2012 Rear Shock - Longer than Old Bike?
I had a chance to go over a new 2012 DL650, and noticed that the rear swingarm geometry was slightly different from my K4 Wee.
I measured the "frame-down-to" the swingarm distance (at the axle), fully extended. My admitted rough measurements say the new bike sits about 3/4" (19 mm) higher in the rear than my bike.
1. Would this extra height help account for some of the improved handling claimed for the new bike?
2. Any chance one of you 2012 owners can help with a reality check. Say measure the fully extended length of the new bike's shock?
3. Also, has anyone attempted to put the new seat on an old bike to see if it is close to fitting?