I have had my r6 lowered for over a year now and I love it. It handles great and I have been on many road trips with it. It also handles great in town. If you want to lower it then do it. It's your bike. I did a ton of research and took great time with the process. It works great and looks great. As far as the kick stand goes, I had mine cut off about 1 1/4. I carry around a piece of wood for those hot days anyway. So I just use it all the time. No worries. Just go ride and have a great time doing it.