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Ground Loop - please try to hold back, I know I should naturally know the answer to this as it is quite obviously common knowledge ;)

On to the question -

Is it safe to lower a bike 1/2" - 1", and if so how might I go about doing this? I am very short (5'5"), and would like my feet to make better contact with the ground when I stop my bike at a light, stop sign, etc...

My feet are flat on the ground already, but only when they are close to the bike - I end up on my toes when I try to put my feet out further from the bike.

Please excuse my ignorance, I'm pretty new to all of this.
 

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Rather than monkey with the suspension and change the geometry (possibly for the worse), a couple of short bikers I knew had custom seats made that 1. lowered the seat by a couple of inches and 2. were more comfortable than stock.
 

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Yep,
What they said, altering the ride height will drastically alter the handling of the bike.

Some aftermarket companies do make low rider seats which may drop as much as an inch in ride height, failing that pick up another seat on ebay or some such, take it to a good auto upholsterer and have them reduce the foam thickness.

Sargents is a big maker of after market seats, do a web search, another huge company is partsunlimited as well as lockhart phillips all motorcycle specialists.

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offroadr35 said:
yes, the seat is the answer.
I'd save lowering the bike as the last step. You could also try getting boots to raise you about 1/4 to 1/2 inches.

PS: I'm 5'5 and don't get both feet on the ground either. It's not usually a probelm, since technically, one foot is suppose to be covering the rear brake or the clutch. So, when you stop, one foot down is all you really need.

But, yes, it's tough waddling the bike in reverse on 1.5 feet. :)
 

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Allan Gibbs said:

But, yes, it's tough waddling the bike in reverse on 1.5 feet. :)
That's exactly the problem I'm having, especially on my steep driveway that slants out from my garage then down to the street.

Thanks guys, I'll start looking for a seat then. Anyone know of someone who has one for the CBR600F3 off the top of your head? :)
 

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Sargent and Corbin are the two most common aftermarket saddle providers. You could probably find a local upholstery guy that specializes in motorcycle seats that could custom make something faster for about the same amount.

This is the guy in Seattle. Lots of good info at least.
 

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MikeAR303 said:
That's exactly the problem I'm having, especially on my steep driveway that slants out from my garage then down to the street.
What I do sometimes is manuver and position the bike before I get on it. I think it's easier than waddling, even if I could get both feet on the ground. :)

See, if you had gotten a Honda Goldwing, you'd have reverse gear. :)
 

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Allan Gibbs said:
So, when you stop, one foot down is all you really need.
Tell that to my (short) wife.

Many years ago, she managed to stop the dirt bike on the "crown" in the middle of the dirt road. Put one foot down. Of course, it went into the low spot (rut) of the dirt road. The bike fell over, and to this day, she still points at the scar and tells me it was my fault...:huh:

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Allan,
what kind of bike do you ride????;) You have a foot covering the brake and the clutch?

In MSF they require you to have both feet down. This isn't a problem keep the bike in gear, hand with clutch in and other hand on handbrake if needed to keep bike stationary, with the bike in gear you can get away in a hurry when that 120 pound soccermom in the escalade (there she is again!) and gets readt to take you out.
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When I took the MSF class a long time ago, they taught me to put the left foot down, and the right foot on the rear brake.

About a year ago, I talked some new riders who had just taken the MSF class. They said the MSF was telling them to put the right foot down and the left foot on the clutch. The idea was that you would be able to shift in gear in the event someone was going to rear end you.

But, after 17 years of riding, it's tough to change. I still put my left foot down, right foot on the rear brake, and keep the bike in gear. The downside is that I'm stuck in the riding position until the light turns green.

Incidentally, I have a either a dead battery on my MV right now. So, I'm such at work until if can figure out a way home. :mad: Damn motorcycles. :mad: ;)
 

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Allan Gibbs said:
Incidentally, I have a either a dead battery on my MV right now. So, I'm such at work until if can figure out a way home. :mad: Damn motorcycles. :mad: ;)
Why not just tie a rope to the front and have someone tow you home? :p
 

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MikeAR303 said:
Why not just tie a rope to the front and have someone tow you home? :p
Because a long, long time ago, when I was a reckless 16 year, I tried that. It didn't work to well. :D
 

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no shame in getting off your bike and walking it down the driveway. better than dropping it.

as far stopping at lights and such...practice...practice....practice. don't lower your bike. your transitions get a little sluggish.
 

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Lowering the bike will change the lean angle. The handling will be effected as well. You can drop the front for the greatest decrease in seat height, however this will cause the bike to turn in very quickly and be squirlly. I'd highly recommend a damper setup [scotts is excellent] if you plan on doing such. This will also put more weight on the front well and you'll run through front rubber quicker.

Aside from that I had great success doing it on my RC. I did end up shimming the rear as a longer term solution.

Your last option is a min-moto... ;)
 
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