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Thinking about changing the way my bike was lowered..

..and wanted hear some pros and cons.

My bike was lowered by the previous owner with either a Ninja 250 or 650 shock. After about a 1000 miles I'm completely satisfied with the bike setup but then again I don't know any difference as this is the only way I've ever ridden the V before.

I have the original shock and I'm toying with the ideal of putting it back on and lowering again with Speedy's lowering kit. Will I notice any improvements? Just curious if anyone has any ideas if it would make any difference.
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If you are completely satisfied I don't know that you'll be any happier though it can be reversed easily enough.
I think in comparison you'll find the rear to be harsh and over-sprung, even with Speedy's kit which adds a bit more leverage.
Instead, you might consider doing a bit of work to the front to balance it more with your softer gentler ride at the rear. I recommend Gustavo's Mod (5W. fork oil with double the air space). I had it done, big improvement at the front.
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It is a Ninja 650R rear shock: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=14805

It's 290 mm long instead of 300 mm, as commonly used to lower the Versys. It also has a softer spring compared to the excessively stiff Versys'.
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It is a Ninja 650R rear shock: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=14805

It's 290 mm long instead of 300 mm, as commonly used to lower the Versys. It also has a softer spring compared to the excessively stiff Versys'.
Thanks Invader! I somehow missed your first response to my earlier thread a while back which clearly stated it was a 650 shock.....still not sure how I missed it. I remember seeing the second post with the 250 shock, go figure.

So I guess the stiffer shock will provide a little more "feel" in the bike when cornering as well as riding? Since I'm satisfied with the current setup it may not be worth it to spend the $$ to swap everything out.....
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The stiffer Versys shock's spring would make you feel bumps more, although I haven't tried your actual Ninja 650R shock... Versys shock will also raise your seat height, and you'll need the longer original side stand too.
What cost are you talking about? You already have the original Versys shock.
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What cost are you talking about? You already have the original Versys shock.
I'm one heck of a gas pumper and tire pressure checker, other than that I prefer to pay someone to work on things that move......
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