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post #1 of 8 Old 07-22-2014, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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Lowering a 2000 CBR 600 F4

Anyone have any helpful hints (or even better, some links) to lowering link kits or what I should be looking for? My buddy picked up a F4 and is vertically challenged, and a newer rider. He does alright, but he would feel better (and so would I) if he could get both feet down. Anyone have experience lowering a bike or have any other ideas? I'm pretty well mechanically inclined, but I'm 6'3" so I've never had to worry about lowering anything and don't know what I need to be looking for.

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Very bad idea. Compromising handling and thus overall safety for the sake of compensating for a short inseam is just stupid. Lots of accidents could have been avoided over the years by a correct handling bike instead of one that fights you into and out of the turns or during evasive maneuvers.

Much better to have a proper handling bike that turns and stops with minimal effort even if you have to stand on your tippy toes while stopped.

I can only stand flat footed on one foot at any given time and only my toes touch down when I try to put both feet down at the same time. Tell yer bro to just deal with it like everybody else does. You tall guys have it pretty easy like my friend Phil here in the middle, but it doesn't take much effort to get the bike stable on one side or the other and that is what he really needs to master not ruining the bikes handling instead.


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I can only touch my toes if the bike is straight up. To flat foot I also have to lean the bike one side to the other. I'm 5'9-5'10 depending on the doctor and my inseam is laughable at best. I've got short legs. I've never had a pair of pants that didn't need to be hemmed.
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Anyone have any helpful hints (or even better, some links) to lowering link kits or what I should be looking for? My buddy picked up a F4 and is vertically challenged, and a newer rider. He does alright, but he would feel better (and so would I) if he could get both feet down. Anyone have experience lowering a bike or have any other ideas? I'm pretty well mechanically inclined, but I'm 6'3" so I've never had to worry about lowering anything and don't know what I need to be looking for.
Lol, short or tall what's the perfect height for the average bloke anyway. Seems to me most bikes seem to suit the Italians and Japanese, I'm 6'3 too can't fit behind a bubble, that's why I'm riding a naked. What about modifying the seat perhaps? Fabricate one from marine fibre glass and/or use lower density foam. Depends on how long your friend is going to ride for as comfort will suffer. Lowering the seat shouldn't effect the geometry I think. Can an expert jump in here?

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Lowering the seat shouldn't effect the geometry I think.
You are correct, lowering the seat does not affect geometry, but the seat height itself is usually not the real problem especially on an F4, but the seat width spreading your inseam which is a lot harder to adjust.

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I can only touch my toes if the bike is straight up. To flat foot I also have to lean the bike one side to the other. I'm 5'9-5'10 depending on the doctor and my inseam is laughable at best. I've got short legs. I've never had a pair of pants that didn't need to be hemmed.
hmmm, this makes me think my F4 may have been lowered. I'm about the same height and can easily have both feet almost flat at a stop. I need to investigate this. My inseam is 32" though....

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My legs are short. If you can buy any off the shelf pants and not have to chop them down then you've got a few inches inseam on me.

32inch inseam for me would be like wearing pants and socks all in one.
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