Grand Prix 250
Main Motorcycle: 07 Speed Triple
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Darien Wi
Trying to get comfortable on the speed triple.
Man is it hell getting old! It's mainly me and a damaged right leg. My knee is shot and my foot is completely f'ed up. It is all working against me on the Speedy.
From my hip down it hurts and I'm trying to figure out a solution to this issue. Originally the bike had a Sargent seat and Rizoma set backs. Couldn't use either. Couldn't even ride it. Set backs too extreme an seat edged me so tight to the tank it was impossible to be comfortable.
So I put a stock seat on and got stock set backs with a lowering kit. The pegs are an 1.5" lower or so. But I always try to move my butt up and back because my knee just locks up. Shear agony yet. By doing so I'm cutting off my circulation because you need to be in the saddle like you should. The seat gets wider. Honestly it's better forward. But this knee issue is killing me.
Even my good knee get sore so changes need to happen. I go buy a gel seat. It's nice I guess, but not as soft as the Sargent was, but softer than stock by a little and identical to the ergo of stock. Did I gain anything? Not really, but it looks better. So there is that.
I tried changing variables on that app suggested by someone. Looks like an inch increase if seat height might be enough. To make a difference however it puts me a few more degrees bent over which I'm not overly thrilled about doing. Might cause another issue which would need to be addressed.
Not wild about the drop kit. Unknown as to who made it, but I assume an eBay special. While it does drop them it also widened the location of the pegs so now my legs at the hip need to be just a bit wider and I have to toe my feet in just a bit more and that works against me.
Looks like most drop kits attaches a pretty thick arm to the pivot point and relocate the peg. All of which makes the pegs wider. That blows big time! Only one by KD looks to be made of quality and done the way I see right. One solid piece and the drop doesn't widen the pegs out. Issue only appears to be they offer only an inch for the speed. Not like they don't have more of a drop, but not listed for this bike. I must call them. Frankly I want a full two inches and maybe a seat an inch taller. But start with the pegs.
I love this bike I really do. It shouldn't be like this, but all the damage done to my body has made it a challenge. I am not ready mentally to flop down on a cruiser you see. Mentally I want to rip around on a Daytona, but that I know is out.
I'm working on myself through all this as well. Trying physically therapy to get more strength and mobility in my knee. Hurts like hell, but I'm trying.
Btw I'm 6'1" and a 32" inseam. Not anything extreme or unrealistic for this bike. It's me and the condition of my body that is f'ed up.