Short legs


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Keef
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Short legs

Postby Keef » Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:19 pm



I am new to this posting thing. Not sure how every thing works yet. Does any one out know if i can lower my bike just a little bit more, like a inch or so. I have let all the air out the back. I have a 97 aspencade and would like it to be just one more inch lower. Thanks to all.
And I must say the pictures and directions are great on this site....



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Re: Short legs

Postby rooferx » Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:12 pm

Welcome from Pasadena Maryland,,I would"nt ride the bike with all the air out..I am sure there is a minimum,,I was told 30 but dont really know for sure..

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Re: Short legs

Postby trike lady » Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:19 pm

You can trim a little bit of foam from the seat and a boot with a thicker sole helps.
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Re: Short legs

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:55 am

Trimming seat foam is the easiest (and best) way to lower it a bit.

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Re: Short legs

Postby Kiwi2 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:49 am

Keef wrote:I am new to this posting thing. Not sure how every thing works yet. Does any one out know if i can lower my bike just a little bit more, like a inch or so. I have let all the air out the back. I have a 97 aspencade and would like it to be just one more inch lower. Thanks to all.
And I must say the pictures and directions are great on this site....


Gidday mate, I have had a look at Steve Saunders site http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum1/128004.html about making the seat a bit lower. This may help.

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Keef
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Re: Short legs

Postby Keef » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:14 am

Thanks every one. And I will check into the minimum air in the back end. Didn't see any difference when I let it all out. Thanks

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Re: Short legs

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:27 am

letting THE AIR OUT DOESN'T CHANGE THE HEIGHT ONLY THE RIDE. you can loosen the front fork clamps and let the fork up past the tree a bit..but it will change the rake and trail a bit..so your steering will be different..test before you ride much if you try this..can be VERY different.

To trim the seat..remove seat, remove cover..electric knife and trim away
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Re: Short legs

Postby Keef » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:46 pm

Thanks RB, think i will sick to trimming the seat and good sole on a boot..........

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Re: Short legs

Postby robb » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:25 pm

I'm under 5'-8" and know all about short legs. My seat is 1" lower than stock and will at sometime be replaced with a Corbin that sets about another inch lower. Honda dealer said it was OK to ride with no air in shock but recommended at least 10 psi to avoid damage if total load exceeds 200 pounds, only 1/4" difference in height. Boots are not my choice, at home with tennis shoes shorts and tee shirt. Test rode a bike a few weeks back that had a 175/60-16 car tire on rear and that lowers another 3/4", felt like a lot more. Rpm was about 300 higher but is looking more acceptable every day. No affect on speedo since it is run from front tire. My other bike is 24.5" to seat but the goldwing is so much easier to ride.




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