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Old 10-28-2008, 06:34 PM   #1
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Lowering a bike

Hello All,

I am sure this has been talked about here but I can't find any info on it. So, I have a friend who is 4'11" and she wants to ride. My question are:

What are the negatives of lowering a bike?
What are the positives?
Should both the front and back be loved?
What's the effect of just lowering the front?
Is there a bike that would fit a petite framed short woman better? (She is not really wanting a cruiser)

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lower the front and back equally. try not to go any lower than you must, ground clearance will suffer and the speed bumps will get you.
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:01 PM   #4
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Bikes that are lowered alota handle luke
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Bikes that are lowered alota handle luke
Ill agree with that but I'm 5'9" and I tiptoe my 600rr, if she is 4'11" the bike will have to be lowered.
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I ask... but I have seen another woman that was 4'11" and her bike was not lower... the only problem is i never saw her ride. I don't know what she looked like in motion.
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tell her to were some high heels or sumthin? Mabey a ninja 250 would fit her better?
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tell her to were some high heels or sumthin? Mabey a ninja 250 would fit her better?
a couple of girls here had to lower their 250. they are 4'11"
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lower seat... Pam is in the 5's on a stock height SV650...

options:

1) shave the seat or buy a corbin. Lowers the seat height to the ground.

or

2) lower the bike.



Lowering a bike:

What it does: plants the bike... The bike is no longer 'top heavy' as before. The front forks are slid through the triple no more then an inch for safety. Rear dogbone replaced to lower the rear(fork spring replacement in the front is an option too.) Now, the suspension height stays the same, but the frame/body drops... like a loosened hammock.

Can it be compensated for when riding? Absolutely....

What will be effected? Ground clearance, turn in, wheelie prevention... Dangers include coming down hard on wheelies or riding 2 up w a heavier passenger. Peg height will be lower, on harder corners there is a potential for the pegs to hit earlier along w the plastics as well.

Lowering just the front: puts more weight on the hands and can cause an uncomfortable ride. On a heavier bike could allow more control when cornering w the legs.

Considerations:

dont strap the front... that is for drag strips only... doesn't allow rebound in the system and prevents rack movement for steering.

Get the highest grade aluminium dogbones for the rear as possible.
dont lower the front by sliding the forks over 1"

Get the suspension set up afterwards; sometimes needs to be tightened to prevent bottoming out; depends on rider weight/riding aggression. Lighter riders will have to settle or replace rear springs due to higher spring rates.

When lowering, do not forget to adjust the chain, headlight aim etc. most rear dogbones will have stock and 2".... that means the front will be up higher... you will blind peeps w your headlights. Make sure the clutch cables, brake lines etc are not binding.

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well I know a few girls that are 4"11 and 5'3. You have to lower it, both front and back at the same height. Get some boots with a thick sole to help and shave the seat down. And what i found out Gixxers have the lowest ride height. Conering will suffer but it's better than dropping it everything time you stop. One other thing when she does stop it'll help if she can find a curb to stop next to in city riding. She put her foot on the curb to help. Good Luck.
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