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I was told by the prior owner that the bike I bought had been lowered, but I'm beginning to believe that the opposite is in fact true. The bike is on a centerstand, but when fully up on the stand, both tires are still touching the ground, and I'm pretty sure that what I bought off of a fellow trooper here as stock links seem to be longer than the links currently on the bike.

So, the question here would be: how can I confirm that this is in fact raised, and more importantly, if the rear was raised, AND the front fork was lowered, does that have a negative effect on handling? As in: 1" up in the rear (if it in fact is raised, as I'm fearing), 3/4" lowered on the fork... does that create super squirrelly handling?

Thanks... I wouldn't actually mind it being lower than it is, I just figured that the links on there were actually lowering links. From what I'm seeing, if the links are shorter, you are raising the bike?
 

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FWIW, it's also hard for me to just measure the seat height, as it's a non-stock corbin which isn't the Canyon with backrest... note also that this is an '04 Wee.
 

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The stock links are 140mm on hole center. Longer links lower the bike and shorter ones raise it about 2.8mm for each 1mm of link difference. Having the front forks 10-15mm lower than the stock relationship is often reported as a beneficial setup. It makes the geometry quicker but decreases the aerodynamic angle of attack so the front end is less likely to want to fly.
 

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Understood.

However, is there a downside to increasing that differential?

It looks like the front is lowered, and the rear is also raised. At some point does that begin to feel a little uncomfortable? I'm wondering whether that combination is necessarily so wise.

I've been happy enough with the handling of the bike, but it's not as confidence inspiring when pushing it as I'd been expecting.

It hasn't gotten sloppy, but I find spirited riding a little puckering as it sits presently.
 

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If you went from a sport bike to the strom, it will feel a little squarly in the corners comparitively. For instance, my with has a Gladius that feels to me like it is on rails in the corners compaired to my wee. For the most part, these are very simular bikes. Same motor, pretty much the same drive train. however, the front forks on the Gladius are much shorter than those of the wee. The forks on the wee are much more likely to flex when traveling down the road than that of sport bikes. A fork brace will help firm up the front forks and make the dampining work as apposed to the forks just flexing. This will give the front end a firmer feel as far as handling goes. All so, the wee has a larger fron tire than sport bikes. I have ridden a Versys that has the 17" front and it feels firmer in the corners, and no, it doesnt have a fork brace currently. Good luck.
 

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Changes is geometry get into the area of personal preference. Try it and see is the usual advice.
 

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Fair enough...

The Wee is the first bike I've owned, and the bike I got to ride the most before this was a naked modern-era Bonneville.

Whole different ballgame, and I've been happy with the wee, but whether it's the tires that are presently on mine, or the geometry of the suspension, but I always feel like it's closer to its limit than it actually is, and pushing it quicker through corners takes a bit of tensing up and having faith. I haven't gotten far enough over to scuff the feelers, though that might be more difficult than I was expecting (also more difficult if it's lifted, I suppose.)
 

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Compare the adjusted position to the stock position, not to other bikes. The Strom is no sports bike though it handles surprisingly well for such a tall critter when well set up.
 

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I had the oppisite feeling on mty wifes bike. It site a lot lower and felt like I was going to grind my knee off in the corners when I pushed it a little bit. Some of what you are feeling might just be that you are not used to the heigth of the wee. Enjoy the bike and let the feel come to you before you go to changing a bunck of stuff. That way, when you domake a change, you know if you went the right way for you.
 

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Right, well I've double-checked, and it is in fact the stock link I have as a spare, and it is a longer link on the bike now... so it's clearly lowered, but I don't think it's by much.

Given that the tires are both touching the ground when on the centerstand, is it possible the centerstand was shortened...? Would that mean it won't work properly with the bike lifted up an inch again?
 
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