Carole Nash Motorcycle Live 2010 – Day 6

December 3, 2010

Here we go with the video of day 6, courtesy of MCN.

We’re going back up for another look around tomorrow, and we’re hoping to meet up with some of the UK members from Custom Fighters for a bit of a chin wag and a coffee 🙂


Lowering The Ride Height On A CBR900 Fireblade

March 15, 2010

As previously reported I had my first ride out on my Fireblade but there was one small problem :-0  I was on tiptoes on a flat surface and when pulling up at some traffic lights my foot was flailing around trying to find the ground before me and my new bike fell over in a rather undiginfied heap 😦

This photo illustrates how much of my foot touched the floor with the bike as standard

On my ride home I was wondering how I could lower the ride height, but without physically lowering the whole machine, as I knew that growing longer legs overnight wasn’t really an option 😉  but I still needed to get my bum closer to the floor..

And then I had a brainwave 🙂

In the garage we had a spare seat from another Blade which wasn’t needed anymore, so as soon as I was home I was set up on my dining room table with the sharpest knives from my kitchen and the spare seat.   I was going to reshape the seat and carve some of the height out of it.

I very quickly removed the cover from the seat and soon had the sections of foam I needed to remove marked out

Sections of foam to be removed marked up

I then started carefully carving the foam away in strips

Shaving off the slices

This is the seat with most of the surplus foam shaved off..

Basics almost done

Now it’s time to tidy things up a little.. So with VERY careful knife cuts I trimmed and neatened the foam so that it was as smooth as possible.  This was the end result 🙂

All neatened up

The finished foam

This photo shows the seat as it was on the bike

This photo shows the stock seat height

and this one shows the seat once I had carved some of the foam out..

The new seat height

The next thing to do was to receover the seat so I don’t get a soggy bottom if it rains 😉

I tried fitting the original seat cover but it was designed to go on a flat seat and I couldn’t get it to fit properly round the new curves so a trip to my local haberdashery shop was called for.   70cm of vinyl fabric (£7.00) later and after digging my staple gun out of the shed I was ready to go 🙂

Fitting the vinyl was a bit of a barsteward as it’s quite stiff to begin with but as you start working it, it starts to soften up and give a little.  I also fitted it on the bias so that would also help the fabric stretch into the curves better.  A short time (and quite a bit of swearing) later I was done 🙂 and the newly covered seat was ready to be fitted to my bike 🙂

And this is what it looks like 🙂

My newly reshaped and recovered seat on my bike

The end result… This is how much of my foot I can get on the floor now 🙂

The end result 🙂

Once I was sat on my bike on Sunday it felt soooo much better and I’m sure it will make all the difference to my confidance riding the Blade.  I’m pretty much flat footed on the left side and even though it was a bit of a hassle doing it, it was well worth it to me 🙂

I’m not kidding when I say that pretty much anyone could do this to a bike seat, you just have to be careful and take your time ESPECIALLY when cutting into the foam.  If you don’t want to mess up the seat on your bike you could always buy a second one cheaply from somewhere like ebay and then modify it.  It’s definately going to be cheaper and easier than physically lowering a bike.

If anyone reading this needs any further advice, just drop me a message and I’ll do my best to help 🙂

Lowering Kits From M & P (UK)

January 29, 2009

M & P do a fantastic range of ride height adjuster kits if you need to lower your motorbike so it is a better fit for you. 

The kits, which come supplied with full fitting instructions, allow you to modify the height of the machine by either changing the shock linkages or the shock heads. 

Although you can fit them yourself they do recommend fitting by a specialist workshop, especially if you have any doubts about your ability to fit the kit correctly. 

