Yesterday, I chatted with a Kawasaki Tech Rep. He stated that many riders do lower the back for a more flat look and seat position. When asked about change in handling ? He stated that the " average " sport bike rider would most likely not notice any change in handling if any at all. But, a real aggressive rider or one that races the Ninja, would naturally notice a change. But not a dangerous change.
I would drastically notice that change when tipping into corners, but that's me - you do you, Curly Sue.
As far as riding other bikes is concerned. I can not count the number of ladies and shorter fellows that I have observed riding motorcycles much larger than the Ninja 300. All the way from Harley Sportsters up to Honda Gold Wings. They all seem to be riding just fine on the larger bikes.
Just a thought to be considered. But, I know that I personally would not ride a bike with just a tippy toe technique. I have in the past and found it much to easy for a foot to slip. Thus, I either opted for another bike, or in one case, a new lower custom made seat.
1. A Honda Goldwing is not a motorcycle, it's a La-Z-Boy with wheels.
2. When you're short, you get really good at paying very close attention to the state of the ground and where you're stopping - very good.
Just adding a statement to what I have said above.
Even though I think it may be a good idea to lower a bike so that the rider can flatly place their feet on the ground when need be. I just got done watching a video on YOU TUBE showing techniques for shorter riders. Even with many years of riding experience behind me, I was amazed as to how well people with a shorter inseam can handle and ride a bike.
Many techniques and examples were demonstrated on how to ride. And I must say to the people with shorter reach, congratulations on how well you can ride and handle a motorcycle.
For anyone else reading this thread and wants a good reference for how us shorter folks ride, I recommend this article by Gear Chic: http://www.gearchic.com/blog/2012/09...r-short-riders
If I'm out riding, you'll generally see me wearing my Dainese Sirens sport touring boots because they boost height by 3/4". For flat surfaces, such as tracks, I have a pair of Sidi Vertigo Lei boots - they're stiffer and I'm ballerina toes in those suckers. That's okay, though because it's an even surface. I really wanted to love the Daytona Ladystar boots that boost height a little over an inch on the sole, and 2" in the heel. Unfortunately, they hit my foot exactly in the spot where I've fractured it twice and hurt just zipping them up. Those were a hard no.
I bought the 300 because I really like small displacement bikes and the options are pretty limited for a modern one. There cb300r is a bit more upright but also a bit lower in power.
I've had many many bikes and have always modified each one to make them fit my body and tastes as much as practical. I say why not make what you ride suit you? It's no different than adding an exhaust or tail tidy except in the case of ergonomics it'll actually make a difference in the riding experience.
I really don't understand the idea of not making your current bike fit you better because a future bike might not fit well
I've completely set up this bike to suit me and my riding style. About the only thing that's still stock: frame, engine, fairings, wheels, and seat. From the tapered steering bearings, to the Spiegler stainless steel brake likes, the sintered brake pads, Vortex adjustable rear sets, LED lights, double bubble screen, Yoshimura fender eliminator, DRII tires (not great for longevity, but so sticky), CRG adjustable levers, sprockets, chain... you name it, I've changed it out to be what I wanted for my bike.
As for why I won't lower this one, see the article above. I'm short, the world isn't going to adjust to suit me; however, I can adjust my riding style to suit the world of motorcycles that I enjoy.