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Offline Jaycee_QD

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Re: Lowering a Z900
Reply #10 on: February 20, 2021, 07:59:24 AM

Hey, I saw this today, and remembered about your post.
This little thing (don't quite sure about whats in English called, in Chinese we call it Dog bone) will reduce 30mm of your bike.
I hope this will help you

Offline mckaya1

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Re: Lowering a Z900
Reply #11 on: February 20, 2021, 01:16:44 PM
Awesome thank you! We also call them dog bones in english :)

Offline bobw

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Re: Lowering a Z900
Reply #12 on: March 03, 2021, 05:25:51 PM
Looking at the plates shown I would check they are steel and not aluminium as some sites sell aluminium ones.I have Lust racing lowering plates on mine and dropped forks 15mm ground clearance is reduced but its not affected on road clearance too much after all its not a race bike.i would sugest that you could try a 2017-2019 seat as its a lot thinner but comfort is poor which is why a comfort seat is bought 2020 models come with thicker comfort seat as standard.going on your body weight I would check your  rear sag you could probably get away with reducing spring preload which would lower bike slightly as well.
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Offline hazy

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Re: Lowering a Z900
Reply #13 on: March 03, 2021, 06:09:36 PM
pretty sure the 2020 doesn't come standard with the comfort seat, at least here in the US....seat on my 2020 looks just like the prior gens...

Offline bobw

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Re: Lowering a Z900
Reply #14 on: March 03, 2021, 06:18:59 PM
*Originally Posted by hazy [+]
pretty sure the 2020 doesn't come standard with the comfort seat, at least here in the US....seat on my 2020 looks just like the prior gens...
UK 2020 models come with comfort seat as standard unlike an option on previous years.As OP is here in UK I thought comment relevant
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Offline hazy

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Re: Lowering a Z900
Reply #15 on: March 03, 2021, 06:42:53 PM
Ahhh yes, quite relevant.  Didn't realize OP was in UK...guess I should work on my attention to detail hhaha - something I've sorely been lacking in on occasion  :821:

Offline Flywalker

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Re: Lowering a Z900
Reply #16 on: March 24, 2021, 11:43:56 AM
We used 20mm lowering links(dog bones), shaved/reshaped the seat which dropped another 20mm, pulled the forks up and installed a shorter stand. Rider is same weight and height. We have gone with aftermarket suspension front and back.

Offline Lowflyingowl

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Re: Lowering a Z900
Reply #17 on: April 18, 2021, 03:24:17 AM
I used lowering links from t-rex-racing.com. Also picked up their adjustable sidestand. This lowered the Z by 2 inches. Also dropped the front by about 1.75.

I still bounced over the road since at that time I weighed 145. had the suspension adjusted as soft as possible.
Post-pandemic now up to 150 and, with gear and SW-Motech bags, I find the suspension a little too soft. Getting some front-end dive in braking.I

Still happy with the height. Inseam 28 inches.

So I'd recommend lowering it first, adjust the sag and ride for a few thousand miles.  I've got 45k miles on and don't feel a need for new suspension. Only you can tell what feels right for you, but I'd hold off on new suspension until I had 10k or so.
Hope this helps!

Offline broderp

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Re: Lowering a Z900
Reply #18 on: May 08, 2021, 03:28:32 AM
So how does lowering the bike impact its performance and ride characteristics?  Not trying to be a jerk, but perhaps modifying the bike will negatively impact the owners expectations- in which case they probably should find a more suitable motorcycle.

As an example, I wanted a Ninja, but modifying it to suit my bad back and change the riding posture etc was a path I didn't need to take.  In the end made no sense when the Z series was already im the proper riding position and fit my needs.   :084:
Last Edit: May 08, 2021, 03:29:22 AM by broderp

Offline Flywalker

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Re: Lowering a Z900
Reply #19 on: May 08, 2021, 04:44:46 AM
*Originally Posted by broderp [+]
So how does lowering the bike impact its performance and ride characteristics?  Not trying to be a jerk, but perhaps modifying the bike will negatively impact the owners expectations- in which case they probably should find a more suitable motorcycle.

As an example, I wanted a Ninja, but modifying it to suit my bad back and change the riding posture etc was a path I didn't need to take.  In the end made no sense when the Z series was already im the proper riding position and fit my needs.   :084:

We lowered the bike equally front and back - 20mm both ends and took another 20mm out of the seat. It rides about the same as prior to dropping it, but if you go hard into a corner without hanging off you might grind hard parts.
Last Edit: May 08, 2021, 04:45:25 AM by Flywalker