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Old 09-09-2008, 07:46 PM   #1
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Should I lower my bike??

I'm thinking on dropping my bike an inch more???
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Are you tracking your bike or just riding on the street?
Is it just lowered 1 inch in the back?
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:07 PM   #5
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:09 PM   #6
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Mine is lowered 1 inch and it is not bad at all. I personally would not lower it anymore. Get use to the bike where it is now. If it is lowered 1 inch, make it work for you
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No, unless your sooping it up to "drag"


Even tho it looks pretty kool, it makes the handleing way sh*tty
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:16 PM   #8
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unless you do track days, theres no reason what so ever NOT to lower it. go ahead and do it if youre more comfortable with it lowered.
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Do you feel comfortable where it is now? It is lowered 1 ich correct? The only thing with lowering another inch is you will probably have to get another or cut the kickstand as it will sit upright too much. I would leave it at the 1 inch drop and get used to it. Have you lowered the front at all
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Everyone always tries to say don't do it because it screws up the handling(which it does) Buuuut, if you just cruise around and aren't out really railing it, then you'll be just fine. If you're interested in trackdays and/or hard country backroad riding like many here are, just learn to deal with the bike being a little too high for you.


Just because a lowered bike doesn't work for their needs, doesn't mean it wouldn't be perfect for yours.
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No, unless your sooping it up to "drag"
Even tho it looks pretty kool, it makes the handleing way sh*tty
I disagree, if it is lowered correctly this shouldn't be an issue because you will "learn" how to handle it.

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unless you do track days, theres no reason what so ever NOT to lower it. go ahead and do it if youre more comfortable with it lowered.
My Vmax is lowered 1 1/2" and it handles like a dream and I can flat foot it, my SV isn't "technically" lowered BUT the Corbin seat sits me much lower in the saddle and I can flat foot it easily.
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Everyone always tries to say don't do it because it screws up the handling(which it does) Buuuut, if you just cruise around and aren't out really railing it, then you'll be just fine. If you're interested in trackdays and/or hard country backroad riding like many here are, just learn to deal with the bike being a little too high for you.


Just because a lowered bike doesn't work for their needs, doesn't mean it wouldn't be perfect for yours.


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Old 09-09-2008, 08:31 PM   #15
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Different Strokes man! If it will make you more comfortable and you aren't looking to be the fastest most layed over rider ever, WHY NOT?
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I disagree, if it is lowered correctly this shouldn't be an issue because you will "learn" how to handle it.



My Vmax is lowered 1 1/2" and it handles like a dream and I can flat foot it, my SV isn't "technically" lowered BUT the Corbin seat sits me much lower in the saddle and I can flat foot it easily.
Your V-max is lowered? hmm I never really looked hard at it.
I was just going by the lowered bikes I have rode, and what people with lowered bikes tell me. IMO they ride like , but I have only rode a few....not enough to have an opinion lol
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There's the word... 'correctly' lowered.

One inch on any bike is fine. But when you start mounting the forks lower, you aren't mounting them to the sturdy part of the collars. A proper way to lower the front would include changing the springs within the fork tubes.

As for the rear, dogbones just change where the lower spring seat mounts so mechanically its a simple adjustment. I would recommend not going below the level of the track bar with you sitting on it, loaded.

I did lower the katana almost 3 inches for my exgf to try riding it but it hasn't seen more then a mile with her nor more then 15 with me on it since. It will be raised up again when I start riding it normally.
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I disagree, if it is lowered correctly this shouldn't be an issue because you will "learn" how to handle it.



My Vmax is lowered 1 1/2" and it handles like a dream and I can flat foot it, my SV isn't "technically" lowered BUT the Corbin seat sits me much lower in the saddle and I can flat foot it easily.
+1 Mine was lowered and stretched at one time and I liked going on those back road twisties. I had to learn how to handle it. But once I did it handled like a dream . So if you like it do it and just learn how to handle it with it lowered
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Old 09-09-2008, 09:00 PM   #20
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seems like people are lowering the rear more than the front which would change the head tube angle. wouldnt lowering it evenly to keep this angle right help it not handle any differently?
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