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removing lowering kit.. opinions wanted

Back in the spring I bought a 2009 V. The previous owner installed a Speedys lowering kit and a flatfoot kit. I have the stock kickstand. I'm thinking about removing the Lowering kit and putting it back to stock height. I've never riden a V without a lowering kit, what kind of handling changes can I expect if I take it back to stock?
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...any chance you'll be selling that kit? Please let me know if you do!
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Considering that should take it back to factory geometry, I suspect it should handle better. If the forks have also been moved don't forget adjust them.


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I rode mine for a month before lowering it. I noticed no difference in handling after, just able to reach the ground better.
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I rode mine for a month before lowering it. I noticed no difference in handling after, just able to reach the ground better.
Same here, I can flatfoot now, adding different tires also made a huge difference ( Pilot road 2s)----------------only advantage of stock would be if you decided to go off road with it-------------and this really doesn't have the suspension of a top off road bike. JMO.
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The advantages of stock, for me, is that I like the long legged look better (just cosmetic and my preference) and Im thinking about putting a hugger on. I know there are ways to fit one with the lowering bracket on but it would be so much easier without it and I could sell the kit and the hugger would cost nothing. I came from a KLR so tip-toeing doesnt bother me. that said, I do enjoy how much easier it is to mount/dismount the lowered V.
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The advantages of stock, for me, is that I like the long legged
I would not wait if you have the parts, go for it!
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I rode mine for a month before lowering it. I noticed no difference in handling after, just able to reach the ground better.
Since I changed over to R1 shocks on both Vs, I can NOW flatfoot, which I couldn't do before! My rear sag is about 45mm. I'm 5'9.5" with a 31" inseam.


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You must be a giant I noticed windy days aren'y so scary after I lowered mine.
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You must be a giant I noticed windy days aren'y so scary after I lowered mine.
Its all relative.
I was used to riding a KLR. Wind does not scare me, I just relax and let the bike go where the wind takes it.
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Removed lowering kit and the bike handles better as STOCK. No problem on flat footing at 5'9".

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