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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-06-2009, 03:07 AM Thread Starter
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Advice on lowering the bike anyone?

Hey everyone,

I would like to get my feet down more than I currently can. What is the best way to do this?

Based on what I have read so far... the lower gel seat doesn't really lower u much if at all because i displaces ur legs farther apart. I have heard of people installing some kind of shock relocator but I don't really know anything about that. Has anyone does this and had success with it? I need to get like 3 inches lower to be where i want to be and I don't want to sacrafice too much in the way of performance...Ideas? Brands? Where to get stuff? etc...
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-06-2009, 04:30 AM
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If you need to lower the bike you can get a lowering block here.

I, and a lot of other short legged riders here use it. Also, you can have your stock seat cut down for a fraction of what the gel seat cost. Find a local upholstery shop in you area and see what they can do for you.

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Ditto what dallasdon said. After you install the lowering block you should 'slip' your front forks about 1" in the triple tree. That is allow the forks to protrude about 1" above the tripple tree, thus lowering the front. There is no performance hit on the lowering, IMHO.
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I used the lowering kit on our Versys as well as the Gel seat. It allows my wife who is 5' tall to ride it and when I want to ride I pop the stock seat back on. Works great. If it were just me I would raise the bike all the way back up but like they tried to teach us all in grade school its better to share.

I really like the Gel seat. If I am going to spend more than an hour or two on the bike the Gel seat goes on. What I wish they would have done was offer the Gel in the stock height as well but I guess I can always install some Gel in my stock seat with similar results.

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I agree with all the above about the lower kit. Works great for me. I would like to try a gel seat once but so far the stock one is fine. I wonder how many lower kits have been sold. Seems like more than a few. Too bad Kawasaki doesn't offer one that way like BMW did on some models. Would open the market to a lot more people. Not everyone knows about Speedys kit. I put off buying the Versys for a year before i found out it could be lowered. Amazeing how a normal everyday person can see this and the smart ones in Kawasaki can't. My dealer didn't have a clue it could be lowered.

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