Join Date: May 2013
Location: Eastern Washington
Just installed 146mm Stainless Lowering Links - Beautiful
I just wanted to publicly compliment RichlandRick on his products and customer service. As a new '13 650 owner and a recent relocation to Rick's backyard (turns out we live about four miles apart), Rick spent a great deal of time answering my questions about local dealers, services, etc.
After picking up the bike at Desert Valley Powersports in Prosser, WA (also great to work with) it became readily apparent that my 29 1/2"-on-a-good-day inseam was just a little too short to be as steady as I wanted at stoplights in this city where the wind never stops gusting. I needed lowering links and Rick happened to sell a really nice set of stainless ones. Rick let me arrange to pick up the links at his shop, then gave me a half hour discourse on how to set my bike up for long range riding and how to deal with everything from the wind to head buffet and beyond.
I installed the links the next day (Rick even offered to come to my place and help, but my schedule didn't mesh with his) Not having a centerstand, I got creative with two ratchet straps around the frame exposed when the seat is removed, then hooked to the tines on a conveniently available forklift. I took just enough weight off the rear tire without lifting the tire off the ground to get the bolts to slide free. All initial bolt loosening was done with the full weight of the bike on the rear wheel. The ratchet straps allowed me to even the bike up while I was lifting the rear.
The entire job took about fifteen minutes, including raising the fork tubes to match the lowered rear. The lowering links did exactly what I needed and I am no longer tiptoeing through the tulips.
Next is to install his fork brace to help deal with these cross winds.
Thanks Rick, your products are great and your customer service is superb.