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Old 03-04-2010, 09:38 PM   #41
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i can also cut into the plastic on the seat.

there was a photo once (different forum, six years ago, no way am i going to try and find it) of a woman, under 5' on a gsxr600. there was no seat, but rather a plexiglass insert for her to sit on instead.
I have seen something similar to that, not sure how it woould feel though.

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Old 03-04-2010, 10:02 PM   #42
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excuse me for jacking this threAD And getting back to the question at hand. I must ask, " Why whould you wish to lower an '07 Ninja 250R?"

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Old 03-05-2010, 06:41 AM   #43
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excuse me for jacking this threAD And getting back to the question at hand. I must ask, " Why whould you wish to lower an '07 Ninja 250R?"
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i know, i know....I'm a midget. I am 5'2 and am barely tippy toe on my '07 ninja 250. i just think that i would feel WAY more comfortable with my feet touching more. Thank you everyone for your help. I do greatly appreciate it.

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Old 03-07-2010, 03:21 AM   #44
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Ask Tigeress about her lowerd bike and how she dumped it. I AM trying to give information that will keep people from being hurt.
Well it probably wasn't lowered right or it was her I guess skill would be the word for it. I have rode a 09 250 that was lowered 3 inches and I faired just fine. And I'm no where near a expert rider.

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Old 03-07-2010, 06:46 AM   #45
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Ask Tigeress about her lowerd bike and how she dumped it. I AM trying to give information that will keep people from being hurt.
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Well it probably wasn't lowered right or it was her I guess skill would be the word for it. I have rode a 09 250 that was lowered 3 inches and I faired just fine. And I'm no where near a expert rider.
Well, since this thread doesn't want to die, I will go ahead and chime back in.

I did ask Tigeress about her drop.

From what she told me, I don't think this was from her bike being lowered, granted her bike high-centered, but hell, a deep enough hole will high-center any bike.

Would she have high-centered even if she hadn't lowered her bike, who knows, but I don't think her drop was from the bike handdling different since it was lowered.


I ride a lowered '09 Ninja 250 that is my Wifes, I can tell a difference in how it handles, but it is still safe to ride.

Hell, changing tire height, like someone else suggested, is going to do that also. Wearing a backpack, rider weight gain or loss, ect., ect.

Bottom line, if the rider wants to lower it, and they gain more confidence by doing it, then they will ride more, gain that all important experience they need. If they ever upgrade, and decide not to lower that bike, so be it, diffferent bike is going to ride different anyhow.

BTW....I believe Kikigirl is done with this thread, and I think I am too(Hope so anyway!)

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Old 03-07-2010, 09:51 PM   #46
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Thanks everyone for all your info. I lowered it an inch on saturday and went riding for about 6hrs. It was great and i didnt have any problems. I can touch, which was my biggest concern. I kept the original links, so I can raise it once i get riding more and my confidence is higher (after all....this is my first time riding)

Now that i can touch, im having a hard time getting off the bike.

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Old 03-07-2010, 09:55 PM   #47
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Thanks everyone for all your info. I lowered it an inch on saturday and went riding for about 6hrs. It was great and i didnt have any problems. I can touch, which was my biggest concern. I kept the original links, so I can raise it once i get riding more and my confidence is higher (after all....this is my first time riding)

Now that i can touch, im having a hard time getting off the bike.
Well done! Did you do it yourself? And how is the kickstand?

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Old 03-07-2010, 10:06 PM   #48
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NO, i didnt do it myself. but it wasnt very much at all to have it professional done. So far, the kickstand is ok. I havent had a problem yet, but its only been two days.

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Old 03-08-2010, 12:05 AM   #49
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Ask Tigeress about her lowerd bike and how she dumped it. I AM trying to give information that will keep people from being hurt.
Maybe you should reread that thread.

http://pnwriders.com/general-discuss...pped-bike.html

She dumped the bike because SHE made a poor decision. Not because the bike was lowered.

Here, I'll help you.

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Heh, I was riding around Orcas Island yesterday (doing a mini trip to the San Juans). Coming out of this parking lot there were a few largish holes right where the road (paved) met their parking lot (gravel). I could have avoided the area entirely by going to the entrance side but decided to just try to ride through the area and try to hit the strip between the potholes (I have no idea why I was being stubbern about that. I think I was thinking the worst that would happen was I'd hit a pothole and get jostled around some as the holes didn't look too big but in hindsight looking back they were on the edge of the parking lot right where the road pavement met so while they weren't big, the pavement was raised up a bit higher off the gravel lot so they created more of a large lip right at that point).

So, my bike is lowered. I got front wheel on pavement, was in mid turn to turn onto the road, back wheel hits pot hole. With pavement area raised, back wheel down in pothole, bike in full mid part of turn, the bike didn't manage to have clearance on the side and my bottom fairing struck the pavement, stopped the bike in mid turn (I wasn't going very fast), and, well, a stopped bike when it is leaning over to turn... yeah... it dropped.

I managed to jump off of it when I realized it was a lost cause and I was not strong enough to catch it and prevent it from dropping (by the time I jumped off the bike was so leaned over it was easy to get my leg over the large tailbag on back).

And my bike is a toughie . She suffered a paint chip, a bent brake lever, and a large scuff from where the bottom front fairing hit the pavement. And other than that, none the worse for wear (of course the saddlebags might have helped cushion her fall. They're actually showing no wear except some dirt, and they are soft bags, not hard!).

Oh, and James1300 probably will chide me for having a lowered bike saying this is what he was talking about. Well, I've had the bike for 4 years like this and I know the less clearance an issue (and this is the first time that not having clearance actually tripped me up). And it was more my fault for not just riding around the area. It still wouldn't have been much of an issue, it was easily avoidable, but my judgement apparently was over confident in being able to avoid the potholes by riding between them (and that even if I hit the pothole that it prolly wouldn't be a problem not thinking about my bike actually hitting pavement on the side if I hit one). So, really, I have yet to reach a situation that was not that easily avoidable that the lowering caused a problem.

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