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Progressive 1" lower shock

http://www.progressivesuspension.com...5-series-shock

Progressives were great cheap shocks on Honda 750 Nighthawk, and I was wondering if anyone used them on a Vs. 650. They also have a 1" lower shock (and fork springs too) which would be good for mounting the motorcycle, but bad on the knees for riding!!

I think it's better to leave heights all stock if possible. Maybe taller heels are the answer I park near a curb when possible for easy mount, kicking over my Kawasaki rear seat bag: an extra 8" high of kick - kung fu fighting!

465 series shock starts at $496.95 from Progressive (probably cheaper on ebay)
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The lowered suspension will NOT decrease leg room at all. Only the overall stance of the bike. After all, go look at you bike and you'll see, the shock mount between the frame and swingarm NOT seat and pegs.

So in this case you CAN have your cake and eat it too!

Or was that look THEN leap?
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The lowered suspension will NOT decrease leg room at all. Only the overall stance of the bike. After all, go look at you bike and you'll see, the shock mount between the frame and swingarm NOT seat and pegs.

So in this case you CAN have your cake and eat it too!
That's right, the shock is horizontal and not vertical. It's my first monoshock bike, so I haven't even looked at it good yet. I'll email Progressive up and ask what the trade-offs are. They are pretty good about responding to questions.

I'd like to see an animated simulation of the versions working with explanations, but Progressive has a poor web site to begin with so animation is years away. But they sell great products at half the price for the quality level offered. My stock shock is doing great so far though, but i just want to do my research now. In fact, I can't believe how well my stock shocks front and rear are doing. New technology on both ends for me. I would have never believed it without riding on it!

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Welll...first things first. When you lower the suspension whether by installing a lowering link, different shock, or spring; you're not changing the seat geometry only suspension.
It's my feeling that the lowering link would have an effect on the spring & valve rates.

It's just my opinion but I feel the expensive way is the route to go....depending on where you want to split hairs and general requirements
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