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Old 06-12-2008, 08:58 AM   #1
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Lowering for Short Rider

One of my friends is 5'0" and she would like a sportbike. Probably a 600. Can you drop any of the 600s enough so someone 5 feet tall could ride it safely?
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learn to ride on a 250 and height won't matter as much on a tall bike. and MSF would help tremendously in confidence building.
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We lowered a Ninja 500 2 inches and it worked fine for my girl who is barely 5 foot.
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Also if you get her a good pair of riding boots some of those give an inch or so in added height.

Most likely she is going to have to go sit on a few bikes to find one she is comfortable with. R6 is high for a 600.
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i got a friend who is about 5 ft tall and he has no problem riding any bike.....

but if they must, you can lower just about any bike out there.
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Also if you get her a good pair of riding boots some of those give an inch or so in added height.

Most likely she is going to have to go sit on a few bikes to find one she is comfortable with. R6 is high for a 600.
+1! i'm barely 5'1" and have a ZZR600. they were able to lower it 2" and it's even lower than the 250 i had that was lowered. but i do have to say that the fit of the bike makes all the difference. i tried a couple of bikes out that had all been lowered about the same height and this one felt the most comfotable to me. def. get in contact with Tim and Lisa Ellis, they know their stuff and a great peeps
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get a busa n drop it 2" and u can flat foot it. lol. the reason i mention that is cuz this past sunday i rode with a 5 footer on a busa and it just amazed me how he can "stand" on it at stock height. imagine how low it will be after he drops it 2". i should of just went with a busa instead of listening to there guys. hahaha jk

i dropped my r6 2" n its sitting perfect for me now. i dont track. just pose!
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Be careful when lowering a lot of the newer SS bikes.

Anything more than 1" in the rear and your shock reservoir can contact the swingarm at max compression, I've even seen one break one.

I know that the dog bone mfr's say "up to 3", but their disclaimer is the links are not for street use / show bike only.

Another thing to consider on a lot of the newer SS bikes is that the outer fork necks down to 49 - 48mm about 14mm below where the clip ons bolt on.
Problem is, the clip ons i.d. are 50mm, so if you lower it more than that you wind up with the clip ons not really clamping to anything.

I'd recommend NOT lowering any modern SS bike very much at all.

If she doesn't have any riding experience or even just a minimum I'd have her look real hard at the 250 Ninja.
Especially the '08 model is dead sexy and a good bike to boot.

DEFINITELY take the MSF course.
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learn to ride on a 250 and height won't matter as much on a tall bike. and MSF would help tremendously in confidence building.
someone 5 ft. tall prolly needs to lower a 250 just the same.
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Have her eat a lot of twinkies. 300 pounds will compress the heck out of the springs.
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someone 5 ft. tall prolly needs to lower a 250 just the same.
Possibly, BUT the 250 is significantly lighter and will be easier for them to handle.
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We had my 636 lowered when my ex started riding it using Vortex lowering links. We lifted it back up a bit when she got comfortable on it but thats prob your best bet.
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lol or were some old KISS boots
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someone 5 ft. tall prolly needs to lower a 250 just the same.
yep. i'm 5 1 and can't flat foot one. i tip toe back and forth.
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yep. i'm 5 1 and can't flat foot one. i tip toe back and forth.
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