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    04 stone lowering help?

    Bought my wife a stone and itís just a little bit too tall for her 5í5Ē frame, would be great if we could get it down an inch and even better if we could get the back end down 2 inches. Donít worry that windshield is gone now she dropped the bike in the garage and that took the impact nicely, plus it was ugly and didnít go with this bike so I ainít mad but I want her to be more confident on it. Any ideas? Different shocks? Different mounts? Make it my bike and get her a v7? But those state theyíre an inch higher

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    An inch isn’t a lot too that’s what you are looking for. Often you can sculpt the seat a little more, take a bit off the top and off the sides that allow your legs to drop down a bit closer to the bike and without compromising comfort too much.

    If you want a low and relatively light cruiser (and quite capable) have you looked at a Scout (not the bobber)?
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    Indian scout?
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    Slide the fork tubes up an inch, lace 16 inch rims on, wear heels?

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    Drop the forks an inch and buy a set of 1 inch shorter IKON shocks. If she needs more? See if you can find a lower profile rear tyre and drop the front another 1/4-1/2 inch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeBenGuzzi View Post
    Indian scout?
    How much riding experience does your wife have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeBenGuzzi View Post
    Indian scout?
    Yes! My Sister and Brother in Law have a KTM/Indian/Polaris Dealership in Regional Australia, I rode one last Xmas along with a Chief (because I could ). For its category, it wasnt a bad performer. I was simply referring it as it has one of the lowest seat heights in the “cruiser” category that I am aware of.
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    I'd go the way of lowering the seat as OZSLR suggested. Keep it simple. Once you start changing the suspension, i.e. extending the forks through the triple trees and lowering the back end you reduce your cornering ground clearance and can upset the steering turn in geometry etc etc.
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    Is it just me here or does the original pic shoe the foot flat on the ground, body upright and thus the unseen other foot should be the same, or vey close to it.

    Still think that if you swapped out the flat sandals for a pair of heeled riding boots there may not be n issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Wilson View Post
    Is it just me here or does the original pic shoe the foot flat on the ground, body upright and thus the unseen other foot should be the same, or vey close to it.

    Still think that if you swapped out the flat sandals for a pair of heeled riding boots there may not be n issue.

    I don't think so, it looks to me like the bike is tilted to the left (from the riders perspective) and she is taking the weight on her left leg with her right foot (possibly) on the footpeg. So if the bike was fully upright she'd be on tiptoes. But presumably DenBenguzzi took the photo so he can tell us.
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    The side stand is off the ground about the right amount for the bike to be dead vertical though.

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    I think that new riders tend to over stress about not only flat footing the bike but also wanting to have their legs bent when doing so. That seems to make them more comfortable mentally, and I suppose that is what counts.
    My wife started on a Buell Blast, that made her feel comfortable. After a year of that she went to her V11, which she does not even come close to flat footing. She would not have been OK with that when she was starting to ride, but now she knows that it really doesn't make a difference if you can flat foot it or not.

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