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post #1 of 23 Old 07-15-2017, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
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Lowering the motorcycle.

Hi Folks,
I recently went from a '12 650 to a '14 1000. Seems the added half inch or so in seat height and the added 40 lbs or so in weight ( + about 40 for crashbars, skid plate and Trax luggage ) has made more of a difference in my comfort level with the height than I thought. I'm a 30" inseam. I learned to live with the 35" seat height of a KLR and the 33" height of the Strom 650, but this is giving me more of a hard time. So I bought Adventure Tech 1" lowering plates and the dealer is putting those on in a few days.
My question: I assume I must lower the front end also. Is this possible? And how much should the front end be lowered if lowering the rear end 1"? As always, to my compatriots on two wheels, thank you. :-)
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PS: also going to a 16T front sproket in hopes of improving very low speed maneuvering.

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post #2 of 23 Old 07-15-2017, 05:45 AM
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I put a 1" lift under my Wee and it was easier to reach the ground on that bike than my V2, I think it is the shape of the seat that caused my problem with the V2.

I lowered the front of my V2 10mm, not because of the reach but because I wanted it to turn in quicker.

Sorry I did not pay a lot of attention to just how far the front could go down before things start to clash.

I will have a look tomorrow if you don't get your answer by then.

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Thanks for the quick reply, Rolex, and the experience, insight, and another reason for lowering! You're an early riser! :-)
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I'm not sure how much the Vee2 can be safely lowered. AdventureTech sells 1" lowering links maximum so that is probably as much as you can safely do in back. You may be able to do the same or nearly the same in front for neutral handling but seat height is mostly about the rear suspension.

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Will lowering the rear 1" cause enough change to require adjusting the headlight aim?
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Yes, unless you lower the front the same amount, which is a good idea.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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Will lowering the rear 1" cause enough change to require adjusting the headlight aim?
Good information is flowing and questions I hadn't thought of are arising! Thank you, all. :-)
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I lowered mine with the Adventure Tech 1" plates.
I slid the fork tubes up (triple tree down) 17mm or 0.67in. Initially I did an inch on the front and tuned it to my final choice after about 5 or 6 longish rides.

I wasn't really struggling with the OEM height but I use it as a street bike with occasional fire roads and lowering it has made a really great canyon carver, better. Yes, I scrap the foot peg feelers but just a little bit and not very often.

Yes, the head lights need to be adjusted. I installed HID lights so I left the low beam in the stock position as a courtesy to the car I'm following. I raised the high.

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You're an early riser! :-)
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No I'm not.

I hate getting out of bed.

I'm working a night shift, I'm bored and I'm down under in OZ

Some of the 19 rides in my shed
2014 V2, Snoopy
2009 Wee, Pumbaa the pig
WR450F, The Blue Postie Bike
YZ250N smoker with rego, Stinky.
Yamaha MT09 (FZ09), The Scud missile.
Club Lead not Club Med.
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No I'm not.

I hate getting out of bed.

I'm working a night shift, I'm bored and I'm down under in OZ
Ah ha! I failed to note where you were writing from! :-)
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