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I have a Burgman 650. Unfortunately I have short legs and have had 3 back surgeries. I love to ride my Burgman but due to the surgeries, the seat is too high for me to feel secure riding. Has anyone found a way to safely lower the seat?
 

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I used to own a GSXR and had many friends in the sportbike group who have lowered their seats by shaving off some foam padding and then reinstalling the covering. On most of the jobs, you could hardly tell the difference visually, but many have lost 1" or more of seat height, particularly the girls who were having trouble keeping both feet firmly planted on the ground. I would imagine it would be no different on the Burgman.

There are also a couple of members here who have gone through more creative methods. One of our members in particular had a seat custom made for him at the Corbin factory here in California. It cost $500, but looked great and appeared to be very well made. Check out the Photo Gallery in this forum, and you will see the pictures there.
 

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Khiland,

Migz is right, you can DIY this and shave off quite a lot of the height. Similarly, if you want OEM Suzuki parts, you can buy a low seat from Suzuki Japan for about 400USD.

Micheal from Germany is in contact with an English speaking dealer in Japan. He can probably help out with this.

Good luck.
 

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I too, am inseam challenged. I went to a guy who specialises in cutting down seats for Goldwing riders. He said it would be no problem but when he got into the seat there was no padding in the seating (horizontal) area to cut down. he did manage to cut a lot from the sides which did help some but I still have to tippytoe to get both feet on the ground. I think if the Suzuki aftermarket seat is 400 bux and the custom Corbin one is 500 i would definitely go for the Corbin. They make a fabulous product and you will be much happier with the result. If there are any others here in the group that would want a custom seat perhaps they would give us a group deal. Just my $.02 (Canadian) worth.
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Harold said:
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I think if the Suzuki aftermarket seat is 400 bux and the custom Corbin one is 500 i would definitely go for the Corbin. They make a fabulous product and you will be much happier with the result.
I also am a big fan of Corbin seats. I have one on my '03 V-Strom, and I had Corbin seats on the last two motorcycles before that. The problem with the Burgman 650, is that they only do it on a ride-in basis. They don't manufacture the seat pan yet, so they can't just make a seat and ship it to you. I live 1700 miles away (one way) from the Corbin factory, so when you factor in the cost of a 3400 mile round trip (lodging, meals, tire wear, gas, etc.) it is just too expensive.

I'm not sure if they'll do it if you just remove the seat and send it to them - the guy who posted pictures here rode his Burgman in so that they could custom fit the seat to him. But I don't want the down time right now anyway.

I decided to have my Burgman seat recovered by a local upholstery shop for now - it is currently at the shop. Maybe later, if Corbin starts mass producing the seats, I'll consider one.
 
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