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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-01-2018, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Lowering kits

Hey, does anyone know of any purpose built lowering kits or anything that will work on the 500? Maybe you've tried lowering the bike yourself? My wife it 5'0" and can get both feet down, but not flat footed. We'd like to get it lowered for her about half an inch to an inch so she can be a little more sure footed. I'm having trouble finding anything.
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I don't think there is a lowering kit.


Does she have proper motorbike boots with a decent sole?



I am asking because I am 5'0'' and I can get both heels comfortably on the ground.


What you can do is to loosen the clamps around the front forks and slide the bike down the forks an inch.


For the back you will need new shorter springs.


you can also adjust the preload to soft but it makes the bike bouncy.
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Forgot to mention:


You may need to cut the stand shorter and your wife will need to be careful when leaning into corners because the ground clearance suffers from lowering.
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Yes there are lowering kits.

Daytona makes one, also Goods Co makes one too. They're from Japan so not likely available in the states.

If you go on Webike (Japanese equivalent of Revzilla in USA and Fortnine in Canada) , https://japan.webike.net/ you can purchase a lowering kit. They do ship internationally.




As you can see, it is quire a bit shorter.
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-16-2018, 06:53 PM
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Here's the one from Daytona.

It's interesting how they're just using Yamaha SR400/SR500 suspension for Rebel 300/500.
Maybe they're similar?

https://www.daytona.co.jp/products/s...7-genre-B24449
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They also have short reach handlebar for short riders.
Apparently this bar will make it much easier while turning since a lot of short riders can't comfortably reach both hands on the handle when they fully turn the handle. If that makes sense.

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Another easy reach handle bar.. I guess Japanese people tend to have problems reaching handle bars and flat footing the Rebel.

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Kijima handle bars seems to be the most popular one.

https://japan.webike.net/products/23478037.html

It makes the bike whole a lot easier to reach for shorter riders.
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ok so I found why the short reach bars are very popular in Japan.

Here's the comparison between 160cm(5'3) rider and 150cm(4'11) rider.

As you can see, the 160cm(5'3) rider can reach without much problem.



However the 150cm(4'11) rider had to fully extend the arm, not only that, she had to extend the shoulder in order to fully reach, this can be dangerous during a turn.

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This thread is a reminder for me to thank my parents for giving me the genes to be at least 5'10" lol.
I never knew this was such an issue for so many riders. Are there any bikes shorter than the Rebel from the factory? I've sat on a lot of bikes before I bought mine and I think besides the Suzuki Boulevard S40, this is the lowest seat height out there.
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