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post #1 of 9 Old 10-06-2011, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Just bought a 2009 bike and need to lower it as I am slightly vertically challenged. I have searched the forum and could not find any discussion on the Pro's and Con's of the different mods. From what I can see I can:

1. New lower seat
2. Swap Linkage
3. Shorter rear shock

I plan to ride 90% street and will venture out a few fire trails for the remainder. I have a reasonable budget for upgrades so shoot away and have me help the economy
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Oh, it's all kind of circular...

Lowered seats are done with less foam and since the stock KLR seat is an ass-hatchet... but then "vertically challenged" people tend to weigh less, so you may find a lowered seat a good option. Especially so if you go with a rather custom seat made by someone who understands rider anatomy.

Lowering links will lower the bike, but the also reduce the mechanical advantage of the rear suspension. That effectively lowers the preload, so you may have to crank up the spring preload to compensate, thus raising the bike a bit. But vertically challenged people tend to weigh less...

Now, the shorter rear shock! Call Cogent Dynamics and explain what you want. He'll build it. Cogent has my highest recommendation. Spendy, but it really transforms the bike. In my case I am the opposite of vertically challenged, but might be considered "Oh ye, of ample girth". My rear shock was built to raise the bike an inch. It works so much better than the stock shock, and has none of the drawbacks (I tried raising links before going with the Cogent).

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5'6", so I am used to being on my tip toes with bikes, this one is just a bit higher than normal. I have not lowered any of my other bikes.
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Just bought a 2009 bike and need to lower it as I am slightly vertically challenged. I have searched the forum and could not find any discussion on the Pro's and Con's of the different mods. From what I can see I can:

1. New lower seat
2. Swap Linkage
3. Shorter rear shock

I plan to ride 90% street and will venture out a few fire trails for the remainder. I have a reasonable budget for upgrades so shoot away and have me help the economy

Welcome to the forum!

Not dogging you, just making a comment...

Ground clearance it's a feature.

Dual sport bikes have higher ground clearance, that's part of their design and purpose. Learn to stop with one foot on the ground. lean the bike if you need to. Plenty of short guys are riding full up off-road bikes with even more clearance. You can spend a lot of money knocking an inch or two off or you can adapt.

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Thanks for the feedback Tom. I am thinking swapping the shock anyway as next year I plan to spends a couple of weeks on the road with the bike, full of gear. Good adjustable preload would therefore be a requirement.
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Welcome to the forum!

Not dogging you, just making a comment...

Ground clearance it's a feature.

Dual sport bikes have higher ground clearance, that's part of their design and purpose. Learn to stop with one foot on the ground. lean the bike if you need to. Plenty of short guys are riding full up off-road bikes with even more clearance. You can spend a lot of money knocking an inch or two off or you can adapt.
If I do go offroad then it will be firetrails only, I am not that good of a single track rider and if I do go there I have other bikes. Also I am well used to the one toe stop it's just that I will at some point end up with someone on the back of this bike. I refuse to let them on the 1098 I have but I don't have any excuses for this one. I did not buy a KLR for it's performance or offroad capabilities, I just wanted a bike I could ride all year around, take some long trips and be comfortable on. For me being able to touch the ground without leaning the bike over would be a nice to have feature when I load this thing up full of camping gear.
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If I do go offroad then it will be firetrails only, I am not that good of a single track rider and if I do go there I have other bikes. Also I am well used to the one toe stop it's just that I will at some point end up with someone on the back of this bike. I refuse to let them on the 1098 I have but I don't have any excuses for this one. I did not buy a KLR for it's performance or offroad capabilities, I just wanted a bike I could ride all year around, take some long trips and be comfortable on. For me being able to touch the ground without leaning the bike over would be a nice to have feature when I load this thing up full of camping gear.

Roger that. A 1098 huh?

Once you put a lot of weight on the back it will lower itself! Probably would be better served with a new shock vs. shorter links or seat. Have to raise the fork tubes of course. Might as well upgrade the forks (progressive springs/valves) while you're at it.

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When I load up the bike I expect that I will have to add more preload to the rear shock resulting in the same height ?

If I do lower the back then yes I will make sure to lower the front. On the limited milage I have done so far I have not bottomed out the front yet but I did notice the spring kits are not too expensive, so might be a good upgrade.
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