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« on: February 04, 2011, 04:31:28 PM »
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I've been blessed with a 28.5 inch inseam, which makes riding many sport and touring bikes challenging.  Adventure bikes, except for the low suspension GSs are out of the question.  I've learned to compensate with the one foot technique - and that is fine solo, but doesn't work too well when your pillion shifts her weight at a traffic light.  

Based on a Triumph Forum rider's suggestion, I purchased a pair of Daytona M-Star motorcycle boots.  They have all the features a top-line touring boot should have (armor, gore-tex, etc.), but have a slightly thicker sole and are built specifically with an internal insert that adds height.  My Sidi boots give me an inch and a quarter over bare feet and the Daytonas add another inch and a quarter to that.  Opens up a lot more possibilities - I'm not quite flat footed on the Lemans, but am real close!

The boots are super comfortable and extremely well made (by hand) in Germany.  Not cheap - USA price is $449, but I had them shipped over from Germany for $320, including shipping.  The run a size large, so I went down a size from the Sidi to the Daytona.  They also make boots for women (with the insert) and ones w/o the insert for you taller guys.

http://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.sf/en_gb/?ObjectPath=/Shops/10207048/Products/Daytona-M-Star-GORE-TEX%C2%AE/SubProducts/34311-3063139-1
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2011, 04:42:38 PM »
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I have Daytona's too, they are great, absolutly waterproof, and comfortable for normal walking
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2011, 07:54:00 PM »
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Here ya go -

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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2011, 11:23:10 PM »
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I have been trying to figure out what would work for me, I have to buy 30" inseam pants and cut 'em down. 

I just picked up an '07 Breva 1100 and gave my son my Boulevard M50, quite a change in height and riding style.  I found a pair of M-Star boots that a guy in Tennessee had for sale, I figured for a hundred bucks I couldn't go too wrong.  They looked OK in the pictures he sent.

Any other riding tips for a short fat old guy?  Other than don't park with the left side downhill, that was interesting.

I have to take the Navy sport bike class on Tuesday so I can get a base sticker.  I hope I don't look too stupid.

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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2011, 12:47:16 AM »
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With a 36 inseam since I was 13, I would not understand vertically challenged except for wacking my head against low  hanging objects. Since buying my house, and refurbishing it where nothing in any walking place is below 6'8".

So I have issues fitting bikes from another angle. I was told that I made my 89 ElectraGlide look like a Sportster with saddle bags.
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I have been trying to figure out what would work for me, I have to buy 30" inseam pants and cut 'em down. 

I just picked up an '07 Breva 1100 and gave my son my Boulevard M50, quite a change in height and riding style.  I found a pair of M-Star boots that a guy in Tennessee had for sale, I figured for a hundred bucks I couldn't go too wrong.  They looked OK in the pictures he sent.

Any other riding tips for a short fat old guy?  Other than don't park with the left side downhill, that was interesting.

I have to take the Navy sport bike class on Tuesday so I can get a base sticker.  I hope I don't look too stupid.

Toby

In addition to the boots - here's two other options:

1.  Guzzi makes a "low seat" for the Breva 1100.  I'm told it is very comfortable. 

2.  I found this "lowering link" while surfing the net.  No experience with it, but it looks like it may solve some problems for the vertically challenged:

http://www.westmoreland-moto-guzzi.com/guzzi_lowering_kits.htm
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2011, 06:21:33 AM »
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You can also go to a good shoe repair shop and have them add about an inch to your current boot soles.  My friend with the lowered Quota did this when he bought a new Stevio (not lowered).
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2011, 07:12:16 AM »
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I've got a 4' 10" friend who rides a LOWERED Harley Superlow.

I'm gonna pass this link along.

Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2011, 07:18:30 AM »
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The women's version is called the Lady Star:

http://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.sf/en_gb/?ObjectPath=/Shops/10207048/Products/Daytona-Lady-Star-GORE-TEX%C2%AE/SubProducts/Daytona-Lady-Star-GORE-TEX%C2%AE-0001

And a company called Soupy's Performance makes lowering kits for several other brands:

http://www.soupysperformance.com/homepage.html

They also make adjustable kickstands... 
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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2011, 08:28:17 AM »
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I have been trying to figure out what would work for me, I have to buy 30" inseam pants and cut 'em down. 

I just picked up an '07 Breva 1100 and gave my son my Boulevard M50, quite a change in height and riding style.  I found a pair of M-Star boots that a guy in Tennessee had for sale, I figured for a hundred bucks I couldn't go too wrong.  They looked OK in the pictures he sent.

Any other riding tips for a short fat old guy?  Other than don't park with the left side downhill, that was interesting.

I have to take the Navy sport bike class on Tuesday so I can get a base sticker.  I hope I don't look too stupid.

Toby

Good luck with your "sport bike" class.  Would you believe it all started (1973 or so) as a four hour classroom session using pictures to show folks how to avoid being run over.  Then the civilian contractors got hold of the program.  Now we do a lot of parking lot drills.  Anyway, have fun.
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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2011, 08:33:46 AM »
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I also have the Daytonas, and love them.  I've found them to be of the highest quality, and all-day comfortable.  Good choice!

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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2011, 10:53:28 AM »
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2.  I found this "lowering link" while surfing the net.  No experience with it, but it looks like it may solve some problems for the vertically challenged:

http://www.westmoreland-moto-guzzi.com/guzzi_lowering_kits.htm

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If this works on the Griso, shouldn't it work on the Stelvio also?

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