Hein Gericke, Oxford – Update

December 11, 2010

As promised in this post, here is a update on the new Hein Gericke store opening near Oxford on the A40 at the Eynsham roundabout.. It’s open 😀

Here are their contact details,

 

Hein Gericke Oxford, Eynsham Roundabout, Eynsham, Oxford. OX29 4EN

TEL. 01865 883307

E.mail oxford@hg-shop.com

 

Being located where it is, it has brilliant access and apparently has excellent parking facilities.  I shall have to pop down there sometime soon and have a nose round 😀

Here’s an online copy of their latest catalogue, just in case you fancy a nose.. (well, Christmas is just round the corner!!!)

Oh and talking of Christmas, they even do a Christmas Wish List you can print off and give to those closest to you 😀

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More Bikes From Motorcycle Live 2010

December 8, 2010

As ya know one of the GREAT things about Motorcycle Live is being able to sit on bikes and try them out for size so I did!!!!!!

Here I am on the Ninja 😀

As you can see I was able to totally flat foot on both sides when sitting on it.  I found it felt quite slim as well!  All well and good when you’re only 5′ 3″ tall!!!

Next up is me on the CBR600.  Sat on this one I was only able to get the balls of both feet on the floor which quite surprised me considering how I felt on the Fireblade!

Here I am on the Fireblade 😀  I was very pleasantly surprised to find that I could get both feet flat on the floor on the Blade.  I wasn’t expecting it to be as small as it is, gawd knows how big blokes manage to ride it comfortable. I felt like it fitted me like a glove!

After the Urban Tiger colour scheme I personally think the HRC colours are the next best.  I just loved that bike and after riding my ’95 Fireblade it felt so tiny.  I may just have to look out for one ina  few years time 😀

The photo which makes me giggle the most is the next one!  I’m only little ( 5′ 3″!!!) and have said for almost 2 years that I’d love a crosser of some sort but being as little as I am I reckon I’ll have a few issues!  Yer I know that riding crossers off road is different than riding on the street but you still have to stop sometime without falling over, and therein lies my problem.  The crossers I saw at the show seemed to have seat heights that were mostly about the level of my waist 😦

Until we found this one 😀

Finally one I can fit on!!! 😀


Bikes Girls Can Ride – Updated

August 9, 2010

One of the most common questions asked by girls who are new to biking is “What bike will I be able to ride?”  Well, after seeing it asked a few times on girls biking forums, I asked the girls which bikes they were riding now and what they had owned in the past, what adjustments if any had been made and if they wore boots which added to their height.

I collated the information I recieved and here is a list of bikes that girls are riding right now.

This list is not intended as a definitive guide as to what bike to buy for your height, but shows the kinds of bikes girls are riding about on.

I know that there are other considerations such as leg length, what boots you wear, etc., which also affect which bikes you can ride but I will cover them in other posts.

Under 5’

Honda CB400T –
Honda CBR400RR –
Honda CBR600F (4′ 11″ Owner) – Professionally lowered by DRS of Hull, Boots altered to add height
Kawasaki ZXR400 – Suspension lowered
Kawasaki ER6 (4′ 10″ Owner) – Hagon Shock fitted which lowers bike by 2.5 inches, plus wears Daytona Ladystars
Suzuki GSF400 Bandit –
Yamaha R6 2004 –

5’
Ducati Hypermotard – Suspension lowered, ride height adjuster on lowest setting
Honda CBR600F –
Honda CBR600RR –
Kawasaki GPZ500 –
Kawasaki Ninja 250 (08) – Some foam sculpted out of the seat and on ball of left foot/tip toe of right foot
Suzuki GSX 600F – No adjustment but couldn’t flat foot
Suzuki GSX-R600 K8 – lowered
Suzuki GSX-R600 K6 – – no adjusment but on balls of feet/tiptoes
Suzuki GSXR1000 K6 – Suspension lowered, forks dropped slightly
Suzuki SV650S –
Yamaha R6 (2002)- No adjustment but couldn’t flat foot

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

5’2
BMW F650GS – No adjustment but on balls of the feet
Honda CBF125 (09) – No adjustment and on tip toes
Honda CBR125 (08) – No adjustment but comfortably on balls of both feet
Honda CBR400RRN – No adjustment
Honda CBR 600 F – Hyperpro lowering kit, front forks dropped.
Honda Shadow 750
Kawasaki 750 Zephyr
Kawasaki ZXR400 – No adjustment
Kawasaki ZZR600
Suzuki 400 Bandit
Suzuki GSX-R600 K6
Suzuki SV650S
Suzuki SV650 – Lowered but feet still not flat on the floor
Yamaha Virago 535 – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor

