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Offline Lee77uk

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Hi there

So Iíve just bought a 2017 RS.. Iím liking the bike but at 5í6, Iím having to tip toe when putting both feet down.. Iíve had a Tiger 800, but this was lowered and had a lower seat, so I was pretty much able to get the balls of my feet down.

Iíd like to get my feet down a little more of the RS.. so have read that I could get a lower seat.. does anyone have a part number for this?, or a stockist?.. or have one theyíre looking to sell.

Iím also planning to take the bike to a suspension tuner, where theyíll be able to set it up for my weight, but also lower the general height.

Iím also planning to get 20mm handlebar spacers, to make the riding position a little more comfortable..

Lastly need to find some tank/knee pads, so I stop sliding forward so much.. can any recommend some which attach lower down the tank?

Lastly has anyone fitting those throttle spacers?

Sorry lots of questions!  :087:

Thanks in advance

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Welcome....so maybe trade it in for a 765 Low model  :028:
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Welcome....so maybe trade it in for a 765 Low model  :028:

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Offline Lee77uk

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Got a good deal on the RS, so now just need to make it work for me

Offline Stevie

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Yes there is lowering kit which many of our members have used and spacers for altering the height of the handle bars,and especially if you get the suspension set up I'm sure you'll have the perfect bike. Sorry I can't help with part numbers as I've never done this on my bikes, but do your research I'm sure you'll not regret it.

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Could possibly have been cheaper and easier to buy the 765 low and add the belly pan, quick shifter and sharks fin to that, as I did. Those parts all readily available off the shelf. If you lower the RS youíll probably have to change rear shock and cartridges anyway so itíll be more like the R.

Having said that, youíll get bar risers on eBay from a lad Jeff Ďthelathemaní cheap and work great. Daytona boots will give you a 40mm lift as well. Lust racing do lowering kits for the rear shock.

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*Originally Posted by Lee77uk [+]
Hi there

So Iíve just bought a 2017 RS.. Iím liking the bike but at 5í6, Iím having to tip toe when putting both feet down.. Iíve had a Tiger 800, but this was lowered and had a lower seat, so I was pretty much able to get the balls of my feet down.

Iíd like to get my feet down a little more of the RS.. so have read that I could get a lower seat.. does anyone have a part number for this?, or a stockist?.. or have one theyíre looking to sell.

Iím also planning to take the bike to a suspension tuner, where theyíll be able to set it up for my weight, but also lower the general height.

Iím also planning to get 20mm handlebar spacers, to make the riding position a little more comfortable..

Lastly need to find some tank/knee pads, so I stop sliding forward so much.. can any recommend some which attach lower down the tank?

Lastly has anyone fitting those throttle spacers?

Sorry lots of questions!  :087:

Thanks in advance

Hey Lee77uk.  Hello, good morning and a very warm  :401: to the net's best for all things Street Triple!

I can very much empathise with problems of height!    Actually, as no doubt you've found, it's not simply a question of height - it's as much about the relative length and ergonomics of inseam, legs, spine, arms and neck!   I've been a short@rse all my life (at best I might have made 5' 6"!!) and shrinkage with age is only adding to the problems so you have my fullest sympathy!

My advice and opinion - for what they're worth - are to try to find a fairly sound but tatty, used seat; use the power of google to research 'motorcycle seat alterations' and have the seat foam lowered, fitted with a comfort pad and recovered to your personal preference, i.e. to look like standard or customised. 

I think the idea of a specialist suspension tuner who can set the suspension up and lower it at the same time is a good idea - you need them to obtain a setup with at least a close similarity to the stock steering and ride height geometries to retain the sweet handling characteristics of the ST.   I guess the thing here is to make it very clear exactly what it is you're after - outcomes, expectations and reasons - and let them make the deicisions ....... that's what you'll be paying them for!

If you're thinkng of handlebar risers you need to check the available free length of cables, wiring and hydraulic lines, otherwise you might be looking at the added expense and hassle of, at very least, new brake lines.

And finally, from me, Triumph do clear vinyl tank protector kits that are pre-shaped to give protection - and some extra grip - to the tank.  However, these are, I think, obsoleted as a kit, though you might want to check that with your local dealer.  If the kits are obsolete you can buy the clear vinyl as a length or roll, e.g.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/MOIKE-Protection-Transparent-Scrapers-Scraping/dp/B07H3RXVSS?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_4

A more proprietary and focused solution for tank grip would be something like these :

https://www.stompgrip.com/

Not sure about "throttle spacers", I'm afraid.  Are you thinking about the Speed Triple throttle tube?   There's a lot of chatter about the effects of this switch but, according to a very well known Triumph ex-racer, now tech. wizard it's not woth the hassle!   If your bike is working properly - leave it, or as a yank might say, "if it ain't broke,, don't fix it!"

I'll be interested to hear how you get on with some of your proposed changes.  In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy that bike and don't let the vertical challenges put you off - I never do!

Regards,

Adie

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as folk have stated getting seat re moulded is an option, but then less padding.
Suspension setup good idea as you cant just put dogbones on to lower it it will alter the whole geometry and make it a pig, need alterations front and back.
Still not got tank pads myself but must its just im not keen on £60 for them.
The stomp ones have had a lot of reports of being to agressive on leathers etc.
Lots out there but the ones that are just a tank protector film will not give any grip.
Rubber all the way... ooooerrrr matron.
The bar risers again a lot out there both up and up and back, folk reckon 20mm will be ok with standard lines.
However mt 2009 r model i though the brake lines were a bit to short to start with and now i have the lathemans 25mm risers on yeah ive ordered some longer hell lines and the race setup so two seperate lines rather than one and a bridge line, think clutch cable is just ok on standard.
You may think the brake lines are long enough after fitting risers but remember you need some wiggle room as when you accelerate especially hard your fronts going to rise on the stanchions and you dont want a line going pop.
Despite all this doom and gloom Welcome... :008: :028:

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Same hight as yourself.
My 2017 RS is standard I just shift my rse cheek to the side.
If you put lower links on don't forget to do the same to the forks