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Old 06-23-2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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Lowering a bike, 2003 cbr 600

My friend just bought a bike and needs it lower how can I do this? can i just adjust the suspension all the way down, get a shorter seat? lowering links? Whats the best option for immediate fix and the best for long term?
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lowering link in the rear and moving the forks up front? I don't think you can really get or would want a thinner seat for a lower seat height.
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I have Vortex dogbones for an 05/06 ... would have to check but I'm sure they are the same
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Dog Bones for sure.

Take a few minutes and your done. I woul dnot lower the front! Just my .2
I lowered my ZX7R with the dog bones. Lowered 1" in the back. Im going back to stck height this week when im off. You can shave the seat a lil bit not much though.
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lowering the body in relation to the suspension will dampen the performance of the bike.

Peeps w shorter legs usually buy shaved seats from corvin etc since the foam is higher quality and rideability isnt effected.

if you do lower the bike, do the front the same height as the rear to retain turn in geometry; otherwise the rear will plant more or the front will cut in too quickly. In aggressive situations that relates to an unbalanced system that can slip out.

Sliding forks, dont go over one inch in the front.

Get the suspension readjusted for your weight after the change. Also readjust the chain and headlight aim.


The difference between a lowered bike and one that was lowered to handle properly is night and day; most wont experience both ends and just assume it feels good. If you have questions, dont hesitate to ask experienced peeps that can offer an educated hand. I recommend Motorcycles Unlimited for questions, pros/cons and suspension setup after lowering.
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Ok appreciate the advise I had my bike adjusted by them hes tip toeing so he might be alright I just want him comfortable. Are the new seats really comfortable?
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Yes. some are even made w memory foam.

An example would be Pam's SV... she can barely touch on a stock seat but on the corbin she fits fine and can ride all day.

Take a look at their websites are talk to Motorcycles Unlimited about optional brands etc. As for the cbr, Im not sure how much they can shave; I just thought about that bike lol; maybe they have a lower pan.
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