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How much does the front have to be lowered with the Motowerks kit

So I found out today, 3 weeks after picking up my 2009 V 650 that one of the previous owners (not the guy I bought it from) had installed the Motowerks lowering link on the back, but it looks like they never lowered the front end to match, it wasn't really noticeable as the bike doesn't sit funny or anything. I actually don't mind the lowering link and have no real desire to remove it, but what I need to know is how much do I need to drop the fork tubes in the clamps to even out the ride height again and fix the issues with the geometry (the bike is kinda vague in a lean right now even with the preload set 3 turns off full stiff). Also once the front is lowered I assume I will need to shorten the side stand, which is the recommended solution? Get a Ninja 650 side stand or get the flat foot kit from Motowerks?

I did search, but didn't find much info on how much the front needs to come down.
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I put the lowering kit on my 09 and lowered the front but after a while i put the front back to normal and liked it better that way...But hey thats just me.....Here Ya Go...https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/11...31950726149048
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Already read the instructions, they weren't very helpful for setting up the front end. As a bigger guy (260lbs) I probably do want the front ride height set correctly. It looks the fork tubes can be dropped approximately 1.25 inches in the clamps. Right now only about 1/4 inch of fork tube is showing above the top clamp. I am impressed with the suspension though, I am used to having to max the rear preload on most bikes, I only need to have it at the 4th notch in back which is only the halfway point.
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Already read the instructions, they weren't very helpful for setting up the front end. As a bigger guy (260lbs) I probably do want the front ride height set correctly. It looks the fork tubes can be dropped approximately 1.25 inches in the clamps. Right now only about 1/4 inch of fork tube is showing above the top clamp. I am impressed with the suspension though, I am used to having to max the rear preload on most bikes, I only need to have it at the 4th notch in back which is only the halfway point.
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/11...56211676856661

Also a old link but accurate info, http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/1316034-post8.html
I found it difficult to navigate for the info on Moto Werk and will advise Speedy of that, took 2 tries to find it.
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Already read the instructions, they weren't very helpful for setting up the front end. As a bigger guy (260lbs) I probably do want the front ride height set correctly. It looks the fork tubes can be dropped approximately 1.25 inches in the clamps. Right now only about 1/4 inch of fork tube is showing above the top clamp. I am impressed with the suspension though, I am used to having to max the rear preload on most bikes, I only need to have it at the 4th notch in back which is only the halfway point.

260lbs....I'd like to get back down to that..

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For the OP................mine was done when I bought the bike used............and it is 1 1/4" above the triple tree. Seems to ride just fine.
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For the OP................mine was done when I bought the bike used............and it is 1 1/4" above the triple tree. Seems to ride just fine.
Thanks, looks like taking it down to the end of the smooth part of the tubes will get exactly that much drop, now the issue of the side stand haha.
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Thanks, looks like taking it down to the end of the smooth part of the tubes will get exactly that much drop, now the issue of the side stand haha.
Mine had been cut down and a device inserted into the tube to make it "adjustable". I have no idea how much of the original was removed. After I bought the bike I welded a larger "foot" onto the stand to prevent it from sinking into soft ground.
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Was able to get the front lowered tonight and used a Ninja 650 side stand that is now the perfect height. Lowering the front to match the rear completely transformed the handling, no more vagueness or slow steering, this thing now corners like a super sport
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Was able to get the front lowered tonight and used a Ninja 650 side stand that is now the perfect height. Lowering the front to match the rear completely transformed the handling, no more vagueness or slow steering, this thing now corners like a super sport
Did you need to modify the ninja stand? The part number is the same for the 650 Ninja and the 650 Versys, what part number did you get? Any Photos?
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Did you need to modify the ninja stand? The part number is the same for the 650 Ninja and the 650 Versys, what part number did you get? Any Photos?
The Ninja 650 stand fit with no modification, and is the perfect height for the lowered bike. The stand I bought off ebay came off a 2012 Ninja 650 and is identical to the 1st gen Versys stand except for length. I don't know the exact part number. The front was easy to lower, borrowed a friend's garage and we used straps attached to a beam in his garage to hold up the front end, my friend said the front of the Versys was easier to lower than his own bike which is one of those 250cc Chinese ADV bikes that he needed to drop the front of when he switched from 90/10 tires to 50/50 tires. I'll try to get some pictures, but for the most part it looks identical to the stock V 650 stand other than length, and the fork tubes now stick out about 1.25 inches from the top clamp, but nothing touches, it is clear that Kawasaki designed the fork tubes to be able to be lowered without issue.
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While we're on the topic of the Motowerks lowering kit , I have a question about fitment on an '07 with a full arrow system. I know the clearance is tight without a lowering kit, how is it with it?

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