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post #21 of 42 Old 12-12-2015, 04:42 PM
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The concept/reasoning behind lowering an "Adventure" bike escapes me. Isn't it the clearance, longer travel suspension and seating position the purpose of the bike? By lowering the chassis you defeat the purpose of longer suspension travel. Changing seat heights and peg positions I can understand, but why not just buy a more suitable bike in the first place?
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post #22 of 42 Old 12-12-2015, 06:36 PM
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U really think an inch will make a difference?
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post #23 of 42 Old 12-12-2015, 07:10 PM
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Dropping the forks through 15mm allows me to hit the bashplate while cornering. 15mm = 0.590551 inch. 25mm [1 inch ] fork travel takes you back to 135mm travel.....almost in sport bike territory

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The concept/reasoning behind lowering an "Adventure" bike escapes me. Isn't it the clearance, longer travel suspension and seating position the purpose of the bike? By lowering the chassis you defeat the purpose of longer suspension travel. Changing seat heights and peg positions I can understand, but why not just buy a more suitable bike in the first place?
"By lowering the chassis you defeat the purpose of longer suspension travel." I can see that you don't understand. The suspension travel does not change at all. Neither the front or rear forks / shock are touched. As long as you don't go beyond the margin whereby a tire could touch the bottom triple tree or rear fender nothing as regards the stroke or dampening changes. The rear plates do (mathematically) add more leverage against the rear spring. So if before the lowering you had decided to take a couple of clicks out of the rear spring you might choose to put two clicks back (standard position). But the rear spring comes from the factory with plenty of margin to accommodate that.

As for buying a more suitable bike: All "Adventure" bikes, of all brands, leave the design department as a multi-purpose motorcycle. In other words a educated compromise between a street bike, touring bike and dirt bike. The people who designed them were aiming for a sweet spot, not a strict perfect spot. Suzuki and KTM, for example, have different opinions of just where that sweet spot lies. It is hard to understand why the end user wouldn't want to slide that spot in any direction that better suits how it will be used along the Adventure spectrum. Hope that helps.
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Oh, but I do understand. As the suspension compresses, the lowest part of the bike gets proportionately closer to the ground. Therefore, if it is, say 25mm [1 inch] lower to start with, then isn't the clearance compromised? No point having 160mm[6.2 inches] of travel, and only 135mm[5.3 inches] of clearance, as then you can't use the suspension correctly. I know it's personal choice, and I respect that, but why spend the money lowering a bike that's designed to go over bigger bumps? Is it the Range Rover mentality, where 90% of them never leave the bitumen? Here in Oz, people buy those "land yachts" [large 4WDs] for pose value, "keeping up with the Jones' " if you like. Each to their own I guess, some people are less 'adventurous' than others. I wish mine had a little more clearance at times...... I wish you well in your endeavours though

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Oh, but I do understand. As the suspension compresses, the lowest part of the bike gets proportionately closer to the ground. Therefore, if it is, say 25mm [1 inch] lower to start with, then isn't the clearance compromised? No point having 160mm[6.2 inches] of travel, and only 135mm[5.3 inches] of clearance, as then you can't use the suspension correctly. I know it's personal choice, and I respect that, but why spend the money lowering a bike that's designed to go over bigger bumps? Is it the Range Rover mentality, where 90% of them never leave the bitumen? Here in Oz, people buy those "land yachts" [large 4WDs] for pose value, "keeping up with the Jones' " if you like. Each to their own I guess, some people are less 'adventurous' than others. I wish mine had a little more clearance at times...... I wish you well in your endeavours though
Great reply, Thanks. It is refreshing to be called a "keeping up with the Jones" poser for buying a V-Strom instead of a MultiStrata. I guess now that I know when you say suspension travel you mean lean angle while wearing a bash plate of some unknown width. And you are absolutely correct that if I wanted to ride in the land of big OZ bumps or a Class A enduro, I'd use one of my other bikes. If you want more clearance to suit your riding needs just put on a 21" front wheel and some raising plates. Stay safe.
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Well, no, by clearance I mean from the ground vertically to the bottom of the bike. I wasn't referring to your good self as a 'poser', it was in reference to the 4WD owners that never go off road, but require a large 4WD to do the shopping in. In my opinion the 'Strom is a better all-round bike to the Multistrada anyway Now, 'scuse me while I google 21" front wheels and raising plates.........see what you've done! Take care

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I will keep dressing as I do thanks. Very casual I am afraid and not at all adventure rider-ish. I just let the side down whatever group I am in.

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Well, no, by clearance I mean from the ground vertically to the bottom of the bike. I wasn't referring to your good self as a 'poser', it was in reference to the 4WD owners that never go off road, but require a large 4WD to do the shopping in. In my opinion the 'Strom is a better all-round bike to the Multistrada anyway Now, 'scuse me while I google 21" front wheels and raising plates.........see what you've done! Take care
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