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post #1 of 19 Old 11-02-2019, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Lowering my V

I've got a 2012 Vee. At my age (soon to be 70) I can still get my leg up over the bike to get on and off. However, it's getting harder and harder.

I'm thinking about getting a new shock that will lower the bike and inch and cutting down the kick stand. I don't want to change the cockpit because it's so comfortable. I know I can lower the front and lowering links in the back. I've done that on bikes before, but it changes the suspension. I'd like to keep everything the same, just an inch lower.

I'd like to hear information from any Strommers that have done this.

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easiest and cheapest way is to just replace the rear links. I dropped mine 3/4 inch in about 15 minutes.
https://www.adventuretech.biz/gen-1-...-1-dl1000.html

Didn't seem to make any appreciable difference in suspension feel, but yiu can always adjust the preloads.
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Cheapest, easiest, and possibly best way is to use lowering links and raise the fork tubes.

https://www.adventuretech.biz/raisin...ing-links.html

I say possibly best because you retain the full travel of the rear shock and handling is not adversely effected. In theory the lower center of gravity improves handling. But I have never ever heard anyone claim improved handling from lower both ends.
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If it is mainly for getting on and off, have you tried the foot peg method (put left foot on foot peg, mount it like a horse)? Instead of contorting yourself and potentially scratching your seat and luggage with your right boot, you just elegantly swing the foot over with plenty of clearance. Especially with luggage it is like night and day.
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IMHO - If you lower the rear by whatever method you choose, you'll have to raise the forks by the same amount. Otherwise you'll be altering the steering geometry.
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You can get on by putting your left foot on the left footpeg and swing your r foot over the bike.

There is a "U" shaped loop that is on the side stand that you can stand on with your L foot while getting on and off.

Out of curiosity I welded a thick fender washer onto the U bolt part of a 1/4" cable clamp and clamped that on to the side stand U loop. standing on the fender washer is like standing on a block 4 or 5 inches high while getting on and off.

I have not noticed any problem with the fender washer being in the way at any time.

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I know it's silly, but I worry about putting too much weight on the side stand. That's what I had to do with my KLR. With the raising links I put on to stiffen the suspension, it had a 37" seat.

Please tell me I'm totally wrong about the strength of the kick stand.

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It is plenty strong, just need to make sure it is on solid ground if you are going to stand on the peg or kickstand.
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I know it's silly, but I worry about putting too much weight on the side stand. That's what I had to do with my KLR. With the raising links I put on to stiffen the suspension, it had a 37" seat.

Please tell me I'm totally wrong about the strength of the kick stand.

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OK, LOL, you are wrong. Never heard of anyone having problems with stock side stands, aftermarket, yes (the adjustable or aluminum stands). I've always mounted my bikes by standing on the left foot peg.

You might consider mounting your bike like the Lone Ranger used to mount Silver...from the rear with a vault to clear the top box.

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OK, LOL, you are wrong. Never heard of anyone having problems with stock side stands, aftermarket, yes (the adjustable or aluminum stands). I've always mounted my bikes by standing on the left foot peg.

You might consider mounting your bike like the Lone Ranger used to mount Silver...from the rear with a vault to clear the top box.
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