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Lowering kit for Versys.

I got my bike on March 3rd and I was busy customizing it to my liking. Because I'm only 30.5" (77.5 cm) inseam I started with designing and making a lowering kit. Being mechanical engineer and an owner of a machine shop, I thought it would be more fun making a lowering kit than buying a $400.00 gel seat.
At this point, I can say that it was sheer joy , and now I know that I will be building more custom parts in the future. I put a lot of effort into making it right. It is as mechanically streamlined as can be. The main component is made out of clear anodized 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum, so it’s resistant to corrosion and stronger than a casted gull-wing of the rear suspension of the bike. My kit lowers the seat to 31.25” (79.4 cm), which is 1.85” (47 mm) lower than the original seat height. The kit also addresses the issue of the rough rear suspension by making it a tad softer.

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Good job !!!! It looks great.
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Ok Speedy, Don't let all the members on this site guess what other neat stuff you can do for them.

Speedy also designed a mean Fat foot in Silver or anodized black as well as some mirror extenders. All is stuff is very well design and built and at a very competitive price

Here are some pictures of Speedy's stuff:





Everybody is awaiting to see what other neat stuff he as designed.
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Nice work! I'd love to see prices on the foot & mirror extenders...


Oh, & welcome aboard Speedy!

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How much?

Hi actar911,
You blew my cover. I guess there is no place to hide.
As to prices here they are [All mounting hardware requeired is included]:

Lowering Kit for Kawasaki Versys (clear anodized)

Flatfoot for Lowering Kit (black anodized)

Custom Foot Peg for Lowering Kit


Standard Flatfoot for Kawasaki Versys (black anodized)

Mirror Extenders (pair)


Take care,
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File Type: jpg Versys lowering kit 4 components.jpg (41.0 KB, 3747 views)
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File Type: jpg Mirror extender installed .jpg (42.0 KB, 2098 views)
File Type: jpg Mirror extenders .jpg (26.8 KB, 1584 views)
File Type: jpg Anodized Flatfoot.jpg (26.2 KB, 1590 views)

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Nice work Speedy how about a radiator cover
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Speedy,

I still have limited experience on bikes and was wondering how lowering would affect the ride.

Center of gravity ( assume would lower - and make it better ).

Any appreciable change to wheelbase - would it be a tad longer - therefore more stable, maybe a bit less responsive?
Could one even tell a difference?

I would also assume my warranty coverage would go away - Hopefully not -
I have a 32" inseam and am on the balls of my feet when stopped. A couple of
inches lower would be about right I think, and I definitely like the price compared to the
lower seat.

Thanks for any input.
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Here you go Pharma:

http://www.sportrider.com/tech/146_0...wer/index.html

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Waxrash,

Thanks for the link.

While a lot was over my head, I understood enough to think that since I can get both feet on the ground - just not flat footed- I'd better leave well enough alone.

I'll study up some more. Maybe check out some other goodies.

Thanks again.
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Speedy

I've posted on the UK site and sent an IM and email. Looking for one of those pretty lowering links for the Versys. Funds are available immediately, help me keep from droppin my new ride... Thanks PJO
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I just ordered my lowering kit from Speedy and can't wait to receive it.
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Flatfoot for lowering kit

Hi Guys,
I offer now Flatfoot for lowering kit.
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I love my black flatfoot Speedy thanks.
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Just Installed Speedy's Lowering Kit

I Just installed Speedy's Lowering kit last night. I must say the quality of the piece is remarkable, and the installation was a breeze. Took me about 45 minutes or so to install the kit and about 10 minutes to lower the front forks. WOW it's sure nice to be able to touch at least one foot flat on the ground. I will be taken it to work tomorrow, so i'll report on how it handles later.

Below are some pictures of how I used 2 floor jacks to lift up the rear for installation. Worked GREAT! very sturdy. Just lift high enough to get the tire off the ground, and go to work.









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Kawaclay,

thanks for the pics.

I received my kit from speedy last week but hadn't figured a safe way to
lift the bike. I think I can handle it the way you showed.
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I installed my GPS mount....excellent! I'll post pics later. Camera battery is dead.

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Installed my lowered flatfoot today and it fit perfectly. Thanks Speedy.
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Installed my lowering kit last night and it's great.

Installation was a breeze - explicit instructions emailed ahead of time made it easy.

My 32" inseam now is flat footed w/ room to spare.

Now I've just got to save up for a GPS & order the mount.
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Installed my lowering kit yesterday and put 80 miles on it this morning amongst the semi-twisties. The wonderfully tight steering I gained by lowering the front seems negated, but otherwise I sense little overall change to the bike's behavior. I'll take that for being able to get one foot flat on the ground at stops.

Big props to "Speedy" for creating a very well-designed kit with excellent directions!
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What does installing the lowering kit do to the warranty? Will Kawi cancel the warranty?
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