Motorcycle lowering kits are supplied, by M & P for the following motorcycle models


650 (Pegaso), 650 (Pegaso (Fuel Inj)), RSV 1000 (Factory), RSV 1000 (Mille), RSV 1000 (Mille), RSV 1000 (Mille R), RSV 1000 (Tuono), RSV 1000 (Tuono)


F 650, F 650 (Funduro), F 650 (Scarver), G 650 (XCountry), G 650 (XMoto), F 800, F 800, R 850, R 1100, R 1100, R 1150, R 1150 (Adventure), K 1200, K 1200 (K40), K 1200 (Sport), R 1200, R 1200 (Adventure)


1000 (XB9R Firebolt), 1200 (XB12R Firebolt)


650 (Raptor), 650 (V-Raptor), 1000 (Raptor), 1000 (V-Raptor), Honda XL 125 (Varadero), XR 125, CBF 500, CBF 500 (ABS), CB 600 (Hornet), CB 600 (Hornet), CB 600 (Hornet ABS), CB 600 (Hornet Faired), CBF 600, CBF 600 (ABS), CBF 600 (Faired), CBF 600 (Faired ABS), CBR 600 (F), CBR 600 (F), CBR 600 (RR), CBR 600 (RR), NTV 600 (Revere), FMX 650 (Supermoto), NT 650 (Deauville), NTV 650, XL 650 (Transalp), VFR 750, VFR 800, VFR 800 (ABS), CB 900 (Hornet), CBR 900 (Fireblade), CBR 900 (Fireblade), CBF 1000 CBF 1000 (ABS,) CBR 1000 (Fireblade), CBR 1000 (Fireblade), XL 1000 (Varadero), XL 1000 (Varadero), XL 1000 (Varadero ABS), CB 1100 (X-11), CBR 1100 (Blackbird),


EX 500 (GPZ500S), KLE 500, ZX 600 (ZX6R), ZX 600 (ZX6RR,) ZX 600 (ZX6RR), ZX 600 (ZZR600), ZX 636 (ZX6R), ZX 636 (ZX6R), ZX 636 (ZX6R), ER 650 (ER6N), ER 650 (ER6N ABS), EX 650 (ER6F Faired), EX 650 (ER6F Faired ABS), KLE 650 (Versys), KLE 650 (Versys ABS), ZR 750 (Z750), ZR 750 (Z750), ZR 750 (Z750 ABS), ZR 750 (Z750S Faired), ZR 750 (ZR7), ZR 750 (ZR7S Faired), ZX 900 (ZX9R), KLV 1000, ZR 1000 (Z1000), ZR 1000 (Z1000), ZR 1000 (Z1000 ABS), ZX 1000 (ZX10R), ZX 1000 (ZX10R), ZX 1200 (ZX12R), ZG 1400 (GTR1400), ZX 1400 (ZZR1400), ZX 1400 (ZZR1400 ABS).


640 (Duke 2), LC4 640 (Supermoto), 990 (Superduke).


GS 500, GSF 600 (Bandit), GSF 600 (Bandit), GSF 600 (Bandit Faired), GSF 600 (Bandit Faired), GSR 600, GSX 600, GSX 600, GSXR 600, GSXR 600, GSXR 600, RF 600, DL 650 (V-Strom), GSF 650 (Bandit), GSF 650 (Bandit Faired), GSF 650 (Bandit Faired ABS), SV 650, SV 650, SV 650 (Half Faired), SV 650 (Half Faired), XF 650 (Freewind), GSX 750, GSXR 750, RF 900, DL 1000 (V-Strom), GSXR 1000, SV 1000, SV 1000 (Half Faired), GSXR 1100, GSF 1200 (Bandit), GSF 1200 (Bandit Faired), GSX 1300 (B-King), GSX 1300 (Hayabusa).


600 (Daytona), 600 (Speed Four), TT 600, 675 (Daytona), 675 (Street Triple), 955 (Daytona T955), 1050 (Speed Triple), 1050 (Tiger).


