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post #1 of 28 Old 01-28-2007, 10:40 AM
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Lowering seat height Honda 919

Is there a lowering kit for lowering the seat height on the 919? I need to lower the seat about one inch (short legs). Can I accomplish this by raising the forks? Any info appreciated.

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post #2 of 28 Old 01-28-2007, 11:19 AM
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There isn't really a good (inexpensive) way to go about lowering the 919. You could raise the forks a little bit, but the rear is still going to be too high. Try raising the forks about 10mm and put rear on the lowest preload. Preload won't make much difference, but every little bit helps. Your best bet would be a Penske shock w/ height adjustment.

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Forgive me for being personal but what is your inseam? I am one of those vertically challenged riders(please: no jokes from the peanut gallery) with a 27" inseam and the 919 has never been a height problem. Are you new to the 919? If so; all it takes is a little getting use to.

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Would shaving some foam from the seat internals help? i.e. Less hieght, more narrow. I know this is pretty popular on some of the milwaukee bikes riden by women.

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Shaving seat foam would help, but I didn't suggest it because most people already complain that the 919 is too hard. If you're willing to lose a little comfort, by all means, go for the seat shave. It's nice and cheap, that's for sure.

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There is a guy over on st-owners.com named Spencer that does amazing things with stock Honda seats. You may want to give him a shout. He gets rave reviews from his customers and the price is reasonable -- about $75 depending on the size of the seat.

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This site has one. LINK

30mm = 1.18 inches

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This site has one. LINK

30mm = 1.18 inches
Someone care to explain how that 'dog bone' lowering kit will bolt up to a 919???

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Someone care to explain how that 'dog bone' lowering kit will bolt up to a 919???

How can they even sell that??? Unless the kit also comes with a new swingarm, a guy to weld linkage mounting points to your frame, and a new shock there is no way in hell dogbones will lower the 9er.

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Someone care to explain how that 'dog bone' lowering kit will bolt up to a 919???
No idea, someone order one and tell us how it works out...

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Forgive me for being personal but what is your inseam? I am one of those vertically challenged riders(please: no jokes from the peanut gallery) with a 27" inseam and the 919 has never been a height problem. Are you new to the 919? If so; all it takes is a little getting use to.

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I am very new to the 919 - my inseam is 29"

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I am very new to the 919 - my inseam is 29"
Your profile lists a Kawi 500 ninja??? Does this mean you own that one and a 919?
With a 29" inseam you should absolutely no problem with the 919. Might take a little time to getting use to the added weight.

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With a 29" inseam you should absolutely no problem with the 919. Might take a little time to getting use to the added weight.
Mr. Mike is right on with that statement as I’m riding a 919 and I have a 27" inseam. I have no problems getting both toes down on the ground and have never had an issue with the 919

Now my CR250R dirt bike... that another story... I have to lean against my truck, a tree or a hay bale to start it and when my buddies stop on the trail to ask which way to go - I just keep going... because if I stop and I don't have a raised spot or a tree - I pretty much fall off, at least once every time I ride it.

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I have the same problem, and it was the main reason I previously rode a '98 ZZR600 (the old US ZX-6). I'm 165cm (ummm, 5' 6"?) and have short legs. A redeeming feature in my case is that I'm reasonably heavy and the bike will 'give' a bit under my weight.

I had my old ZZR for a total of four years and 46,000km. Whereas on paper the CB900 is lighter & higher than the ZZR, I actually found the added height of the Honda less of a problem as the lower mass is centralised lower down than the Kawasaki's. Four years ago I actually sat on a CB900 before buying the ZZR and found it was way too high (I'd only been riding for 18 months at the time on another short-legged person's bike - a Kawasaki GPX250R). This time around I was less put off by the extra height and the main problem I thought I'd have would be reversing it into my shed over a shiny concrete floor.

To that end the dealer has lowered the front by dropping the bike 16mm through the forks and loosening off the preload as previously described in posts above. Sitting at the lights I can comfortably lean on one leg as the Honda is really well balanced, and coupled with the lower centre of gravity it also allows the bike to be leant further over at rest without wanting to lie down on the road like the ZZR.

So the posts above about getting used to larger bikes were correct in my case .

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You guys who have been having trouble keeping your ballence are going about it all wrong. You don't need to lower your bike just slide your butt off the seat at stops. Keep your right foot on the peg and you should be able to put your left foot flat.

My first street legal bike was a DRZ400S with a 34" seat height and it was no problem for me at 5'10".

If you stay in the center then you'll be tip toeing around and you may flop over.

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Is there a lowering kit for lowering the seat height on the 919? I need to lower the seat about one inch (short legs). Can I accomplish this by raising the forks? Any info appreciated.
We did the following to the wifes Hornet in NZ. Pictures of it are here
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The problem with this bike is it is a little too high for Mrs KD. Reducing the seat height was the first step in correcting this. Sent the stock seat off to Macdonald trimmers in Tauranga (Rider seats). The result was a fantastic looking and very comfortable seat, especially compared to the firm stock seat. The height had dropped a little but still need to go down more, so onto the next mod.
Thank Groins NZ for the lend of your seat while ours was away.

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A lot of people talked about lowering the bike by adjusting the rear shock. Unfortunately the rear of the Hornet was not set up for this, with the only option being chopping the stock shock down, which could impact on performance and ride comfort (which was already very firm and bouncy)
After hours on various forums looking at other options discovered Ohlins make a couple of shocks for the hornet that lower the bike. Got in touch with Robert Taylor at Hawera Motorcycles who imported and installed the shock for us. Not only is the bike lower now but the ride has improved as well.

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Does anyone else find it mildly amusing that the original poster hasn't been on in a couple days? Typical WT derailment style, that's how we roll.

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Does anyone else find it mildly amusing that the original poster hasn't been on in a couple days? Typical WT derailment style, that's how we roll.
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You guys who have been having trouble keeping your ballence are going about it all wrong. You don't need to lower your bike just slide your butt off the seat at stops. Keep your right foot on the peg and you should be able to put your left foot flat.

My first street legal bike was a DRZ400S with a 34" seat height and it was no problem for me at 5'10".

If you stay in the center then you'll be tip toeing around and you may flop over.
I find it amazing that ANYONE that rides a streetbike has to be told this kind of thing... On the other hand I was turned around while sitting on the seat of my 1000RR talking to one of my students on the grid last season at Barber when I lost my footing in my brand new (overly stiff) boots & fell over backwards so I can't really say all that much LOL

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