Any of you wear different sole shoes when setting the rear at a higher number due to passenger on board?

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  • Any of you wear different sole shoes when setting the rear at a higher number due to passenger on board?

    I'm 5'10 and I normally ride with thin sole boots at level 5. When passenger gets on I set the level to 10 and find that my feet don't touch the ground as flat as with 5. I thought of lowering the level or even wearing a different sole thickness. My pre-set is 5 and 10. Any thoughts
    "I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for few public officials." (George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 425-426)

  • #2
    Mine is at 22 and the buttons don't work any longer. I'm 5'7" with a 29" inseam...no problems...
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    • #3
      I am 6 foot and have mine set at 6 for solo and 17 for 2 up and loaded down and I can not tell any difference at all. I do know it is a bit more stiff back there if I forget to take it back to 6 for a quick solo trip. I can not imagine it making enough difference that would require wearing different thicknesses of shoes.
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      • #4
        Is this kind of what you had in mind when you say thicker soles?

        Seriously though, I just read a lengthy explanation about why the bike rides smoother set all the way up in the rear that was written by an engineer. I made perfect sense the way he presented it with graphics showing that the wing set up why it rides smoother that way. I am just gonna set mine on 22 and forget about it from now on.

        Have you considered getting the seat reworked or getting a different seat that sits lower so you can just wear what you want at all times?
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        • #5
          Never needed thicker soles myself as I have a 34in. inseam, but I do know a couple of shorter people who have added an inch to give them better control when stopped. They both had some trouble using the stock shifter when wearing the thicker soles.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Just Dave View Post
            Is this kind of what you had in mind when you say thicker soles?


            Too funny.

            Seriously though, I just read a lengthy explanation about why the bike rides smoother set all the way up in the rear that was written by an engineer. I made perfect sense the way he presented it with graphics showing that the wing set up why it rides smoother that way. I am just gonna set mine on 22 and forget about it from now on.

            Never had it up that high.

            Have you considered getting the seat reworked or getting a different seat that sits lower so you can just wear what you want at all times?

            I notice when coming to a stop that my feet don't plant as near flat, could be due to the Corbin seat.
            Thanks

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            • #7
              Originally posted by WingTrax View Post
              Never needed thicker soles myself as I have a 34in. inseam, but I do know a couple of shorter people who have added an inch to give them better control when stopped. They both had some trouble using the stock shifter when wearing the thicker soles.
              My inseam is 32in and as I said in prior post it may have something to do with the Corbin seat. I just notice a difference between my pull on boots and my laced up thick sole boots as to, like your friend, when I come to a stop. The thinker soles do make shifting a bit awkward.
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              • #8
                I'm 5'-8" tell and ride st 25 all the time. Just used to being on my toes. I mostly ride solo. I now have the strongest toes of anyone I know! LOL

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                • #9
                  Nope.
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                  • #10
                    I'm short - 5' 6 with inseam of 29. Been riding Goldwings for over 10 years and my boots (no platforms) have never touched the ground fully. I'm so use to supporting my Wing on my tip toes it's become second nature whether riding one or two up on any suspension setting and mine is set to 25 all the time. Just pay extra attention while coming to a stop. Just glance at the road where you will be coming to a stop at to scope out any unevenness and look straight ahead and you won't have a problem.

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                    • #11
                      5' 7 here to no problems with balance at all and i do change my settings often.
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                      • #12
                        Never had a problem with my 2 wheeler GW's. Not a problem now with my trike.
                        I always wear tennis shoes.
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                        • #13
                          Wingsoft removes some material from the side of the seat when they re-work it. It actually sits you a little higher, but because your legs go straight down it gets your feet an inch or so closer to the ground.
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                          • #14
                            BTW they don't increase your height much, but for my trip to Mexico I picked up a pair of Danner USMC Rat boots.

                            The traction is excellent, even on the oily center strip common at toll booth and check points. The vented design is great in the heat, as I have aeropegs and getting the boots out in the airstream provided airflow that was very nice to have. I would prefer to have an armored toe, but such is life, and they do look goofy while wearing shorts, but are excellent to walk around in.

                            The are not cheap, but I have grown up past buying disposable boots. I love my danners and having them rebuldable/recraftable is, for me anyway, the way to go.

                            <p>Developed side by side with the United States Marine Corps, the RAT (Rugged All Terrain) earned its name among elite warfighters as being the only proven USMC rugged all terrain boot available. Precisely crafted with a highly durable nubuck leather, a
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                            • #15
                              I tried level 22 and for my inseam it does not work comfortably when placing my feet down.

                              Only you.
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                                LR, just Trike it and don't look back. I have never had this problem.

                            • #16
                              I don't have to adjust the suspension because my doll doesn't weigh all that much, and boy does she love to wave at everybody around us too.

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