DT 125 (R 3MB), DT 125 (RE Electric Start), DT 125 (Supermoto), XT 125 (R Trail), XT 125 (X Supermoto), FZ 600 (FZ6 Fazer), FZ 600 (FZ6 Naked), FZR 600, FZS 600 (Fazer), XJ 600 (Diversion), XJ 600 (Unfaired), YZF 600 (Thundercat), YZF 600 (YZF-R6), 660 (MT-03), SZR 660, XT 660, XT 660 (SuperMoto), YZF 750, TDM 900, XJ 900 (Diversion), FZ 1000 (FZ1 Fazer), FZ 1000 (FZ1 Naked), FZR 1000 (Exup), FZR 1000 (Exup RU), FZS 1000 (Fazer), YZF 1000 (Thunderace), YZF 1000 (YZF-R1), BT 1100 (Bulldog), VMX 1200 (V-Max), VMX 1200 (V-Max US Import), FJR 1300, FJR 1300 (ABS), 1700 (MT-01)


Take a look at my other posts concerning bike height

Ride Height Adjustment Kits From HyperPro

Daytona Ladystar (M-Star) Boots – Help For The Vertically Challenged Motorcyclist!

Other Helpful Posts Include

Choosing Your First ‘Big’ Motorbike

Girls and Modern Sports Bikes

Bikes Girls Can Ride

Motorbikes Girls CAN Ride

November 21, 2008

Now I know this entry is in twice but this one is off the old blogger blog and I didnt want to lose the comments on it, so please excuse the duplication of the entry..

One of the common questions asked by girls who are new to motorcycling is “What bikes can I ride?”

As we girls are generally smaller than guys, finding a bike we can physically fit on can be difficult at times and some girls believe they will be limited in their choice if they are of small stature.

In a bid to try and answer this question I have posted the question on a few female motorcycle forums and compiled a list of motorbikes that girls are riding now. As you can see from my list, some of the girls have kindly supplied information about how the bike was adjusted, eg lowered, suspension adjusted, seats carved out, etc, to make it a bit smaller for them so they could ride it.

You may want to check out these posts in which I am listing the different models of motorcycles you can buy Hyperpro Ride Height Adjustment Kits for. 





Please note the list is NOT recommendations on which bike you should buy, its a list showing the different bikes the girls who responded to my question are riding.

For the most part female bikers arn’t bothered if they can’t get both feet flat on the floor, as long as they can ride the motorbike of their choice. I know there are other considerations such as inside leg measurement, weight of bike, etc., to be taken into account when choosing a motorbike and I will cover those in other posts to the blog.

As and when I get any further information I will add it to the entry so that it is kept up to date. If you are a female rider and you are riding a bike which isn’t shown in the list, please feel free to add a comment telling me and I will quite happily add it to the list. 

Also take a look at these posts which contain more information about how you can ride the bike you really want 🙂

Choosing Your First ‘Big’ Bike

Daytona Ladystar (M-Star) Boots – Help For The Vertically Challenged Motorcyclist

Girls and Modern Sports Bikes

If you are new to riding take a look at these products which will help you pass your theory, hazard perception tests and motorcycle tests.

For those who have already passed it here are a few recommendations to help you improve your riding.

Under 5’ Tall
Suzuki GSF400 Bandit
Honda CBR400RR
Yamaha R6 2004
Honda CB400T

5’ Tall
Yamaha R6 (2002) – No adjustment but couldn’t flat foot
Suzuki GSX 600F – No adjustment but couldn’t flat foot
Kawasaki GPZ500
Suzuki GSXR1000 K6 – Suspension lowered, forks dropped slightly
Ducati Hypermotard – Suspension lowered, ride height adjuster on lowest setting
Honda CBR600RR
Suzuki GSX-R600 K8 – lowered
Suzuki GSX-R600 K6 – – no adjusment but on balls of feet/tiptoes
Honda CBR600F
Suzuki SV650S