5’3”
BMW R1200 ST
Ducati 749s – No adjustment
Ducati Monster 695 – No adjustment and on balls of feet
Honda CBR400RR – No adjustment
Honda CBR600 RR (07) – Hyperpro lowering kit and wearing Daytona Ladystar boots and on balls of both feet
Honda CBR900 (95) – Seat carved a bit to lower it, standard shock setting and now pretty much flat footed
Honda CBR 929 RRY Fireblade – No adjustment, but only one flat foot
Kawasaki ER5 – Lowered suspension, carved out seat
Kawasaki ER6-N (2009)
Suzuki GS500F
Suzuki SV650 – No adjustment but on balls of feet
Suzuki SV650S – Suspension and forks lowered, but still on balls of feet
Yamaha FZS600
Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat – lowered
Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat – No adjustment, on balls of both feet or flat foot on one side
Yamaha R6 – Lowered

5’4”
BMW F650GS
BMW F650GS (08) – Lower seat and Daytona Ladystar boots and owner virtually flat foot on both sides
Ducati Hypermotard 1100S (08) – Lowering link and forks lowered, seat sculpted and wears Daytona Ladystars.  On balls of both feet.
Ducati S2R 800 (05) – Seat lowered and on balls of both feet
Honda CBR125 (09) – No adjustment but on balls of the feet
Honda RVF 400 – No adjustment
Honda CBR 600 – No adjustment
Honda CBR600fx – Bike lowered, can almost flat foot.
Honda CBR600fx – No adjustment but on balls of feet
Honda Transalp – Seat lowered
Kawasaki ER5 – No adjustment but on balls of the feet
Kawasaki ER6f – No adjustment, almost flat foot
Suzuki Bandit 400 – No adjustment
Suzuki Bandit 600 – Suspension lowered
Suzuki GSR600 – No adjustment but on tip toes
Suzuki GSR600 – No Adjustment
Suzuki VZ800 Marauder – No adjustment
Suzuki XF650 Freewind – Bike lowered
Truimph Speed Triple – No adjustment but on balls of the feet
Yamaha Diversion 600

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

5’6”
Honda CB600F Hornet
Honda CB1000R – No adjustment
Honda Hornet 900 – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor
Honda VFR700, 07
Kawasaki ER6 – No adjustment
Kawasaki ZX6R – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor
Suzuki GS500F – No adjustment and feet flat on floor
Suzuki SV650 – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor
Yamaha Fazer 600 – No adjustment but cant flat foot

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

5’8 and over
Ducati Monster 620
Ducati 916 Monster
Honda CBR 600F
Honda CBR954 Streetfighter
Honda XRV750 Africa Twin
Kawasaki GPZ 500s – No adjustment
Kawasaki Z500
Suzuki GSXR750 Special
Suzuki SV650
Triumph Street Triple

Also take a look at these posts for more information which may help you in your choice of motorcycle

Girls and Modern Sports Bikes,

Choosing Your First ‘Big’ Bike

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

as well as the following list of posts which cover, by motorcycle brand, the ride height adjustment kits available, so that more options are opened up for you when choosing a motorbike.

Honda

Kawasaki

Yamaha

Suzuki

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.

Lists Updated 25/05/09


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 🙂


Hyperpro Ride Height Adjustment Kits – Kawasaki Models

August 14, 2009

Picture this.. You have found the Kawasaki of your dreams.. But there is a problem! You feel the ride height is either too low or too high for you. But don’t panic with a Hyperpro Ride Height Adjustment Kit you can make your potential new bike a better fit for you.

With one of their height rising kits you can make your motorbike 20 to 30 millimetres higher, with a lowering kit you can lower your bike by 30 to 40 millimetres. THese kits could mean the difference between being able to ride the bike of your dreams comfortably and safely or having to pick another one.

Made from high grade aluminium, the Hyperpro Ride Height Adjustment Kits are designed to safely adjust the ride height of the bike.

Full fitting instructions are supplied with the kits but if you are unsure in any way about fitting the kit, then it is best you take your bike to your nearest bike workshop and have them do it for you.

Please note that when lowering or raising the ride height of your machine you may need to adjust things such as the length of the side stand and also you may need to make adjustments to the front forks.

