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Old Oct 31st 2018, 02:18 PM   #1
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Seat Height: From M796 to Panigale 899

Hi all -

I am switching from M796 to the 899 and I am bit concerned about the height. I am a 5'6" woman, pretty lightweight too.

I hopped on a friend's 1299 and am tiptoeing with sneakers. The 899 is 5mm higher than the 1299.

First of all, I ever rode a sport bike. So, there will be a (dare I say, steep) learning curve for the new position as well as weight distribution, walking the bike in a parking lot, starting uphill. I feel lie I will be back to square one despite three seasons and almost 8,000mi of riding.

Any recommendations as far as lowering seat height? I have riding track boots, but they are too bulky that I can't feel the pegs on the Monster and don't want to use them on the Panigale. My daily riding shies are the Dainese Street air.

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Old Oct 31st 2018, 03:18 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by amelie View Post
Hi all -

I am switching from M796 to the 899 and I am bit concerned about the height. I am a 5'6" woman, pretty lightweight too.

I hopped on a friend's 1299 and am tiptoeing with sneakers. The 899 is 5mm higher than the 1299.

First of all, I ever rode a sport bike. So, there will be a (dare I say, steep) learning curve for the new position as well as weight distribution, walking the bike in a parking lot, starting uphill. I feel lie I will be back to square one despite three seasons and almost 8,000mi of riding.

Any recommendations as far as lowering seat height? I have riding track boots, but they are too bulky that I can't feel the pegs on the Monster and don't want to use them on the Panigale. My daily riding shies are the Dainese Street air.

Thank you!
Cut foam out of the seat and recover.

You could also adjust suspension height but you have to lower both ends otherwise if you just to the back you will alter rake and trail and either quicken the steering or slow it down. Even a small amount makes a big difference to the feel of the bike. google it and try. or go to a suspension guy for help.

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Old Oct 31st 2018, 03:28 PM   #3
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Hi Amelie,

I am 5'7" and have no problem on the 899. I do ride with track boots which helps. I also swapped from the comfort seat to the 1199 stock seat and that made it easier to push the bike around in tight spaces. It's not as wide as well as tall(padded). I usually only use my left foot at stops and feel very comfortable just with the one foot down.

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Old Oct 31st 2018, 03:38 PM   #4
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find a 2013 or prior stock seat, it's about 1" thinner than 2014+

i am 5'7", actually raised my seat, can't even tip toe both sides, but it handles great
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Old Nov 1st 2018, 12:16 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by jyli19 View Post
find a 2013 or prior stock seat, it's about 1" thinner than 2014+

i am 5'7", actually raised my seat, can't even tip toe both sides, but it handles great
Thank you @jyli19. I will consider that or the stock 1199.

I am a bit wary about lowering suspensions since it changes the entire dynamics.

But again, maybe it is a matter of confidence and with time, it shall be fine. I just don't want to drop it on my first ride ;-)
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Originally Posted by jc66 View Post
Hi Amelie,

I am 5'7" and have no problem on the 899. I do ride with track boots which helps. I also swapped from the comfort seat to the 1199 stock seat and that made it easier to push the bike around in tight spaces. It's not as wide as well as tall(padded). I usually only use my left foot at stops and feel very comfortable just with the one foot down.

Best,

JC
Hi JC -

I have a pair of Alpinestars track boots, cannot recall the model on top of my head. But I lose touch and feel with the pegs. What boots are you wearing?

Thank you!
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Originally Posted by amelie View Post
Thank you @jyli19. I will consider that or the stock 1199.

I am a bit wary about lowering suspensions since it changes the entire dynamics.

But again, maybe it is a matter of confidence and with time, it shall be fine. I just don't want to drop it on my first ride ;-)
PM me if you are looking for a stock 1199 seat. Just switched to the racing seat.
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Old Nov 1st 2018, 02:51 PM   #8
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Hi Amelie,

I wear Sidi Vertigo boots on my commute. Very comfortable.
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Originally Posted by amelie View Post
Thank you @jyli19. I will consider that or the stock 1199.

I am a bit wary about lowering suspensions since it changes the entire dynamics.

But again, maybe it is a matter of confidence and with time, it shall be fine. I just don't want to drop it on my first ride ;-)
Don't flame me.

I would not hesitate to lower the suspension if it makes you feel more comfortable to get you start riding. Once you get up to speed and really feel that the suspension is compromised and you're losing that 2 second per lap, you can always raise it back. By that time, you should be used to getting one foot down.
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Old Nov 5th 2018, 06:36 AM   #10
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I am 165cm which is around 5'5 and I have a monster (1100 evo) and a 1199. I'd recommend getting your standard seat cut down a couple cms and also getting the rear shock spring replaced with something suited to your weight, in my case I weigh around 68kg with all gear so got a 75nm spring instead of the standard 90nm spring. Get the front and rear preload set properly and you should find that the combined reduce saddle height with some suspension sag will make it more manageable. Also given your weight, you should adjust your compression and rebound settings. The standard settings for all modes are very harsh for light weight people. I ride on the track and even in race mode I have had to adjust the setting way low to settle the ride down and minimize tyre wear.
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