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View Poll Results: best way to lower a bike
lowering links & tubes 8 42.11%
suspension settings 1 5.26%
seat modification 7 36.84%
other 3 15.79%
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:28 AM   #1
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best way to lower a bike ~1 inch

Ok so this zx10r is just to tall by about 1-2 inches. I can barely walk it backwards because no leverage and I'm very uncomfortable in stop'n'go traffic, which comes up. I'm 5'10" and 31" inseam. So I figure bike just needs to be lowered.

Which method do you guys think is the most efficient way to lower with giving up the least stability /handling loss

Lowering links and dropping the tubes through clamps?
Adjusting the bike through suspension settings? (If possible?)
Removing stock seat foam and making a shorter seat? (Will this be enough?)
Or something else.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:32 AM   #2
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Bevo just because that works for you doesn't mean we all have the legs for heels.
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Take some air out of the tires. LOL. I would go from easiest to hardest. Start with the seat and work your way from there. Are you sure it doesn't have adjustable ride height.
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DON'T DO IT!!

Unless you're planning to build a drag racer, just deal with it. If you're 5'10", you shouldn't have THAT much trouble moving the bike around. Learn to back the bike up standing next to the bike, not on it. There is a popular method we teach the girls, or short people. I know plenty of girls around 5'3" that don't need to lower a bike. Just kills the way the bike handles.
So you're saying there is NO way to get just one inch without killing the entire way a bike handles?
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Planned on it. Ill be up there today or tomorrow whenever my parts come in. Was just looking for some other people's opinion. Comfortability is really important to me since I don't race on a track and probably get out ridden by most level 1 riders.
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I'd go with the seat first, so you don't change how the bike handles. The factory spent a lot of time getting them just right for their intended purpose.

You could always lower it a little with the seat, and a little more with the suspension.
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Dude,

I am way shorter than you, I'm only 5'4" and I can tippy toe.

I ride a ZX10R too. I have a set of links that were never installed I did the re-search and wound up carving out my seat instead of dicking with the steering geometry.

The seat mod is the easiest, and it's a little more confortable for me as I don't feel like I am torqueing my elbows as bad stretched over the tank.

I have a write up somewhere about butchering you seat,

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put on 30 pounds... that will lower it an inch or so
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An inch isn't gonna kill its ability
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Dude,

I am way shorter than you, I'm only 5'4" and I can tippy toe.

I ride a ZX10R too. I have a set of links that were never installed I did the re-search and wound up carving out my seat instead of dicking with the steering geometry.

The seat mod is the easiest, and it's a little more confortable for me as I don't feel like I am torqueing my elbows as bad stretched over the tank.

I have a write up somewhere about butchering you seat,

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...highlight=seat
LMAO.... nice comments guys!

i'll go with the seat.... buddy ninja did and it worked for him. dont mess with the suspention, its set up that way for the way the bike was made.
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