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Old 10-22-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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Did anyone ever tried lowering their front end by fitting a smaller wheel? I have a 06 Honda 599 and my forks cannot be lowered due to uneven diameter fork tube. I am looking to see if a smaller wheel is an viable option. Any input will help. Thanks.
Not a real option.
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Honda spent hundreds of millions figuring out the ultimate geometry of a sporkbike. Why would you want to ruin it?
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In Russia the bike lowers you...

Cuz he can't reach. That's why.
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Honda spent hundreds of millions figuring out the ultimate geometry of a sporkbike. Why would you want to ruin it?
Don't people raise bikes a lot of times for track use?
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They really don't make tires in other sizes.
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You can run a 120/60 front and that will help a little
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Not a viable option.

What is the actual problem?

If it is quite simply a "I can't reach the deck" issue, there are several options; one of which is platforms shoes.......
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See if the forks can be internally lowered
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lower the front suspension internally. It's the only "correct" way to lower. It would involve new fork fluid, adding a spacer to internally restrict the upper travel limit, and new main springs (or cut your stock ones shorter), and probably new preload spacers of a different length, the last of those might allow you to not modify/replace your springs. Companies like Race Tech or Progressive Suspension might offer an off-the-shelf kit to do this, but it's generally a custom type of thing. If the forks have more than about 8k miles on them, then plan to replace the fork oil seals as well, as they generally start leaking in the 15-20k mile range.
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I would talk to Patrick about rebuilding the internals to achieve your drop.

Alternatively, see about a fork swap. Someone out there has had to perform a transplant by now.
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16inch tires are going to be difficult to find, and probably expensive for the ones you do find.

Have the seat shaved down and buy handle bar risers.
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Its a very common mod on drag bikes. Its pretty easy to do on Busas and 1K's
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I internally lowered my forks, its really simple on the 10's you just cut the spacer and put them back together. You can also shave the seat foam and re cover it
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