Is it possible to lower a wing for a short person?


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Is it possible to lower a wing for a short person?

Postby m1inhand » Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:33 pm



I'm looking for a new touring bike but, I'm 5'4 and on my tippy toes seating on a wing. Got to have a goldwing need some good advice. Thank's



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Re: Is it possible to lower a wing for a short person?

Postby themainviking » Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:48 pm

You could always trike one. I have seen the seats carved out to give a couple of inches, and front forks can be lowered. A guy here in town got a lowering kit for the rear also, so his altitudenally challenged girlfriend could ride, so yes, it can be done. All this was done to an early model GL1800 (2003 or 2004)
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Re: Is it possible to lower a wing for a short person?

Postby Mag » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:12 pm

We found one for my wife, she is about 5 ft 3....and it was on an 1100, a lowering kit. She was able to almost be flat footed when it was lowered and the ride was not sacrificed.

So, there should definitely be something out there for ya, no probs.

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Re: Is it possible to lower a wing for a short person?

Postby made2care » Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:11 am

Just wear high heels :D

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Re: Is it possible to lower a wing for a short person?

Postby themainviking » Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:23 am

A lowering kit can be investigated, and purchased here.

http://www.lowerwingproducts.com/
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Re: Is it possible to lower a wing for a short person?

Postby m1inhand » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:57 am

themainviking wrote:A lowering kit can be investigated, and purchased here.

http://www.lowerwingproducts.com/

Thank You!! themainviking

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Re: Is it possible to lower a wing for a short person?

Postby thrasherg » Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:07 am

It looks like you are wanting an older wing, in which case they can be lowered a bit (Usually quite expensive as it involves new, shorter rear shocks and dropping the forks. I have an 1800 and would strongly suggest NOT lowering it. As stock I found the 1800 did not have a lot of ground clearance and would often deck out easily in corners, I actually went the other way and raised it (progressive fork springs and rear shock, lifted it just over an inch) and much prefer the handling, it still decks out occasionally but it's much better. I think the 1800 is a lot wider down low than the older wings, so it is not a good candidate for lowering.

Good luck with lowering, these are big heavy bikes for someone of 5'3" to handle..

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Re: Is it possible to lower a wing for a short person?

Postby m1inhand » Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:59 pm

thrasherg wrote:It looks like you are wanting an older wing, in which case they can be lowered a bit (Usually quite expensive as it involves new, shorter rear shocks and dropping the forks. I have an 1800 and would strongly suggest NOT lowering it. As stock I found the 1800 did not have a lot of ground clearance and would often deck out easily in corners, I actually went the other way and raised it (progressive fork springs and rear shock, lifted it just over an inch) and much prefer the handling, it still decks out occasionally but it's much better. I think the 1800 is a lot wider down low than the older wings, so it is not a good candidate for lowering.

Good luck with lowering, these are big heavy bikes for someone of 5'3" to handle..

Gary

That's a good point Gary, I'll have to think that one over a bit. I really don't want a Harley, Thanks

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Re: Is it possible to lower a wing for a short person?

Postby redial » Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:25 pm

Dont some of the saddle makers customise the seats to suit those of shorter stature?
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Re: Is it possible to lower a wing for a short person?

Postby bustedwing » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:08 pm

The 1200 I had was perfect for my short inseam but then I helped a friend that was going through a divorce and bought his 1500 from him. Big difference in height, I was on my tip toes. Then I sold the 1200 and had a head on collision on the 1500. A guy crossed the center line and hit me head on. Now I am on a trike(also a 1500) and of course inseam means nothing now. I wish you luck, I know the Gold Wing is the caddillac of touring bikes and there should be an answer for you somewhere, I'm sure you are not the first hight challened person to ride a Gold Wing. Ride safe.
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Re: Is it possible to lower a wing for a short person?

Postby seanster » Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:13 am

made2care wrote:Just wear high heels :D


this is actually a great suggestion, and can help immensely, with low cost and no bike mods...

www.tallmenshoes.com sells boots that might work.

Good luck!

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Re: Is it possible to lower a wing for a short person?

Postby brettchallenger » Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:41 am

An alternative to lowering the bike is the LegUp landing gear. This video shows the gl1800 but I believe they are available for gl1500s too. However, this is still not a cheap solution.





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