Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Wisconsin, 25 miles north of Milwaukee
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I rode my V at stock height for the first 7 years that I've owned it. I am average height, but I have long legs, so I can reach the pavement easily.
Now, at the beginning of my V's 8th riding season, I recently lowered my V, with the link in the back, and lowered triple clamps in the front. I also raised my footpegs back up to stock height. I bought a 650 Ninja kickstand for $20, and put that one on.
This is what I've noticed so far -
Cornering is a lot more fun.
Somehow, having the bike "nose high" has made the bike more fun to ride in general.
It's much easier to swing a leg over the bike.
It looks better being lower. It looks more like the street bike that it is. It's proportions are now more pleasing.
I am still getting used to the seat being canted backwards, which sometimes forces me to sit farther back on the bike than I'm used to.
Moving back in the seat may be better on long trips, but I've not tested that myself yet.
The shock is no longer in line with the sight lines of the frame, which looks a little odd to me. But it is not a deal breaker for me.