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Modifications to lower 03 RC51

So I am 5 ft 7 in tall and I have trouble flat footing on my RC, well most bikes actually, but I hate the fact that I can't have both feet on the ground. Are there are kits out there for lowering the bike, or any kind of modification that will drop the bike a bit? I know once you mess with the suspension too much you can run into problems, so that's why I've been hesitant to do anything.

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I've heard of some modifying the seat. Worst case scenario, wear your high heels.

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I'm 5'7" too and have no issues...modify the seat.



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I'm 5'7" too and have no issues...modify the seat.
Modify the seat how? It's already really thin. Did you modify yours?

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Modify the seat how? It's already really thin. Did you modify yours?
No...I've been on bikes since I was 8 some I can ride pretty much anything with two wheels. I also taught rider training.

Take the seat to an upholstery shop and ask them to either cut down the foam or replace with a thinner high density foam. You may get an extra half inch.

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The front triple tree can be adjusted downward, I believe.

And ... don't some guys do this anyway, to improve turn-in / handling ... i.e. quicken steering?
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Any idea how much room that will give me? I need an inch or so, haha.

Here is a video at the drag strip , you can see that I'm on my tip toes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvoeVJacFO0

This was my first ever time doing a 1/4 mile at a track, so I was nervous, and did not do as well as I should have. I'm curious to know what you guys have done on stock bikes on the 1/4 mi. My best was 11.8 sec @ 125 mph

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The front triple tree can be adjusted downward, I believe.

And ... don't some guys do this anyway, to improve turn-in / handling ... i.e. quicken steering?
What you're talking about is movement in mm not enough to increase the OP's confidence about not being able to put both feet down.

I'm the same height as the OP but have no issues about using both feet as I only need one foot down. That's the left foot slight lean to triangulate the bike then I am nice and stable. Good clutch control at slow speeds and I can ride the piss out of anything big/heavy, tall or smal it doesn't matter. At slow speeds when the OP doesn't feel confident it may be a combination of snatchy throttle response (no PC and or stock gearing) and/or improper clutch control.

I find riding at slow speeds more difficult than high speeds.




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Any idea how much room that will give me? I need an inch or so, haha.
I said in post #5 that maybe a half an inch?...the stock seat padding is thin. I would try the high density closed cell stuff to see if you get it lower.



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I'm only 5'6".
I'd kill for that extra inch

I just slide an ass cheek off the seat and one foot.

But I do have plans to have me seat redone

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