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Alrighty, here goes...

I just started riding. I took the MSF course, got my license, and I have a bike. It's a Buell xb12r. And I'm a 5'4" 115 lb female. The problem I'm having is that I'm tip-toeing on the bike. Otherwise, the bike fits me fine (I can reach the handle bars comfortably, I can turn easily...ect). When I sit on the bike the heel of my foot doesn't touch. To a somewhat experienced rider, I guess you could get by with that. I could probably get by, but it makes me a little nervous (mainly when I come to a stop). I've already dropped it once, and my hubby is gonna have a cow if I drop it again. Thankfully I was already completly stopped at a stop sign; boy was that embarrassing. Ended up with only a broken footpeg and a scratch on the turn signal.

We've talked with the guys up at the Harley dealership about getting the bike lowered. Problem is that they've never lowered a Buell and they aren't sure it can even be done. I've talked with some guys here at work, and they say it can be done but it will screw with how the bike handles. We have a friend who has a friend who works as a tech for Buell and he said if I give him my height and pant inseam he will try and build me a custom suspension. The only other thing I can think of is to wear some really thick-soled boots, but that's going to screw with the shifter. And the only thick-soled ones I can find are thoes gothic-looking ones at Hot Topic.

So I guess what I'm asking is for anyone's advice on what I should do. Or if they've had this problem, and what they did about it. Or if they've ever lowered a Buell before, and how it turned out.

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