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I am new to riding and would like to get a learner bike, something under 500ccs or under that is low to the ground already so that I don't have to go get it lowered. I am only 5'0"
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my gf is 4'11", started on a buell blast with the low seat. she now has a kawasaki er6n, low seat, lowering kit and low shock.
you can also get platform shoes and or shoe inserts.
Yeah I am a newbie, I have only been around bikes for around a week now. You on the other hand are the king of motorcycle knowledge. You are the coolest.
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We must stress the fact that lowering your bike has some real disadvantages. First and foremost is ground clearance-if you corner very aggressively, you will drag parts sooner and easier than another rider on a standard-suspended machine. Some of these parts-like engine case covers or exhaust systems-can lever the rear tire off the ground if you're not careful. You MUST remember this if you plan on lowering your bike.
The ground clearance factor means there's also a limit to how much you can lower a sportbike. Nearly all of the suspension technicians we spoke with said for riders who don't intend to drag race, 1.5 inches is the limit they would be comfortable with for shortening suspension. Anymore than that severely restricts the amount of lean angle the bike can achieve without running into ground clearance problems.
The second consideration is cost: DONE PROPERLY, lowering is not cheap. Yes, the rear suspension "lowering links" that are on the market only run around $120, but having a skilled suspension shop shorten your bike's fork can run upwards of $300. Plus you'll need to shorten your bike's kickstand, which can run you another $50 to $100.
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