Newbie with Her Honda CBR 600 F

by Merve
(Istanbul, Turkey)

Hi all! My name is Merve and I live in Istanbul, Turkey :) I'm 24 years old and it's my first motorcycle: 2004 Honda CBR 600 F. I got some training with Honda CBF 150 and I learned to ride with it. When I finally got my own ride 600 f, everything was perfect... till I started to down it :( I could only ride it 4 times (in the traffic - well you need to see what traffic means in Istanbul) and I fell it down 3 times :( The major problem with me is my height. I'm 5.38 feet (164 cm) tall and I only can catch the ground with my toe tip. I couldn't find any women motorcycle club in Istanbul and men couldn't really help me with my problem because they can't understand it. So I've found you and decided to share it with you :) I hope someone can give me some ideas or share her experience so I can have a huge smile on my face when I ride my bike.

Thank you very much.

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May 05, 2011
by: Merve


First of all thank you very much for your answer, it's good to know that I'm not alone :)

My husband rides a Honda CBR 600 RR, he also tries to help me but there are some points that unfortunately he can't do anything.
Lower shocks and thinned seat are done.. I went to a shoe repair shop today. I explained my problem and asked their opinion, luckily they told me that if I bring my boots they can make the boots' sole thicker from inside and also from outside. That gives me 6 cm and I think that solves my problem :)

I think it's also about balance because normally I can hold my motorcycle very easily. But when I stop somewhere downgrade or when I brake a little bit hard and sudden, that's when I fell my motorcycle. I think with a little bit more experience on my bike will also help me with my height problem.

I'll keep you posted on my progress :)

May 05, 2011
Bike Height
by: Judy

There are items called "lowering links" that are sometimes called "Dog bones" which are links that the rear shock absorber mount to the frame with.

If you try some of the largest U.S. websites you can find them. Do you have any tools? I know it can be expensive and difficult in some places to have work done on your bike. Changing this link can lower the bike -- but keep in mind it can change how the bike rides a bit. Here are some choices:

Honda CBR Lowering Kits

If you decide to try this yourself, take pictures from all angles of the suspension to help ensure you can put it back together correctly.

Another thing you can do is shave some foam off your seat. Do this by removing it from the mount, taking the cover off CAREFULLY and be sure once you've got the foam off to take it, little by little from the BOTTOM OF THE SEAT where the foam touches the seat pan/base. This way, the shape of the seat will not change. This is very important.

Good luck!

May 05, 2011
Lower It
by: Lynn - Florida

I'm short too so I can relate. If you love the bike, have it lowered. Take it to the motorcycle shop and ask them to do it right away before you get too discouraged. Send us a picture!

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