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Old 01-08-2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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Lowering a bike.

I over heard this sales guy tell a new rider that he can lower the motorcycle and make it feel lighter. Is this true? It sounded like bs.
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Not an expert, but it does change the wheelbase, and center of gravity. My GSXR-600 came lowered, but I raised the rear end which made it easier to lean into corners.
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don't know about feeling lighter. but it would mess with your lines tho.
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don't know about feeling lighter. but it would mess with your lines tho.
What do you mean?
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It does appear to be lighter in some aspects, because as mentioned above it lowers the CG (center of gravity).
It doesn't mess with your lines, it messes with the way the bike handles/turns.
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Shouldn't say "appear", but seems to be lighter. Weight is still the same
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this might help to explain it

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle...cycle_dynamics
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Alright thanks, I am asking because I while buying my new stryker vest I saw an 02 r6 with 4234 miles with trading my bike I would be looking at paying only 2300ish with all the dealer fees etc. But I would need to lower it. Any lowering links that yall might suggest?
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Nope. I would HIGHLY and STRONGLY recommend learning how to operate the bike without lowering!!!!! I've known plenty of "short statured" women and men that ride a stock height bike!

Known some that started with a lowered bike, rode for a while, then finally were convinced to go back to stock and learned how much of a world of difference in handling and turning!!
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Nope. I would HIGHLY and STRONGLY recommend learning how to operate the bike without lowering!!!!! I've known plenty of "short statured" women and men that ride a stock height bike!

Known some that started with a lowered bike, rode for a while, then finally were convinced to go back to stock and learned how much of a world of difference in handling and turning!!
Happened to me.
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ehhh what about have both feet flat on the ground?
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Don't need both feet on the ground!
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I would not lower a bike. Lots of engineering to deign the bikes the way they come. Adjusting the suspension pre-load and rebound is an entirely different story and something I do right away to my new bikes. Good luck ..
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ehhh what about have both feet flat on the ground?
I am 6' tall, but most of the time I only have one foot on the ground for balance. I like the challenge.
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Yep im 5' 4"....
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TRISH rides a stock 600. Have you seen my movies?
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If you are that uncomfortable than lower it. You can always raise it back up if you want.
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TRISH rides a stock 600. Have you seen my movies?
Wait! What?! :eek:


Just kidding!

Unless you're drag racing, don't lower the bike, assuming you get it or any other SS bike!
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If you are that uncomfortable than lower it. You can always raise it back up if you want.
I think I will take this advise! If I get it I will ride it home stock and if i don''t feel comfortable ill lower.
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i ended up getting comfortable on mine. i bought lowering links and ended us never using them. after a few months you'll get used to it.
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