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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-10-2012, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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lowering 2009 650r

Does anyone know of a decent aftermarket rear shock I can use to lower my wife's 2009 Ninja 650r?? I've tried a lowering link but don't like what it does to the ride.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-10-2012, 01:58 PM
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When you installed the lowering link did you drop the front the same distance? If not, that's why it handled differently.

Another way to "lower" the ninja is with a special lowered seat available through Kawasaki dealer. With this seat the ride and handling is not changed at all.
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When you installed the lowering link did you drop the front the same distance? If not, that's why it handled differently.

Another way to "lower" the ninja is with a special lowered seat available through Kawasaki dealer. With this seat the ride and handling is not changed at all.
Yes, I lowered the front end the same amount. It's no so much the height I'm concerned with, it's the stiffer ride due to the shock now being at a different angle. I'd like to get away from that by getting a shorter after market shock.
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Next time please do a search- this topic has been covered many many times over-

Lowering Link for Ninja 650r

Lowering Ninja 650R

Can you lower the 650?

Another Post on Lowering a 650R

etc etc ad nauseum

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Well, I suppose if you've read too many posts about lowering the 650r, you should feel free to just skip over them. None of these links you provided answered my specific question about a shorter aftermarket shock. So, even though there has been a lot talk about lowering the 650r, it seems that basic question has not been answered.
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Well, I suppose if you've read too many posts about lowering the 650r, you should feel free to just skip over them. None of these links you provided answered my specific question about a shorter aftermarket shock. So, even though there has been a lot talk about lowering the 650r, it seems that basic question has not been answered.
Actually some of those links DO answer your question.

Here are some more for you-

Help choosing a lowering link

Motowerk Lowering Link...

Lowering Kit vs cornering.

lowering links

IF you bother to read the threads you'll see one references a shorter than stock Race Tech spring that can be used to effectively shorten you stock shock.

Another references a shorter than stock Penske shock. There are plenty of other aftermarket shocks from top brands such as Ohlins and Matris that will work as well.

Personally I'd recommend shaving down the stock seat or purchases a Kawasaki Low Seat which is an inch and a quarter lower than the standard seat and doesn't require any changes to the geometry of the bike-


I use one on my track bike and love it-


Ride On!

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Actually some of those links DO answer your question.

Here are some more for you-

Help choosing a lowering link

Motowerk Lowering Link...

Lowering Kit vs cornering.

lowering links

IF you bother to read the threads you'll see one references a shorter than stock Race Tech spring that can be used to effectively shorten you stock shock.

Another references a shorter than stock Penske shock. There are plenty of other aftermarket shocks from top brands such as Ohlins and Matris that will work as well.

Personally I'd recommend shaving down the stock seat or purchases a Kawasaki Low Seat which is an inch and a quarter lower than the standard seat and doesn't require any changes to the geometry of the bike-


I use one on my track bike and love it-


Ride On!

Tony
Thanks, I appreciate the advice. I spoke with Olins yesterday and may well be purchasing their shorter shock for this bike. May also have to shave the seat a bit. Sorry I bristled at your original response.
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