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« on: September 09, 2013, 09:07:25 AM »

So I picked up a '73 cb350f for the wife this weekend. Started first kick, not a spec of rust to be found. Real pretty! Only problem, my wife is ALMOST 5'1" and has to tip toe to reach the ground, so I have to lower it. I was thinking 11" rear shocks and pulling the fork tubes through the triples. Any thoughts on that? My only concern is that the tubes will hit the bars. Anyone know if there are risers I could get that would resolve that? And also any of your concerns that maybe I didn't consider would be appreciated. Thanks guys.
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2013, 09:46:57 AM »

Shorter rear shocks and dropping the front forks will work.  And I don't think tubes hitting the bars are a big deal other than that it might be a little unsightly.  The other way to lower a bike is to make the seat thinner and a less wide. 
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2013, 09:52:26 AM »

I initially thought of shaving the seat, but I would have find another seat pan, as this one is in mint condition, and that would only help a little. My old man is a machinist, would cutting 2" off the springs and fork tubes and retapping them be a feasible option?
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 '76 550, '81 650, '71 cb100, '72 cb100, '74 cb125s, '74 cl360, '73 cb350f
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2013, 12:17:18 PM »

That might work? but i would wait on others opinions.  I wouldn't cut anything until you make everything will work and there are no clearance issues.  Personally i wouldn't cut just because it would make it harder to re-sell.
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2013, 04:24:02 PM »

Good point. I'm thinking, after a little research I may have to do a combination of both suspension and thin/narrow the seat. Dropping the suspension about an inch seems to be (from what I've read) an ok option, but no more than that as it will interfere with cornering. It's her first bike and above all I want her to be safe. There just doesn't seem to be many options for my height restricted lady.
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 '76 550, '81 650, '71 cb100, '72 cb100, '74 cb125s, '74 cl360, '73 cb350f
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2013, 05:18:49 PM »

Yeah, i have to tippy toe to get both feet down on the 750 (5'8" with stumpy legs).  At stop lights, i usually put the left foot down flat and leave the right foot on the rear brake.   If i need to put the bike in gear or make sure its in first, right foot down, squeeze front brake on, left foot up to shifter.  I probably look ridiculous to the cars behind, but ohh well.   Wink
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