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My dealer has confirmed the swap to the progressive linkage from the 1199. Everything bolts right up. All you need are the 1199 parts. You'll also be able to adjust the ride height.

 

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That is great news. Was thinking ab the Sato Racing rear adjustable link. Sato hasn't tested it yet. But this info leads me to believe it could work.

The rear sits up high enough that a 1/2 inch drop wouldn't effect the handling too much and give me a bit more footing at stops.


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whats the big difference between the 1199's and the 899's? What about the fronts?
You can set the rear suspension to be linear or progressive. The 899 is only linear. You can also adjust the ride height although you might be able to that just with the Sato linkage rod but I don't know for sure.
 

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I got a price quote from the dealer. Used 1199 parts with a new Sato linkage bar is $ 399.00. Pretty nice upgrade for the cost.
 

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That is great news. Was thinking ab the Sato Racing rear adjustable link. Sato hasn't tested it yet. But this info leads me to believe it could work.

The rear sits up high enough that a 1/2 inch drop wouldn't effect the handling too much and give me a bit more footing at stops.


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I'm standing on my very tip toes. Not very reassuring. I shaved down my seat about 1" and that helped a lot. With this new set up you have about 2 additional inches to play with. More than enough. It will be trial and error to get the set up just right. Should be fun.
 

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Will you also be going with the 1199 seat cowl? I heard it easily clips onto the 899
The seat cowl came with the track plastics for the 899.
 

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... I shaved down my seat about 1" and that helped a lot. With this new set up you have about 2 additional inches to play with. More than enough. It will be trial and error to get the set up just right. Should be fun.
Was it easy or difficult to shave the seat foam? How do you access the foam? really curious as it would be a cheaper alternative than (the already affordable option) of swapping the rear suspension (which I like the sound of anyway, but...
 

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Was it easy or difficult to shave the seat foam? How do you access the foam? really curious as it would be a cheaper alternative than (the already affordable option) of swapping the rear suspension (which I like the sound of anyway, but...
Pretty easy. Just remove the staples holding the seat cover on. I used one of those electric carving knives you use to cut up a turkey to remove the thick layers of foam. I used a very coarse open file to shape and smooth from there. The hardest part is stapling the seat cover back on. You have to use 1/4" staples into the plastic seat shell. I bought a cheap electric stapler from Harbor Freight for 20 bucks. I also used 3m super strenght spray adhesive to hold the seat cover in place.
 

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Were you or your dealer able to confirm if the dog bone is the same length and interchangeable? If it is, the Sato link should be a good fit. I don't really want to have to swap out my whole suspension if I don't have to. Curious..

I believe the 1199 unit has an adjusting but on the forward part that can adjust height as well.


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Were you or your dealer able to confirm if the dog bone is the same length and interchangeable? If it is, the Sato link should be a good fit. I don't really want to have to swap out my whole suspension if I don't have to. Curious..

I believe the 1199 unit has an adjusting but on the forward part that can adjust height as well.


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I don't know but I'll see if I can find out from the dealer. You should just be able to measure your link bar and see if it's the same as the SATO.
 

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Well doesn't the seat from the 1199 fit the 899? Somebody said the seat on the 899 is more padded.
Yes, they are interchangeable. The 899 has slightly more padding.
 

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I would just go with rjjr's solution if the seat height is an issue. Cheap, and gets you nicely acquainted with your bike. Sometimes its best to do things yourself anyways.
 

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Awesome tip on shaving the seat foam down! I was barely touching the ground with my tip-toes on my 848. I added an adjustable link from an 1198 and it forever screwed up my suspension, never could ever get it right again for some reason.

Sounds like I'll def cut down the seat foam when I get my 899.

Thanks!

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Awesome tip on shaving the seat foam down! I was barely touching the ground with my tip-toes on my 848. I added an adjustable link from an 1198 and it forever screwed up my suspension, never could ever get it right again for some reason.

Sounds like I'll def cut down the seat foam when I get my 899.

Thanks!

Alex
I'm thinking front forks will require raising/lowering to get the set up right.
 
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