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Old 11-07-2011, 11:16 PM   #1
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Bought a bike with a six inch swing arm extension. How much does it affect handling? Not gonna take it to the track. Didn't like it at first but starting to grow on me.
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:29 PM   #2
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Bought a bike with a six inch swing arm extension. How much does it affect handling? Not gonna take it to the track. Didn't like it at first but starting to grow on me.
In my opinion, it ruins the handling of the motorcycle. When I bought mine, it was lowered and felt like it did not want to lean. Raised it up to stock height and felt alot better in the twisties. These days wheel baises are being designed a little shorter to aid in handling. Streatched frame might not help you when you have to ask the bike to do what you want it to do.
Keep it stock and add carbon fiber, unless you are drag racing a bike. Oh, and it's hard to do wheelies on a streached swing arm.
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:53 AM   #4
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It's really personal preference. 6 inch stretch doesnt make that big of a handling difference streetwise IMO. Plus you get a better holeshot
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:10 AM   #5
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Its a matter of preference and mentioned above the type of riding you'll be doing.

A shorter wheel base, more positive caster and higher center of gravity equal faster turn in response with less effort.
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for everyday street riding youll be just fine. if you like it, leave it on.
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:47 PM   #7
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Its not too big a difference. IMO lowering them make more of a difference in turning
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:34 PM   #8
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It was also lowered. Will prob keep the swing arm but put it back to stock hight. Not taking it to the track just to the forest. Got pics on my phone but dont know how to post on here. Thanks for the info. Taking into the shop for them to check it out and see how much to bring it back up.
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:38 PM   #9
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Depends.. Do you plan to drag race it?
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For riding around town, you'll be fine. If you're into the twisties, shorten it up and raise it up. My bike sits 2 inches off the ground, and stretched about 3 inches, i can't go any longer unless i raise the bike. The rear of the bike acts loose on sharp fast turns cause theres no weight on the rear tire cause it's stretched, you can also tighting up the rear spring, that's what i did helped out alot, plus it doesn't bottom out as much on bumps in the road. It all depends what you're looking for, the look, or the performance on how you like to ride.....
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:54 PM   #11
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Not gonna drag it. Think ill just raise it up. Hit a speed bump the other day at the rally. I have a triumph that I take on the twisties. Has racing exhaust on it and its freaking hot! Heard I could have the pipes wrapped. Cost $60 just for the wraps. Wonder if its worth it?
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:17 PM   #12
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The speedo is off by about 15mph also. Is that do to the longer chain and swing arm?
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:38 AM   #13
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Its due to the gear ratio of the sprockets. Get a speedohealer to fix the speedo and ODO
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