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Find another dealer that knows what they're doing Buell sells an XB12cg which is a lowered version of the standard XB12.

I'm sure those parts are available. In the meantime you can bring it over to my house and I'll ride it around for you. ;-)
 

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You want to be able to have both feet flat on the ground, whether you're experienced or not. Don't worry about the bike's handling changing because you've lowered the bike, get it lowered. Just make sure that it's lowered the same for both front and rear. You might have to get the kickstand shortened also. I'm not going to ask how much your friend is going to charge you for that custom suspension; you'll have to decide whether he's taking you to the cleaners or not.

The previous suggestions for learning on a different bike before riding the 1200cc Buell are good ones. Get a Kawasaki Ninja 250. The new 2008 model is what I'd like to suggest, because it's way cool. But, of course, you really should get a used bike, so an older model is what makes sense.
There is no need to have both feet flat on the ground. My GT1000 is pretty high (I'm 5-10) and my feet aren't flat on the ground and I'm fine. The Hypermotard is even higher and I had no concerns while riding it in city traffic.

For a beginner I'd say yes. If you're experienced, it would be impossible on a lot of bikes unless you're 6-4.
 

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+1 on lowering it and not worrying about the handling. Only a pro rider on a track might tell the difference.

BTW. You have been given a valuable clue. Many dealers and mechanics don't have the slightest idea what they are talking about and just make stuff up as they go along.
That's why my wrench friend calls them "parts changers."
 
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