Check your local dealer, or an online store for prices, availability and ordering information.

If you are a female rider looking at adjusting the height of your motorcycle you may like to take a look at these posts which have more information about girls and the sizes of motorbikes we can ride

Girls and Modern Sports Bikes

Bikes Girls Can Ride

Choosing Your First ‘Big’ Bike

Also see the entries I have done for the different motorcycle manufacturers

Honda Models

Suzuki

Yamaha

BMW

And just so that you can easily find all the information you need, here is a link to the HyperPro website where you can find PDF files which show you by how much you can raise and lower each model of motorcycle by.  This link is for the Lowering Kits they supply, and this is for the PDF list of Height Raising Kits.

Hyperpro Ride Height Adjuster Kits are available for the following Kawasaki motorcycle models.

Please note, I do not sell these kits.  You will need to contact your local bike shop/dealer/garage to purchase one.

KAWASAKI GPZ 500 S (EX 500 D) – 94> (Lowering Kit)
KLE 500 (LE 500 A) – 91> (Lowering Kit)
ZX-6R (ZX 600 F) – 95-97 (Lowering & Raising Kit)
ZX-6R (ZX 600/ GG) – 98-00 (Lowering & Raising Kit)
ZX-6R (ZX 600/ JJ) – 00-02 (Lowering & Raising Kit)
ZX-6R (ZX 636 A/B) – 02-04 (Lowering & Raising Kit)
ZX-6R (ZX 636 C) – 05> (Lowering & Raising Kit)
ZZR 600 – 95> (Lowering Kit)
ER-6 N/F – 05> (Lowering Kit)
VERSYS 650 – 07> (Lowering Kit)
Z 750 (ZR 750 J) – 04> (Lowering & Raising Kit)
Z 750 (WITH ABS) (ZR 750 J) – 07> (Lowering & Raising Kit)
ZX-7R (Raising Kit)
ZX-9R NINJA (ZX 900 B/C) – 94-99 (Lowering & Raising Kit)
ZX-9R NINJA (ZX 900 EE) – ’00-01 (Lowering & Raising Kit)
ZX-9R NINJA (ZX 900 EE) – 02-03 (Lowering & Raising Kit)
KLV 1000 (WV BS) – 04> (Lowering Kit)
Z 1000 (ZRT) – 03> (Lowering Kit)
ZX-10R (ZXT 00 C) – 04> (Lowering Kit)
ZX-10R (ZX10) (Raising Kit)
ZX-12 R (ZXT 20 A) – 00-01 (Lowering & Raising Kit)
ZX-12 R (ZXT 20 AB) – 02> (Lowering Kit)


Hyperpro Ride Height Adjustment Kits – Honda Motorcycle Models

August 10, 2009

If riding the Honda motorcycle of your dreams involves lowering or even raising the ride height then help is at hand with Hyperpro Ride Height Adjustment Kits.

With one of their height rising kits you can make your motorbike 20 to 30 millimetres higher, with a lowering kit you can lower your bike by 30 to 40 millimetres. In real terms this means an essential difference as to whether you are able to ride the bike of your dreams comfortably and safely.

Made from high grade aluminium, the Hyperpro Ride Height Adjustment Kits are designed to safely adjust the ride height of the bike.

Please note that when lowering or raising the ride height of your machine you may need to adjust things such as the length of the side stand and also you may need to make adjustments to the front forks.

Full fitting instructions are supplied with the kits but if you are unsure in any way about fitting the kit, then it is best you take your bike to your nearest bike workshop and have them do it for you.

Check your local dealer for prices and ordering information.

If you are a female rider looking at adjusting the height of your motorcycle you may like to take a look at these posts which have more information about girls and the sizes of motorbikes we can ride 🙂

Girls and Modern Sports Bikes

Bikes Girls Can Ride

Choosing Your First ‘Big’ Bike

Also take a look at the entries for HyperPro Ride Height Adjustment Kits for the following motorcycle manufacturers.

Kawasaki

Suzuki

Yamaha

BMW

Hyperpro Ride Height Adjuster Kits are available for the following models of Honda motorbikes

Please note, I do not sell these kits.  You will need to contact your local bike shop/dealer/garage to purchase one.

