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So I just got my bike back from the shop yesterday after having it lowered with the t-rex lowering links. It lowered it enough were I could get my left foot on the ground but my right is barely tippy towing it. I do however feel more in control of the bike now that it is lowered then when it was at stock height. I'm thinking about maybe lowering it more maybe about an inch more by possibly doing the rear shock change out that I've seen on the other thread "Can it be lowered?, my question for everyone is am I going into dangerous territory lowering more, or do I just suck it up and learn to ride using one leg for balance? Also I am 5'2 and weigh about 130 with a 27" inseam if that helps


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So I just got my bike back from the shop yesterday after having it lowered with the t-rex lowering links. It lowered it enough were I could get my left foot on the ground but my right is barely tippy towing it. I do however feel more in control of the bike now that it is lowered then when it was at stock height. I'm thinking about maybe lowering it more maybe about an inch more by possibly doing the rear shock change out that I've seen on the other thread "Can it be lowered?, my question for everyone is am I going into dangerous territory lowering more, or do I just suck it up and learn to ride using one leg for balance? Also I am 5'2 and weigh about 130 with a 27" inseam if that helps


Thanks for your help
I am the exact same height and inseam. My bike isnt lowered at all, better yet I tip toe with both feet down. In fact I bought it impulsively without any bike experience... Eventually I did just suck it up and learned how to ride the bike. You'll get used to the 1 foot plant after riding awhile. Practice makes perfect! After about 2600 miles and after riding a few other bikes you'll be surprised what you can actually ride with the slide your butt and 1 foot technique! Cheers!!
 

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I am the exact same height and inseam. My bike isnt lowered at all, better yet I tip toe with both feet down. In fact I bought it impulsively without any bike experience... Eventually I did just suck it up and learned how to ride the bike. You'll get used to the 1 foot plant after riding awhile. Practice makes perfect! After about 2600 miles and after riding a few other bikes you'll be surprised what you can actually ride with the slide your butt and 1 foot technique! Cheers!!
Thanks for the advice I think I might just suck it up since I haven't been able to ride the bike at all yet, and I kinda don't wanna waste anymore time or money working on it I just wanna finally be able to get on it and ride
 

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Would you mind taking a pic of the bike's rear wheel to show me how close it is to the lowering link? I keep going back and forth on this and can't really make up my mind. Did you get the T-rex kickstand too or just cut your stock one? You could always go with the JP Cycles rear shock to lower it another bit. Did you lower the front forks too? That will help.
 

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Would you mind taking a pic of the bike's rear wheel to show me how close it is to the lowering link? I keep going back and forth on this and can't really make up my mind. Did you get the T-rex kickstand too or just cut your stock one? You could always go with the JP Cycles rear shock to lower it another bit. Did you lower the front forks too? That will help.
Hey bluebird so here is the image of the top of the link from the top of my rear wheel it doesn't look like much clearance but when you look at it in person it actually has quite a bit of clearance. I did get the kit with the kickstand so I didn't cut the original kickstand. Also the shop I took it to they lowered the front forks after they installed the kit. I'm thinking I might go the shock route as well just to give me the last few inches. I'm just wondering if it's dangerous to have both the lowering links and the shock shortened
 

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I'll fire off with my rather unpopular opinion.

Is it considered a "need to have" thing to ride the bike? No, of course not.. you can slide your ass to one side and all sorts of silly stuff to ride the r3 just like it is a big tall giant dirt bike (which it reminds me of in stock form).

Or...lower it to a level that is comfortable and gives you confidence. Everything has a trade off. Are you gonna dominate 'track day' with it after it is pretty low? No. I'm 5'6"... I rode it for a while before lowering.. It was OK. After i lowered it, it was so much nicer to ride around on. It handles great .. very nimble. Ride around with girlfriend on back often, doesn't bottom out. I find it hard to believe in hind sight that I ever even thought about NOT lowering it.

Handles great, looks amazing, lets me put both feet firmly on the ground. Can't see the downside...

