Can a Ninja 250 be lowered?
July 2, 2009 at 7:58 am #3106KayllaParticipant
Ok, so i am 5’2 and about 135 so im a pretty small girl. I am about to be a new bike owner and have pretty much set my heart on the 250 ninja, however I am so short that I just do not feel very comfortable when at a stop. Can it be lowered to fit my height better?July 2, 2009 at 1:04 pm #20387bigguybbrParticipant
The simple answer is, it can…
Thing with lowering it, is that it isn’t the cheepest thing to do, it can cause some mechanical issues, and it doesn’t do wonders for the bike’s riding geometry.
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Another idea is choosing a different bike. It may make some sence to ignore fashion for a minute and focus on function and how it plays to your body type and learning to ride a motorcycle. A Kawasaki Eliminator or Honda Rebel have very low seat heights that would make the perfect platform for you to start out on with no modifications.July 16, 2009 at 4:08 am #20662
I have a 2008 Ninja 250R that has been lowered two inches to suit my 5’0 height. The dealership had to have custom links done by their welder, and it cost me a few hundred dollars. So it’s possible, and I’m sure any dealership who has contact with a welder could and would do it for you. Any other questions about handling or experience with the bike, I’d be happy to answerJuly 16, 2009 at 5:06 am #20668megaspazParticipant
How’d they lower it? I know it’s possible to lower one side (either the front or the rear, can’t remember) but not the other side. Is that what the custom weld was for? because just lowering one side screws up the bike’s geometry and makes it ride completely different. For instance if you just lowered the rear, it’ll increase the rake in the front which will make the bike harder to turn (think chopper).July 16, 2009 at 6:01 am #20670
I believe they lowered the front…not 100% positive on that simply because my scope of experience with motorcycle modification was limited at that time (and frankly my level of complication stops at doing an oil change and removing my fairings). As for handling, have never been able to ride anything else safely enough to compare, so for all I know, it handles like a Kia, but to me it feels like a Maserati. But, I can say that a couple of other biker friends have ridden my bike, and they say it still handles wonderfully despite being lowered. Also (while I’m ranting…) I sat on a gixxer the other day that had been lowered 3 inches in the back and 4 in the front… didn’t ask how they did it though.. so who knows.July 16, 2009 at 6:08 am #20671SafetyFirstParticipant
You could get an Aprilia RS-50 which is quite low and light. 2 Cycle Fun.July 16, 2009 at 6:10 am #20673
I weigh 150 pounds, and find that my Ninja doesn’t like when I try to break 80… I don’t think I could go 50ccs.
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