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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-08-2012, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys,

I have a 2012 RGC and I am a little vertically challenged, 5' 8". I typically ride solo 80% of the time, 2-up 20%. I weight about 230 lbs. and my wife about 150 lbs.

I have changed out the seat for a C&C Seat which dropped me down about an 1" but I am not quite flat-footed, especially on uneven pavement. I have been reading alot about the Progessive 940 shocks but not sure if I want to put up the coin for those right now. Are they really worth it?

What are my options for about a 1 - 2" drop? Can I get away with it just do it to the rear or should I do both front and rear to do it right?

Any help would be appreciated!
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Personally I would opt to send the seat to Mean City Cycles and ask them to drop the seating position some more and then look into boots with thicker soles. Unless its a ride improvement you are trying to achieve I am not a fan for lowering a bikes suspension.

I am 5'8" and 190 lbs. I had MCC drop my seating position by 1.5" and with the right boots on I can flatfoot my RGU (with or without passenger) which sits slightly taller than your RGC.
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The 940 will not drop you with the RGC, it will remain the same. You might want to drop the fron 1". What is your inseam, I'm also 5'8" and have no problem flat footing my bike, I have a 32" inseam.

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The 940 will not drop you with the RGC, it will remain the same. You might want to drop the fron 1". What is your inseam, I'm also 5'8" and have no problem flat footing my bike, I have a 32" inseam.
Good point dbell, that is my inseam as well.

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Thanks guys. I dont want to shave anymore from my seat because there wont be much left at the front of it. I am 5' 8" and have a 30" inseam, perhaps thats why I am still needing a little more drop. dbell, Will dropping the front give me more reach than dropping the rear? I am reluctant to make any changes to the sspension because I bought a touring bike for a reason and dont want to sacrifice the ride, I would rather enhance it if anything while giving me a little drop. Can both be done without sacrificing the other?
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Thanks guys. I dont want to shave anymore from my seat because there wont be much left at the front of it. I am 5' 8" and have a 30" inseam, perhaps thats why I am still needing a little more drop. dbell, Will dropping the front give me more reach than dropping the rear? I am reluctant to make any changes to the sspension because I bought a touring bike for a reason and dont want to sacrifice the ride, I would rather enhance it if anything while giving me a little drop. Can both be done without sacrificing the other?
I'm 5' 8" with a 30" inseam and I had MCC modify a seat from a 2008 RG and with my riding boots I am flat footed. If the seat can be trimmed down on the sides it may help to get you closer to flat footed. By trimming the sides this would let your feet go straight down instead of further out and down.

I feel the same as you, I don't want to sacrifice the ride as well however there are a lot of positive reviews with the Progressive Monotubes with a 1" drop.
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i got ya beat 5"5 had mcc do a super narrow and lowered it 1 inch in back and i cant tell the differance in handling .still not 100% flat footed but alot better then stock.i feel that i have control of the bike now.

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Thanks for the info. guys. I might give the Monotubes a try once I get the funds for it.
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is using the monotubes alot better than using the lowering springs? Ive already lowered the back 1" with lowering blocks, BTW they make it ride alittle stiffer. If I could find a seat to use i'd send mine to mcc. im 5'9" with 31" inseam.

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you can drop the rear 1" with lowering blocks. if youre on a budget, theyre under $100. some like them, some dont. ive had them on my bike for 20k+ miles without problems. if youre looking to drop it more than 1" then i would say go with the lower shocks are seat

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