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Chunkstar
30-01-18, 18:24
My wife passed her test last December.
She is a small lady so most bikes way too tall.
We have the chance of this gladius nice bike but too tall it has lowering kit but thatís not great and man says he took it off due to poor handling.
My question is
Will my wife really know the difference at this stage new biker ?
Or spend £800 at revs racing Halesowen on Wilber shock and reworked forks and set up for wife .
I tempted to do the suspension properly but it makes the gladius not cheap anymore.
Has anyone done this to a bike ie tried the cheap kit then paid more to have it done

Looking forward to any ideas thoughts regarding this dilemma

Nice 'n' Fat
30-01-18, 18:30
Did you qualify what he meant by 'poor handling'?

Chunkstar
30-01-18, 18:42
Not so good turn in I think he was implying

Ash
30-01-18, 18:53
Why not let her try it b4 spending big bucks on something you may not need.
As you state she might not knew the difference...

Smogbob
30-01-18, 18:54
Off topic but the Honda Rebel 500 ABS is a great bike for starter riders, and has a really low seat of 27 inches, so no messing around with the geometry of the bike.

https://powersports.honda.com/2017/rebel-500.aspx

https://preview.ibb.co/f6gmJm/Honda.png (https://ibb.co/gVYNr6)
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Chunkstar
30-01-18, 18:56
She likes those a lot lol so yeah maybe that’s a better idea than older bike and spending on suspension

Nice 'n' Fat
30-01-18, 18:57
Not so good turn in I think he was implying

I wonder if he remembered to pull the forks up through the yokes to even things out? :rolleyes:

Smogbob
30-01-18, 19:02
She likes those a lot lol so yeah maybe that’s a better idea than older bike and spending on suspension

Good little write up here, better go with the 500 if she likes it, although the 300 is lighter ultimately when she gets confidence a bigger bike will be needed, so go 500.

https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2017/03/30/2017-honda-rebel-500-300-first-ride-review-13-fast-facts/

Chunkstar
30-01-18, 19:02
I wonder if he remembered to pull the forks up through the yokes to even things out? :rolleyes:

This is it I’m still trying to work out 3k on gladius and the 40mm off kit and lower forks
3k plus 800 to get new shock new forks all set up
Or 5k on Honda rebel or 6500 on street twin she likes street twin best out but it’s big not tall but big for 1st bike.
Ps I could ride the street twin but would look like a elephant on the rebel lol gladius in the middle size wise

Smogbob
30-01-18, 19:06
Let her test ride them all first and she will know what is comfortable for her, I bet she feels easier on the Honda, it really is low, but good fun, for a first bike.

bisbee
30-01-18, 19:07
Have a look at a Honda CBR 500r ideal for the shorter rider?

Ash
30-01-18, 19:12
Have a look at a Honda CBR 500r ideal for the shorter rider?

And great reliability..
I was following one up hill on the 700 GS & was a tad supprised at the way it pulled....

Chunkstar
30-01-18, 19:15
Have a look at a Honda CBR 500r ideal for the shorter rider?


She doesn’t like plastic fantastics ,

bisbee
30-01-18, 19:55
She doesn’t like plastic fantastics ,

Fair enough but the X version might fit the bill

http://www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles/range/adventure/cb500x-2016/overview.html

Chunkstar
30-01-18, 20:03
Fair enough but the X version might fit the bill

http://www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles/range/adventure/cb500x-2016/overview.html

Err! :nenau:nenau 810mm seat height

moody
31-01-18, 08:30
It is not easy to test ride a lowered bike.
Some training schools use lowered the Gladius so the handling canít be that bad.
Having said that, it might be worth considering an ER6 or a Kawasaki Z650 ( lovely light bike) - they can be lowered quite easily and handle very well.

Chunkstar
01-02-18, 07:24
Well wife likes the bike great
Seeing it again tomorrow in daylight as at night can't always see things.
We will go with lowering kit then upgrade to a full suspension rebuild and custom rear shock when she has more confidence.

Chunkstar
03-02-18, 14:55
http://http://www.cmcbikes.com/used-motorcycle/2009-suzuki-sfv650-for-sale-5a6d449609264



Bought it:thumb2 my wife :D::D

moody
03-02-18, 20:38
http://http://www.cmcbikes.com/used-motorcycle/2009-suzuki-sfv650-for-sale-5a6d449609264



Bought it:thumb2 my wife :D::D
The link doesn’t work.

Chunkstar
03-02-18, 22:57
http://www.cmcbikes.com/used-motorcycle/2009-suzuki-sfv650-for-sale-5a6d449609264

Santa-2512
04-02-18, 08:47
My mate has a Gladius,

Its a tiny bike to start with, your Mrs must be very petite :)

Stick her on a GS, once its rolling its just a bike.

I work with a guy who rode a street triple, he needed to hang off the bike to get

his foot down. Anythings possible if you find the right approach

Congrats on your Mrs passing her test :thumby:

ShakeyBMW
04-02-18, 09:54
It certainly sounds like the bloke who fitted the lowering kit didnít do it properly. These kits usually add a longer suspension linkage (dogbone) to drop the rear end but as others have said here, you also need to drop the front end to match or else steering will suffer.

Chunkstar
04-02-18, 18:56
Ok insurance now!
We had quote of £270 but we say it's been lowered now 690 !!
This is to lower bike to make it's safer for my wife how can this be right ?
Anyone have experience of this?