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!!! 😀


Update – May 2010.. Re-Selling My BabyBlade And Buying Her Replacement

September 11, 2010

Well, even after my Ebay selling experience in April I was still determined to sell my BabyBlade and buy a bigger bike, so with no small amount of trepidation back on Ebay she went. The watchers soon mounted up again and bidding was swift, especially towards the end of the auction. She once again made reserve so I was happy with the price.

This time though the buyer actually wanted her and promptly paid the deposit I wanted and plans were soon made for her to come and collect her. I actually breathed a sigh of relief at this point and on the 22nd May my 400 went home with her new owner.  I must admit to being quite cut up about seeing her go, but I felt it was for the best and she was going to a lady rider who had just passed her test and, like me when I bought her, fell in love with her in her photos and decided that this was the bike she wanted…

Once she was gone the hunt for a replacement bike was promptly restarted. I’d kinda given up looking for a new bike after the last sale fell through as I was getting annoyed about the whole thing.

As I previously said I was looking for a 600cc – 750cc bike with fairings to take me to and from work all year round.. While I love my Fireblade, the last part of my journey to work is round some very small country lanes and to be honest the Blade isn’t really the best bike for this kind of road, she like to have her legs stretched on bigger ones. I had a hunt round and kinda decided I wanted a ZZR600. It ticked the boxes, well most of them and seeing as it was going to be my daily ride that was good enough for me.   So the hunt started in ernest to find one.

1997 ZZR600

The only thing with them was I wasn’t particularly keen on the tail section, it just looks wrong in my opinion but as it was to be a daily bad weather bike I thought I could put up with it.. If the worst came to the worst I could always do a few mods and change it.

Then one evening while I was trawling Ebay and Bike Trader (To me there is nothing better than bike shopping 😀 ) I came across one of these…….. And promptly fell in love!

Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat

I swiftly changed all my search parameters on the interweb and the hunt was on..  I reckoned I had up to about £1500 to buy one with, what with the proceeds of the BabyBlade sale and the cash I would be able to add to the pot and this meant I should be able to buy summat pretty good with my money 😀

On the same evening I sold my BabyBlade this popped up on Ebay 😀  manufactured in 1997, imported to the UK in 2002, less than 20,000 on the clock and had a whole shed load of money spent in the last year or so on things like a complete new stainless exhaust system, new tyres, new pads, chain and sprockets, etc.

1997 Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat

I immediately sent a message to the owner asking about a buy it now price, we talked on the phone and one was agreed, with the proviso that if the bike wasn’t as it was described I would not be buying it.. The following weekend saw us driving to Portsmouth with the cash and after seeing the bike said money was handed over and she was mine 🙂

Right from the first ride I knew I had picked the right bike for me 😀 While she is a little higher than my Blade with her tweaked seat, and a little heavier, I very soon got used to her.  The higher bars make her so much better to ride into work and she’s seriously comfortable and as for how well she goes.. Lets just say she is more than capable of making the run to and from work an absolute pleasure 😉

Here she is, still on the truck after getting home in the rain.

'Cat On A Truck

And here she is once she’d been scrubbed and polished 😀

1997 Thundercat

1997 Thundercat

1997 Thundercat


Oh Wow :-)

March 21, 2010

I took my Fireblade out for her first proper run this afternoon after lowering the seat.. and my oh my 🙂

It’s so easy to ride, so smooth and effortless and I’m totally in love 🙂

I took it along some A roads, some round town roads (stopping for a coffee in Brackley) and then for a quick blat up the motorway, taking me home.  After my 400 I definately (hardly surprising really) noticed the increase in power.  I was quite happily cruising along in 3rd, enjoying the nice weather and the roads and glanced down at my speedo and was shocked to see I was doing 70mph!!! I only thought I was doing about 50.. oops 😉

I’m now going to keep a very close eye on the weather every day, good weather with no hint of rain means I’ll be taking the Fireblade to work, dodgy weather or even a hint of rain and I’ll be riding the 400 in.


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 Adjuster Kits – Suzuki Models

July 18, 2009

The manufacturers of motorcycle always design their machines for the ‘average’ rider, but unfortunately there is no such thing.  Now if you are looking at buying yourself a Suzuki you may find that you absolutely love a particular model but the ride height is either a little high or low for you to feel comfortable and safe.

Thanks to companies such as HyperPro you can still have the bike you want as you can adjust the ride height so that the bike is a perfect fit for you.  The HyperPro Ride Height Adjuster Kits can make the motorbike up to 40mm lower or 30mm higher.

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

The kits come supplied with full fitting instructions but, as always, if you are not sure you will be able to do the job it may be best to take your bike into your nearest bike workshop and have them do it for you.

Don’t forget that if you are adjusting the ride height of the bike you may also need to adjust other things such as the length of the side stand as well as the front fork set up.

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

BMW

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 Suzuki Motorbikes

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

DR-Z 400 S ’00> (Lowering Kit)
DR-Z 400 SM ’00> (Lowering Kit)
GS 500 E `89> (Lowering Kit)
GSF 600 N BANDIT `95-`99 (Lowering & Raising Kit)
GSF 600 S+N BANDIT ’00> (Lowering & Raising Kit)
GSR 600 `06 (Lowering Kit)
GSX 600 F `98> (Lowering & Raising Kit)
GSX-R 600 `96-`00 (Lowering Kit)
GSX-R 600 ’01-’05 (Lowering Kit)
GSX-R 600 `06> (Lowering Kit)
GSX-R 600 ’06-’07 (Lowering Kit)
RF 600 R `93> (Lowering Kit)
RF 600 R `93-`97 (Lowering & Raising Kit)
DL 650 V-STROM `04> (Lowering Kit)
GSF 650 (S) BANDIT `05> (Lowering Kit)
SV 650 ’03> (Lowering Kit)
SV 650 N `99-`02 (Lowering & Raising Kit)
SV 650 S `99-`02 (Lowering & Raising Kit)
GSX 750 F `98> (Lowering & Raising Kit)
GSX-R 750 ’00-’05 (Lowering Kit)
GSX-R 750 ’06-’07 (Lowering Kit)
GSX-R 750 W (T>) `96-`99 (Lowering Kit)
RF 900 R `94> (Lowering & Raising Kit)
DL 1000 V-STROM ’02> (Lowering Kit)
GSX-R 1000 ’01-’04 (Lowering Kit)
GSX-R 1000 `05> (Lowering Kit)
SV 1000 N ’03> (Lowering Kit)
SV 1000 S ’03> (Lowering Kit)
GSF 1200 BANDIT `95-`99 (Lowering & Raising Kit)
GSF 1200/S BANDIT ’00> (Lowering Raising Kit)
GSF 1250 BANDIT `07> (Lowering Kit)
GSX-R 1300 HAYABUSA `99> (Lowering & Raising Kit)