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Old 01-08-2013, 10:07 PM   #21
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Be PREPARED though i had a lot of oh moments when two flat foots woulda helped but i managed out fine
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:35 PM   #22
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yeah I figured I would have a couple.
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There is nothing sacred about the stock ride height. It is what the mfr deem the best compromize - between comfort, handling, ground clearance, and loading rating - for riders of a certain weight and height percentile. A 6" 275 lbs rider will load the bike to a different geometry than a 5' 95 lbs riderette. The bike will handle differently as a result, even if the bike is set up properly by a pro who knows how.

As long as you understand the downside of lowering a bike and keep the amount lowered to the minimum necessary for your needs, sometimes the gain in confidence outweighs the negatives.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:05 AM   #24
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I'm a shorter guy and have never had a problem with my stock 600, I do find myself balancing on one leg a lot. More out of comfort than anything else as I can normally flat foot if I move closer towards the tank. With that, do whatever makes you more comfortable since you can always lower/raise the bike when you feel the time is right.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:59 AM   #25
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An old yet still somewhat popular option to have the seat shaved and recovered. Sometimes can give an inch or two extra reach for the vertically challenged
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:07 AM   #26
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When I bought my R6 it was already lowered. I actually didn't even know until the guy that test drove it at Motorcycles Unlimited told me. It's only lowered in the back about 2". Front is stock height. Not trying to thread highjack, but is the handling that much better at stock height?? I'm not a tall guy, but I'm 5-11" so I don't need it lowered. Although I do like the look of the stance.
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My first 600rr was lowered and my 2nd 600rr was not. I didn't think one felt lighter than the other. I preferred the stock height much more for cornering.
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A 650lb cruiser feels MUCH lighter because it is soooo low.
With weight lower, you have more "leverage" when you hold it up.
Also, you can use your leg muscles to hold it instead of just your toe/foot/calf muscles.

If you lower JUST the back, your bike handling will be a lot slower because you have increased the rake of the suspension. Opposite is true if you lower the front... the bike will turn in quicker. There's a fine line between turning in quick, feeling light, and feeling twitchy and getting head shake. On a bike that is pretty relaxed, you can do this... on a SS or something like a Buell... you'd probably just be unstable.
Lowering front AND back shouldn't change it too much, but will change a bit (lower CG and also you moved the front wheel in closer to the bike).

Cut out seat, or even just a narrowed seat is probably easiest... doesn't require a diff kickstand, doesn't effect handling, and easy to swap out.

With that said, once you are comfortable, you'd be fine with just tippy toes. Personaly, I wouldn't want to do that though.... there would be a moment of dropping the bike while walking it, or stopping on un-even ground, or some random BS that could be prevented by a little more foot on ground.
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