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    New member in south Devon

    Hi,
    I'm a new Deauville owner (700 model)having just bought a 2010 model. I've had several bikes over the years but have had a break of about 14 years. Previous bikes are: Honda CB200, Honda CB550K3, BMW, Ducati 750ss, Honda Blackbird.
    Ive heard reports that the seat height is a little high. I have a 31inch inside leg. Can the seat be lowered or is it sensible to lower the suspension? Any thoughts much appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: New member in south Devon

    Welcome to NT-World! We've got a great Forum with lots of friendly and helpful people. The NT/Deauville is a great bike; it's biggest problem area is the pannier latching system, but there are many suggestions on this forum on ways to fix that.

    As to lowering the bike, I only have a 28" inseam and I've been riding my '10 model for 116,000 miles without lowering it. Plus, I've got a Russell Day Long saddle which adds nearly an inch to the height of the seat. I've also had six knee replacements and after a SAD (Stop-And-Drop on Tuesday while i was riding at a rally in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colorado, I've made the decision to lower my bike. There are Threads on the Forum which talk about the source for the lowering link to lower the rear by about an inch. I'll slide the fork tubes up in the triple clamp to keep from changing the geometry too much. I've also got peg lowerers on the bike and they may come off.

    I was talking to a Forum Member (DirtFller) who's lowered his bike at the Motorcycle Sport Touring Association rally I was at and he's sending me instructions on how to do it. I'll probably get the link and let my dealer do the work. He said the sidestand needs to be shortened by an inch or so, but my bike leans farther to the left than any bike I've ever had, and I think I'll wait and see how it does before I start cutting the stand off. The centerstand will also be too long, but that can be fixed pretty easily by just having a piece of lumber that I can roll the rear tire onto before trying to lift it onto the centerstand. (Pardon me, I guess I should say centrestand for you, huh? )
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    Re: New member in south Devon

    Welcome to the forum.
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    Re: New member in south Devon

    Welcome to the NT Forum.

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    Re: New member in south Devon

    Welcome!

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    Re: New member in south Devon

    Welcome. I also have a 31" inseam and I'm close to flat footing it. I have a custom seat that is perhaps more narrow at the front which gives me a bit more space for my legs when I come to a stop. Good luck. Try riding it for awhile before modifying it.

    Terry

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    Re: New member in south Devon

    Welcome to the forums and the world of the NT ! Enjoy !
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    Re: New member in south Devon

    Why do you laugh Phil.
    It is you guys who can't spell!

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    Re: New member in south Devon

    Quote Originally Posted by Macka View Post
    Why do you laugh Phil.
    It is you guys who can't spell!

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    Ha! There are more of us than there are of you. We win the vote on spelling.

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    Re: New member in south Devon

    Welcome to the forum!
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