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post #1 of 16 Old 04-18-2007, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone have a lowered 650?

Just wondering if anyone in the Toronto area has a bike that is already lowered. I am an experienced rider but I am only 5'8 on a good day. I am getting my 650 on Saturday and from what I've read the bike is a bit top heavy. I'd like to try a lowered one for comparison to see if it would be worth while lowering mine.

I would also like to know what adverse effects the lowering has. I don't intend to cross any streams but I do intend to ride a good bit of gravel. Will the lowering be a problem

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post #2 of 16 Old 04-18-2007, 04:58 PM
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I'm 5'9" and have no trouble going flat footed on my 07 wee... Stick with stock and just ride. You'll love the bike.

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It will be cheaper that way
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I'm 5'8" with a 30" inseam and even lowered 3/4 of an inch can not flat foot the bike, just watch for loose stuff under foot.

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I'm 5'6" and am on tippy toes. It really makes you think about where your feet are when coming to a stop. Also makes it hard to back the bike up. I wouldn't consider lowering the bike, though.
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I'm 5'6" with 31 inseem and am on my tippy toes. I was thinking about lowering it but after riding for 2 weeks no need. The wee is ok for me.
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I have lowered my 650 & love it. At 5'5" I am now on the balls of my feet.
The forks can be raised 3/4 of an inch, that will keep your head lights from needing adjustment if you put a set of longer dog bones on yourunderside.
The simplest thing I did was to remove the four black rubber blocks on the seat. If you don't like it, press them back in place. Having a firm footing is no joke & it could keep you out of a intersection tip over. Some riders will crank on the rear mono shock till it is at its lowest position. That will limit travel on a rough road. Whatever you do, it will be right for you.
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I'm 5'6" and am on tippy toes. It really makes you think about where your feet are when coming to a stop. Also makes it hard to back the bike up. I wouldn't consider lowering the bike, though.
5'6" with a 29' inseam. While I can happily ride the Strom without lowering I found dropping an inch front & rear made a great deal of difference. I haven't found any great difference with ground clearance, infact the only time I scrapped anything was on my Rospa (advanced) test recently and the examiner said I was making good progress !

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The simplest thing I did was to remove the four black rubber blocks on the seat. If you don't like it, press them back in place. Having a firm footing is no joke & it could keep you out of a intersection tip over. Some riders will crank on the rear mono shock till it is at its lowest position. That will limit travel on a rough road. Whatever you do, it will be right for you.
When you removed the rubber blocks from the seat did you find the ride rough? I've also dialed the rear shock down as far as it will go. I find when I come to a stop, a little shift in weight to the left and I can flat foot on that side.

Although I wouldn't lower the bike, I do know that I'll drop at some point in time because of the height. So I have added the engine guards and luggage to protect it.
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I might as well put in my .2 worth...

I am 5'7" and only a 29" inseam....I cant flatfoot even with one foot unless I have a passenger or tour load. I just got used to it. I had initially looked at lowering the bike, but never bothered.

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