Honda XLV 125 Varadero 04- (Lowering Kit)
Honda CB(F) 500 04-.(Lowering Kit)
Honda CBF 500 05-  (Lowering Kit)
Honda CB 600 Hornet 07-(Lowering Kit)
Honda CB 600 Hornet 98-05 (Lowering Kit)
Honda CB 600 Hornet 05- (Lowering Kit)
Honda CB 900 Hornet 02-03  (Lowering Kit)
Honda CBF 600 04  (Lowering Kit)
Honda CBR 600 F / F Sport 99-07 (Lowering + Raising Kit)
Honda CBR 600 FV-FW 97-98  (Lowering Kit)
Honda CBR 600 FS-FT 95-96 (Lowering Kit)
Honda CBR600RR 07> (Lowering Kit)
Honda CBR600RR 05-06 (Lowering Kit)
Honda CBR600RR 03-04 (Lowering Kit)
Honda NX 650 Dominator (Lowering Kit)
Honda NTV 650 Deauville  (Lowering Kit)
Honda NTV 700 Deauville  (Lowering Kit)
Honda XL700 V Transalp (Lowering Kit)
Honda VFR 750 F 94-97 (Lowering +Raising Kit)
Honda VFR 800 Fi 98-01 (Lowering + Raising Kit)
Honda VFR800Fi  02-05 (Lowering + Raising Kit)
Honda VFR 800 V-Tec 02-07  (Lowering Kit)
Honda CB900 SF Hornet 02-06 (Lowering Kit)
Honda CBR 900 RR Fireblade 00-01 (Lowering + Raising Kit)
Honda CBR 900 RR Fireblade 98-99  (Lowering + Raising Kit)
Honda CBR 900 RR Fireblade 96-97  (Lowering + Raising Kit)
Honda CBR 900 RR Fireblade 92-95  (Lowering + Raising Kit)
Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade 04-05  (Lowering + Raising Kit)
Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade 06-  (Lowering + Raising Kits)
Honda VTR1000 F Firestorm 97> (Raising Kit)
Honda VTR1000 SP-1 00> (Raising Kit)
Honda XL 1000 Varadero 03-08 (Lowering Kit)
Honda XL 1000 Varadero 99-02 (Lowering Kit)
Honda X11 99- (Lowering Kit)
Honda CBR 1100 XX Blackbird 97-  (Lowering Kit)

Full details of the Hyperpro Lowering kits can be found in a PDF file here and details of the highering kits can be found in PDF format here.  The information includes measurements of how much you can raise or lower your motorcycle by.

If you are in the USA, ride height adjuster kits can be found by following this link and doing a search

Parts and Accessories for Honda Motorcycles


Hyperpro Ride Height Adjustment Kits – BMW

August 9, 2009

Hyperpro do a range of ride height adjustment kits for BMW motorcycles so you can lower or raise your motorbike to make it a better fit for yourself.

Made from high grade aluminium, the HyperPro Ride Height Adjuster Kits, safely adjust your bikes height and come with full fitting instructions.  As always with working on your bike, if you are not sure you will be able to fit the kit yourself take your bike along to your local bike shop and have them do it for you.

If you are a female rider looking at buying a motorcycle and you are unsure of which model to go for, then these entries may help you, or at least give you an idea of what sorts of bikes other girls are riding.

Girls and Modern Sports Bikes

Bikes Girls Can Ride

Choosing Your First ‘Big’ Bike

I have also produced entries on the following motorcycle manufacturers so you can see what other kits are supplied by HyperPro.

Honda

Kawasaki

Yamaha

Suzuki

Here is a link to the HyperPro website where you can find PDF files which show you by how much you can raise and lower each model of motorcycle by.  This link is for the Lowering Kits they supply, and this is for the PDF list of Height Raising Kits.

Hyperpro Ride Height Adjustment Kits are available for the following models of BMW motorcycles

Please note, I do not sell these kits.  You will need to contact your local bike shop/dealer/garage to purchase one.

BMW F 650 GS ’00> (Lowering Kit)

BMW F 800 GS ’08> (Lowering Kit)

BMW F 800 S `06> (Lowering Kit)

BMW K 1100 LT (Lowering Kit)

BMW R 1100 GS ’94-’98 (Lowering Kit)

BMW R 1150 GS ’99-’03 (Lowering Kit)

BMW R 1150 GS ’94-’98 (Lowering Kit)

BMW R 1150 GS Adventure (Lowering Kit)

BMW R 1200 GS `04-`05 (Lowering Kit)

BMW R 1200 GS `06> (Lowering Kit)

BMW R 1200 GS ADVENTURE `06> (Lowering Kit)