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Hey all!

I recently became interested sports bikes (my older cousins moved near me, they've got sports bikes, and I want to join them). I'm having such a hard time trying to find a bike that I could try to learn comfortably in because I'm really short (5'1 to be exact). I've looked up Suzuki, Yamaha, BMW, Buell (the list goes on) and the seat heights are from 29 inches and up. Is there any way I could lower the bikes or something? And what bike would you recommend for a beginner (I don't want a fast bike, I just don't want a cruiser)? Answers would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
 

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As for a bike getting lowered, I dont have a price on that. But for a used 250 ninja. a 2001-2003 would probably cost you about $2000. maybe less.
 

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Welcome. Let me see if I can get someone with personal expirience.
 

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Another short girl... Welcome to the club ;) I'm 4'10, so trust me, I know how you feel.

I went about the same stuff as you, running to different dealerships and trying to see what's what. By the time I was done I had it narrowed down to 3 bikes: The Ninja 250, Ninja 500 and my safety the Buell Blast. The blast I could touch on the balls of my feet, the 250, very tip-toed and the 500 not at all.

I ended up with the Ninja 500 and just dropped it... a lot. I ordered a lowering kit from Adjustment Tech Racing (You need #cc150. Kit is adjustable, can lower up to 4 inches if you want. The nose becomes an issue. The bars are not hollow so you can't lower the front but woodcraft makes clip ons so you can lower the front)

As for the Woodcraft Clip Ons : the numbers for the necessary risers on a 94+ ex 500, "Woodcraft Clipons - EX250/500 Clipon Risers 37mm #12-0237"

I also ordered a custom Corbin Seat.

I think between parts and labor I paid about an extra $1000. This is why I went with the Ninja 500 instead of the 250, it gave me a little more room for growth and I can't afford to spend an extra $1k on mods every time I need a new bike. I bought the bike new, but obviously you wouldn't have to.

There's one more mod I need to do and that's shorten the kickstand. Center Stand had to be removed for ground clearance and the bike now sits extremely vertical on the kickstand.

Here are a couple of pics if you're curious:

Lowered as it sits today


Lowered when it first came home (I've dropped it a lot since then):




And no, my arms aren't always locked up like that, just a few quick pics that mom snapped :)
 

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Hey thanks!

I love the way your Ninja looks, it's awesome. I'm thinking the Ninja 250's a good idea for now...I just need to find it cheap. Where did you find those lowering kits?

Oh, and 2,000 is a bit much for me right now. My mother's totally against the idea of a sportsbike (she doesn't even know I want to get one yet and she still doesn't like it, lol). I don't care if the bike's beat up, because I'll probably beat it up worse...
 

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honestly anything under $2k is going to be so questionable, that it might not be worth getting. At least thats my expirience.
As for family, well its difficult to convince them. But if your of age, than there isnt much they can do about it.
 

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Doesn't matter if it's questionable. I'm sure that by the time I'm somewhere near "learned" in bike riding the bike will be a POC anyway, so it's all good.

As for the parents....well, they've got 1 month of controlling me left...
 

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I found a 2005 Kawasaki EX250R, that's already been lowered for $2,500. Does that sound reasonably priced? Would the bike be too fast for me? *God, I'm such a newbie* :D
 

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Do you have a friend that knows bike fairly well? if so take him/her to check the bike out. So long as everything checks out ok (cosmetic damage at this price is ok, but nothing structurally bad) its a great deal. And its a great starter!
Enjoy!
 

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Thanks for the compliments :D

Links for all the parts can be found throughout my post.

The 250 should be fine. I got the 500 as my first bike and while it'll get up and go, as long as you drive it smoothly it's not going to get out of hand.

If nobody's mentioned it yet, check in to a MOtorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Course in your area. That's how I learned to ride and I definately learned a lot.

Also, with the bike lowered, you should probably have someone check it out. If it was lowered unevenly it could cause handling problems and make riding miserable.

Good luck and have fun!
 
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