Suggestion..........Modify the seat as to lower the inseam height without modifying the suspension. This can be done by shaving the existing seat or having an upholstery shop custom making one for you.GixxerGirlRD said:Ok, someone suggested that I lower my 02 gsx-r 600 1" to make it that much easier to get my feet on the ground. I don't really have an issue now but I'm kinda curious about it. How would that 1" drop effect the handling of the bike?
Thanks in advance!
Punkwood2k said:Lower front and rear the same amount, or it WILL throw the handling off.
When lowered properly, it will handle the same EXCEPT:
less cornering clearance.. you'll scrape a little earlier in your leans
Less ground clearance, only noticable on curbs and big speed bumps
Wont wheelie as easy
suspension has to be set a little stiffer.
I lowered my wifes bike 1" front and rear.. Feels good.. But if the seat can be cut, then do that BEFORE lowering the suspension..
Where in colorado are you?GixxerGirlRD said:I'll definitely look into getting the seat moded. I think that would assure I have no problems touching ground. I'm a city/highway rider for now, but working my skill/comfort level up so I can take on Poudre Canyon (twisty lil' motha). The handling would be an issue at that time more so then now.
Thanks so much to everyone who replied....you all ROCK!!! :headbang
Depends on how much the machine is lowered. Moreover, when the machine is lowered it effectively increases the wheelbase whether you realize it or not.powerranger said:Unless you do a lot of "spirited canyon riding" it will not make a difference
The seat IS the easiest, most cost effective mod in the long run for inseam challenged riders. Hope it all works well for you GixxerGirlRD.GixxerGirlRD said:So the idea here is the change will really only come into play if I ride aggressive. Except for ground clearance, which by the way, is a major issue where I live. I would prefer an all around fix. I mean instead of lowering now and getting comfortable with that setup. Then starting to ride aggressive and realizing I need to raise it back.
We got the seat off and I had no trouble at all touching ground (heel-toe). There was even room to spare. So it looks like the seat mod will work out, plus the guy suggested new boots with a higher heel. If needed I guess.