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I'm 5'1" female. I prefer to have my bike lowered so i may have both feet on the ground.

My friend said:

"I have a feeling that you might be able to use a 2011 CBR1000RR/600RR lowering link on your bike…drops it 1.5-2” Compare the pictures…Different shapes but holes look like they match up."

What do you guys think? Is it possible? Any other suggestions? I had someone tell me to either shave the seat or adjust the suspension.

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I don't think it will work because of the width of the stock link. The lowering links in the picture are just 1/4" Aluminum plate that go on either side of a different type of linkage. The stock linkage is much wider than even two of them together. The other part of the link is where you'd be able to lower it easier but I haven't found a link to match the width of the bearing that the link rods are welded to. Soon someone will manufacture one. Neither a 2006 CBR linkage nor a Ninja 250 linkage will work. Neither will the links off the CRF230 dirtbike, which is the same type.
 

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I actually have the same issue, I am 5'1 as well and would prefer to have feet flat on the ground. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a real solution to this at this point other than shaving down the seat, which I'm not sure about you but I am not planning on hacking anything off of a new bike. As with lowering the suspension, my husband put it as low as he could and it didn't really make much of a difference.
 

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if you take the triangle bracket that attaches to the rear shock and rotate it, it should lower it slightly. however, i'm an inch shorter than you and i'm fine on my toes, i can only one foot my 600. you'll get used to the weight and balance and probably eventually be more comfortable stopping with one foot flat than two
 

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Thanks Macca!! I contacted Krooztune. I'm waiting on my local suspension shop to do some research for me before lowering it.

Here's their pricing and response:

"This linkage will lower the rear of the bike 2inches. It is relativley easy to install but you will need bike stands / jacks etc to get rear wheel in air to change this. I would recommend you take this to a motorcycle dealer to have installed. I can supply with some instructions to help, but it basically bolts in as a replacement over the standard link arm.
We lowered the front forks just over 1 inch to balance the geometry out , then slid the forks further through the triple clamps (around 3/4 inch) to lower the front end to match the rear. We can supply these front fork lowering spacers also but are much harder to install , although a very easy job for someone capable with motorcycle suspension, I recommend you get it professionely installed."

Linkage AUS$220
Fork Destrokers $60
 

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Hello Minidee, I'm an inch shorter than you and also looking for ways to lower my bike, though I've been doing ok with one foot, would just be much better to be able to put both on the ground.

Are you getting the links? Share with us what you come up with :)
Thanks! :)
 

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if you don't have to do it, i say live with it. learn the balance points, get used to the weight. there aren't any smaller lighter bikes out there so if you can't handle this one, you won't be able to get anything else
 

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if you don't have to do it, i say live with it. learn the balance points, get used to the weight. there aren't any smaller lighter bikes out there so if you can't handle this one, you won't be able to get anything else


I'm gonna have to disagree with that one! I've see short people on 600's and even 1000's! Eventually you get used to the speed and weight of the bike. It's just all about balance! You don't necessarily have to be both feet down and flat footed. But it does feel better! As long as you feel comfortable with one foot down and half on the seat, you should be fine! Don't EVER let anyone tell you what you can and can't do!
 

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^true i started on a 600 that i can only one foot. lowering the bike now will be easier but i don't think it will do any of them any favors in the long run unless they always want to ride lowered bike with hard riding suspension and compromised handling. all i'm saying is if they can live with this bike at stock height, it will help them more when they are ready to move up
 

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dont knock my shorties! ;) jk..im 5'3, luckly i can flat toe the bike with both feet down,with a girl on the back i could touch more ground!
 

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Hold up a second...this post shows that theres alot of women on bikes. Now where are you girls at lol. I cant find anyone around my area to ride with. **** Ive only seen 1 ninja 250 since ive owned this bike. There needs to be a 250 meeting around where Im at. Any 250's around the dallas fort worth area? Oh and how do lowering kits work? Is it like cars where you change the springs? Because then I can understand why I wouldnt wanna lower my bike and bounce allover the road.
 

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Guess i'm the tall one...i'm 5'5". Can't flat foot either but the light weight makes it easyier to hande. I always one foot down, find it balances better as DouleRgirl says. This is one of the lightest bikes out there
 

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Would definitely recommend you don't install a linkage. They screw up the geometry of the suspension and handling of the bike. No half-decent suspension specialist will tell you otherwise.

See my reply to your earlier thread. The best thing you can do before getting on the bike is stretch your hamstrings out. It makes the world of difference (and it's free!)

When I upgraded, I went to a Ducati Monster 696 because their frame/suspension design is different then the Japanese sportsbikes and they can be lowered without screwing everything up.
 
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