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post #1 of 5 Old 10-22-2013, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Soupy's Lowering Links - Question

I just picked up a 2005 KLR650 and am thinking about getting rid of my wife's 2010 BMW F650GS and giving the KLR to her and buying me a new KLR (no, I am not being selfish!). Issue is, I have her BMW lowered with a Wilber's shock and lower seat for a bike with about a 29.5", or 30" seat height. However, the BMW does weigh 100# more than the KLR so that is a positive.

My question is this...I see Soupy's sells an adjustable rear shock link that can be adjusted as low as 4" shorter! I feel like I will need to lower the KLR about 5" to accomodate her. I checked into a Sargent's lower seat and the company says they are 2" lower than stock leaving me about 3" to go. Am I nuts for trying to reduce the seat height of a KLR by 5"....it sure seems like a lot to me! If I go 2" down on the seat and 3" on the adjustable link, I would "assume" I would need to drop the forks about 3" too...which sounds insane! I will say this, my wife does not ride off road with gravel roads being the only non-asphalt riding she will do. Therefore, the long suspension travel is not really needed. She is 5'4" with her riding boots on and, don't tell her I said this but, she weighs about 140# with her riding gear on.

Any thoughts based on experience, etc. will be appreciated.

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From experience, the Sargeant seat only takes an inch off. I'm not a suspension expert but I'm certain it's a topic that is often overlooked by some of the best of us. I think your goal of that much "lowering" is a bit too ambitious, which, as you know, may create safety issues.
I hope my 2cents is somehow helpful. Best of luck!

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From experience, the Sargeant seat only takes an inch off. I'm not a suspension expert but I'm certain it's a topic that is often overlooked by some of the best of us. I think your goal of that much "lowering" is a bit too ambitious, which, as you know, may create safety issues.
I hope my 2cents is somehow helpful. Best of luck!
I am afraid you may be correct as 3" may be it, if indeed a Sargent seat is only 1" and I would go with a more proven 2" link from Kouba. My wife is an excellent rider but, she has an issue that both feet need to be virtually planted on the ground. However, if that is what makes her comfortable, I cannot argue with that as I am fortunate to have an awesome riding partner too!

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Couple of suggestions/questions.

Why don't you take the 2005 KLR and the wife keep the BMW if she is comfortable on it?

If you can't lower the KLR enough maybe make up the difference in footwear, LOL.



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Couple of suggestions/questions.

Why don't you take the 2005 KLR and the wife keep the BMW if she is comfortable on it?

If you can't lower the KLR enough maybe make up the difference in footwear, LOL.
Great picture! Actually a number of years back she had a heightened boot but, not quite that high! The main reason for the desire to change from the BMW to the KLR is the lack of BMW dealer network. As I noted in my introduction, my closest good BMW dealer is slightly over 3 hours away whereas a long time Kawasaki dealer (and well known to me too) is only 45 minutes away.

My first test will be to soften the rear shock to a "1" and have her sit on it and measure how much distance between virtually stock and the ground. Then remove the seat, put a thin pad on the frame rails and see how she fits, then go from there. She did say last night if she can be on both balls of her feet, she will be fine given the KLR weighs 100# less than the BMW.

My opinion is if I cannot get by with a 2" lowering link and a low Sargent seat, she will keep the BMW. We'll see.....
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