5’1” Tall
Kawasaki Ninja – Suspension lowered and on tip toes

5’2 Tall
Honda CBR 600 F – Hyperpro lowering kit, front forks dropped.
Honda CBR400RRN – No adjustment
Kawasaki ZZR600
Honda Shadow 750
Suzuki GSX-R600 K6
Honda CBR600F
Suzuki SV650S
Suzuki 400 Bandit
Kawasaki 750 Zephyr

Suzuki SV650 – Lowered but feet still not flat on the floor
Kawasaki ZXR400 – No adjustment
Yamaha Virago 535 – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor
BMW F650GS – No adjustment but on balls of the feet

5’3” Tall
Honda CBR 929 RRY Fireblade – No adjustment, but only one flat foot
Honda CBR400RR – No adjustment
Honda CBR400 – No adjustment
Suzuki GS500F
Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat – lowered
Yamaha R6 – Lowered
Suzuki SV650S – Suspension and forks lowered, but still on balls of feet
Ducati Monster 695 – No adjustment and on balls of feet
Kawasaki ER5 – Lowered suspension, carved out seat
Ducati 749s – No adjustment
Yamaha FZS600
Suzuki SV650 – No adjustment but on balls of feet
BMW R1200 ST

5’4” Tall
Honda CBR600fx – Bike lowered, can almost flat foot.
Suzuki GSR600 – No adjustment but on tip toes
Suzuki Bandit – No adjustment
Kawasaki ER6f – No adjustment, almost flat foot
Honda RVF 400 – No adjustment
Yamaha Diversion 600
Honda Transalp – Seat lowered
Suzuki VZ800 Marauder – No adjustment
Honda CBR600fx – No adjustment but on balls of feet
Suzuki GSR600 – No Adjustment
Suzuki Bandit 400 – No adjustment
Kawasaki ER6f – No adjustment
Honda CBR 600 – No adjustment
Suzuki XF650 Freewind – Bike lowered
Suzuki Bandit 600 – Suspension lowered
Triumph Street Triple – No adjustment but on balls of the feet

5’5” Tall
Suzuki GS500
– No adjustment
Yamaha Fazer 600 – No Adjustment
Honda VFR400 NC30 – No adjustment
Triumph Street Triple
Cagiva 1000
Suzuki SV650 – No adjustment
Kawasaki Z1000 – No adjustment, but on balls of both feet
Kawasaki GPZ500s – No adjustment and feet flat on floor
Ducati Monster 620sie – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor
Suzuki Bandit 400V – No adjustment
Honda VFR400 – No adjustment
Kawasaki ZX6R (G1) – Seat lowered
Moto Guzzi Breva 750
Honda CBR1000 (2008) – no adjustment, one flat foot or both toes on floor

5’6” Tall
Honda VFR700, 07
Honda CB600F Hornet

Honda CB1000R – No adjustment
Yamaha Fazer 600 – No adjustment but cant flat foot
Suzuki SV650 – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor
Kawasaki ER6 – No adjustment
Kawasaki ZX6R – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor
Suzuki GS500F – No adjustment and feet flat on floor
Honda Hornet 900 – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor

5’7″ Tall
Honda VFR400 – had space between self and bike!
Honda VFR800 – balls of both feet, or one foot flat the other ‘balancing’
CCMR30 – bought already lowered, same as VFR400
Honda Hornet 900 – balls of both feet, or one foot flat the other ‘balancing’
Yamaha FZ1 – one foot flat, the other almost flat
KTM Duke – balls of both feet, or one foot flat the other ‘balancing’
Triumph Sprint ST – balls of both feet, or one foot flat the other ‘balancing’
Triumph Tiger – tip toes or one foot flat the other flailing!
Suzuki Bandit 1250GT – one foot flat, the other almost flat

5’8 and over
Triumph Street Triple
Honda CBR 600F
Ducati 916 Monster
GSXR750 Special
Honda CBR954 Streetfighter
Ducati Monster 620

Honda XRV750 Africa Twin
Ducati Monster 620
Kawasaki Z500
Suzuki SV650
Kawasaki GPZ 500s
– No adjustment