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No but I really want to. I am on the shorter side and even though I cannot completely flatfoot both sides on my CB300F, I am not tippie-toeing either. Seriously considering the lower seat option.

Only thing keeping me away is I am not sure what it will do to my posture. With the stock seat I can reach handlebar controls comfortably I am worried I would have to stretch a little bit if I sit lower.
 

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No but I really want to. I am on the shorter side and even though I cannot completely flatfoot both sides on my CB300F, I am not tippie-toeing either. Seriously considering the lower seat option.

Only thing keeping me away is I am not sure what it will do to my posture. With the stock seat I can reach handlebar controls comfortably I am worried I would have to stretch a little bit if I sit lower.
I have one on order and will post review after I get it and it warms up!!!! Man it's getting cold :(
 

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How does the lower seating work? Is there a crank or something? Or do you have to go into a shop and they replace the seat or something like that?
 

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How does the lower seating work? Is there a crank or something? Or do you have to go into a shop and they replace the seat or something like that?
Nope, it's a complete replacement seat, just bolt it on. Honda P/N 0SR50-K33-100A ... Sells for about $150 USD.
 

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Great option. New riders should be able to flat foot a bike, I say. What can happen is if you have to lean the bike a little to the left to stop, and that left foot encounters sand or gravel, then you can easily drop the bike if your foot slides out. Also backing up is much harder s you bump into foot pegs and have a hard time keeping the bike balanced. Same with stopping on a hill. An up-slant makes the distance to the ground farther where you need to put your foot/feet down so suddenly you can't reach the ground any more. Not good. I'm almost 5'7" so I can easily flat foot the CB300F. I have had to pass on other bikes like the entire supermoto/dual sport style of bike due to the high seats. Not a fan of the cruisers, but they have the lowest seats which is why you often see really short people riding Hogs, I guess.
 

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Got the lowered seat today and first off it doesn't match the factory seat. The lowered one is made to look like carbon fiber. Like the look better but now it doesn't match the rear seat. It's made better than the factory stock front seat and doesn't fit all the way up close to the tank. It is lower but 150 bucks lower? Not sure it's really worth 150 bucks for an inch and a half. Have not ridden with it yet (it's 30 degrees!) Will post review after weather warms up next week. If you're a person that needs another inch or so it will help but not much.

PS: We covered rear seat with a tail bag so it doesn't matter that it doesn't match. Will post pics of tail bag later it's sweet! Don't buy Honda's until you see mine!
 

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Great option. New riders should be able to flat foot a bike, I say. What can happen is if you have to lean the bike a little to the left to stop, and that left foot encounters sand or gravel, then you can easily drop the bike if your foot slides out. Also backing up is much harder s you bump into foot pegs and have a hard time keeping the bike balanced. Same with stopping on a hill. An up-slant makes the distance to the ground farther where you need to put your foot/feet down so suddenly you can't reach the ground any more. Not good. I'm almost 5'7" so I can easily flat foot the CB300F. I have had to pass on other bikes like the entire supermoto/dual sport style of bike due to the high seats. Not a fan of the cruisers, but they have the lowest seats which is why you often see really short people riding Hogs, I guess.
I appreciate what you are saying about new riders being able to flat foot a bike, but don't let seat height be an obstacle. I'm 5'5" and my CRF250LD has a 34.7" seat height.
 

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my girlfriend has the lower seat from Honda. it claims 1.25 inch. we don't believe it. it is closer to about 3/4 lower. all they did was take out the rubber risers under the seat. the padding appears to be same thickness. my girlfriend can almost flat foot the Yamaha R3 and that is the same 30.7 inch height, but much narrower. don't get me wrong. she loves the Honda lower seat. it really helps her feel more confident. we ordered it almost as soon as it hit the Honda accessory list. it is well worth the 150 bucks. even if we don't feel the 1.25 inch claim is true. it is noticeably lower and it is still as comfortable as stock.
 

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I sat on both at the local honda dealership, they had the lowered seat installed on a demo. The lowered seat has sort of a flatter shape to it compared to the original seat's tapered shape. The original seat fit my butt better. See if your local dealer will let you try one.
 

