Lowering My Ride

Short Stature – A person who is below typical height. In developed countries, this typically includes adult men who are shorter than 163 centimetres (5 ft 4 in) tall and adult women who are shorter than 150 centimetres (4 ft 11 in) tall. (Wikipedia)

I’m 5 ft tall. I just scrap into the “average” height range apparently, but yet I find myself staring up nostrils of the rest of you average and above folk.

Reading a great article by Experimental GhostMake your bike fit like a comfortable pair of jocks. got me thinking about my bike. The article regarding items such as Handlebar position, Clutch and front brake lever position, Foot brake position, and Gear selector position gave me a “light bulb” moment. To see more great articles and photographs by Experimental Ghost click

I ride a Yamaha V-Star 650. I have been struggling with my foot brake. I broke my leg (fib and tib snapped right through) a few years back and have limited movement at the ankle after 8 months in a wheel chair and 15 months rehab, so sliding my foot from the peg to the lever meant I had to raise my foot off the peg and place it on the brake. The brake lever was too high. Remind me to tell you how I broke my leg another day. It’s hilariously boring and no, I was not riding a motor bike.

I buy gloves from the kids section. I felt like I was trying to put my hands around a large bottle of beer when operating the hand levers.

Lowering the bike was something I had thought of doing but now became part of my modifications list.

I have always needed to take up hems and shorten arms in my clothes so I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me to modify my bike. So thanks to EG and a conversation with MM which went along the lines of “Babe I was thinking…” my bike has been modified and I can’t wait to try her out.

Lowering the Bike. The technical version is, this thingy;

Lowering pin


goes in this curly bit.

Lowering Pin 2


Working on the bike. Lowered, foot brake adjusted, hand levers replaced and adjusted. I’m happy with the gear selector at the moment but will test out the handle bar position next ride.

Jacked up




Foot Brake




Brake lever


I have to thank MM who surprised me with a postal pack from Cruiser Customising USA  and worked on the bike. These are my flowers, my diamonds and pearls. A gift from the heart and the head 🙂



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6 Responses to Lowering My Ride

  1. You ride a bike? That’s awesome!
    I rode an Enfield Bullet for a few months in India – insane traffic! Cows, monkeys, elephants, plus all kind of weird vehicles.


  2. Thank you for the mention. I hope it all goes to plan for you 🙂


    • Thanks, the next step is to complete a course or two and ‘gulp” get an open licence. I always ride with MM so have never bothered to upgrade from my RE to a R motorbike licence. Ian Watson Driver Training Centre at Murrumba Downs is close. I’ll check them out. One of your other articles got me thinking… I’ve just been slack.


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