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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-31-2010, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys!

I'm looking to get a gixxer this summer for a ride and I am a scooter girl and want to now move into playing with the big people. There's only one problem.
I'm 5'1ft.

At the yearly bike show, i've sat on a good couple gixxers and i'm on my tip toes half the time and I worry that if I were to lower the gixxer, i'd scratch the underside.

Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-31-2010, 10:26 AM
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Re: Hey Ladies, New Rider looking for some advice

Don't lower it if you can help it. Just lean it over to the side and one foot it. You can also cut down the foam on the seat for a few more inches.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-31-2010, 10:31 AM
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Re: Hey Ladies, New Rider looking for some advice

you can lower it. I stand with my tippy toes and im 5'3 on a gsxr1.

My last bike (600) i lowered it in the rear and it deff made me flat foot then. It just alters the turning performance of the bike and suspension squat in the rear but nothing bad as long as your just cruising and not trying to track it! the 600 had a problem with speed bumps but it didnt damage anything/maybe scratch the cat.
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Re: Hey Ladies, New Rider looking for some advice

I was worried if i lowered it, i'd scratch the underside of the cat. Shaving the seat is definitely something I'll have to do.

I don't plan on taking it to the tracks but I do plan on riding it lots. Maybe a bit of riding from town to town, it would just be nice if I could get the balls of two feet on the ground. lowering it in the rear sounds like another good idea to take into consideration too.

Any suggestions as to whether the 600 is a good first bike? Or does it just depend on the rider over-all?
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Re: Hey Ladies, New Rider looking for some advice

I would not recommend any R bikes as a first bike.
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You are cute.
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Re: Hey Ladies, New Rider looking for some advice

I'm so happy I'm 5'8".

A good pair of riding boots will give you an additional inch or so of height. Cutting the seat is an option, lowering is an option (though handling will suffer). Also some tires create a taller ride height than others because of the profile. For example pilot powers seem taller than diablo corsas (to me anyways).
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+1 on the tires to..The bridgestone battleaxes are definitly taller.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-31-2010, 07:32 PM
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Re: Hey Ladies, New Rider looking for some advice

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lowering it in the rear sounds like another good idea to take into consideration too.

Any suggestions as to whether the 600 is a good first bike? Or does it just depend on the rider over-all?
Look around a bit as there are tons of threads regarding both of these subjects. Do not lower the rear and not the front. Neither or both should be lowered or so it is said.

As also said, a SS bike is not a good starter bike. Get something more beginner friendly like the GS500, Ninja 500, SV650 or Ninja 650.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-02-2010, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Hey Ladies, New Rider looking for some advice

I guess i've got some readin' up to do when it comes to tires.
Thanks guys for all the awesome advice.

I have been suggested that the ninja 650 and the sv650 are good starter bikes, but i've also been told that if you've never ridden a bike before and you can just get used to how your bike handles you're good to go.

I'm not too worried as to what bikes I start out on more so the height issue and the weight. The scooter that I've been riding for years was about 180lbs and I had to get used to lifting that for a while. It's allright now.
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