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Old 12-03-12, 11:10   #21
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Originally Posted by mikewitki View Post
I'm 6'1 and can easily flat foot on both sides, but i have realized that in just about every scenario i still choose to to use the balls of my feet instead. Maybe because of better feedback from the road/bike and then i will have a faster reaction time just in case. Just something to think about and that way you don't compromise the bikes geometry. Grass isn't always greener on the other side!

All though i do completely understand wanting to be flat footed with a passenger. Flat footed does provide more stability with the extra weight no doubt.
There is a big difference between choosing to use the balls of your feet, and having to stretch to do so.
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Old 12-03-12, 17:11   #22
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Heh. Balls.

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I am 5'9 with 29" inseam. About 1-2 inches too short to flat foot, I can pretty much one flat foot if I move to the side on the seat an inch, but it's not real comfortable. With two down I can just get the balls of both feet down.

I'm fine with that, the bikes for riding not standing. I think with a 27" or less inseam itd be difficult to stand with it though. Those are the only people I'd advise to lower a bike..
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Lol first bike, you shouldn't even be riding this kind of bike. I hate people that say I need to flat foot my bike or want the bike lowered blah blah blah, I seen shorter riders who can ride taller bikes but still have ways around. I would not lower a bike as it can affect the handling unless done properly by a professional, but still wouldn't do it, I would not buy a lowering kit, best is buying a triumph low seat, or shave seat, your taking your height for granted... what you need is confidence.

Also to aussieak regarding reverse parking, at your height it's best just to walk the bike when reverse, much more safer and faster, I have met a lot of short and tall riders, and i see them walking the bike backwards, its much faster and safer than on the bike.
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Horrible choice as a first bike. Don't change anything on the bike besides the seat before you even know how to ride it. No passengers either for at least the first season.

I am 6'1" and of course can easily flat foot both feet but rarely do. One foot down and on the ball of my foot. One singular motion and no flintstone walking the bike when coming to a stop. If you put your foot down its because your stopped and planned to stop exactly on that precise point.

I can't tell you this enough, you bought a poor first bike. Too late though. The only thing you can do is practice everyday. Spend an hour everyday in a parking lot. Do it until you are so pissed about being in a parking lot and not on the road that you can't take it. Spend around 12 hours just in a parking lot.

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