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Lowering kit help

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Kit (motowerks) came without instructions but thanks to u-tube, installation was easy. Their website says the kit lowers the rear by 1.85 inches, it seems reasonable that I lower the front the same amount and cut that much off the side stand. But before I do something stupid I want to hear from those of you who have done this already.. Thanks in advance for the help
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Answered my own question... gotta remember google
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Personally I'd give Motowerks a call for the directions...I don't remember exactly how far I lowered the front forks..as per instructions..but it wasn't the whole 1 5/8"...same was true with the kickstand...

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Personally I'd give Motowerks a call for the directions...I don't remember exactly how far I lowered the front forks..as per instructions..but it wasn't the whole 1 5/8"...same was true with the kickstand...

Seems to me that the geometry would dictate that you lower the front even more to keep it on the same keel as stock.

Say you drop the rear seat 2" closer to the ground, then it would stand to reason that you need to drop the front 2" as well. But you aren't dropping the front to the ground perpendicularly to it. The forks are at an angle of ~27 to perpendicular if memory serves. Thus, to get the front level with the rear, you'd have to drop the clamps down on the forks by: 2/cos27 or 2.24". Unfortunately, there is only about an inch to drop the clamps on the V1K and less than that on the V650.
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The on line instructions said 1 1/4" on the side stand and down to the bottom of the smooth area ( if memory serves, 22mm) for the fork tubes. so thats what I did. I can get this old leg over so life is good.
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The on line instructions said 1 1/4" on the side stand and down to the bottom of the smooth area ( if memory serves, 22mm) for the fork tubes. so thats what I did. I can get this old leg over so life is good.
Yeah, I face the same dilemma. One of the guys herre who got a new V1K got a link and lowered it nearly 3" without even touching the forks. He reported that it still rode fine and may have even been easier to steer (which usually isn't the case when you increase the trail like that).
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Yeah, I face the same dilemma. One of the guys herre who got a new V1K got a link and lowered it nearly 3" without even touching the forks. He reported that it still rode fine and may have even been easier to steer (which usually isn't the case when you increase the trail like that).
Remember, those are dynamic (versus static) forces and change at different speeds, accelerating, and decelerating. I've got some shorter friends that want a Vs. and I'd like to help them. Unfortunately there are many ways to reduce the height and infinite riding styles, so I am reluctant to offer an opinion on something I would not gamble on myself. I am a little slow on doing anything, but when I do it, I am more confident anyway (and it's better on my budget if I am always researching
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Personally I'd give Motowerks a call for the directions...I don't remember exactly how far I lowered the front forks..as per instructions..but it wasn't the whole 1 5/8"...same was true with the kickstand...


No need to call. Speedy has all the instruction on his web-site...https://www.motowerk.com/uploads/Kaw...Suspension.pdf

I had lowered the front forks when i installed the lowering kit. But after about a week i put the forks back to the stock position. For me it felt better...

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Instead of cutting kickstand, I got a ninja 650r one off ebay. Its the right height for the lowering link, When you order a flatfoot from speedy tell them you have the ninja stand. I did this so if I "upgrade" to a newer versys, I could remove all the parts and sell a "factory" bike.
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I lowered mine 2" by removing my filler seat pad (my two best pads are like another member's 2012 Vs. "saddle" now.) I can now put my front pads of my feet on the ground (from my toes only before.)

I also just received new Bates boots with 1" soles, so that should raise me up another 1/2" +.

And I just got a new top box so I won't have to kung fu kick my left hip out reaching over my Kawasaki seat bag (a scuffed one is for sale half price plus shipping

My height challenges are done and my control panel is next with new bars, anti-vib riser (every Vs. needs at least the 1" riser!!), handguards with lights, and Oxford heated grips wired into ignition will be in about 3 more workdays. I'll probably tell them to put the fenda extenda and pivot points on while they are at it. How sweet it is!
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It's like yoga for me go climb on. And Im occasionally kicking the pannier tops. Getting more proficient at it but worried once my top case is on I will be round house kicking that.
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When you go to adjust the forks, mark the original position on the topside of the clamps with a sharpie. Just in case you want to put it back to stock someday.. Also check the bolt tension after each of the next few rides once it's done.
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