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    Hi

    I am in the market for a first bike in a form of an F800ST.

    I am 170cm height

    Will i need to hunt or purchase the low seat option or my feet will get flat on to the tarmac/surface without a problem on standard seat height as well? * i had no chance to try one out yet*

    Anyone with my height could advise?

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    Welcome,

    Adding inseam can be useful.

    To save other members working it out 170 = 5' 7"

    FWIW I'm 5' 10" (178) and can flat foot with the high seat fitted. Standard was a bit low for me.
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    Thanks

    whats the high seat combination seat height?
    i have these factory values written:

    840 mm / 33,1 in -- Standard seat
    815 mm / 32,1 in – Low seat
    760 mm / 29,9 in – Low suspension

    Quote Originally Posted by MGD109 View Post
    Welcome,

    Adding inseam can be useful.

    To save other members working it out 170 = 5' 7"

    FWIW I'm 5' 10" (178) and can flat foot with the high seat fitted. Standard was a bit low for me.

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    This link (thanks Chris) shows different to the info you have.

    https://advdepot.com/products/bmw-op...ats-f800r-gt-2
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    Seat height is only one part of the equation. What none of those measurements will tell you, is how much the sides of the seat slope down, or how wide it is. Or how much preload you have dialed in to the rear suspension. Or how comfortable you are when stopped.

    I can offer you this though. I'm 5'6" which I think works out to 170 cm. I have a 28 inch (71 cm) inseam. And while I can't flat foot at stops, I can get the front of my foot down at stops well enough to feel comfortable. And I'm using the standard seat on a GT. On trips, I'll add an Airhawk seat cushion which probably raises the effective seat height another quarter inch or more.


    The "trick" on any of this is to not let the bike get off center when you stop. You can balance a bike on your tip-toes as long as it doesn't go off center. And you can stop with only one foot on the ground if the bike is even taller. You just have to make up your mind that you aren't going to let the bike get off center, and if you can touch only on one side, that you plan ahead when you stop. Do it often enough, and you don't even think about it.

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    Hi

    Chris thats absolutely right and spot on

    Im confident the low seat option will work for me.

    Regarding the measurements I pasted i got them from bmwwiki.org and indeed it does not line up with the ones You guys added in the reply... my source might have been wrong then...

    Actually the height measurements are more in my favours as raw numbers go than the ones i pasted from bmwwiki.org

    How much is a good choice an F800 series bike like the ST for a first bike for commuting to work out of town on a daily basis ( city and highway) about 80 - 85km in total per day ?

    Im in my late 30s now My plan is not to be the quickest or craziest and I def not planning on dying on the thing. Safe and Sound All that counts....

    Viktor

    Quote Originally Posted by Daboo View Post
    Seat height is only one part of the equation. What none of those measurements will tell you, is how much the sides of the seat slope down, or how wide it is. Or how much preload you have dialed in to the rear suspension. Or how comfortable you are when stopped.

    I can offer you this though. I'm 5'6" which I think works out to 170 cm. I have a 28 inch (71 cm) inseam. And while I can't flat foot at stops, I can get the front of my foot down at stops well enough to feel comfortable. And I'm using the standard seat on a GT. On trips, I'll add an Airhawk seat cushion which probably raises the effective seat height another quarter inch or more.


    The "trick" on any of this is to not let the bike get off center when you stop. You can balance a bike on your tip-toes as long as it doesn't go off center. And you can stop with only one foot on the ground if the bike is even taller. You just have to make up your mind that you aren't going to let the bike get off center, and if you can touch only on one side, that you plan ahead when you stop. Do it often enough, and you don't even think about it.

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by viktormadarasz View Post
    ...

    How much is a good choice an F800 series bike like the ST for a first bike for commuting to work out of town on a daily basis ( city and highway) about 80 - 85km in total per day ?...
    I think the ST will do great for you as a commuter. The fairing will give you enough protection to shield you some from the elements, but not so much you're pushing a barn door through the air. The bike is economical, yet has enough power to get out of tight spots.

    And the bike is so much fun that I think you'll be looking for your next commute.

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    At one point, I had a regular, low, and extra low seat. I took photos of them all on my F800S:

    https://f800riders.org/forum/showthr...-Low-in-Photos

    My height is 157mm and my inseam is approximately 74mm.

    A low seat is not always the best option. The extra low BMW seat is very flat; I found the regular low seat much more comfortable because it is only a little lower than the regular seat but the sides (where my legs are) are angled more steeply. That makes a big difference. The ability to put one's legs out (down) is more important than being closer to the ground.

    I can use the standard seat with little problem, but I find it too soft for long rides. The BMW low seat is more firm. That is the main reason why I use it.
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    I’m 5’7” and I one foot it most of the time.
    On my original bike I opted for the low seat which was nice as I could put both feet down comfortably, but it’s flat and not very comfortable. I decided to stay with the standard seat on the new bike because the extra cushion is nice, and the position feels a little better. I can tip toe with both feet, usually prefer to push the bike around rather than tip toe it backwards, and one footing it isn’t so bad.
    Main problem with the standard seat is it always pushes you forward. Be nice to add some height to the front or take some out from the rear.
    Got a Corbin seat off a member of the forum. It’s a little wider so even tougher to get feet down, but it is flatter, more comfortable. I usually put down my right foot so I’ll slide over a little bit and get it down. Usually on the ball of my foot, depending on my shoes too, that makes a difference.
    I can’t believe that this Corbin isn’t waterproof, hows a seat gonna cost so much and it takes in water, unbelievable if you ask me, I didn’t know this until it got wet and I read their website. But it is really nice, and the price was right. looks fantastic after I put the sno seal on, but doesn’t really keep the water out.
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