lowering my gl1200i


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gl1200i
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lowering my gl1200i

Postby gl1200i » Fri Apr 03, 2015 12:10 pm



Ok so sitting on my bike with it centered I can reach with my tip toes and some times balls of my feet. What is the best way to lower to reach the ground flat footed???? I know I'm not the only short one on here :D thanks in advance



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Re: lowering my gl1200i

Postby WINGER3 » Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:39 pm

Hi GL1200I; you can buy new shocks that are shorter then stock, the draw back is you have less travel in the rear to absorb bumbs and a harsher ride. You could also buy a pair of ridding boots like Chippawa, they have much thicker sole and are much safer then tennys. I'm 28" inseam and I learned many years and bikes long ago to lean left at stops and put only my left foot down, if you shift to neutral then shift to the right foot so you can shift into gear to move out. hope this helps. :mrgreen:
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gl1200i
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Re: lowering my gl1200i

Postby gl1200i » Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:09 pm

Ya that's what I do now. I just have a difficult time moving bike backwards if I need 2. I was hoping to find a seat not as thick also to drop me down an inch or 2

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Re: lowering my gl1200i

Postby pappasmurf » Sat Apr 04, 2015 4:16 pm

im 5;6 and also have an 86 1200i and I too have the same issue altho I have air shocks on the back which if I don't air up to recommended amounts seem to bring the bike down but then I suffer the harsh ride of bottoming out over bumps and our messed up roads here in iowa ,I also have factory seat which I had shaved 1 inch which seemed to help a bit . I thought about the shorter shocks idea but it would basically give the same ride as the air shocks with less air in them ,yea being short really does have its disadvantages when it comes to the Goldwing.
so hopefully we find a good option out there soon because I really do love riding my Goldwing.




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