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I searched already and couldn't find anything on the 06 600..

My buddy picked up a 06 gsxr600 a few weeks back and wants to lower it. Him being 5'2", he wants to lower it so he can reach both side. Just enough to be comfy.

We tried lowering the front but the fork is taper so we couldn't go low enough. Is there something like a colar that we can put on the fork? Is there a special way of doing it. We shaved the seat already and got the lowering link also but he wants to front end lower some more.

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kidmoua said:
I searched already and couldn't find anything on the 06 600..

My buddy picked up a 06 gsxr600 a few weeks back and wants to lower it. Him being 5'2", he wants to lower it so he can reach both side. Just enough to be comfy.

We tried lowering the front but the fork is taper so we couldn't go low enough. Is there something like a colar that we can put on the fork? Is there a special way of doing it. We shaved the seat already and got the lowering link also but he wants to front end lower some more.

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Send the suspension to a qualified tuner and have them shorten it. Otherwise your going to ruin the handling.
 

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I'm also a short guy (5'2-5'3) and went the lowering route with my sv650s before i purchased my gixxer. Any time u lower a bike, ur going to end up sacrificing ground clearance.

My sv was lowered about 2 inches which allowed me to get my toes down on both sides. I lowered the front thru the triples, and the rear with a lowering link in addition to seat shaving. In the end, it gave me confidence when i came to stops but i had to stiffen up my fork to prevent bottoming it out on speed bumps. Also, i would drag lower fairings and footpegs on hard turns.

Now, with the newer gsxr...the 06-07 is more of a short-person friendly bike compared to the other bikes in it's class (ie daytona 675, yzf r6). Shaving the ur buddy's seat was a good idea too. I havn't lowered my gsxr, and i'm trying to avoid that. I can only get one foot down or just the tips of my toes if i try to put both legs down but since i've gotten used to it, it's not a problem any more.

I wouldn't recommend lowering the bike more than an inch...and maybe only keep it that way till ur friend is comfortable at stops. With lowering an inch or less, u'll still retain "enough" suspension for daily riding as well as moderate canyon riding. Anything beyond lowering 1 inch, the lost suspension travel becomes a potential problem. After ur buddy gets used to the bike and comfortable with riding it and coming to stops, then maybe lift it back up to stock to regain the lost suspension travel.

Hope this helps.
 

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As of right now he dosen't really care about the ride quality. He's still practicing so he'll need every inch he can get. We'll raise it back up whenever he's more comfy on it.

Thanks guys..
 

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they sell extramarket clip-ons to get the front to come down any more than .75" which is the max!!!! dont try to go farther, i spent an afternoon experimenting and that's what i came out of it with.

Sounds like you got the rear and they DO sell clipons to allow you to lower the front an extra oh,,,,, half inch or a little more, probably more, but that's my guess. Not for sure if it's worth the $100 or so.

Pm me if you have any other questions, i have mine lowered [email protected]!!
 

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Would i need to modify the kickstand if i lowered the rear 1" ?
 

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hellified1 said:
Tell him to buy some shoes with bigger soles!
This guy's right on about the boots! Red Wing, Harley (gasp ~yup that's what I wear) boots or even work boots can get resoled ~ $40- $60. Your buddy is 5'2", heck, I'm 5'0" barefoot. I bought it and had it lowered by the dealer, they made a special part back in April. Anyway, it's back to stock height and it's super sweet. The boots with thick soles however, are essential! I'm tippy toe on both sides and ball of foot at most stops/lights when leaning just a bit. Lowering it is like training wheels on a bicycle ~ won't be forever, but it'd be nice if you didn't have to.... tell him to get different boots!
 

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eviltwin-05 said:
Send the suspension to a qualified tuner and have them shorten it. Otherwise your going to ruin the handling.

what he said. but my best advice, don't lower it. tell him to learn how to ride it as it is and wear boots with thick ass sole. Hard to find someone who knows how to lower a bike right, even then it still needs tweaking for the rider. keep in mind if you lower the front you have to lower the back too, you need a lowering link for the back.
 

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Like I've mentioned on paged 1, the seat has been shaved already. He's still struggling at red lights. But I will deff. mention the high sole shoe.

Well, as you can see, he's a little guy..5'2" and barely tops 100lbs..
 

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kidmoua said:
Like I've mentioned on paged 1, the seat has been shaved already. He's still struggling at red lights. But I will deff. mention the high sole shoe.

Well, as you can see, he's a little guy..5'2" and barely tops 100lbs..

damn...wha happen, is he alright? He barely at 100lbs? Working out helps puts some weight on, a lill commitment goes a long way. Shave the seat and get some thick sole boots. Tell him to try and one foot it at a stop, using his strongest side. If worst and i mean worst, then lower it. I wouldn't suggest he take any hard turns though, might make him go more wide.
 

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Poor bike!!!- why didn't he just start on a 250? I feel bad for the bike not the biker. He should already know how to ride and counter the height problem by the time he's on a GSX-R type bike or any race replica sport bike. See what happens? I guess kids will be kids!!!.
 

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It doesn't look to me like height had anything to do with that mishap. I'm only 5'3" 140lbs. Furtunately I've never dropped my bike. I only drop my old F4i once and it wasn't because of my short legs. It was because i was an idiot by not making sure the sidestand was colpletely down before jumping off the bike.
 

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Poor bike!!!- why didn't he just start on a 250? I feel bad for the bike not the biker. He should already know how to ride and counter the height problem by the time he's on a GSX-R type bike or any race replica sport bike. See what happens? I guess kids will be kids!!!.

praise the 250! people never think about the future, always the present. So they go out and buy the best looking/performing bike they can or know of just so they can look cool. Ain't going to be looking so cool when u get passed up by a 250 in the turns :lol why rush unless you don't plan on riding for very long. You probably have 10+ yrs of riding left if not more. start small so you have something to look forward to later on and it will help you learn quicker too. Maybe if we had better 250 here in the states like over seas people would consider those are starter bikes. what a waste of a bike.....

I love my 250!
 

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