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Performance when lowered

I bought my bike used and it's lowered...so I've never really rode one with a normal setup. Is there a difference in feel, handling etc...?


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I lowered mine but then put the front end back to the normal position and i liked it best like that. Handled the corners better to me...

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I noticed no performance change when I lowered mine.
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I lowered mine an inch and a half in the back and an inch in the front. Can't tell the difference.
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You will lose suspension travel and that is it. As long as you keep the front and the rear about the same it shouldn't make much difference. Set the sag based on the reduced suspension travel.
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Ok, thanks! I guess I just wasn't sure and wanted to get your opinions. Thanks


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Lowering or raising the rear effects trail and that is the most important factor in frame geometry.

Yes it effects handling, and perhaps your butt is not sensitive enough to notice the difference
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I bought Speedys lowering kit and installed it and took it off after not even 400 miles. The amazing suspension is one of my favorite things about my V. It eats up crappy pavement which we have tons of here in northern va. With the lowering kit, it was a much much more rigid ride.
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I bought Speedys lowering kit and installed it and took it off after not even 400 miles. The amazing suspension is one of my favorite things about my V. It eats up crappy pavement which we have tons of here in northern va. With the lowering kit, it was a much much more rigid ride.
noticed the same but now run 2 clicks less on preload
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Mine came lowered.

Did not like it at all. Seemed to flop into the corners, felt like I was riding a scooter.

Put it back to stock height, and now always ride with a Alaskan Sheep skin butt pad so it is even taller! Oh and I am only 5'9"

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That flopping into the corners is a result of the trail.
Typically one would want to raise the rear in order to quicken the turn in and reduce understeer

Read my post on radial brakes and all the effort I went to lowering the front when I lowered the rear with a Speedy kit. My rear is 6mm lower than the front and while not ideal it is acceptable. I plan however on using a taller rear tire to make front and rear equal height.

I may go a step further and make my own lowering block at about 35mm VS the standard Speedy 47mm lower in the event that Speedy cannot make a one of

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Ditto Weljo here. Rode my V at stock height almost a full year. I put speedy's lowing kit on a month ago. I didn't adjust the front forks in the triple clamps. I like the steering better than stock. It still turns quick, but doesn't dive into corners anymore at parking lot speed. Taking a rode trip to (and around) Colorado from Austin first week of June. Full bagging it. That will give me a 10 day test to see how I really like the change.
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