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09-04-2013 06:38 AM
PartsNinja You need to have clip ons installed before you can even conside changing any of the geometry of the bike. The stock handlebars mount to the top of the fork tubes, making it impossible to slide the fork tubes upwards. the woodcraft clip on option is the best best for a more agressive riding position. I would not lower the forks, Kawasaki put the forks where they are for a reason. Clip ons will not affect steering characteristics, lowering will.
09-03-2013 07:54 AM
Chicagobob Couldn't you accomplish this with steel spacers for the bolts, and maybe PVC tubing (painted black) around the exposed fork tubes for added support? Should cost about $10.

All you are doing is sliding the bike down over the forks, which requires raising the clip-ons a corresponding distance, and supporting them appropriately.
09-02-2013 10:29 AM
Corkieb06 It's an 09, lately I've been a little more comfortable leaning over to flat foot atleast one foot, so maybe just an inch would suffice me.


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08-13-2013 01:29 PM
freakdawg
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Does it specify how low, or is it an adjustable thing? I'm 5'1, I tip toe, I'm completely comfortable usually. The roads around here can be pretty uneven and I'd feel better if I could flat foot but I don't want to bottom the bike out.


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The closer the bike is to the ground the less lean angle will be available for you to work with. The two bikes I lowered were 05 and 07 models and they come equipped with a center stand which I didn't want to remove. The center stand is the low point and has upon occasion made contact with the ground usually making a left turn where the road crown is most likely going to be not sloped in your favor. You haven't mentioned what year your bike is so I'm offering this info as a general reference to state that you can lower a bike as much as you want but you will compromise maneuverability and in effect spoil the handling characteristics..

Both of the bikes that I've lowered probably max out in the 1.75-2.00 inch
range of lowering front and rear.

One other change that I did to both bikes but didn't mention earlier was changing tire sizes to a lower profile Pirelli M75's. This is about the only option I'm aware of for the 16 inch wheels on the earlier generation 250's.
If you have a newer bike 08 and up have 17 inch wheels and tire options are more abundant.
08-11-2013 06:44 AM
Gabe81 Well hello corkie


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08-11-2013 06:08 AM
Corkieb06 Does it specify how low, or is it an adjustable thing? I'm 5'1, I tip toe, I'm completely comfortable usually. The roads around here can be pretty uneven and I'd feel better if I could flat foot but I don't want to bottom the bike out.


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03-24-2013 10:05 PM
SFCMcGan I just lowered my wifes 2009... roaring toys front and rear... total time from start to finish... 30min.
03-08-2009 03:16 AM
freakdawg
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I need to lower my 250r. I am 5'4" and the bike sits a bit to high for me. I can touch the ground with my toes and the balls of my feet, but that is it and it makes me a bit unstabble. What parts do I need to lower the front and back? And how much can I lower it? I am hoping to be able to touch the ground all the way with my feet. Any help would be appreciated !!
It depends on how low you want to go I posted a package kit which includes probably everything you'll need... I've lowered an '07 and an '05 for my girlfriend using slightly different parts but they both worked out well... The parts are going to be basically the same for the newer models... You may or may not need the whole kit if you only need a little lower seat height... We used different parts suppliers then the link I posted below but they are generally similar to what we used..

The parts consist of:
-Dog bones, which are lowering links for the rear of the bike.

-Riser blocks, which allow the forks to rise up through the triple clamps thus lowering the front end.

-Side/kick stand, to replace the original piece which will be too long after lowering the bike.. you can probably modify the factory kick stand but you'll have to do a little welding..

http://www.buynowroaringtoyz.com/Nin..._p/rtk250j.htm
03-07-2009 04:13 PM
Prrrrincess I need to lower my 250r. I am 5'4" and the bike sits a bit to high for me. I can touch the ground with my toes and the balls of my feet, but that is it and it makes me a bit unstabble. What parts do I need to lower the front and back? And how much can I lower it? I am hoping to be able to touch the ground all the way with my feet. Any help would be appreciated !!
08-02-2008 06:40 PM
Scott250R i wanna see some pics so i know what im looking at and how its setup
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