Woo hoo my V is back to her normal height. I forgotten how much I loved the way this bike feels at its normal height.
I had a Speedy lowing kit on the V so my wife could ride her but it was still a touch to tall. I came across a good deal on a BMW F650GS thatís already lowered so I bought that for her for her birthday. SOOOOOO now I can put my V back the way it was meant to be.
Already sold the lowering kit and put the Gel seat back on her. Im not sure how people can say the gel seat is no better than stock. I have done 300+ mile days on both and the gel is hands down better. At the end of 300 miles on the stock I was ready to burn the seat. On the Gel seat I was ready for 200 more miles. Having said that I might get a Rick Mayer seat.
OK enough blabbing, Iím going riding, itís a beautiful day.
FYI - I read that on the new BMWs the designation is : G = single, F = parallel twin , R = Boxer, K = inline 4. Also, I just finished reading the article on the new G650S (the Thumper) and its insanely cool. 30.1" seat height standard with about 1 inch of adustable lowering. Plus it comes with ABS standard. Rider Magazine has the article this month if anybody is interested.
I am thinking to buy the lowering kit for the V, can you explain how different it handles with and without the kit ( other than the heights:-) )?
The front end feels much less planted when riding two up (might feel the same with just a heavy rider?). When riding solo its just a touch different in regards to how the front end feels when pushing it and the steering is a little slower but not a lot. I prefer the bike in its stock configuration, it just feels more like its ready to pounce on something rather than slug along.
ST1300, Versys, SV650S
Last edited by gti20vturbo; 05-01-2009 at 05:49 PM.
The forks being raised in the triple clamps is not a bad thing. It will make cornering much better. I'm thinking if they are raised 8mm - 10 mm, then I'd leave them alone. So if it were me, I'd just undo the rear.