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Old 02-20-2010, 08:41 AM   #1
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Hi I am 5'3" and am looking at upgrading from my '85 Honda Rebel 250. I really want a sports bike, my problem is my height. I prefer Honda CBR600's and Kawasaki ZX6's over all else but they all seem to have a seat of 32" or more. I need a bike that can be lowered 2+ inches. I know i need to invest in after market dogbones (lowering links) in order to accomplish this. But which model/year can be lowered the most? Does anyone have experience with my issue?

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Old 02-20-2010, 09:24 AM   #2
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Ninja 500 has a seat height around 30", IIRC.

CBR 600/ZX-6 is NOT a Logical next-bike progression, BTW. Though it might seem so "by the numbers".
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My sister-in-law is the same height as you. She started with a 2006 Ninja 250 (which she could only tip-toe). Now, she wants to move up, like you. We had her sit on all the sport bikes, and the only one she could reasonably sit on was the new Kawasaki Ninja 650. The reach to the handlebars is reasonable for her, too.

Some might say it's not a true sport bike. I think you would find that, compared to your Honda Rebel, it would have plenty of get-up-and-go and plenty sporty handling. It's not as sporty as the 600RR, but it's something I think you should consider.
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+1 on the Ninja.

You might look for an older SV-650S, too.
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A friend of mine is 5' even. She rides a lowered Ninja 500 and a BMW R1100S.
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Ninja 500 has a seat height around 30", IIRC.

CBR 600/ZX-6 is NOT a Logical next-bike progression, BTW. Though it might seem so "by the numbers".
By what numbers? Oh, the numerous crashed 600 supersports sitting in the back of my old dealer,...those ones.
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By what numbers? Oh, the numerous crashed 600 supersports sitting in the back of my old dealer,...those ones.
If one could get a really good price on front ends he could make a killing resurrecting bikes.
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If one could get a really good price on front ends he could make a killing resurrecting bikes.
I think of them as Future FSAE powerplants.......
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If one could get a really good price on front ends he could make a killing resurrecting bikes.
As long as they didnt live in Florida, soon as it gets totalled out the frame number will be a salvaged title. In the state of Florida that is.
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Hi I am 5'3" and am looking at upgrading from my '85 Honda Rebel 250. I really want a sports bike, my problem is my height. I prefer Honda CBR600's and Kawasaki ZX6's over all else but they all seem to have a seat of 32" or more. I need a bike that can be lowered 2+ inches. I know i need to invest in after market dogbones (lowering links) in order to accomplish this. But which model/year can be lowered the most? Does anyone have experience with my issue?

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Any of the ZXR's from 06-08 can not be lowered more than an 1 1/2. The exhaust ends up hitting the swingarm brace. The Hondas you'll pay a little more for the loweringlink because of its uni-link suspension thats from 2003 and up.
At 5"3 your also going to have to lower the front end of the bike aswell.
Also realise the bikes not going to handle like it once did. Uturns take more room and carving up canyon roads will be alot more touch and go.

Graduating from a cmx250 to even a 500 sportbike is a big step, going to a supersport 600 is a hugh step. Imho I would get a used ex500 or gs500 and ride the hell out of it for a year or two, then make the jump to a 600. I realise the two bikes I mentioned probably dont appeal to you but it doesnt matter what you ride, it's how good you can ride it that counts. Besides how cool would it be to beat up on some poor sole with your little 500 and they are riding a 600. Its a hugh step be careful if you go with the 600. Good luck!
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