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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-22-2007, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Low or Stretched 12

Anyone riding a lowered or stretched ZX12R? I just bought an '01 ZX12R and its a wheelie machine. Full throttle in first gear is impossible. I'm planning on lowering it because its a bit tall for me. Considering getting an extended swing arm too. I know these mods will be bad for my handling, but I'm wondering how bad. Anyone already riding with these mods? How do you like it and how does it handle. I'm more of a straight liner but I don't want to just throw my handling out the window.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-26-2007, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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I know you guys are riding lowered 12's. Does anyone have any input?

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-10-2007, 10:36 AM
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I've got a 2000 12 R with a 6" extended arm and it certainly affects the handling around the city but not horribly so. I was amazed when I got it out to some really great roads in TN how well it did handle. The one thing it absolutely does is eliminate unintended wheelies.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-10-2007, 10:54 AM
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By placing your body hard against the tank you can eliminate most all of the wheelie nonsense without compromising the 12's excellent handling..or marring it's beauty. Unless you are already really a slug on challenging roads, any change in wheelbase will have an adverse effect on handling.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-10-2007, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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I drag race. I've never been really good at the twisties. Though now that I own the 12 I'm really impressed on how well it turns especially for such a big bike. It really gives me the confidence to lean harder into the corners. Before this bike I had a ZX11. It never felt like it could carve a corner. I order lowering links for the 12 that have not arrived yet. I'll ride them for a while before I decide on a 4 inch over arm.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-30-2007, 12:48 PM
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i have a 2000 and it is lowered 2 inches and stretched six and i live in az and play in the corners on a weekly basis and have no problems and it looks a hell of alot better
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-20-2008, 06:04 AM
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With my Koenig pan I have for sale, you wont even have to worry about ground clearance......, and hold even more oil........
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-28-2008, 05:05 PM
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i have a 02 streched 8 inches and lowered 3 and a half and love it dont have to worry about the wheelies and it dont handle that bad at all i ride twisties and drag oh yea i have mine straped in the front too
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-08-2008, 02:58 PM
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My bike's on the lowest setting's on muzzy link's and the the fork's are lowered 1"

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