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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-17-2011, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Extreme amateur looking for advice

I am looking to join the sport bike community (or the motorcycle community in general) and i have been doing a lot of research online. I went to a dealer today to see a couple of bikes in person and i have it narrowed down to the Honda CBR250r and the kawasaki ninja 250r. Im leaning towards the ninja because it looks cooler , it has a stronger engine and because the seat is lower. I'm about 5'7'' and the balls of my feet touch the ground when sitting on the ninja. Is that going to be uncomfortable after driving and stopping for a while? Do i need to lower the seat so i can be flat footed? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-19-2011, 10:45 AM
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That depends, I guess, on what kind of riding you'll be doing while you have the bike. If its a lot of stop-and-go, then you might appreciate flat-footing more. However, there are limitations in bikes wrt to size so your options are almost negligible. My wife has a similar issue with seat height. One thing she did to improve that was to get boots with a bit of a heel. It helped her keep sure-footed on the pegs too, since she doesn't keep her feet "race-ready" and doesn't really need to.

Besides getting a different seat, there are usually "lowering links" that can be put in to lower the bike. At the same time, the forks are usually dropped so that overall characteristics of the bike remain per the designer's intent. If you're not mechanically inclined you'll want the dealer to do this for you.

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Thank you very much for the reply. I think the stock seat will do and if it gets annoying I will look into the lowering links.
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