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Old 11-24-2008, 11:38 AM   #1
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Question What should I do???

So I went to the Motorcycle show this weekend and sat on a bunch of GSX-R's and loved the fact that their stock ride height is at least an inch to an inch 1/2 lower than the stock ride height of my current R6 as well as any of the other popular sport bikes. I'm fairly short, about 5'5 and in sneakers I can tippy-toe both feet on my bike. If I wear my Sidi Vertigo boots, I can't touch the ground with both feet at the same time, period.

I'm torn as to what I should do, I really want a GSXR now that I see how much better I can touch the ground on it. Should I consider selling/trading my bike to get a GSX-R? My R6 is a 2004 with just over 9k miles, I got it in august and still owe about 5k I think.

I've considered lowering my bike, but I'd really rather not mess with that since I've heard so many differing opinions on how that affects handling, ground clearance etc.

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9K on an 04 that it??

Lower that bish, don't buy a different bike due to being short
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Lower that bish, don't buy a different bike due to being short
You think it would still handle/corner as well being lowered an inch or 2?
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Not sure about lowering it, I wouldn't lower it unless you absolutely have to. I'm 5'6" and I ride my R6 just fine.
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the ride height was one of the main reasons i bought my gixxer. you can lower your r6 and itll handle just fine for street riding, but for track days not so much.
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Not sure about lowering it, I wouldn't lower it unless you absolutely have to. I'm 5'6" and I ride my R6 just fine.
If I wear my riding boots I can't even touch both feet on the ground at the same time. Whats even worse is, with the boots on, I can't get my kick stand down without a fight. I've had a lot of inconvenient and almost disastrous things happen because my feet barely touch the ground.

So if lowering the bike isn't a good idea, I think the next best thing is to get a GSX-R since their stock ride height is so much lower. Just not sure what would be the best way to go about doing that seeing as I still owe ~5k on the R6.
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the ride height was one of the main reasons i bought my gixxer. you can lower your r6 and itll handle just fine for street riding, but for track days not so much.
Yeah thats what I was afraid of. I plan on taking my bike to the track and I dont want my cornering to be compromised.
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If I wear my riding boots I can't even touch both feet on the ground at the same time. Whats even worse is, with the boots on, I can't get my kick stand down without a fight. I've had a lot of inconvenient and almost disastrous things happen because my feet barely touch the ground.

So if lowering the bike isn't a good idea, I think the next best thing is to get a GSX-R since their stock ride height is so much lower. Just not sure what would be the best way to go about doing that seeing as I still owe ~5k on the R6.
I can ride with tennis shoes and touch (not flat foot). Even with that is not a problem anymore. But with any boots on I can flat foot it. Either way, adapt to your bike. Your profile says 1-3 months riding...give it some time, you'll get used to it.
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But with any boots on I can flat foot it.
Thats weird, my boots make it much harder to touch the ground because I can't point my toe down like I can in tennis shoes

I had to reach over and put the kickstand down with my hand the 2 times I rode with my boots
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I think a lowered bike for just street riding is fine as long as you address both the front and rear geometry. Don't do it though if you plan on taking that bike out to the track.
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You know I had to drop mine- there was just no question. If it makes the bike handle worse in turns, so be it. I'll be at the track next year- with my lowered SV. Sometimes being able to reach the ground is more important than handling.

If you want a GSX-R, then pay off or trade for it. You should get the bike that you're most comfortable on and that you want. I read an interesting little chart last weekend about picking the right bike for what you want AND what you need. Sometimes you have to compromise!
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You know I had to drop mine- there was just no question. If it makes the bike handle worse in turns, so be it. I'll be at the track next year- with my lowered SV. Sometimes being able to reach the ground is more important than handling.

If you want a GSX-R, then pay off or trade for it. You should get the bike that you're most comfortable on and that you want. I read an interesting little chart last weekend about picking the right bike for what you want AND what you need. Sometimes you have to compromise!
If I would have known that all GSX-R's had that much lower of a seat height than the rest, I would've gotten a GSX-R to begin with. For me, handling and reaching the ground are equally important, leaning towards handling (no pun intended).
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I don't care how tall you are, to an extent, I'm 5'9" and tiptoe any stock highth bike because I have short legs. For real, I have along upper body and short little legs so I can't flat foot any stock bike, always on my toes.


If you plan on trackdays I wouldn't mess with it, I know its a hastle but once you start moving it will all be fine.


can you tiptoe with both feet? or with both legs down you can't touch at the same time?
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can you tiptoe with both feet? or with both legs down you can't touch at the same time?
I can tiptoe with both feet when I'm wearing regular shoes. If I'm wearing my vertigo's, I can't touch both feet at the same time period, nor can I easily get my kickstand down.
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I can tiptoe with both feet when I'm wearing regular shoes. If I'm wearing my vertigo's, I can't touch both feet at the same time period, nor can I easily get my kickstand down.
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Man, if I could get my dr. to prescribe me some growth hormones to make me taller, I would.

Well if any of you see someone on a silver R6 at the track or anywhere, and he reaches over to put his kickstand down by hand.....don't laugh.
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I have a friend that was on the fence about lowering his 07. He did it and he is very happy that he did. He regrest waiting so long to do it. If you dont do track days do it. And if you do you could just raise it back up.
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I have a friend that was on the fence about lowering his 07. He did it and he is very happy that he did. He regrest waiting so long to do it. If you dont do track days do it. And if you do you could just raise it back up.
I haven't done a track day yet, but I want to in the very near future. So if lowering the bike is going to significantly affect my cornering at the track, I'd rather not.

Unless of course the lowering method used makes it easy enough that I could raise it back to stock height on my own. That might work
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