Are you trying to build a 'chopper KLR' or what. Lowering the rear & extending the forks will increase the steering rake & trail, won't this will Decrease the grip & control of the front tire on dirt / gravel / rocky roads?
Yeah a chopper KLR, thats my goal ....... of course not
i don't like 90 % of the weight of the bike riding on the front wheel causing oscillations in the steering in the soft stuff, massive nose diving in corners etc etc put a few hundred pounds on the back and it wont do it. but u got a few hundred pounds on the back of the bike.
IMHO (h = honest not humble) the bike's balance is off for solo unloaded riding (expected even)
INCREASING Rake and trail increase high speed stability as a rule, and slows steering.
TRACTION is controlled by weight on the wheel. tire design etc.) and weight transfer greatly affects rear traction during hard take offs/acceleration of which my KLR had no weight transfer before the links. The front end would rise until the forks reached extension then i'd spin. This is exactly what i'm addressing.
There is excessive weight on the front end when riding unloaded and solo.
The .75" lower links on the rear have already increased the traction on the rear of the machine immensely and the weight transfer under acceleration is almost perfect now for My 175 lbs of rider. The fact that the link also reduced the rear spring effectiveness by about 7 % didn't hurt me either.
My KLR was an absolute pig before the lowering link. The front end wallowing in the soft stuff. Now its pretty good solo, won't be as good loaded or two up but it can quickly be changed back.
The lowering links alone OR
the extension caps alone are probably enough, but i want to have a bit less weight on the front even with the lowering link installed so i'll have both.
Remember each is only 3/4 inch. So yes, if that will make it a chopper in your eyes. i can live with it. lol
I suspect my 3/4 inch extenders will sit between 1/4 - 3/8 Inch extension with the rear lowered. but will probably push the forks down a full inch with the stock link installed on the rear which is less likely even though my inseam is 33" so the height is no problem the softer seeming spring works and feels good to me.
Nice thing about the extension caps design, you can use 0-.75" as needed to fine tune the balance of the machine.
Been riding for 46 years, been a licensed bike mechanic for nearly 30 years. 20 in the trade, and ridden hundreds of different motorcycles. This is a cheap trick for solo riding and can easily be switched back to traveling mode.
Just about anyone should be able to feel the "Piggish" handling that mostly gets sloughed off because KLR's are known to be a heavy bike.
Who knows maybe my KLR is the only one that didn't handle great. DOESNT MATTER anymore, It sure does now ... if i was to load it for traveling i'd def put stock links back on to get the spring rate back and set the forks to 1/4 - 1/2" extension or so to level the Load.
Essentially i guess it allows a person to tune their KLR for sport riding (Solo unloaded) but can easily be switched back to a traveling config putting the stock links back in and lowering the front end back to stock height. Point is, you could choose for every riding condition and personal preference,