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post #1 of 10 Old 04-30-2014, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Question Would 1" bar risers and 1" lowering links be an issue for a 6' rider w/30" inseam?

Hi All,

I'm looking to get my first Weestrom soon and have had discussions with a seller of a 2012 Adventure Model Wee. He said he's 5' 11" and the bike has 1" Rox Risers on the bars and 1" Koubalink lowering links. Would this present any ergonomic issues for a 6' rider with 30" inseam?

I figure the risers would bring the bars closer to me, which is good as I'm used to my KZ550 with bars that curve towards me. But the lowering link I'm not sure about. From what I've heard it's a common add-on to allow flat-footing, which would be nice too, but I just don't want to end up cramped or something.

He said the original links would come with the bike too in case I wanted to switch back to stock. Is this something that would require a shop to do? I'm not at all mechanically handy....yet.

I'd like to hear what you guys think of these add-ons, pros and cons.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-30-2014, 09:22 AM
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I have Rox risers and they are very adjustable, height and pull back so no problem. I also have lowering links and 32" inseam, no problem. With my inseam I also needed to add peg lowering kit.
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Lowering links lower the suspension putting the bike closer to the ground, it does not change the distance from seat to pegs so if you fit with lowering links you will fit without them.

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I found lowering your bike lower that one inch I was bottoming out all the time. I have a 29" inseam and 1" is perfect because of my Russell Day Long.

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I think you should be ok with the lowering links in situ. However, should you want to go back to original height, that would only take about 20-30 mins max for a novice (even easier with centerstand). There are a number of good threads on here to do that, or youtube has a few videos. I went the other way, but my legs are longer and I like to tiptoe rather than flat foot it anyway.
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30" inseam

I have a 30" inseam.

Bike is lowered 3/4" rear, nothing up front, works fine. Bike had bar risers (removed, as I am only 5'-10"). You may want the bar risers to take the bars UP (not back) - but watch for cables and hoses going tight if you raise the hadnlebars too much.

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I have a 30" inseam.

Bike is lowered 3/4" rear, nothing up front, works fine. Bike had bar risers (removed, as I am only 5'-10"). You may want the bar risers to take the bars UP (not back) - but watch for cables and hoses going tight if you raise the hadnlebars too much.
True...I had electrical problems with being stretched so I just got through lengthening all my harnesses 3"s.

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Thanks for the tips guys! It sounds like I don't have much to worry about then.
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I think you'll really like how the previous owner set up the bike - higher bars are a very popular mod, and with a 30" inseam, you'll soon see why having the lowering kit is a bonus!

I've a 32" inseam, and running a wider Saddlemen seat which makes it impossible to flat foot it, only ball of the foot it.

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No, You'll be OK

I'm 5'8" with a 29 inch inseam. I've lowered it 3/4 of an inch and have 2 inch Rox Risers at 45 degrees giving me 1 1/4 up and 1 1/4 inches back.

I needed both because I've got short arms and legs. Helped tremendously.

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