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Old 05-18-2010, 11:17 AM   #1
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Question Noob Question About Lowering my Bike

Hey guys, I'm sure this has been covered several times. However, I did a quick search and didn't find anything.

I have an 07 R6 and want to get it lowered about 2 inches. Do you think I would need to get the kickstand shaved as well? What if I want to lower it more than that?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:18 AM   #2
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Yea I think you would need to kick stand shaved. You risk the bike being too upright and blowing over
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:19 AM   #3
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Yes, you will want/need to shave your stand.

Why do you want to lower it??
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:21 AM   #4
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Yes. The stand will have to be shortened. Mine is bent, but you can shave or buy a new, shorter one. Good luck!
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:23 AM   #5
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You can find the shorter kickstand on ebay. Or take it to a machine and they might cut yours for like 20 bucks and a coke. Or cut it your self and have a steel hockey puck welded to the botton when your finished. She will never fall again.
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unless you are lowering it cause you are short, dont do it. It screws up the way the bike was made to handle. If your doing it to make it look cool, just put some chrome on it.
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or where the kickstand stops on the brace, take a small piece off. what it will do is allow the kickstand to come forward a little more and the bike will lean further over.

as for the bike, make sure you lower the front even w the rear to keep the best geometry you can. anything over 1" lowering in the front by sliding the forks through the triples may cause instability in the support of the forks. Dogbones can lower the rear easily.

remember to adjust headlight aim, suspension and chain afterwards to compensate for the lowering. Watch for clearance issues on the front fairing and the license plate when the suspension is compressed.
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I'm short. 5'4" and thought it would be nice to touch the ground w/ 2 feet at a stop. Lowered my bike 2", cut the kickstand and welded a piece to the bottom. Was real nice and comfy at a stop, but I hated the way it handled in the corners.

2 weeks later (about the time it took for me to locate a new kickstand), I raised it back up. I can only touch ground with one foot at stoplights. I also can't backup my bike while sitting on it.

Not worth it IMO.
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:06 PM   #9
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Have you tried a lower seat?
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unless you are lowering it cause you are short, dont do it. It screws up the way the bike was made to handle. If your doing it to make it look cool, just put some chrome on it.
yea do it if your short, i fell off mines froma stop cuz i am 5'4...maybe a lil less

but when it got lowered it make a big difference..prob needs to be lowered a bit more but
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Why do you want to lower it??
It's because I am 5'8 and I feel it's a little too tall for me. I can't really move it back while sitting on it, and I feel I might drop it when pulling it out of the drive way, right where it meets the road.

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You can find the shorter kickstand on ebay. Or take it to a machine and they might cut yours for like 20 bucks and a coke. Or cut it your self and have a steel hockey puck welded to the botton when your finished. She will never fall again.
lol... good idea!

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unless you are lowering it cause you are short, dont do it. It screws up the way the bike was made to handle. If your doing it to make it look cool, just put some chrome on it.
lol, appreciate the suggestion, but I HATE CHROME!
but yeah, I am 5'8 and I think it's a little too tall for me.

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Have you tried a lower seat?
No, I'm still on the stock seat. Would that really make that much of a difference?

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yea do it if your short, i fell off mines froma stop cuz i am 5'4...maybe a lil less

but when it got lowered it make a big difference..prob needs to be lowered a bit more but
wow, I thought I was short... but I think CBRs sit a little lower than the R6.
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so you guys don't think it's worth lowering it? What about lowering it an inch? Do I still need to get the kickstand shaved?
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:11 PM   #12
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At an inch you will prolly get by with the stock stand. Just lower it. Its no biggie. If ya dont like it put it back to stock.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:32 PM   #13
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Have you tried eating your fruits and veggies? Drink plenty of milk as well.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:49 PM   #14
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I'm 5'8" and lanky and ride a ZX6...

Do what Mr. Brandon says, get a 'lil more riding experience, and you'll be fine!
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yea do it if your short, i fell off mines froma stop cuz i am 5'4...maybe a lil less

but when it got lowered it make a big difference..prob needs to be lowered a bit more but
Sorry but im a bit high and this just seems fking hilarious right now. I don't mean to make fun but im sure some has been in my shoes before.HAHAHHAHAH
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Shave the kickstand, dont waste any time; i did and now i regret it. My bike fell over in the driveway cause i kicked the tail when getting on, now i'm missing a bar end.
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. I'm 5'0 and I HAD to lower the bike 2" AND shave 2" out of my seat just so I could get my tippy toes on the ground. Maybe the bike handles different than if it were stock - I'll never know! I couldn't even touch one toe on the ground when it was stock.

So, if you're 5'8" and having trouble - no worries. Don't lower the bike unless you can't touch the ground. One you've been riding longer you'll get used to the slow riding. And when you're riding slow (like in your drive) keep your feet UP on the pegs - don't try to put them down to catch your bike.

Shaving the seat is fairly simple and will lower you more than you think, but it may not be comfortable for you, so I wouldn't recommend it unless you really think you need to be lower. If so, I would say do the seat first - that way the bike won't be compromised. Good luck!
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Hey guys, I'm sure this has been covered several times. However, I did a quick search and didn't find anything.

I have an 07 R6 and want to get it lowered about 2 inches. Do you think I would need to get the kickstand shaved as well? What if I want to lower it more than that?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
I bought my '07 R6 used. It had already been lowered 2", and that was one of the big selling points for me because I'm 5'3". I eventually had the suspension set for my weight at Motorcycles Unlimited, which made a big difference in ride quality.
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If you can't handle a bike at 5'8" then stick to 4 wheels.

But yea at 1" cut the stand.
I'll have to agree with MB and most of what everyone said about not lowering it unless absolutely necessary.
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