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OK, I'm aware that many are going to say don't do it. If you are in the group please do not reply.

I'm 5'3", my current bike is 08 R1, and I tip-toe and fee very comfortable. Never dropped my R1, but have(dropped NOT crashed) on my R6 once when I stopped too quickly, it came to a complete stop, then fell on its side.

Spec of seat height for R1 =32.9", S1000RR= 32.3".

I'm still waiting for my S100RR, btw.


Anyway, I would like to temporary lower the bike maybe 1~2 inches but have not seen any lowering link for this bike yet. Other than letting the air out of the
tires. Can I adjust lower pre-load to give me a little less height?

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If you're OK with your 08 R1, you'll be OK with the S1K. I'm 5'8" and can touch both feet fully on the ground comfortably.
 

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be aware that at least one member here has reported bottoming
the exhaust on a speed bump. lower it as much as your target and
this is going to be a real problem.

and definately DO NOT attempt lowering by letting air out of the
tyres.
 

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The most reliable way to lower a bike is by the linkage and releasing and lowering the front clamps.

Also, keep in mind this bike already scrapes on speed bumps.


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Another option to lowering is shaving the seat, when you get your S1000RR, remove the seat and take off the cover to the foam, inspect to see how much foam is in place and take into consideration shaving the outsides where your thighs touch and bowing the middle down a little to allow easier access to the ground.

If you are not satisfied with this option then you may have to replace the exhaust system to allow more rear ground clearance and possible have a custom lower fairing made to give another inch or so of ground clearance. If you don't do this and you have some linkage custom made (which is VERY EASY to do at a machine shop) then you will most likely get wedged on a speed bump which will force you to tip-toe to keep the bike from falling over suddenly.

If you don't believe me, measure the distance from the lowest part of the lower fairing and the lowest part of the exhaust to the ground, take 1-2 inches off of that and then take another 1/4" off of that, and there's the highest speed bump you can go over at a VERY slow speed. If you take a speed bump fast and your forks are still compressed it will make your belly even more exposed.
 

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If you're OK with your 08 R1, you'll be OK with the S1K. I'm 5'8" and can touch both feet fully on the ground comfortably.
I know i won't have problem tip-toeing with the S1K. I just want to lessen the chance of dropping a very expensive bike while I getting used to it.
 

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I'm with NateSKRR, you should be able to achieve a satifactory result with a seat mod, if your not comfortable doing it yourself, there are companies that specialise in mods of this nature that can achieve aesthetic results to that of OEM.
 

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I'm 5'5" and find my S1000RR feels a lot taller than my GSXR1000 did (which had a 31.9" seat height)

I'd be interested to hear if anyone carrys out a seat mod and how much it helps.
 

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you should be ok. I'm 5 3" as well and just sold an 08 R1, the bmw carries its weight so well its not top heavy at all even with a full tank of fuel.
 

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I'm with NateSKRR, you should be able to achieve a satifactory result with a seat mod, if your not comfortable doing it yourself, there are companies that specialise in mods of this nature that can achieve aesthetic results to that of OEM.
Yeah, never thought about shaving the foam off the seat. Has any here done it, and does it really give you much?
Post links here if you have the information.
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We had a customer who had dropped his bike because of the height as well. We had some foam removed from the seat. He also took the seat to the upholsterer and had more taken out. It was a very hard seat in the end but there is probably an inch worth of stuff that can be removed. Makes for a butt numbing ride but it does lower the seat height.

The inner thigh area is where you will get the most benefit as someone already stated. Shaving more from the side taper of the seat will give you more of an advantage. Your legs won't be spread while trying to stand as much. Take it to an upholsterer and see if they can remove some of the side of the seat--essentially reshaping it. That way your not loosing all the padding where you butt sits when you are doing your riding, which is where you will spend most of your "seat" time. It shouldn't cost more than $75.
 

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We had a customer who had dropped his bike because of the height as well. We had some foam removed from the seat. He also took the seat to the upholsterer and had more taken out. It was a very hard seat in the end but there is probably an inch worth of stuff that can be removed. Makes for a butt numbing ride but it does lower the seat height.

The inner thigh area is where you will get the most benefit as someone already stated. Shaving more from the side taper of the seat will give you more of an advantage. Your legs won't be spread while trying to stand as much. Take it to an upholsterer and see if they can remove some of the side of the seat--essentially reshaping it. That way your not loosing all the padding where you butt sits when you are doing your riding, which is where you will spend most of your "seat" time. It shouldn't cost more than $75.
ViperClaw- you a dealer? If so, how much for the S1KRR seat in case I do it myself and screw up.
 

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Yeah, never thought about shaving the foam off the seat. Has any here done it, and does it really give you much?
Post links here if you have the information.
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Dont cut the foam out of the top of the seat as it will lessen comfort, just make it narrower so your legs are straighter.

Or grow a bit more by eating lots of vegetables and not smoking :D:D
 

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Do what girls do. Buy some boots with tall heels and a thicker sole, or take your worn-in ones to a shoe shop and let them install oil-resistant and thick lug soles for traction.

Maybe add some Hell-Fire boot heels for effect too? :rolleyes:




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