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Lowering my 300

I've been reading on lowering my motorcycle. I'm going to lower it regardless, because I'm just 5'2. Probably not going to get the shaved seat, because I do plan on going on a few long trips here and there. My question is....What is the safest distance to lower the motorcycle with the least change to its mechanics and without having to lower the front forks? I want to do 2in. If that's not possible, I'll lower it to whatever the recommended is and get a shaved seat.


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Lowering just the rear? why not the front too? Doing just one side is not quite recommended as it changes handling, you can try it and see how you like it - to each their own. If you do both sides, 1 to 2 inches is fine - seen some lowered bikes handle okay, you might want to think of getting some rear sets tho cause you can scrap those pegs in a good lean.

Many ways to go about this, have you looked into suspensions?

You could do both if it makes you feel better, lower AND buy a corbin customized seat that will help you get both feet on the ground - these aren't cheap tho, and rightfully so.
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I agree you could go with lowering it 1-2 inches. But please remember to have your kickstand cut and re-welded to make up for the lowered height. Or you can just purchase an adjustable kickstand.
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Something to consider is that the 300 has pretty serious limitations to cornering clearance and you are about to make that much worse. I'd try to tough it out a little while to see of you can get used to it.

Maybe try Dainese Women's Avant Race Boots. They have a taller heel with an added height of 1 1/8".
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Lowered mine 2" in the rear and 1" in the front.
Yeah when doing twisties in the mountains on extreme leans I do rub the pegs.... but if you are not racing or doing hard cutback twisties, then you should be ok.
My wife is 5'1" and she can put the front part of her foot down if she slides forward, if she is wearing her 1" sole boots she can loosely flat foot it.
I got the blackpath lowering kit for the front and rear.
When I did my front, I just removed the bars and added the 1" adapters then tightened them down. I then loosened the triple tree top and bottom and pushed it down to seat into the adapters.
I then tightened the triple tree, and took off the bars to make sure that the forks actually came up into the adapters evenly, they did... if they had not, I would have repeated the process until they seated evenly.
Here is what it looks like for ground clearance, you can see it sits up ok...



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On the kickstand, I had a local welder cut it down to the bottom part of the loop and reweld the foot there. He only charged me $25 bucks to do it.

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I find the side stand strangely too short as it comes from the factory. The bike leans over on flat ground more than I'm comfortable with. I'm six foot with a long 34 3/8" inseam and one of the things I'd like to do is drop the pegs an inch or so. Are there any rear sets that do that? I don't care about the lean angle one bit.

Does changing the rear suspension setting raise or lower the rear end any? I changed from the default number two position to number four and was shocked how the rear is so harsh now (and I'm 210 lbs and carry about 60 pounds in the luggage) but I like it because it completely got rid of my low to mid speed wobble - and it seems a bit higher. is that my imagination about the height? I wonder if dropping it to number one may not help just a tiny bit for the OP?
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if you're going to lower the bike you need to lower the front. 2inch is a lot so the front needs to get some attention. Obviously you should bring it to a suspension specialist. If you are on here asking then you should not do this yourself.
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I find the side stand strangely too short as it comes from the factory. The bike leans over on flat ground more than I'm comfortable with. I'm six foot with a long 34 3/8" inseam and one of the things I'd like to do is drop the pegs an inch or so. Are there any rear sets that do that? I don't care about the lean angle one bit.

Does changing the rear suspension setting raise or lower the rear end any? I changed from the default number two position to number four and was shocked how the rear is so harsh now (and I'm 210 lbs and carry about 60 pounds in the luggage) but I like it because it completely got rid of my low to mid speed wobble - and it seems a bit higher. is that my imagination about the height? I wonder if dropping it to number one may not help just a tiny bit for the OP?
There might be some adjustable rearsets that can help, but usually the main intention of that mod is to give more ground clearance.

Suspension helps a little bit but then again it affects handling on it's own accord.


OP, there are some pretty solid recommendations here - doing it yourself is obviously the way to go if you are mechanically inclined but it is not easy without the right tools such as a stand/lift something to hold the bike steady/down. You can get it done at a shop and as for the kick stand, you can either get a welder to do it for you or buy a shorter one.

There are plenty of boots out there than can give you an inch easily- you don't HAVE to get a pair of riding boots, you can look into any other pair of shoes/boots with ankle support/protection. For example, i have a pair of leather hiking boots that i sometimes ride in and they have ankle support and a good inch of sole/bottom.

I am 5'6" and i can flat foot with those boots, otherwise i am really close to flat food on normal shoes.
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I've been reading on lowering my motorcycle. I'm going to lower it regardless, because I'm just 5'2. Probably not going to get the shaved seat, because I do plan on going on a few long trips here and there. My question is....What is the safest distance to lower the motorcycle with the least change to its mechanics and without having to lower the front forks? I want to do 2in. If that's not possible, I'll lower it to whatever the recommended is and get a shaved seat.


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Lowering a bike should only be a last resort, but yeah you can lower if needed.

For lowering, you shouldn't go much lower than 1.5" in front and rear, and you will need to lower both to keep the bike level. This is per Sport Rider/Motorcyclist magazine and general knowledge.

Try shaving the seat before you lower the bike. This lets you sneak up on the problem before employing a more drastic modification. Hire a professional upholsterer. I paid my local upholsterer $100 to lower my Triumph 675R (a very tall bike) and it was one of the best mods I ever did.

Also look at Frey-Daytona Ladystar boots. They're made to give more inseam to short riders, and these boots were inspired by a female. I wear the M-Star boots. Really, the Ladystar and the M-Star are exactly the same thing, but the name is genderized based on size (which is ridiculous, I know). These are in Euro sizes. Revzilla has them and you can order some, try 'em on and return them if they don't work out (or exchange for another size).

If you do lower the bike, get the adjustable lowering kit so you can lower the bike minimally, or only as much as you need to feel comfortable. As a short rider myself, I know that most sportbikes are tall, so I want to feel as comfortable as I can on a tall bike, but shaving a seat is a good strategy if you need more foot on the ground.
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