Hey guys


So I just got my bike back from the shop yesterday after having it lowered with the t-rex lowering links. It lowered it enough were I could get my left foot on the ground but my right is barely tippy towing it. I do however feel more in control of the bike now that it is lowered then when it was at stock height. I'm thinking about maybe lowering it more maybe about an inch more by possibly doing the rear shock change out that I've seen on the other thread "Can it be lowered?, my question for everyone is am I going into dangerous territory lowering more, or do I just suck it up and learn to ride using one leg for balance? Also I am 5'2 and weigh about 130 with a 27" inseam if that helps


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@jdwright83r3 I would do one or the other. Doing the combo may be too much drop and/or may be an unsecured lower mount with the washers and all. I've ridden around all three ways and can manage them all. Having it lowered just gives me better control reversing and maneuvering when the engine is off. The T-Rex is about a 1.5 inch drop and the JP Cycles shock is almost a 3.0 inch drop. It's all about your comfort and confidence so only you can make the call. I do have the shock available if you decide to and can't source one. Rode it for a day, then went back to stock shock until T-Rex links arrived. If you are worried about bottoming out, you can always increase the preload regardless which way you choose.
 

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I'll fire off with my rather unpopular opinion.

Is it considered a "need to have" thing to ride the bike? No, of course not.. you can slide your ass to one side and all sorts of silly stuff to ride the r3 just like it is a big tall giant dirt bike (which it reminds me of in stock form).

Or...lower it to a level that is comfortable and gives you confidence. Everything has a trade off. Are you gonna dominate 'track day' with it after it is pretty low? No. I'm 5'6"... I rode it for a while before lowering.. It was OK. After i lowered it, it was so much nicer to ride around on. It handles great .. very nimble. Ride around with girlfriend on back often, doesn't bottom out. I find it hard to believe in hind sight that I ever even thought about NOT lowering it.

Handles great, looks amazing, lets me put both feet firmly on the ground. Can't see the downside...

thank you for your advice, I'm only somewhat comfortable on the bike now but I think another drop is necessary to get me at that stage of more comfortable to where I can ride with confidence and not feel like I'm gonna drop the bike. I was just very unsure if adding the shorter stock would be too much of a drop
 

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@Maven glad to see you back.

@jdwright83r3 I would do one or the other. Doing the combo may be too much drop and/or may be an unsecured lower mount with the washers and all. I've ridden around all three ways and can manage them all. Having it lowered just gives me better control reversing and maneuvering when the engine is off. The T-Rex is about a 1.5 inch drop and the JP Cycles shock is almost a 3.0 inch drop. It's all about your comfort and confidence so only you can make the call. I do have the shock available if you decide to and can't source one. Rode it for a day, then went back to stock shock until T-Rex links arrived. If you are worried about bottoming out, you can always increase the preload regardless which way you choose.
Yeah I decided I'm gonna have to drop it probably just an inch more, I'm willing to take that shock off your hands too just shoot me a message and we can talk about payment and stuff thanks again
 

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I'll fire off with my rather unpopular opinion.

Is it considered a "need to have" thing to ride the bike? No, of course not.. you can slide your ass to one side and all sorts of silly stuff to ride the r3 just like it is a big tall giant dirt bike (which it reminds me of in stock form).

Or...lower it to a level that is comfortable and gives you confidence. Everything has a trade off. Are you gonna dominate 'track day' with it after it is pretty low? No. I'm 5'6"... I rode it for a while before lowering.. It was OK. After i lowered it, it was so much nicer to ride around on. It handles great .. very nimble. Ride around with girlfriend on back often, doesn't bottom out. I find it hard to believe in hind sight that I ever even thought about NOT lowering it.

Handles great, looks amazing, lets me put both feet firmly on the ground. Can't see the downside...
How much did your bike lower using the shock? I'm almost thinking I might have to reverse what I did by taking out the lowering links and just do it with the shock but I'm not 100% sure, I only need maybe about 1/2 inch to an inch lower to get my feet on the ground from where it is now with the lowering links.
 

