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If I get a 310r, I will definitely have to lower it and possibly change the handlebars, or at least find riders or something to adapt them for my size, as someone here suggested he did for his wife.
Although the bmw dealership would perform the labor, the actual lowering part is aftermarket. So, would that void the warranty?
 

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Will you be dropping the forks through as well ? what about side stand length ?


I would think if you have a word with the dealer he would I hope probably say would not effect warranty.
 

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Don't be scared. Just do it!

If I didn't perform the modifications so that my wife would have the confidence to ride it, it would just sit there and become a paperweight.

Personally, I don't give a sheat what BMW or the dealer thinks.
Plus, my wife is an attorney. My take is this... if there is ever a dispute, BMW can spend $10k (just a number I'm throwing out there) to send an attorney to court or just fix the **** bike. I wonder what a reasonable person would do? :)

Kidding aside. Just do it. It's easy.

By the way, the handlebar is slightly too wide for someone small. I replaced the handlebar with the one from a Yamaha MT-07.
 

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You have at least a $1,000+ in mods. Maybe you should consider a Kawasaki 300 or 400 Ninja first, they have a relaxed riding position.


I understand the reach problem which is why I will probably never have a 600 or higher as I am pressed against the gas tank just to reach the handles. Pulling handles back would make it un-rideable.


Another problem you may run into is the helmet. You need a sport helmet designed for a forward riding position so you have more vertical view. Helmet needs to be real snug so it does not slide (rotate) forward and obstruct your vertical view. Nothing worse than having to constantly push the chin up of the helmet while trying to drive.


If there is a Hyosung dealer near you, try sitting on the GD250R or N and see hoe it feels. It should be almost half the price of a new 310R and for a first bike you can't beat it. Not as powerful as 310 34hp vs 28hp but power delivery is very linear so it won't pull away from you and is very forgiving and handles as well as the RC390.


I am going to assume you don't weigh much so dealer will need to adjust sag which may help also. Basically the rear spring will be adjusted with almost no preload. Unfortunately there is no adjustment on the front forks unless you replace the cartridges.
 

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It will not effect Warranty. Unless you do engine modifications. The engine is the main warranty issue. I don't think your swingarm is going to fall off.
 

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I was also going to say the warranty would only be affected for issues associated with the modifications, not everything else. But best check with the dealer first.
 

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You have at least a $1,000+ in mods. Maybe you should consider a Kawasaki 300 or 400 Ninja first, they have a relaxed riding position.


I understand the reach problem which is why I will probably never have a 600 or higher as I am pressed against the gas tank just to reach the handles. Pulling handles back would make it un-rideable.


Another problem you may run into is the helmet. You need a sport helmet designed for a forward riding position so you have more vertical view. Helmet needs to be real snug so it does not slide (rotate) forward and obstruct your vertical view. Nothing worse than having to constantly push the chin up of the helmet while trying to drive.


If there is a Hyosung dealer near you, try sitting on the GD250R or N and see hoe it feels. It should be almost half the price of a new 310R and for a first bike you can't beat it. Not as powerful as 310 34hp vs 28hp but power delivery is very linear so it won't pull away from you and is very forgiving and handles as well as the RC390.


I am going to assume you don't weigh much so dealer will need to adjust sag which may help also. Basically the rear spring will be adjusted with almost no preload. Unfortunately there is no adjustment on the front forks unless you replace the cartridges.
Chinese bike? I don’t believe I’ve seen any dealerships around here selling those. What about. KTM Duke? Too aggressive?
 
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