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When I was at the unveiling of the 1098 two weeks ago, and actually got a chance to sit on the bike, the one thing I noticed among the other individual who were there with deposits was how short everyone was. No joke, more than half could barely plant their feet on the ground. Some were barely able to get their toes down. I was able to plant my feet flat on the ground wearing flat sneaks, but many others werent so lucky.

Checking the suspension “dog-bone” adjustment rod, I noticed the 1098 was already at its LOWEST suspension (height) setting. When I pointed that out to some of the owners who said they would have it adjusted, they looked at me like WHAT? It can’t go down? I assume this is going to be a problem for some. Anyone here experience this?

Having owned both a 996 and a 999, I can honestly say the 999 felt ever so slightly taller than my 996. My MV F4 is by far the tallest of the bunch, and although it’s hard for to me compare the 1098 having only been on it once, it kind of felt somewhere between my 999 and my F4. Definitely not a short bike in terms of seat height.

I wonder how long before they come out with an aftermarket adjustable (more adjustable) dog-bone for the suspension, so the bike can better accommodate “shorter” riders. Such was the part I purchased and installed on my girlfriends Monster 620. It helped lower the bike 1.5” lower than OEM.

I’ve also seen people cut their factory “dog-bones” and have local machines shop insert an adjusting ring in the middle. Basically a fwd and rvs threaded bolt down the center.
 

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Yeah, I don't know how 'short' the people were at your demo, but I'm 5'8" and it was a concern with me for a while.

I knew going in that the seat height is higher than the 999, but it helped that the seat contour is different. I can't go flat footed, but I have enough 'toe' down on both sides of the bike to feel comfortable.

Spoke with the reps and the bike I got on didn't have sag set, which will help the tiniest bit.

I don't see how anyone shorter than 5'8" is going to be able to be comfy.
 

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The critical factor is your inseam. anything less than 31 "" and it will be tough.
Most of you midlife crisis guys buying these things will adjust somehow.
rogain, viagra, grecian formula.....
 

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36" inseam, let's hope my legs will hold out!

Nine days to delivery, I'll let ya know...........
 

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I did not even sit on the bike, I mean I guess I could have but it was sold and I know I would not like someone crawling all over my new bike. I watched some guy hop up on it when it was on the restand, bouncing around on it and this was a big guy let me add... Not cool IMO since it was already sold and not to him.

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I'am 6'1 I hope I aint too short, or those must be some tall ass Italian's making this bike.
 

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i jumped onto a 999r, i think it was an 'r'. Anyway that bike was so freeking heavy, I know the 1098 is much liter then the 999r but wowza. I would not only be concerned about personal height but strength in my leg muscles. I've been working out for years though >:)
 

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Im 6' and the bike felt perfect to me. being 32.2 seat height it is 2in taller than the 999. all of the new ducati's except for the M695 have a seat height taller than 30''
 

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748 - Am 6'1 and best thing (for me) was set the dog bone to the highest setting and drop the the forks to 4 rings (visible). It was like a new bike, ride wise. Just worked for me, it was someone who told me to try that before I knew....
 

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not sure about what my inseam is exactly but im 5'7 1/2" and although on my toes it feels fine to me, of course the triumph is just as tall if not taller so im used to being on my toes.
 

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I knew a 5' girl that had a 1997 GSXR750 and rode the hell out of it and I know both of her feet couldn't touch the ground. I don't really see it as an issue.
 

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I once saw a young girl of about 15 fly into the parking lot of a local convenience store and stop next to the fire hydrant. She was a small girl on what must have been dads KX500 and she didn't look a bit intimidated by the fact that she didn't come close to reaching the ground, she just planned her stops very well. :)
 

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I'm 5'-7" with 30" inseam. I was at the dealership and sat on both my 1098S and 999 that was displayed next to my bike. I noticed a slight height difference (maybe 1/4" taller on 1098S) but I was able to still back out on my bike without any problems. Compared to my previous bike (749S), riding position was far more comfortable at speed.
 
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