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Should I lower my seat?

I contacted spencer about modding my seat and he informed me that I can lower it by 1 inch. But that the passenger area cannot be lowered.

So I started thinking that it may change handling and cornering with a passenger on if she sits up higher than me. Maybe I'm totally wrong in this thinking....Maybe 1 inch isn't enough to make a difference..Will she catch more wind if I'm an inch lower?

It would be nice being able to put a little more than just toes on the ground....but I'm doing just fine the way it is now.

What do you guys think?
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You may have already considered this, but just in case: Have you considered Speedy's Motowerk lowering kit? Relatively easy to install yourself and totally reversible if you change your mind or sell the bike.

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I contacted spencer about modding my seat and he informed me that I can lower it by 1 inch. But that the passenger area cannot be lowered.

So I started thinking that it may change handling and cornering with a passenger on if she sits up higher than me. Maybe I'm totally wrong in this thinking....Maybe 1 inch isn't enough to make a difference..Will she catch more wind if I'm an inch lower?

It would be nice being able to put a little more than just toes on the ground....but I'm doing just fine the way it is now.

What do you guys think?
An inch is not going to make a difference on the passenger at all. She will still be in the same place she was before. It would just be like she was riding with a 1 inch shorter dude... No big deal. If you need more feet on the ground and have not done it yet.... I highly recommend Speedy's Lowering Kit! Installed one on mine and a flatfoot at the same time.

I say if you want another inch removed and it wont affect price or comfort...Go for it! Handling will not be negatively affected.
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It should help the handling. The heaviest thing on the bike is you. Lowering the seat will help lower the center of gravity of the bike.

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Uneven pavement and stopping on steep grades have caught me off-guard more than once, (but I'm a clutz at 6'2"). Be careful until you mod. it!

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It should help the handling. The heaviest thing on the bike is you. Lowering the seat will help lower the center of gravity of the bike.
That's what I'm confused on hawkshot. Because my wife's part of the seat can not be lowered. So she will stay at the same height while I drop down an inch (she will keep the center of gravity high right??) We usually tear it up together. It's funny cause when I'm alone I behave very well generally speaking..but when she gets on the hooligan comes out.

In my mind what makes sense is to keep the rider and passenger relatively close height wise for the twisties. But maybe that doesn't matter?
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Also I'm not entirely sold on the idea of lowering the whole motorcycle. I know that everyone says the handling characteristics don't change but I'm not convinced yet. The spring angle slightly changes so that's got to do something right?
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Rider been lower an inch over the passenger will not make much difference and it will depend much on your handling capacity. Lowering the bike with Speedy's lowering kit does not alter bike handling. I find the bike better after lowering with Speedy's lowering lit and works good.

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