400GTR

Posts: 21
one solution is the seat from ZZR1400, last night a friend of mine and i (he wons a zzr14) we switch the seats of the bikes (zzr 14 is the same size and shape as gtr) the difference is in the hooks (zzr is shaped as a pin) slipping the seat in the gtr and magic was made.. feet flatted
the difference of near 4cm in high, its not as comfy as gtr seat but it work's

sorry the English errors
Presta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2007, 06:30 AM   #13 (permalink)
Member
 
Joined: Aug 2007
From: Humble, TX

Posts: 90
Quote:
Originally Posted by Presta View Post
one solution is the seat from ZZR1400, last night a friend of mine and i (he wons a zzr14) we switch the seats of the bikes (zzr 14 is the same size and shape as gtr) the difference is in the hooks (zzr is shaped as a pin) slipping the seat in the gtr and magic was made.. feet flatted
the difference of near 4cm in high, its not as comfy as gtr seat but it work's

sorry the English errors
Sounds like it would be good for me, but I don't think the wife would like it very much. I'm sure it would be slated way too much forward for her.
__________________
--Kory--

2008 Kawasaki C-14

2003 Kawasaki ZZR1200
klb1122 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:17 PM.



Powered by: vBulletin 3.8.5
Copyright ©2005-2010 - www.zxforums.com
Website designed and developed by Random Computers
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum HD LiveWire Forum Ninja H2 Forum Ducati Scrambler Forum

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0