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Hey guys. Coming up on 1500 miles this week. Love the bike but being 5'7 it can be a pain maneuvering while on the bike. I usually have to get off the bike to move it around. I'd love to drop a couple inches if possible but don't want to kill the handling of the bike. Any ideas?
 

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Hey guys. Coming up on 1500 miles this week. Love the bike but being 5'7 it can be a pain maneuvering while on the bike. I usually have to get off the bike to move it around. I'd love to drop a couple inches if possible but don't want to kill the handling of the bike. Any ideas?
Hi there RV8, i had the same problem with every bike i own. Unfortunately there is no way to lower the bike that doesn't mess up the handling. I know you can set up the front forks to compensate the lower rear, but even with the right setting it is still F-up in the cornering. I tried it with my previous CBR, it is ridable and good for the straight aways, but don't even think about taking it to mountain and track days.

If you really need to lower the bike there is no other chance than replacing the lowering link. Sato racing makes them for the 1199, and last i asked is they are still designing one for the 899.I think the best way is to shave off the SIDE of the seat and not top of the seat. Shaving the top of the seat doesn't do much for me but shaving the side does give you more thigh clearance, thus more inseam length. Another way you can give yourself more thigh clearance is lose some weight and get your thighs to be skinnier. I personally tried this myself, i lost 20lbs and i felt like i've ridden on a lowered bike. Now im able to reach the floor easier, ride better, longer and less fatigue.

Talking about maneuvering the bike back and forth, i always have to get off the bike and move it. I personally find it even faster and safer comparing to when i'm on the bike.

I hope this help :D:D, try it and you'll see the difference. Looking forward to hear from other members. Btw im a shortass, only 5' 3". Tall boots, shaved seat, modified kickstand and hitting the gym works for me.
 

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I lowered my bike about 1". I had trouble dragging the pegs at the track. I've now raised the bike bike up to stock height and installed rear sets. I did however lower the seat height about 1 1/4" by removing the seat cover and shaving down the foam. I'm 5' 6" and was nearly flat footed when I had the suspension lowered. If you're just riding on the street I'd have no problem with 1/2" lower on the suspension. Be aware that as you lower the suspension the kick stand geometry is affected and it will hold the bike more upright. I use stands almost all of the time so it wasn't an issue.
 

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Hi there RV8, i had the same problem with every bike i own. Unfortunately there is no way to lower the bike that doesn't mess up the handling. I know you can set up the front forks to compensate the lower rear, but even with the right setting it is still F-up in the cornering. I tried it with my previous CBR, it is ridable and good for the straight aways, but don't even think about taking it to mountain and track days.

If you really need to lower the bike there is no other chance than replacing the lowering link. Sato racing makes them for the 1199, and last i asked is they are still designing one for the 899.I think the best way is to shave off the SIDE of the seat and not top of the seat. Shaving the top of the seat doesn't do much for me but shaving the side does give you more thigh clearance, thus more inseam length. Another way you can give yourself more thigh clearance is lose some weight and get your thighs to be skinnier. I personally tried this myself, i lost 20lbs and i felt like i've ridden on a lowered bike. Now im able to reach the floor easier, ride better, longer and less fatigue.

Talking about maneuvering the bike back and forth, i always have to get off the bike and move it. I personally find it even faster and safer comparing to when i'm on the bike.

I hope this help :D:D, try it and you'll see the difference. Looking forward to hear from other members. Btw im a shortass, only 5' 3". Tall boots, shaved seat, modified kickstand and hitting the gym works for me.

Have you tried hanging by your arms and attaching weights to your ankles? I hear it works miracles. :D
 

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Have your try just sagging the suspension to your weight? These bike come factory to support up to 300+Lbs Because bigger riders tend to be heavier. Us shorter riders will be lighter so you can sag the suspension to your weight plus gear. I've done this on the 1199 and it made a significant difference. It should drop at least half an inch.

Sagging the suspension to your weight should not be detrimental to the handling. May even make the bike handle better.
 

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Hi there RV8, i had the same problem with every bike i own. Unfortunately there is no way to lower the bike that doesn't mess up the handling. I know you can set up the front forks to compensate the lower rear, but even with the right setting it is still F-up in the cornering. I tried it with my previous CBR, it is ridable and good for the straight aways, but don't even think about taking it to mountain and track days.

If you really need to lower the bike there is no other chance than replacing the lowering link. Sato racing makes them for the 1199, and last i asked is they are still designing one for the 899.I think the best way is to shave off the SIDE of the seat and not top of the seat. Shaving the top of the seat doesn't do much for me but shaving the side does give you more thigh clearance, thus more inseam length. Another way you can give yourself more thigh clearance is lose some weight and get your thighs to be skinnier. I personally tried this myself, i lost 20lbs and i felt like i've ridden on a lowered bike. Now im able to reach the floor easier, ride better, longer and less fatigue.

Talking about maneuvering the bike back and forth, i always have to get off the bike and move it. I personally find it even faster and safer comparing to when i'm on the bike.

I hope this help :D:D, try it and you'll see the difference. Looking forward to hear from other members. Btw im a shortass, only 5' 3". Tall boots, shaved seat, modified kickstand and hitting the gym works for me.
Thanks for the advice. I really don't want to mess up the handling. Might explore the seat and some boots. Any recommendations on boots that add height?
 

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Have your try just sagging the suspension to your weight? These bike come factory to support up to 300+Lbs Because bigger riders tend to be heavier. Us shorter riders will be lighter so you can sag the suspension to your weight plus gear. I've done this on the 1199 and it made a significant difference. It should drop at least half an inch.

Sagging the suspension to your weight should not be detrimental to the handling. May even make the bike handle better.
How exactly do I do this? I haven't adjusted anything. Just rode it off the lot as is brand new.
 

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How exactly do I do this? I haven't adjusted anything. Just rode it off the lot as is brand new.
I paid the suspension specialist at my dealer to do it. He charge me $50. Basically he had me sat on the bike with my gear and did the adjustment. I also told him to add another 30lbs incase I have to carry extra weight on my backpack.
 

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I found an 1199 seat on ebay and that seems to help a little bit (half inch, maybe?). I haven't gone so far as to measure the difference, but I think I've got a bit more boot down. I might consider shaving down the new seat at some point.
 

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I found an 1199 seat on ebay and that seems to help a little bit (half inch, maybe?). I haven't gone so far as to measure the difference, but I think I've got a bit more boot down. I might consider shaving down the new seat at some point.
So its definitely a noticeable difference? Is it easy to change out? And do you sacrifice comfort?
 

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So its definitely a noticeable difference? Is it easy to change out? And do you sacrifice comfort?
The 1199 has a different shape as well. It's narrower than the 899 which allows your legs to hang a little more straight down.
 

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Thats some welcome news

Good to have another option aside from trimming the stock seat.

The 1199 has a different shape as well. It's narrower than the 899 which allows your legs to hang a little more straight down.
 

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So its definitely a noticeable difference? Is it easy to change out? And do you sacrifice comfort?
Slight, but helpful difference. Very easy to change out (just use the allen key in your tool set). As others have noted, the 1199 seat is less grippy, but with the kevlar pants I'm usually wearing (street riding), that isn't an issue.
 

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Hey guys. Coming up on 1500 miles this week. Love the bike but being 5'7 it can be a pain maneuvering while on the bike. I usually have to get off the bike to move it around. I'd love to drop a couple inches if possible but don't want to kill the handling of the bike. Any ideas?

I am 5'3, one legger now for over 12 years. I've only lowered one bike and absolutely hated the way it handled. I've grown to live with the height of bikes.
 
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