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The JP Cycles shock with the adjustment set to max compression of spring(I like it firm) dropped my rear a little shy of 3 inches. Keeping in mind I'm not terribly heavy (think 120-140 range) so I don't bring it down very much when I get on it. I dropped the front forks in the triple trees to bring the front down. Always a good idea to do a rough rake/trail measurement (google how) to make sure you're still in a good zone...
 

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I am almost exactly the same build as you are...I got the T-Rex lowering links because I just felt more confident with them even though I could one foot the bike. With the bike lowered I can get the balls of both feet firmly planted on the ground, but only one foot completely down and tiptoe on the other side. It gives me perfect control without having to compromise on the suspension too much. Without lowering I didn't have enough control on my tiptoe side in case I stopped on uneven ground or I accidentally tipped the bike to the right instead of left. It helps to be able walk the bike on both feet in stop and go traffic as well (and being able to back it up into a parking space without dismounting first is feels SO GOOD). With time maybe I'll put the bike back to its original height, or if a cheaper shock that fits the R3 comes I'll swap, but I think it's important to have confidence on your new bike.

Frankly, I would have preferred the Krooztune lowering shock that only lowered it by 30mm, but I just couldn't justify the $500 price vs. $50 links. I think you'll be happy the lowering links once you get used to it. But again, your comfort is most important. Also, wear boots with chunky soles (I wear army surplus combat boots).

Btw invest in some frame sliders. I got the Vagabond ones. Had a couple tipovers before they were installed and got a couple tiny chips in the paint, a broken clutch lever and a broken footpeg. When I dropped it with the frame protectors, the only thing that got scratched was the slider. And of course, I haven't dropped the bike since then because Murphy's Law.
 

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I wanna thank everyone for their great advice and I think I finally found a solution that wouldn't require me to lower it anymore. I just got home and tried on some boots that my brother has, granted they don't fit me well but they have a big enough heel that I feel more confident on my bike standing it up and all that jazz so I have come to the conclusion that some big a$$ riding boots are in store for me.
 

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Hey guys


So I just got my bike back from the shop yesterday after having it lowered with the t-rex lowering links. It lowered it enough were I could get my left foot on the ground but my right is barely tippy towing it. I do however feel more in control of the bike now that it is lowered then when it was at stock height. I'm thinking about maybe lowering it more maybe about an inch more by possibly doing the rear shock change out that I've seen on the other thread "Can it be lowered?, my question for everyone is am I going into dangerous territory lowering more, or do I just suck it up and learn to ride using one leg for balance? Also I am 5'2 and weigh about 130 with a 27" inseam if that helps


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If you can flat foot with one leg that should be good enough actually. If you truly want to lower it even more there is actually one good option that hasn't been talk about much here!!!

Shaving your seat! If you shave say 1/2 ' off, it would make a significant difference and it doesn't affect the geometry of the bike or even comfort level! IF anything it actually makes it 'better' from a physics standpoint because you also lower the COG.
 

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If you can flat foot with one leg that should be good enough actually. If you truly want to lower it even more there is actually one good option that hasn't been talk about much here!!!

Shaving your seat! If you shave say 1/2 ' off, it would make a significant difference and it doesn't affect the geometry of the bike or even comfort level! IF anything it actually makes it 'better' from a physics standpoint because you also lower the COG.
I thought about shaving my seat but when I talked to a seat specialist, he told me he couldn't do it because supersport bikes (or at least styles that way) like the R3 already use the minimum amount of foam to make the bike rideable and taking anymore out of there would make the bike miserable to ride.
 

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my girlfriend is 4-11 and can get the balls of her feet down with the t-rex lowering kit and 1 inch lower on the front forks. for the most part she keeps one foot on the peg and flat foots the other but it was nice to get it a little lower for sudden stops. Again she's 4-11 105lbs.
 

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Hi all,

I have the rear lowering shock from J&P Cycle , brand new (never used, unblemished) if somebody would want to buy it for $60 + shipping. I purchased it a while back thinking I would lower it for my first bike but I actually didn't need it. Reply back and I'll hit you up with the details.

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Here is the how-to document to lower it:

YouTube reference:
 

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