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post #1 of 3 Old 10-08-2010, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
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LoweRing question

Going to get a klr on craigslist but I need to know one thing first. I will probably do 80% street and 20% offroad during vacations.
I am 5'8" and have a 30" inseam.
I wonder if I be able to ride a klr comfortably.
Meaning that I can get at least 2/3 of both feet on the ground after the sag.
I know I can get the bike lowered but I heard that it significantly reduces the performance. The shock will bottom out when going offroad. I plan to get the Corbin or sagent lowering seat. And my question is whether the seat will be enough for me, withe the little sag.
Thanks for your advises in advance.
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-08-2010, 10:08 PM
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Well - sort of

My dimensions are identical. I had a dealer lower it about 1.5". (cost about $100) I can get the ball of my feet touching on both sides. Still a hair too tall but its better than staying home! I have had it two weeks and it has been a lot of fun.
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-09-2010, 03:52 PM
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I'm a bit of a stumble-bum too, same height, and not too heavy, but my inside leg's only 29"!!...

I've been riding mine stock, which can make my sphincter twitch when I come to a quick stop sometimes, but I genuinely think it's a case of riding it as much as possible as often as possible. It's a confidence thing - be honest, how often are your feet on the ground when you're riding?!... Unless you're out in the rough stuff (which you reckon should be only 20% of the time) they probably don't touch the tarmac too much.

Before you start changing it too much, or unnecessarily spending your hard-earned spondoolies, just ride it. You may surprise yourself at your capability! )

If not, perhaps look at changing the dog bones? It's a comparatively inexpensive way to lower the bike, but there are others, on here, who would know better than I if they're any good:


For your reference mine's a '96 C-2. Best of luck with your new purchase!
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