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Old 23rd July 2009, 10:07   #1
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I have been trying to ask this in another thread, however I feel that a new thread would get better response.

I am short and stout person, and am barely able to handle the bullet, primarily due to the height factor. In the city conditions I do pretty okay, however I need to actually reduce the height a bit to feel more confident and comfortable.

The first option that comes to mind is Downsizing and low profile tyre. Maybe a modified seat ?

How low can one go on a Bull ? what would be the effects on that ?
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I have seen some bullets with smaller rims and tyres, that may be the best possible solution.
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Shashank, 18 rims for both wheels will help, i guess have suggested the same in another thread.
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First option would be to reduce the height of seat.
But remember thin seat will make your butt sore after long rides.

However, this would be the cheapest option.

Lower profile tyres will also help - but at the cost of handling and stability.

Smaller wheels will be the most expensive option here.
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Lower profile tyres will also help - but at the cost of handling and stability.
Are low profile tyres less stable ?

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Smaller wheels will be the most expensive option here.
How small can I go ?

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I dont think low profile tyres will make much difference. besides with all that weight you would need some really good quality tyres if going low profile.

Try to source 18 inch rims which will fit the bullet although I am not sure how easy or touch it would be.

Did you try modifying your seat? That would be the easiest to do & revert back. I know of people who have done such mods for Pulsars.

Go to some good seat guy, he will cut of a good chunk of foam (not randomly but in calculated manner) which should give you height advantage without compromising much on comfort.
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Old 23rd July 2009, 14:06   #7
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Seat is something I will get done. With my weight, anyhow the stock seat gets uncomfortable after some time. I guess it has a metal frame, and when you are sitting on for too long, the foam goes down and the metal frame starts to press against the body. This leads to reduced circulation of blood, and some inconvenience.
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Switching to 18" will be the best option.. even i hate the 19".. too tall.. but the spoke pattern of the bull is of a concern.. the usual bike rims has a 36 nos spoke pattern.. i believe bull has 40 or something.. correct me if im wrong. If its 36, you should be able to use the rear rim of Classic CBZ.. we RD350ians use this rim as our OE alternative

The new Bullet Classic500 EFI has 18" Rims & Tyres.. try to get a pair.. if you have some contacts @ Royal Enfield Factory.. wont be easy though.. or just wait.. untill the Classic500 hits the Indian roads

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or just wait.. untill the Classic500 hits the Indian roads
IMHO That would be quite a wait

I would definitely say a Seat alteration would be the first option, the second option will be a wheel resizing operation.

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You can also get some idea from a local seat guy and for patterns you can see whats available on these websites.
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I beleive 18 inch rims give you a wider choice of tyres as well.
M45 / TVS Jumbo / Monster. Of which I feel the M45 has the best grip by far.
Besides the hub (36 spoke ) what are changes are required to be made when stepping down to 18 ?
Lohitrao is a TVS Jumbo 120/80 a staright fit or are any modifications needed ?
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Pardon my ignorance!

Would a 18 inch rim in front with the smaller hub cause a problem while attaching the disk brake ?
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if you wanna go lower go crazy with Eliminator rear rims. Seen quite a few of these mods as well.

Also RE discs on 18" is not an issue
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You can get both hubs altered with 36 holes and use any 36 spoke rim. Stick to 18 front and rear for best handling. 15 at the rear is possible with mods to the swingarm, but it wil make the handling lazy. Go to an independent bullet wshop for wheel mods.
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call my mech jitender (he does raid prep as well as service including 16" rear tyyres on fiero etc). 9810550243. give my ref - red pulsar 180. he will help and CHEAPLY/RELIABLY!
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Lower the rear frame on which the rear mudguard is mounted. Several mounting points of the mudguard may have to be changed. This is the easiest and safest option. However, ride quality may suffer making it a little uncomfortable on bumps and ditches.
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