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Old 11-24-2008, 01:01 PM   #21
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Its easy to change it back and forth.
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:02 PM   #22
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get your suspension ajusted a little
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:04 PM   #23
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wtf? you have an r6 and you want to downgrade to a gixxer? what the heck are you thinking!?!?
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:42 PM   #24
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wtf? you have an r6 and you want to downgrade to a gixxer? what the heck are you thinking!?!?
Only because of the ride height....trust me, thats all :P
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:43 PM   #25
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have u considered shaving the seat down on ur bike? This would help you a lot without having to lower the bike, therefor compromising the ride & the handling of the bike...once I raised my bike back up I enjoyed it so much more then when it was lowered.

Also, I have a GSXR, & am 5'3" & still can't touch very well, but so what? I spend more time w my feet on the pegs then on the ground....I don't think that's a good reason to sell ur bike. I'm all in favor of the GSXR's but not just for the purpose of being able to touch the ground better!
thought about shaving down the seat...I may still do that, but I'm not sure the gains from doing that will be worth the decrease in comfort. Plus I have a friend that shaved the seat on his SV650 and it looks like now.
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:44 PM   #26
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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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go sit on a kawi then you really wouldnt know what to do with yourself
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:52 PM   #27
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go sit on a kawi then you really wouldnt know what to do with yourself
Actually I've sat on all of them at this point. So far it seems that R1/R6 and CBR's have the highest seat height, followed by Ninjas and then GSXR.
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:13 PM   #28
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I say get used to it.
I tip toe on my R6 and I'm 5'8".
Just lean to one side.
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:58 PM   #29
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lean to one side and wait till you drop it. I have seen it done many times.
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:00 PM   #30
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If I'm wearing my boots, I put one foot down and leave the other on the peg. It's not leaning so much that I have to worry about dropping the bike.

I think I will check with Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited and see what my options are for lowering it. If I can keep it lowered for street use and raise it back to stock height for track days, I may do that.
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:01 PM   #31
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put that one foot down on an oily wet spot.
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:16 PM   #32
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have u considered shaving the seat down on ur bike? This would help you a lot without having to lower the bike, therefor compromising the ride & the handling of the bike...once I raised my bike back up I enjoyed it so much more then when it was lowered.

Also, I have a GSXR, & am 5'3" & still can't touch very well, but so what? I spend more time w my feet on the pegs then on the ground....I don't think that's a good reason to sell ur bike. I'm all in favor of the GSXR's but not just for the purpose of being able to touch the ground better!
Before you lower the bike buy a used seat off ebay. Remove the cover. Measure the amount you want to lower to and draw a line across the bottom of seat with a ruler. Take an electric knife and cut out foam and put cover back on. Easier/cheaper than lowering and adjusting the suspension. I'm 5' 6" and did this to my motocross bikes.
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:35 PM   #33
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I say get it lowered and then just undo it at the track, you are going to have to modify it (lights, tape and the sort) any way when you get there.
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:41 AM   #34
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I lowered my GF's bike when she first got it. I raised it back up about 2 months ago and she hasn't looked back. Night and day difference. I would say that if you do lower the rear, be sure to lower the front, too. This will make sure that the geometry is somewhat the same. Lowering the front doesn't cost anything. Don't lower it too much or you may end up scraping pegs too often when leaned over.
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dude you can never go wrong with a gixxer. you will be a man amongst men. let the peons have their lesser machines.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:26 AM   #36
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Shave the seat, and wear some thick soled boots. Gixxers are for girls.

Have your tried letting all the air out of the tires?
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Shave the seat, and wear some thick soled boots. Gixxers are for girls.

Have your tried letting all the air out of the tires?
har har har. We can close this thread. I'm just going to deal with it for now.

When it comes time for me to purchase a new bike, maybe then I'll get a gixxer. Or maybe I'll be so used the R6 seat height I won't want to change. Or maybe I've got one last growth spurt in me
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:40 PM   #38
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if your just riding on the street lower it 1 inch and you will be fine. i did it on my zx7
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:49 PM   #39
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lower it ! i am same height with same bike. just have Motorcycles Unlimited do it.
don't get a gsrx, after owning one, id would never buy anything else other then yamaha.
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