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Offline Happy Chappy

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Advice on lowering a Yamaha XT660R
« on: December 18, 2014, 11:57:14 am »
Hi my fellow bikers

I am interested to buy a Yamaha XT660R.

I am a real shorty (1.67m). Is there a way to lower the bike so that I can reach the ground? I have to lower the bike between 5 to 8 cm.
 I am not going to ride out mountains or anything, just the normal gravel road or 2. And of course the potholes in the lovely South Africa.

I heard about lowering links, but not sure how safe it will be.
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Re: Advice on lowering a Yamaha XT660R
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2014, 01:38:20 pm »
I have a brand new Wilbers shock that I could shorten for you (the original shock can't be opened as far as I remember).
I can also shorten the front forks internally (fully reversible).
I wouldn't recommend lowering links as they change the linkage geometry - the rear wheel might hit the inside of the rear mud guard...
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Offline milesd

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Re: Advice on lowering a Yamaha XT660R
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2014, 02:37:58 pm »
Also start by lowering your seat. Just carve it out and recover it. You will already gain a few cm there.
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