Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Auburn, WA 98401
The problem with lowering any bike is like Scotteroo said, the clearance reduction, and a couple of other things. The suspension travel changes. The way the suspension responds also will change with lowering. In general, handling is always worse with lowering, unless you are talking about a sports car which has four wheels, and you have camber plates to compensate for the effects of the lowering.
In a bike, while you do not have camber issues at all, you will likely be using shorter springs, and I have to question whether they will behave the same as the stock spring length.
In any event, one example will illustrate my point: a friend of mine who is short has had bikes lowered. He has owned many bikes. The last one was an Electraglide. Granted, it weighs a ton, but the end result was that the bike handled differently and he crashed the bike at slow speed twice, then sold the bike.
"...If you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two imposters the same....you'll be a Man, my Son!"
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