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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-22-2009, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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thinking of lowering your bike?

I'd say give this a try first...its a thread i posted in the 1000 forum about Corbin seats....

https://www.gixxer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=226931
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-12-2009, 11:56 PM
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Re: thinking of lowering your bike?

I just shaved some foam off my stock seat and replaced it with a layer of memory foam... More cushy and about and inch lower.
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Re: thinking of lowering your bike?

Yeah, I'm going to try shaving my seat rather than lowering the bike- I need just about half an inch more to get enough foot on the ground to be comfortable at stops.

Another good link about it:
http://www.bayarearidersforum.com/fo...ght=shave+seat
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Re: thinking of lowering your bike?

And if you have a K6-K7 600/750 it's potentially dangerous to lower it... My wife's is lowered 1 inch in the rear, and about 3/4 of an inch in the front. I had to put her clip ons on top of the tripple clamp so they wouldn't slide down...the forks are tapered just under where the clip ons sit in their stock position, so if you lower the front and don't move the clip ons up top, they don't have a clamp on the forks very well anymore, allowing them to possibly slide down if you were to hit a good bump while you're riding.
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And if you have a K6-K7 600/750 it's potentially dangerous to lower it... My wife's is lowered 1 inch in the rear, and about 3/4 of an inch in the front. I had to put her clip ons on top of the tripple clamp so they wouldn't slide down...the forks are tapered just under where the clip ons sit in their stock position, so if you lower the front and don't move the clip ons up top, they don't have a clamp on the forks very well anymore, allowing them to possibly slide down if you were to hit a good bump while you're riding.

Almost found that out the hard way when i lowered my k6 600 but luckily saved it from going down....anyways to solve this problem you can order a set of woodcraft clipons which are stepped to allow propper clamping on the tapered forks.

http://www.motomummy.com/store/produ...cat=276&page=1
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Re: thinking of lowering your bike?

I just put the original link back in b/c it came lowered. Seat adjustment is a good idea....but I do not have that issue....people sometimes forget that when you lower the rear the front needs to be set too and that makes the position a little more racy and put more pressure on your wrist....you ride can be uncomfy and and jerky....
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Re: thinking of lowering your bike?

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Yeah, I'm going to try shaving my seat rather than lowering the bike- I need just about half an inch more to get enough foot on the ground to be comfortable at stops.

Another good link about it:
http://www.bayarearidersforum.com/fo...ght=shave+seat
You can shave from the top too. My friend shaved my seat down, sanded it smooth, then spray glued 1st some pilates mat foam then a layer of hi-density memory foam. Then sand more to shape it. He finds its worth taking the seat to an upholstery place to have the cover re-stapled. Hard to get tight at home, plus hard to staple into the plastic seat pan. Mine is wonderfully comfortable now & lowered about 1/2".
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Re: thinking of lowering your bike?

Awesome once I can stand again I'll be trying it
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Re: thinking of lowering your bike?

I received a lot of input for lowering my bike, ranging from shaving the seat to adjusting the suspension and lastly try to avoid lowering it. However, after I tried a couple of things, finally had to lower it...its now 2 inches lower, lowered in the rear adjusted in the front...and can finally say I feel very comfortable riding it cause my feet can touch the ground...above all good advice is all around but you have to be comfortable as well...if you do lower it make sure the kickstand is switched so it doesn't tip over like mine did since the mechanic didn't bother to swap out for a shorter kickstand SMH
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How tall are you, Linkz?
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 10:23 AM
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Re: thinking of lowering your bike?

I am currently deciding what to do as I have read all this whole post and see that shaving the seat may be a better alternative than messing with the suspension of the bike. How do you know if a bike is lowered properly and which gixxers need 'lowering links/kits'. I am about 5'6 and when I ride, I am tippy toeing, which make it really uncomfortable.

*I am still pretty new to all this so I want to get as much info as I can*
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Re: thinking of lowering your bike?

5'6" and you're tip toeing? I'm 5'3" and an ok on my 1k.... Pics?
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5'6" and you're tip toeing? I'm 5'3" and an ok on my 1k.... Pics?
His legs are probably shorter than yours even thoug he is taller overall. I'm 5'6" too and when my bike was at stock height only the very tip of my toes touched the ground and being a new rider then, I wasn't comfortable learning how to ride with it at a stock height.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-15-2009, 11:47 AM
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Re: thinking of lowering your bike?

Ditto on the front forks. If they are on a older gixxer then they are most likely straight with no taper like on my K6 GSXR1000. I had a bar fall off on the wifeys K8 GSXR750 but fortunately I was riding it and just pulled over and tightened it back up. I ended up just lowering the front .5 inches and the back 2 inches. It handles great and very easy to ride fast now... Checkout woodcraft, great items... http://www.woodcraft-cfm.com/Scripts...Category=12690
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