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I have recently acquired a 1987 Yamaha FZ600 basket case and just got it together and running. My problem is that the bike is too tall. I have a 28" inseam and have to tip toe at a stop. I had the same problem with my 1978 Yam XS1100 but putting shorter shocks and lowering the front cured it. Is there a shorter mono shock or longer linkage solution for me and the FZ600?
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dont bother. its not worth affecting the bike geometry when people much taller than you have to also put only one foot down. why do you need both?
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if you get front and rear lowering springs it will handle just as good if not better than stock. i dropped my gf's bike with hyperpro progressive spring kit and it handles amazing. just do a google search

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Thanks for the advice, mrphotoman. I will investigate. PCHBreeze, I never said I needed both feet on the ground, but I don't need to crush my nuts either. I hope there is more than one member who tries to be helpful. If most on this site are closed minded purist I'd better leave. Clyde K., Gunnery Sergeant, US Marine Corps (Retired)
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Welcome Clyde, nice choice of bike, I've always liked the looks of those. PCH only means to say that you don't necessarily have to flat foot both feet to be comfortable on a bike. I'm 5'5" and can only flat foot on my cruiser, But none of my other bikes. Everyone has preferences, but I'm used to just touching down with my left foot.
Lowering that should be easy, I'm assuming it has a single shock in the rear, and has a set of "dogbones," or links on either side of the shock down under there. Changing the length of those links will raise or lower the rear of the bike accordingly. The longer the link, the lower the bike will be. Buy a good set, some are cheaply made and can break. 3/8" thick 6061 aluminum at a minimum is my preference to be safe. I wouldn't lower the bike more than an inch and a half. Also, the shock itself will likely need to be adjusted, as lowering the bike will require more preload on the spring, if I am remembering it right. There are plenty of extremely knowledgeable and helpful people on here, you'll see. Stick around, you'll see that things are quite entertaining. Good luck! Semper Fi

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I seldom flat foot with both feet on my cruiser also. The 600 was basically free and the intent was to use it for errands in town (stop and go traffic) which the 1100 is not good at. Thanks for the data on dog bones, etc. Even an inch will be better on the nads. OORAH
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Thanks for the advice, mrphotoman. I will investigate. PCHBreeze, I never said I needed both feet on the ground, but I don't need to crush my nuts either. I hope there is more than one member who tries to be helpful. If most on this site are closed minded purist I'd better leave. Clyde K., Gunnery Sergeant, US Marine Corps (Retired)
wow, now you gotta throw out your military creds and shit on this site based on the replies to this thread? you said something about closed minded purist? i dont think its your nuts thats the problem, little guy.

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PCHBreeze. Guess I hit a nerve. That isn't creds, it's my signature on this site and many others. It is who I am. If you want Creds I could run down a list of decorations and awards, combat and non-combat related. THAT is creds. And as far as learning to ride, I am 69 years old and rode my first motorcycle when I was 6 (circa 1951) (an Indian Chief which threw me over the handlebars when I messed with the spark advance). From here on out, rather than decending to your level by engaging in a pissing contest, I will just ignore any additional post you make and ask you to return the courtesy. Clyde K., Gunnery Sergeant, United States Marine Corps (Retired) (1962 - 1982) RVN 1968 - 1969 OUT.
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Just an fyi.. if you want everyone to know you're a jar head you can fill out a real sig in your profile so you don't have to retype it everytime. There's a reason this forum is dead, some of us regulars are kind of assholes but it keeps the babies at bay
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if your fz600 is anything like mine, i don't think it would be worth modifying the suspension much, not unless you are willing sink a large amount of money into it.

but i am not the person to ask about height difficulties with bikes. Your bike, your choice.

anyway, pchbreeze, myself, drummer, and the Internet's lamest spam bot (who for once isn't dummer than boiled gravel), are all assholes.

just tell us to go do a anal cleanse with a coil of rusted barbwire. then put your sig in your sig.

anyway thanks for your service, have fun, and remember rubber stays one the down side.

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This is kind of an old thread but Convertibars could be helpful on just about any bike you might ride, Clyde. ( heh heh).
They are ridiculously adjustable and can make life grand for an old guy on a sportbike.
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This is kind of an old thread but Convertibars could be helpful on just about any bike you might ride, Clyde. ( heh heh).
They are ridiculously adjustable and can make life grand for an old guy on a sportbike.
And talking about the spambot...

Yeah, yeah, we know convertibars are the shit. Care to elaborate how convertibars will make the bike lower or his legs longer?

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