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post #1 of 5 Old 05-05-2020, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Should I lower or not

Hi all, I’m in Florida having moved here from Scotland. My last bike in the UK was a Honda VFR. So I’m used to a bike with a fair bit of weight, however I’m only 5 foot 6 and a bit concerned about the seat height. Should I consider lowering or not? If so what’s the best solution?
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-05-2020, 02:25 PM
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common issue, particularly with new dual sport riders used to street bikes.

Many use lowering links but longer lowering links increase leverage on the shock effectively lowering springrate AND damping. .....depending on load this is ofter a BAD thing. Preload adjustment won't help with the reduced springrate. Changing the spring will but it won't help damping. My advice is not to lower the bike unless you absolutely are convinced you need to and if you do to keep it modest - 1" preferably and move your forks the corresponding amount. Set your sag properly. too......a lower seat or taller boots are better ideas IMO as is just getting used to it. My ex-wife is 5'4" and rode a stock height Gen1....she was also the PNWMA Women's offroad champion for 4 years in a row - experience and practice DO help.

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common issue, particularly with new dual sport riders used to street bikes.

Many use lowering links but longer lowering links increase leverage on the shock effectively lowering springrate AND damping. .....depending on load this is ofter a BAD thing. Preload adjustment won't help with the reduced springrate. Changing the spring will but it won't help damping. My advice is not to lower the bike unless you absolutely are convinced you need to and if you do to keep it modest - 1" preferably and move your forks the corresponding amount. Set your sag properly. too......a lower seat or taller boots are better ideas IMO as is just getting used to it. My ex-wife is 5'4" and rode a stock height Gen1....she was also the PNWMA Women's offroad champion for 4 years in a row - experience and practice DO help.

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Hi Dave, thanks so much for that. I think I’ll keep it stock then, it’s not like I’m a novice so I should be able to just get used to it. I have already got taller boots that I took to a shoe repairer and he added height for about $20 . I found that a help with the VFR and a cheap fix even if they do make me look a bit like John Travolta in Saturday night fever. Thanks again.
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Haha; bravo - and hey, JT was the man at the time.... LOL

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Yeah he sure was wasn’t he. Showing my age here lol. That’s even pre KLR I think lol
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