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    Probably balls-of-your-feet on a standard 650. I suspect the Dakar version might be a bit high unless you're fat like I am.

    Go find one and sit on it.
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    Not flat

    Just...
    ... amper flat.
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    Shucks. Can I have the seat adjusted just a bit? I'd feel more comfortable with both feet flat on the ground. I'm about 75kg

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    You need to let go of that idea. If you want to get into adventure biking you will probably never be able to have both feet flat on the ground unless you're 1.8m or more. The rest of us just make do.

    First half of both feet on the ground is as good as it's gonna get. Go look at and ride a 650gs and you'll find it's not a problem at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepman85 View Post
    Shucks. Can I have the seat adjusted just a bit? I'd feel more comfortable with both feet flat on the ground. I'm about 75kg
    Yep let go of that idea. I am 1.74 and 75Kg and have riddden KLR, Tenere, XR650L, etc. You need to be able to get the toes of one foot on the ground and you're good - don't worry you'll get used to that in no time.
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    I'm just a bit scared of dropping the bike in traffic because I don't have full control of it. When stopped on my James, I have both feet on the ground with my legs bent and feel in control

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepman85 View Post
    I'm just a bit scared of dropping the bike in traffic because I don't have full control of it. When stopped on my James, I have both feet on the ground with my legs bent and feel in control
    I can understand that but trust me you get used to it in no time.
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    I am only 172 cm and handle a 1200 GS with ease. I don't think your problem is with your height, it is with your skills. Maybe you should look to spend some money there first and then your options will get bigger.

    PS, there is more than one way to skin a cat. Lower seats are not always the answer. Bar risers that bring the bars back and closer to you will change the angle of your hips and allow for a more "flat" foot
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    This might help...



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    I am 1.62m and weigh in at 65kg in full mx kit . I have ridden both the Std Gs 650 and the Dakar and although I had no issue with the Dakar the Std Gs was a better fit for me.

    You are the only one that can decide what you are comfortable on.

    I have taking a friends gs1200 for a ride and have to admit that at first it is seriously scary when you look at , but once you ride it you get the feeling that it is a well balanced bike and are more at ease. Still dont think I would like to drop it though
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    Thanks gor all the advice guys. I test rode a gs650 last night and while I couldn't flat foot it, I did end up putting an offer in on it. I will go for some lessons to get some confidence but it was not as bad as I expected
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    I have owned the DL650, DR650, XR650L, Pegasso 650, XRV750, 1150GSA and the KLR650 over the last 20 years and my view on above bikes are:
    If you want value for money and not worried about the latest looks: Get a KLR650 (Fugly), thats the old model, weapon of choice if going through africa!
    The DR650 is quite low and narrow and shorter people find it easier to ride but more expensive than the KLR.
    The DL650 should be fine with the lowered seat and is best of you going to do longer stretches of tar.
    Forget the rest for your purpose, to heavy or to high.

    I agree with above replies regarding hight though. I can not swing my leg over any of the above bikes, using the footpeg to get on. As long as when you sit your toes can just touch and balance the bike you will be fine, just practise.
    Also remember to test with riding boots on, not shoes, makes a difference!
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    Jeepman

    The only bike I ever managed to sit on with both feet flat was a PeeWee.

    Once you have more experience you will be fine.


    Good luck and have fun
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    Thanks for the advice Slakkie, but I already put an offer in on a gs650
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slakkie View Post
    I have owned the DL650, DR650, XR650L, Pegasso 650, XRV750, 1150GSA and the KLR650 over the last 20 years and my view on above bikes are:
    If you want value for money and not worried about the latest looks: Get a KLR650 (Fugly), thats the old model, weapon of choice if going through africa!
    The DR650 is quite low and narrow and shorter people find it easier to ride but more expensive than the KLR.
    The DL650 should be fine with the lowered seat and is best of you going to do longer stretches of tar.
    Forget the rest for your purpose, to heavy or to high.

    I agree with above replies regarding hight though. I can not swing my leg over any of the above bikes, using the footpeg to get on. As long as when you sit your toes can just touch and balance the bike you will be fine, just practise.
    Also remember to test with riding boots on, not shoes, makes a difference!
    ENJOY!
    A KLR is a solid choice but they are high and because of the "vibrant" character requires some mechanical knowledge in order to keep it performing at its best.
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    I have a 1976 Famous Jamrs, I know all about "vibrant" characters
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepman85 View Post
    I have a 1976 Famous Jamrs, I know all about "vibrant" characters
    Show us a pic.
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    I put one up in the pictures of your bike thread, cant upload from my phone unfortunately
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    OK, I'll go find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepman85 View Post
    Thanks for the advice Slakkie, but I already put an offer in on a gs650
    Solid, reliable choice. It was my first bike and I rode it for 6 years. In fact, on the way to go pick it up, I phoned a friend to explain again how the gears work. I basically had 2km of experience, but the bike handles well and is perfect for a newbie. In fact, my wife took it for a ride with no biking experience and was riding in less than 15 minutes. She's 1.65m.

    The centre of gravity is low so you shouldn't have a problem keeping it upright on the balls of your feet. Once you get a feel for the balance, you'll probably put only the left foot down (flat) at traffic lights (right foot available for the brake). The first surprise will probably be on uneven terrain...
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