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post #1 of 7 Old 01-09-2014, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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lowering the 650 2012

Hi guys, just read about lowring the dl 650 in this forums, is there some thng I'm missing here (as new rider) there is a lowering spring on the right side of the bike below the seat isn't that for hight adjustment? why no budy mentioned it? or is it used for somthing I'm not aware of? excuse my English.
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-09-2014, 09:24 AM
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No, that's just for pre-load, stiffens up the bike depending what weight you are and how firm you like the ride (simple terms). You have two options when lowering the height, first a lower seat (assuming that's your objective) or the 'dog bones' need changing for a set that will lower the 'whole' bike so that the sub-frame is lower, this allowing feet to touch the ground.
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Preload doesn't make things stiffer or softer. That is a function of the spring rate and, to a smaller extent, damping rate. Preload changes the sag of the suspension and does affect seat height. However, it should not be used to simply lower the seat height. That could cause the suspension to bottom out on bumps which can be jarring, or even dangerous if violent enough. Preload should be adjusted so the loaded bike sits about 40mm lower at each end from a fully extended suspension. That allows some extension for dips and proper compression for bumps.

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-19-2014, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Thank yo all for the reply

Thank yo all for the reply, as my first motorbike, so exited
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post #5 of 7 Old 01-20-2014, 04:21 PM
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I lowered my 2013 with the dog bones.
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-26-2014, 02:29 AM
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I used the 1 1/8" KoubaLink lowering links (the 'dogbones') and slid the fork tubes up through the triple clamps as much as I could to compensate.
Really happy with the result in the lower bike. Possibly could have achieved the same result cutting the under seat blocks off and then only used the 3/4" lowering links.
I think my inseam is 32" -- but I like the extra security when footing the bike backwards when sitting on it, etc
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-26-2014, 08:08 AM
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I'm just short of a 30" inseam, and just installed the 3/4" Kouba links yesterday. Worked out perfectly (and they're purty in anodized orange). The bike stands up just a bit more on the sidestand -- certainly not enough to consider replacing it, or cutting it down. You have to put quite a bit of pressure on the bike for it to begin to tip.

I also put a "low" version of the Sargent seat on the bike.
The backslope *is* 1" difference between the standard and low, on the Sargent, however, since the angle of that slope is very high, I don't feel a significant difference between the low seat and standard in height. Regardless, it's an incredibly comfortable seat right out of the gate (took me about 1500 miles on my last Corbin to break it in to the comfort level I felt right away with the Sargent).

Even with all the above, I can't completely flatfoot the bike. I'm on the balls of both my feet, simultaneously. And, that's all I needed to backup, and feel comfortable stopped on cambered, or uneven roads.

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