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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-18-2007, 06:23 AM Thread Starter
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Lowering 650R?

I'm thinking of buying a 650R for my wife, but she is short. I see the 650R doesnt use a dogbone. Whats the best way to lower this bike?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-18-2007, 06:52 PM
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If setting the stock spring to its lowest setting doesn't help, the only other option I can think of are either a penske shock or hagon shock but those cost an arm and a leg...also a seat from corbin could help but its still expensive.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-19-2007, 04:32 AM
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dont mess with the suspension. kawasaki has a -1" replacement seat for like $300 to lower the seat height 1". if you need more than that take the seat to an upholstery shop and get it re-done with thinner higher density foam, then get her a nice set of boots. i have a 28" inseam and ride the bike in its stock setting, she couldn't be much worse than that. you might also look at a ninja 250, you can pick up a nice used one for like 2 grand and its way smaller and easier to handle for a beginner. i have one in addition to my 650, its still alot of fun
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If you get a lowered rear shock you should drop the front forks as well to regain stock steering geometry and weight balance. She'll be fine, I've read that some dealers even sell brand new bikes they've lowered: it's safe. It's pretty easy to drop the forks. There's only like three allen head screws, two on the lower clamp/triple tree and one on the top, I believe. You can loosen the clamp bolts for the left fork while an assistant straddling the bike leans it to the left, which will slide the left fork upward, then you retighten and move to the right side. It may take a couple trys to "walk" the forks down like this to the height your trying to match in the rear.
A faster way to drop them is to wrap the handlebars in something to protect them and simply loosen the forks clamp bolts so the forks slide up and run into the handlebars, then retighten. You can then remove or just loosen the handle bars to remove what you wrapped them in that's pinched in there by the forks. Make sure both sides have equal thickness material wrapped around them so you get an even drop. You can use a ruler to measure how far the forks are protruding from the top triple tree to make sure they are even.
I bet you could even use that same "walking" technique to raise them back up or even out their height. If your looking to go lower than 1.5" you'll need a handle bar riser plate or you can remove the handlebars altogether and install clip-on's onto the forks now that they are sticking up. $450 for the Hagon isn't that much more than the $300 Kawasaki seat, and I've read on other 650R forums that they aren't much help unless your right on the verge of not being tall enough. Esp. if you can do the work yourself. And these shocks also double as a performance upgrade over OEM. Everyone complains about this bikes seat, I wouldn't go making it even more uncomfortable.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-26-2007, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Well Thx for all of your help guys, but she went out and bought an 06 CBR 600RR today, already lowered. So much for brand loyalty huh
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-19-2008, 05:38 PM
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New Lowering Link

There is a co. in L.A. that makes a lowering link now and i have been searching forever. www.AIPRACING.com it lowers the rear 1" and only costs 160.00
If you want to lower a 650r chech them out.
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ninja 650r lowering links www.AIPRACING.com
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I saw these on ebay, looks like a decent design.
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you have the two options stated above for lowering the rear. if you use the lowering link for the rear you have to lower the front that much to of the bike will be unstable at speed and wont handle right. if you go with the seat option you wouldnt have to lower the front end any. im thinking about lowering mine not because i need to but because lowered bikes look so sweet but then i would look funny sitting at a stop light cuz im 6'1" haha knees up to the tank and what not.

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