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Old 11-07-2012, 11:15 AM   #1
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How important is seat height to handling?
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Seat height not so much....ride height very much.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:01 PM   #3
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Seat height not so much....ride height very much.
I was gonna lol at that but seriously, what is the difference?

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Seat height is just how far from the ground the top of the seat is and can be changed with different padding, shape, etc. Ergonomically it can be important, but from a handling perspective it has little influence.

Ride height is the relevant distance from the rear axle in the swing arm to the frame and affects the steering geometry of the chassis.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:55 PM   #5
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http://www.stmsuspension.com

I realize this doesn't help you in AZ but I have a Brutale that handles perfectly, for me. I'm 5'2" and as the club name implies...Puny. If you need help, find it where the real suspension professionals go...with the racers, at the track. My guy is great and has my bikes dialed in for me. Many people argue that you shouldn't change the ride height/suspension settings as they are set up the way they are on purpose. I am not a 5'10" 200lb man, so I go to someone with an engineering degree in vehicle dynamics and have my bikes set up for my ride as opposed to the generic rider. I am very much on the tips of my toes, but like I said my bike handles perfectly for me.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:57 PM   #6
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It all depends on how much you want or can take out of the bike and your riding requirements. Some people wont notice if you added 10mm ride height either end of the bike, others will notice the difference right away. And Ed, seat height/shape etc, can make a huge difference on how a bike handles, but by then we're splitting hair's.
June is right, even if the manual states.....blah blah blah, that does not apply to every shape and size out there, and also does not consider the massive difference in tyre profiles available.

If you're more specific in your question, you might get a better response, maybe more applicable to what your trying to find out.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:11 AM   #7
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Thanks a lot everyone. One more thing added to the list of winter projects.
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