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    Any suggestion to lower ride height?

    Dear friends,

    i'm a short rider 5'6", and it's a bit uncomfortable when tip toeing in the traffic.
    Beside the low seat, any suggestion to ride height lowering kit? many thanks

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    Any other lowering is going to severely impact handling and cornering clearance. I'd tread VERY VERY cautiously.

    I knew someone many years ago that bought a BMW K75, and when she found the low seat wasn't enough, she put on lower-profile tires than were recommended by BMW, had a lower shock custom made, and had the fork tubes raised in the triple tree. She could now flat foot the bike, but had to have the side stand cut because when it was lowered, the bike leaned the wrong way and fell over. Plus, it took THREE big guys to heft the damned thing up onto the centerstand.

    After spending literally thousands of dollars on her modifications, she ACTUALLY said: "This thing handles LOUSY, I don't know why everyone says BMWs handle so well..."
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    a low seat is the only answer without messing up the handling im affraid.

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    A custom seat by Corbin or one of those guys might be the answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveADV View Post
    A custom seat by Corbin or one of those guys might be the answer.
    Good boots with a little more heel helps.

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    Look in to this seat, it says "LOW Profile". 01 52 53 8 546 268 LOW-PROFILE BENCH SEAT

    I think it is 20mm lower which is better then nothing.

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    I took my seat to a Motor Trimmer and he shaved 30mm (1-1/4 in) from the top and he narrowed and contoured the sides, the result being that rather than tippy-toe I can now comfortably get my balls of my feet on the ground with just my heels slightly raised. He even reinstalled the heating pad. The is no discomfort at all from the reduced padding in fact I regularly ride all day trips and I have never got a sore backside. The bloke I took it to was a short motorcycle rider himself and he had years of practice under his belt.

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    Sounds like you found a winner. Does he do body work? Human body work, that is.....I could use a trim around my seating area.

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    Yellasei is correct the only way is to mod the seat or the handling goes away. I had mine done at Astech Seats in Jonesboro, IN. They did a fantastic job of lowering about an inch, installing a gel pad, narrow the front, dished out for the tail bone and mod the front so the fueling door is no longer an issue.

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    You will get the same old answer on every forum about how lowering sabotage handling. I have lower all my bikes and have yet had any bad experience. Just make sure you have a pro-shop doing for you safely. Most riders that needs to lower their bike are usually new riders that just want to feel more comfortable with their new bike. These people don't usually ride all that hard to even notice any difference in handling. Unfortunately the only way to lower the c650 is the seat and preload setting to softest. A customized aftermarket rear shock and spring may also be made to lower the rear.

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