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post #1 of 18 Old 01-30-2017, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Lowering height

Can anyone explain how the lowering links work? How low can you drop the bike? Cheers. Mal
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-30-2017, 06:14 PM
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Can anyone explain how the lowering links work? How low can you drop the bike? Cheers. Mal
zooltan,
Read here, http://www.klrforum.com/538242-post38.html

Longer links allow the swingarm to ride deeper up into the fender.
But longer links change the leverage ratio of the suspension, longer equals softer.

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post #3 of 18 Old 01-30-2017, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Understood, how many inches can you lower it? guess you pop the front forks up in the yokes accordingly to maintain level position?
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post #4 of 18 Old 01-30-2017, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone done a naked front end? getting rid of bikini fairing and going plain.
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post #5 of 18 Old 01-30-2017, 11:55 PM
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I put a DR650 headlight cowl on my Gen1. You can use the stock DR mounts, but it takes some minor ingenuity to get them on.



Sticks out a little further on the KLR than it does on the DR, but not too bad.



I've seen lots of guys hang stand-alone round headlights, I just like a square light on a KLR.
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Nice, I like that
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post #7 of 18 Old 01-31-2017, 03:56 PM
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What is your reason to lower bike? I'm 5,7 29 inch inseam an own all the hight reduction mods but the all mess up the suspension. In the end if you are going to ride like duel Sport lowering seat is best corse of action.

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post #8 of 18 Old 01-31-2017, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Just want to scale down the big imposing beast look, riding around London UK I need foot down option with the crowded narrow streets. I am 6'1' Got myself a nice KLR Tengai front mudguard today, just fits on a treat and rides with wheel movement. Colour choice next, all good fun.
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Just want to scale down the big imposing beast look, riding around London UK I need foot down option with the crowded narrow streets. I am 6'1' Got myself a nice KLR Tengai front mudguard today, just fits on a treat and rides with wheel movement. Colour choice next, all good fun.
If you are not going to ride off road a lowering kit works OK but you lose travel and if feels a bit soft. If you just need to be able to reach ground better seat concept makers a saddle replacement for 175 us that works great.

I like to do bike projects so I used a grinder to thin saddle and added 1 inch jelly foam then recovered. See photo total cost


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post #10 of 18 Old 01-31-2017, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Mike, good points raised. No rush, I have to get the engine sorted first, starting it tomorrow, will post the outcome!!
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