Just joined and a question about lowering link
Hi, I just bought a used 2008 Versys. I generally change bikes every year or two. After making it as good as it can get for me, it's time to move on, II guess. Over the last 10 years I've ridden, in no particular order, a 2003 BMW F650CS, 2007 BMW F800ST, 2006 Ducati Multistrada 620, 1991 Suzuki Bandit 400, 1996 Suzuki GS500 (my first bike after a couple of scooters). I really wanted to love the BMW F800ST but could never really get comfortable on it, no matter how I modified it. Liked the Multistrada best so far. I've long wanted to try the Versys but thought it would be too tall for me (5'8" with a 30" inseam). Which brings me to my question: the Versys I just bought came with Speedy's lowering link already installed, which is great. But the previous owner had some front end work done and the front fork was restored to spec. I'd like to lower the front fork as per Speedy's instructions but if I do, the handlebar will easily scrape the tank on full turn (while parking). Indeed, there is already a worn spot on the tank's finish where the bars hit it in the past. What's the downside of leaving the front fork where it is (1/2" from top of smooth metal and 1" from bottom of smooth metal)? Do you guys have the same scraping problem and just live with it or do you buy a riser to improve clearance? Glad to be aboard and thanks in advance for any input.