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    lowering the NC?

    bollocks it should read lowering (since fixed; title edited by moderator)

    at 5'11" I can only get one foot flat on the ground whilst the other on my foot peg.
    I can get both of my toes on the ground while sat.
    OK I've had my seat altered so this will have raised the seat a little but not much.
    have any of you guys lowered yours and if so by how much.
    I assumed that the forks will need lowering to.
    I'm not going to buy a kit as I can make my own.
    how does this affect the handling and them days of grounding the pegs are long gone.
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    gboswellsac did exactly what you are wanting to do to his bike. He is in the spine hospital in San Antonio currently, but you might try PM to him.
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    I purchased Lust racing 40mm lowering links. And dropped the forks (Pulled the up) 20mm. The max you can safely do. Even loaded up with a passenger in hard breaking I can't bottom it out.

    I'm 5'7" much shorter than you, and can get both feet on ground. Not flat feet, but close. I like to lean over with one foot on ground normally.

    Handling is nearly the same. It's the front fork area that changes handling, if you don't lower the front with the rear lowered it will feel like its slower, and harder to turn and lean into turns. Best way I can explain. It loses it's nimbleness.

    Even lowered I can't scrape pegs, I've tried, these stock metzler z8's just don't have the grip, I've nearly slid out several times, so I've stopped trying on public roadways.

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    I'm 5'11" and I can put both feet easy on the ground with no problem. Have raised the front of the seat.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^

    So guess inseam length is more critical than height.......?

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    Quote Originally Posted by showkey View Post
    ^^^^^^^^^^

    So guess inseam length is more critical than height.......?
    obvious. for my 30" inseam 25mm back & 20 front didn't even changed handling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juggler View Post
    obvious.
    Apparently not to everyone ............

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    thanks for the replies.
    like a silly ol bugger,god knows what I was thinking when I typed this out.
    sat on my bike today as we were going for a ride.
    I can get both feet flat on the ground it was then I realise it is when I'm on some roads which has a high camber or low drop in the road.
    thats when I can't both feet down flat.
    I some times have difficulty on them roads when I try to manually turn the bike around to go back.
    these very narrow roads you can't do a full turn on the bike.
    sorry for wasting your time. one must get brain in gear before posting
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    Lowering the bike will make using the center stand a lot harder. A shorter side stand may be needed.

    I went 15mm lower in the rear and 12mm in the front. I was able to retain the stock side stand but the Givi foot pad had to come off.

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    [...I went 15mm lower in the rear and 12mm in the front...]

    The front forks are easy to slide up or down but how did you lower the rear by only 15 mm? Are you talking about taking padding out of the seat or buying a shorter shock?

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