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I sat on both at the local honda dealership, they had the lowered seat installed on a demo. The lowered seat has sort of a flatter shape to it compared to the original seat's tapered shape. The original seat fit my butt better. See if your local dealer will let you try one.
how tall are you?
 

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No but I really want to. I am on the shorter side and even though I cannot completely flatfoot both sides on my CB300F, I am not tippie-toeing either. Seriously considering the lower seat option.

Only thing keeping me away is I am not sure what it will do to my posture. With the stock seat I can reach handlebar controls comfortably I am worried I would have to stretch a little bit if I sit lower.
The shorter seat may take some of the fast riding wind off of you if you have the cb300f. When I ride at 70 mph the wind resistance my body creates is significant so I have to lean forward a little.
 

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I went in today and sat on one. I'm 5'3" so pretty much on my tip toes. Dealer encouraged me to get the lowering kit instead of the lower seat. The kits the same price as the lower seat and the dealer would install the kit free labor.
Anyone try the lowering kit yet ?
 

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agree on not seeing it as an obstacle..
im 5'7" and have had no problem with cbr250r
or my new cbr300r in stability or control..
if 6'7" it would just be different..

also, cbr300r has that scalloping both sides
close to the tank, which allows thighs
a steeper angle when sitting close to
the tank, for increased foot pressure etc..

they also allow a slight increase in leverage
if moving the bike forward [or even back]
using mainly leg power alone..
also when placing one foot only down
they allow the over seat let to come in
a bit closer, further extending down leg..

at first i didnt fancy the scalloping, thinking it
a visual design idea, but now realise its another
well thought out positive rider assistance
and comfort element..

remember also, regardless of basics taught at
novice riding courses, your down foot will
be effected by road camber and road surface..
if camber runs away to left [longer distance]
use right foot down.. for reverse, use left foot..
same if theres a pothole or puddle or dead cat
or anything slippery like sand or gravel
on one side, then down foot other side..

when learning the motorcycle, therefore,
practice all engine off or engine assist
manoeuvers on both sides..
same for mounting, while its usual to mount
from closest or sidestand side, sometimes
in some parks [eg, close packed motorcycles
or close to a wall on the left, as i often use]
its necessary to mount from the right..
therefore, practice this as a riding skill..

most side drops happen in the first phase of
ownership.. ditto most slow speed drops..
its not only use of clutch, throttle etc
causing this global tendency, rather
its the practice effect from mounting
and dismounting in general riding,
that adds up to brain learning dynamics
of motorcycle control, engine off..

we can, easily,, develop this basic skill..
by simply finding our own best balanced
starting point then going thru the mount,
and then repeating that, over and over..
both sides..

it takes what, 5 minutes..
and yet,, is fundamentally important..
those riders snowed in or with mechanical
problems etc preventing actual riding
can still practice and develop these
basic fundamentally important skills..

for me as a traditional karateka its just another
variation of investigating a slow 'round kick' form..
the first part of raising the leg, knee bent,
before taking the mount.. free practice..
extra [free] hip joint therapy...
 

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Got the lowered seat today and first off it doesn't match the factory seat. The lowered one is made to look like carbon fiber. Like the look better but now it doesn't match the rear seat. It's made better than the factory stock front seat and doesn't fit all the way up close to the tank. It is lower but 150 bucks lower? Not sure it's really worth 150 bucks for an inch and a half. Have not ridden with it yet (it's 30 degrees!) Will post review after weather warms up next week. If you're a person that needs another inch or so it will help but not much.

PS: We covered rear seat with a tail bag so it doesn't matter that it doesn't match. Will post pics of tail bag later it's sweet! Don't buy Honda's until you see mine!
I don't need a lower seat as I am tall but I have always been interested in the looks and real life feel test of it. Can't wait to hear your review after riding. It looks good with the Carbon look. I have heard before it doesn't go up as far in the front as the stock seat but it looks totally fine to me. What is that cable coming up from under the left front of your seat? Phone?
 
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