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post #1 of 18 Old 10-23-2016, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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Newbie (sort of) from Fritch, Tx

Greetings from the far side all; I just signed up this morning. I thought I had signed up a few years ago when the 1600 first came out, but maybe that was another site. Although new here, I have been riding since 1968 when I started on a Honda 90. I eventually graduated up the scale to an R75/6 in 1977. Unfortunately, had to sell that one in 1980 after ~50K miles. It took nearly 20 years, but I got back in the saddle in April of 2000 and started making up for lost time. I now have a nice variety of older bikes in the stable and am seeking to learn more about the 1600; primarily to see if there is a reasonable and safe way to lower it. I have a 27" inseam, build my own seats, have lowered two RTs, a 1200C and an 1100S. I also have pretty good experience with being on the balls of my feet and realize there is no need to be flat-footed to enjoy a taller bike so long as I can feel relatively comfortable at stops. I'm nearing retirement and have been thinking a more luxurious ride might be in order. Looking forward to seeing what others have to share.
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-23-2016, 08:36 AM
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Welcome to the site. Lots of good 'biased' information here about a fantastic bike....

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Welcome, you picked the right bike to retire on.

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post #4 of 18 Old 10-23-2016, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, just have to convince my wife there really does need to be a bigger two-up touring bike in the garage next to the others. She doesn't seem to believe in the N+1 concept.
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Welcome from a fellow Texan. You will love the K16. I am not familiar with lower the bike, lots of info on using low seats narrowe in front to attain a lower riding position.

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Welcome to the forum cruisintx. You might want to take a test ride or two on one of the k1600's and you might be surprised at how low the seat is. Particularly on the GTL with the low seat. It might work for you, expecially if you modify your own seats.


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Welcome to the forum cruisintx. You might want to take a test ride or two on one of the k1600's and you might be surprised at how low the seat is. Particularly on the GTL with the low seat. It might work for you, expecially if you modify your own seats.
Only problem with that is from the time I sat on a 2011 in Santa Fe and had to decline the test ride because I knew there was no way I could keep the bike upright at stops due to having to point both feet straight down with the bike sitting straight up. With only the tips of my toes touching the ground I did not think it would be wise to drop a $30K bike on a test ride. And that is why I'm seeking advice here from someone who may have already done what I need to do.
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I use Santa Fe as well. Next time you are there explain to Chris what you need. He is a good guy and can probably hook you up with a low seat. Then take a little test drive down Cerillos Road. You'll be hooked.

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I use Santa Fe as well. Next time you are there explain to Chris what you need. He is a good guy and can probably hook you up with a low seat. Then take a little test drive down Cerillos Road. You'll be hooked.
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Welcome to the site. Lots of good 'biased' information here about a fantastic bike....
Come on, we are not biased, we are just convinced that this is the best of all worlds. Don't confuse a newbie..........

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