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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 04-09-2012, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Can you lower the 650?

I have the ER6n, can you lower these bikes? I have short legs :/ with both legs down at the same time im a little lower then tip toes, I would like to go down a inch or so.

Is it hard to lower these? I would take it to the shop but I know how Kawasaki likes to screw you over, 90 bucks an hour? Come on whats that...
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From how I understand it, you need a new shock that's a different length. They cannot be lowered by swapping out a lower link, or "dog bone" like many sport bikes.

When you turn your bike on, does it return the favor?
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I'd like to know the answer to this as well. My friend is vertically challenged, and when I asked the dealer about his 2012 650, they said that with the current shock it's impossible.

If anyone knows of an aftermarket shock that would fix this, I'd love to know.
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My friend at work lowered her Versys ALOT, I wonder if those are the same supensions, If so I'll ask her how she did it.
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IIRC the versys shock is about 20mm shorter than the er6.
that could be your best bet.
other than that, you could remove some foam from your seat
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Lol, that would be one rough ride.




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IIRC the versys shock is about 20mm shorter than the er6.
that could be your best bet.
other than that, you could remove some foam from your seat
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I'd like to know the answer to this as well. My friend is vertically challenged, and when I asked the dealer about his 2012 650, they said that with the current shock it's impossible.

If anyone knows of an aftermarket shock that would fix this, I'd love to know.
nope. done with the 1st and 2nd gens.


but yes you can lower it. just get lowering links.

but personally, i'd suggest you shave the seat/modify it. or just learn to ride it the way it is. theres no need to have both feet flat down unless you're trying to back up, which you can just get off the bike and roll it back.

you're also going to want to lower the front end with the back lowered if you do decide to do so.

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nope. done with the 1st and 2nd gens.


but yes you can lower it. just get lowering links.

but personally, i'd suggest you shave the seat/modify it. or just learn to ride it the way it is. theres no need to have both feet flat down unless you're trying to back up, which you can just get off the bike and roll it back.

you're also going to want to lower the front end with the back lowered if you do decide to do so.
Where are the lowering links on the ER6n? Could you post a picture? I thought the shock went between the frame and the swingarm. Am I looking at the wrong thing?


When you turn your bike on, does it return the favor?
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But I do agree. If you lower the rear, definitely lower the front. But that's easy.

When you turn your bike on, does it return the favor?
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Where are the lowering links on the ER6n? Could you post a picture? I thought the shock went between the frame and the swingarm. Am I looking at the wrong thing?
Nope you're looking at the right thing. Haven't gotten my hands on one up close and personal to see yet, but it does appear you need a shorter shock to lower it.

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