lowering GL 1500

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lowering GL 1500

Postby Maddogg » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:13 am

Does anyone know how I can get my GL 1500 close to the ground. I have tried lowering air shocks down to 10 psi, but that makes for a bumpy ride. I am 5'- 6" and have to be on tiptoes when stopped in traffic. I don't want to get rid of the bike because I love it, but I have to be able to comfortably touch the ground at a stop. I have a stock seat. I am running 33 in front tire and 38 in rear. Thanks.

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Re: lowering GL 1500

Postby liquineer » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:42 am

I had the same problem, 5 foot 10 inches and still could not reach ground with flat feet, even taking off the seat completely I could not reach-and I felt very unstable due to a poor right leg. In the end I triked the bike- have not regretted it one bit.
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Re: lowering GL 1500

Postby Fatwing Chris » Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:16 am

I don't remember reading anything about lowering the suspension,but that doesn't mean it hasn't happened.I know that the newer(95 and up I believe)seats are about an inch lower or you could get your seat reworked.
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Re: lowering GL 1500

Postby Happytrails » Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:43 pm

I'm 6ft tall and on my toes when on my wing. I was surprised about that. I thought I read that people who put Corbin seats on there 1500's dropped about an 1inch in seat height. I bet you could get a custom seat made that might bring it down a little. I haven't read anything about lowering shocks. I think thats how Harley does it. They sell shock kits to lower the bikes or maybe its an aftermarket thing.
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Re: lowering GL 1500

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:03 pm

cut the seat down..or slide the front tubes up in the tree..but it will change the handling a lot rake and trail will be compromised and make for a squirrelie ride..not recommended for the faith of heart..The rear isn't going anyplace..down that is...

5'6" ?? shoes with big thick soles??


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Re: lowering GL 1500

Postby robb » Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:06 pm

Can use a car tire, 175/60-16. It's 1.75" shorter than stock, most used for GL1500 by Darksiders. I'm under 5' 8" and have tried it but decided to go with one 1.75" taller than stock, 195/75-16. Taller tire is only 3/4" taller, the other is 3/4" shorter stance than stock. Two up my feet can touch ground if less than 20 psi in shock. Balance is much easier with car tire, especially with short legs.

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Re: lowering GL 1500

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:16 pm

I am 6 foot (although admittedly my legs are long - 34 inch inseam), and I am flat footed on my GL1500 when at a stop. I have a Corbin seat and progressive 416 shocks in rear, Progressive springs in front - although it was the same when I had OEM suspension.

My wife (who is 5' 2") was tip toeing the PC800 we got last fall, so over the winter I lowered it for her. I put shorter (custom) Hagon shocks in rear, raised the fork tubes about 1/2" in the triple tree, and put custom springs in the front. I also had a custom Corbin seat made for her that was cut down some. It dropped the bike down about an inch and a half overall, and the seat helped a lot as well. She's still stretching when on a slope, but it's far better than it was.

Don't drop the front without doing the same to the rear (or vice versa). You want to keep the rake/geometry the same. Cutting down the seat is far easier than getting into suspension modifications.

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