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Old 8 Sep 2006
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Ride height on Tenere

Hi all
I need a bit of advice here. After being off the biking scene for 22years I just bought a Tenere. I always had an eye for the bike since 1985 when one of our sergeants bought one,at that stage I owned a XR200R which was my primary transport as well as my most valuable possesion-I had to part with it in hard circumstances a bit later. The problem is my feet just touch the ground on the Tenere. I am built like an ox with legs that can kickstart a Boeing but the bike is just a bit high for my short legs and needs very juducious stopping and balancing I have has a few falls which hurt my pride more than anything else. All my mates say get rid of it but I love the bike fullstop. So my question is what can I do to get longer legs or a lower Tenere? I have set the main shock as low as Possible already and am considering removing some of the sytuffing on the seat....most of my Africa touring is done in a 79 series double cab Landcruiser so comfort is not a requirement for me.I have a hard ass....

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Lowering a Tenere

Hi, Have you looked at the Kedo website?. I lowered an xt600 front and rear with a Kedo kit which also included a threaded section to weld into the side stand to make thaty adjustable, very usefull when you have a load on a softly sprung long travel bike.

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Thanks Jimmy
I did contact Kedo. quite pricy though.In the meantime I have dropped the front forks slightly and reshaped the seat and the bike is fine for me. I am really enjoying it again.

Thanks for your response.

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Hey Malkop!

Boet i strongly suggest giving a guy called ''Petzl'' a call he redoes the suspension for the yamaha factory race teams. You can get his number from Adrian at linex in Cape town,here is his e-mail adrian@linex-yamaha.co.za.

Or if you want we can swop, i need longer suspension!

Give me a call so we can get together for a , my number is 082 672 9351! are you going to the Ysterplaat airshow tommow? if so gimmie a shout we can hook up there!!

See ya soon
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