How I Lowered My Ducati Scrambler
With a lot of help and knowledge from people around me, I was able to lower my Ducati Scrambler full throttle by 6cm (2.4 inches), my feet aren’t flat on the floor but they’re comfortably grounded. I am 5 ft 1 (154cm) so when I completed my driving test, I always thought I would be riding choppers for the rest of my life. Little did I know, that there was a world out there where I could make the bikes work for me. I weigh 40kg (88 lbs) and the thought of balancing a 200kg (441 lbs) bike is kinda terrifying. So for me, feet flat on the floor is important. If you’re short like me, I hope this post on how I lowered my Ducati Scrambler, encourages you to not give up hope on your dream bike. These tips can be used on almost any bike, it’s not just limited to the scrambler.
1. Invest in a Lowering Kit
My bike has been lowered using a lowering kit. Luckily, I bought my bike already lowered from the dealership.
What are Lowering kits?
Lowering kits are two words thrown around a lot when shorter people are looking for motorbikes. But what does it mean? and how do they impact the biker and bike? Lowering kits usually lower the full motorbike suspension or part of it, most commonly by compressing the shock absorber. The suspension is the part that bounces up and down when you go over bumps. By lowering the suspension you reduce the ground clearance, which could mean you feel way more bumps when riding.
Where can I find them?
You can order lowering kits for the Ducati Scrambler online or even buy it at the dealership. I would advise you get it fitted by professionals.
If you decide to lower your bike, it’s important to consider your side stand. If you have a straight side stand, your bike may be overly straight when you park it, making it unstable. You will need to shorten the stand too or buy an angled one. Luckily, the Ducati Scramblers Full Throttle’s original side stand works as it is.
2. Change the seat
I replaced my original Full Throttle seat to the Cafe Racer seat. When you’re tiny like me, it’s not always about the seating height. Wider seats can be just as problematic. Luckily the Ducati Cafe racer seat is perfectly shaped and fits easily on the Scrambler.
What about the Ducati 'Lowered' Seat.
Before I bought my Ducati Scrambler, a lot of people told me about Ducati having a lowered seat for their smaller riders. After trying this seat, I wasn’t as optimistic. Sure the seat takes off 2cm (0.8 inches from the original, but for the €200 ($220) you spend, you can find cheaper, and more comfortable options.
3. Seat Customization
I didn’t need the seat customization for the Ducati Scrambler but I have used it in the past on my other bikes. If you’re shorter than me, or would like your feet even flatter on the ground, then you can invest in seat customization.
What's seat customisation?
Changing the seat and customising the seat are two different things. A seat specialist can reshape your seat, and remove foam to make it thinner. The lacking foam can be replaced by a thinner gel inlay. Ask the local dealer for recommendations nearby or google search a seating specialist.
To save money, you could try it yourself, (video below)
As a shorter rider, you can either learn to balance on one leg or invest in making some changes to your motorbike. I opted for making the changes part and I am really glad I did. I love my Ducati Scrambler and I feel a whole lot more confident about it, now that I can reach the floor. If you have any questions on how I lowered my Ducati Scrambler, leave them in the comment section below.