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I demoed a 1200S for my wife as she is too short (5'2") to ride the bike out of the crate. Anyway, based on a favorable test ride at the second dealer, she bought the bike and I got to work lowering it for her. Based on 25 + years of doing this for her bikes, I had a good idea what it would take with this bike.

First thing was reducing the preload front/rear to minimum. Despite doing this, the rider sag is still at the minimum end (she weighs 115 lb). The spring rates are obviously for a bigger person. Pulled the forks up in the triple clamp 8mm. I took a look at that rear tire (150/70-18) and the side wall looked pretty tall. Ordered a set of Michelin Anakee Adventure tires taking a chance that the rear would have a slightly shorter side wall. As luck would have it, it is 8 mm shorter. Finally, she had the stock seat modified by primarily shaving down the sides right where it meets the tank so she has a straighter shot to the ground. Also took out most of the foam in the seating area and replaced it with a thinner, but denser foam.

The combination of the above allows her to have her left foot almost flat while stopped. She's a happy camper and loves the bike!!.
 

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The stock rear spring rate is 600 lbs. At your wife's weigh, I would replace the OEM spring with a 575 lb spring, maybe even going as far down to a 550 lb spring. I bet you the rear of the bike must feel very stiff for her right now, even if you have backed off the compression setting to full soft.
Go here to see what I did to lower my FTR: https://www.indianmotorcycles.net/threads/ftr-1200-accessories-needs-ideas.314172/page-6#post-3199440
See post #85
Thanks for that info. She's pretty happy right now as generally likes a taught ride. How much did you pull up those forks? I assume to compensate for the shorter shock.
 

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How much did you pull up those forks? I assume to compensate for the shorter shock.
You can count the lines (grooves) above the upper triple tree you see in the attached photo in post #85.
That was to lower the motorcycle evenly so no change was made to rake and trail of the front suspension.
 

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Forgot to add in my original post on lowering the bike that the side stand was shortened 3/4". Took it to a metal fabrication shop (owner coincidently also a rider) where they cut out the length right at the foot, re-welded it and painted. $65.

With the 3/4" removed, bike is still just a bit too upright. Part of the issue is the arc that the stand carves from up to down. Even on my own non modified suspension bike, it's a bit sensitive to ground height at the stand. I'm going to have 1/2" taken out of mine.
 

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I'm 5' 8" but wear 29" pants so short of leg. I just slide a little off the left side of the seat and keep my right foot on the footpeg at stops. "one buttock stops...." as Max says.

I have not had any problems or close calls.

The FTR is well worth developing the skills to ride it. It is so much fun all around.
 

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Rather than cutting up the sidestand, I ground off a little metal off the sidestand mount where the sidestand meets the mount. Be careful, I only took off a little to move the stand's foot forward about 3/4" of an inch. This let the bike lean a few extra degrees, making it a little more stable.
 
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