I love the way the bike handles with a slightly lowered front-end. Has a faster, more "crisp" turn-in into corners. Feels more agile overall.
Good point but those of us who have done this and report that stability remains at a very acceptable level for, dare I say, any rider.gboezio said:.
As for "better" handling, I just question the riding styles, I would guess that a new rider may consider stability as better handling and the twisties addict may consider a more flickable bike a better handling bike.
Agreed! But see above...gboezio said:No free lunch, an improvement there have adverse effects somewhere else.
Your first post was pretty dramatic.......gboezio said:Just how I see it, everyone tune their bike like they please to.
Exactly...I lowered my front end because the bike performs better that way (from a sport/track riding perspective). I don't have to use so much muscle to initiate and hold a highspeed knee-draggin' corner. Stability has not been an issue although I know it has changed to a certain extent.Randomchaos said:I love the way the bike handles with a slightly lowered front-end. Has a faster, more "crisp" turn-in into corners. Feels more agile overall.
Lol just wanted to give an example of bad things that could happens, but still some bikes don't respond well to these changes and shit happens, so I felt I had to warnYour first post was pretty dramatic.......
I'm a chronic 'fuck with it' kinda guy or at least used to be on a massive scale. My truck, guitars, amps, previous bikes, guns, etc., I just had to tweek stuff to make it more 'me'. Yes it's fun and sometimes results in improvements but eventually I did learn to calm down some.Miss Em said:yeah I was kinda wondering about that exact thing. would it make the a$$ of the bike look hiked up?
I'm so conflicted. 1/2 of you say 'do it' the other half say 'don't'
I don't NEED it lower. I CAN park and stop and all that good stuff. I just WANTED it lower to get more of my foot down for parking and sitting at red lights but not at the cost of how the bike handles. And I do "one foot it". I don't have a choice, really.
and I LIKE the shock at 1. I asked him to do that... isn't that a rider's choice anyway? and our bikes dont have a 'dog bone' so lowering the rear isn't really an option without cutting into the frame and getting a new shock. which I am not willing to do.
Maybe I'll just say "f*ck it" and get new rear sets instead....
Fair enough. :cheersgboezio said:Lol just wanted to give an example of bad things that could happens, but still some bikes don't respond well to these changes and shit happens, so I felt I had to warn
Maybe for some folks leaving geometry angles and such 'as is' is best. Not everyone is doing track time or can notice every mm of change whereas some swear they do.DefyInertia said:I don't get the "they designed it that way" school of thought. Any design involves compromises (as previously discussed). Our bike was not designed with the race track in mind so this mod (within a range) simply shifts the intended use more in that direction. It's just a bike...it's not some mysterious object with only one safe setting.
Fair enough. :cheers
Changing the front fork height is pretty simple.Miss Em said:no, they aren't charging me. and that's a good point. if it's an easy fix if I don't like then I will just change it back. or, have them do it, rather.
and it'll handle better?? is that even possible? after being on a cruiser this feels like driving a fully-automatic sports car. I didn't think corners could GET any tighter.
I've got the r6 rear shock and the bike sits a little too vertically when on the stand for my taste. I have to be very careful parking it on even the slightest slope because of this.mbodell said:wow, 1/2 an inch doesn't make a huge difference, you guys are gonna scare her. 1 inch wouldn't even be too much of an issue. She doesn't look like a porker ,so I don't think with the stock springs she will have to worry about bottoming out.
You might want to get a lower rear shock, one of the guys on here (lilcurverider) here did this . It may be worth looking into since you can get an r6 shock cheap. If you lower both ends it will keep the bike very similar to stock.
Edit: Killernoodle, with mine lowered 1 1/2 in the front, the stock kickstand is fine.