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Yesterday was the first time I sat on a new k9 650, i had only previous sat on and ridden a k7 with 30,0000 kms> on it. I could flat for the k7 which i was told was stock, but the k9 im on the balls of my feet - again stock.

Im guessing the k7 suspension is on the soft side and squashed down a bit when i sat down.
So im wondering what is the best solution is going to be? Reluctant to go lowering links/drop forks as it will reduce clearance which will mean im doing a fair bit of peg scrapping.

1. Leave it stock height - Im fine with balls of my feet on roads but dirt roads/tracks ... hmm not so sure - flat footing the bike would make it make easier.
2. Drop front forks and shave seat - will give me more feel of front end.
3. lowering links (and shaved seat).

I would like some feedback as what is the best option or what others have found successfull.

Thanks
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i would leave the bike alone , you will get used to it . the bike is allready a bit low on ground clearance . i wouldnt do it unless you find yourself dropping the bike all the time.
 

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I've dropped 3/4" in the rear and slightly less in the front and really find no detrimental effects and it does give you dramatically more foot on the ground.
If you don't like it .......change it back.
 

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Yesterday was the first time I sat on a new k9 650, i had only previous sat on and ridden a k7 with 30,0000 kms> on it. I could flat for the k7 which i was told was stock, but the k9 im on the balls of my feet - again stock.

Im guessing the k7 suspension is on the soft side and squashed down a bit when i sat down.
So im wondering what is the best solution is going to be? Reluctant to go lowering links/drop forks as it will reduce clearance which will mean im doing a fair bit of peg scrapping.

1. Leave it stock height - Im fine with balls of my feet on roads but dirt roads/tracks ... hmm not so sure - flat footing the bike would make it make easier.
2. Drop front forks and shave seat - will give me more feel of front end.
3. lowering links (and shaved seat).

I would like some feedback as what is the best option or what others have found successfull.

Thanks
AJ
Did you check the rear shock pre-load on the K9? Someone may have cranked it up to the top. Then again, maybe the K7 pre-load was set low.


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Did you check the rear shock pre-load on the K9? Someone may have cranked it up to the top. Then again, maybe the K7 pre-load was set low.

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No, i didnt check the preload. I had the sales person rambling on in my ear about windscreens, line of site...etc and didnt really think about that until after i had left the shop.


I think the plan will be to see how i go. And if its an issue ill get it lowered at the 1st service ... They want $250(AUD) for lowering links + $100 fitting.. Seems ridiculously (IMO) expensive, so that why i was looking for other alternatives.

I had another idea, ill just grab a heap of weights from my home gym and throw them into the topbox. ;)

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Did you check the rear shock pre-load on the K9? Someone may have cranked it up to the top. Then again, maybe the K7 pre-load was set low.
That's what I was thinking. Same with the forks, they could have been raised in the triple clamps on the K7.

And I agree with chris swann on this -- leave it stock unless you really have trouble keeping it upright. I put 3/4" lowering links on my K5 after dropping it a couple of times. After a few months I felt more confident with the bike and put the stock links back on, and had no more trouble keeping it or my K9 upright.

You can raise the forks about 1/2" without hurting clearance too much. Many people do it just for the way it tightens up the handling a bit.
 

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I lowered mine 19mm, mainly to get it on and off the bike lift easily and have rear tire clearance on the lift on the center stand with the front wheel in the chock. I recently put the stock links back on because I'm more comfortable with the lift, like the front dropped 15mm compared to the rear, and have a piece of oak to put under the center stand.
 

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I lowered mine 3/4" rear and front. I agree, best to leave it stock, but there seems to be no harm in lowering it this much but no more. Still fine on dirt roads and curbs and stock kick stand if you lock the wheel when parked. It is a $50 fix from Murphs in your own garage. Many posts on how to do it and not do it. Preload adj most likely will not cut it. I'd leave your seat alone as well. Keep it simple. Ride it a while or do the links. They can easily be removed.
 

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Do not even contemplate lowering any new motorcycle until you have ridden that bike several thousand kms at least.
the suspension will settle and you will become accustomed to the bike and in most cases you will come to the conclusion that lowering is not required.
Many people I know who have lowered up front end up returning their bikes to standard height later on and having a set of links lying unloved in the shed.
 

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They want $250(AUD) for lowering links + $100 fitting.. Seems ridiculously (IMO) expensive, so that why i was looking for other alternatives.
That is a ridiculous price. US$50 and an hour to install, even if you haven't done it before.
 

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Had my Wee lowered for 1.5 years. Could not seem to come to grips with the height even after lowering both ends. Then I got REAL riding boots that gave me much better footing and traction. Raised the rear to stock with 15 mm lower only on the forks. The bike handles far better and I am much happier and confident whether the bike is moving or stopped.
 

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I've read a Sargent's seat will lower your position and save your butt too boot. No experience here, I have long legs and a sore butt. If you don't like it, plenty of buyers in this forum that will snatch it up if you discount it any off retail and you don't have to get your hands dirty or nuckles busted.

R.I.P. (Retire In Peace, thanks for the great ride.)
 

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I had another idea, ill just grab a heap of weights from my home gym and throw them into the topbox. ;)
Don't throw to many weights in there, the rack is only rated for 25lbs or so.

R.I.P. (Retire In Peace, thanks for the great ride.)
 

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I've read a Sargent's seat will lower your position and save your butt too boot. No experience here, I have long legs and a sore butt. If you don't like it, plenty of buyers in this forum that will snatch it up if you discount it any off retail and you don't have to get your hands dirty or nuckles busted.

R.I.P. (Retire In Peace, thanks for the great ride.)
The Sargent does not give you a lower butt position than a stock seat. A Corbin will feel taller then either OEM or Sargent.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions..

Think ill try it stock first up. Hopefully i dont drop it.:mad:

Just waiting on $$$ to clear so i can go buy one..

Now, the next question: what color... hahaha.. cant decide on the black or white i like both.

Cheers
AJ
 
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