Anyway to lower my bike???


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Ken Styles
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Anyway to lower my bike???

Postby Ken Styles » Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:37 am



Hi all,

I'm 5 foot 8 and with the wide seat of my 1986 Interstate - I'm on my tippy toes at stop lights.
I honestly don't feel comfortable with this stance especially with such a heavy bike.

Is there anyway to lower it? Or bring it to the mechanic to lower? I'm sure I would have to sacrifice saddle back clearance to the ground but I don't plan on going over any curbs anytime soon.

I do have adjustable shocks in the back but I think that just adjust the stiffness of the shock not the actually height of the seat.

Any ideas?



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Re: Anyway to lower my bike???

Postby newday777 » Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:03 am

Yes Ken you can lower it by letting the air out of the rear shocks.
You can get shorter shocks too.
You can shave the seat to gain an inch or more and shaving the sides of the seat will help get your legs longer as they won't be spread so far apart.
Do you have floorboards on the bike? Those will spread your stance too.

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Re: Anyway to lower my bike???

Postby newday777 » Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:05 am

Short inseam?
Get elevator boots. Big souls.

Ken Styles
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Re: Anyway to lower my bike???

Postby Ken Styles » Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:44 am

the bike is at the shop now for inspection so I will tell them to let some air out.

I am also looking at some tall heal boots.

I would hate to drop this monster. Especially with my wife on the back.

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Re: Anyway to lower my bike???

Postby w9r1x4 » Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:05 pm

I assume you could do this on yours...just had traxxion dynamics inserts put in my front forks and while he was at it had the installer lower the triple tree about a half inch on the fork tubes. Big difference since I just had a new hartco seat installed which made me ride a little taller.

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Re: Anyway to lower my bike???

Postby joeincalif » Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:34 pm

If you lower it by changing your shocks your ground clearance will suffer, you will notice it when you get into riding mountain/twisty roads. Which is the reason you buy a motorcycle!! I would try altering the seat and maybe getting taller souls on your boots
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Re: Anyway to lower my bike???

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:43 am

+1 trim seat buy boots..then move on to shocks/forks if needed.
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Re: Anyway to lower my bike???

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:01 am

Lowering just the front (or the rear) of the bike, instead of lowering both the front AND rear the same amount, causes the front suspension geometry to change. In particular, it reduces the rake and trail. Rake isn't not going to change much, but even a 5mm change in trail causes a noticeable change in stability. The natural resistance to steering diversion is reduced, and this can mean the bike can get into a speed wobble or tank slapper much easier.

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Re: Anyway to lower my bike???

Postby w9r1x4 » Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:08 am

WingAdmin wrote:Lowering just the front (or the rear) of the bike, instead of lowering both the front AND rear the same amount, causes the front suspension geometry to change. In particular, it reduces the rake and trail. Rake isn't not going to change much, but even a 5mm change in trail causes a noticeable change in stability. The natural resistance to steering diversion is reduced, and this can mean the bike can get into a speed wobble or tank slapper much easier.

I have traxxion dynamics inserts in the front forks (new) and had the front lowered about a 1/2 "....The bike is like it's on rails...no noticeable change in geometry. The front/rear feel ike one big piece. Have progressive air shocks (both sides) on the back.

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Re: Anyway to lower my bike???

Postby jtornese » Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:30 pm

The obvious, restated:
You need the suspension travel and firmness for ground clearance, especially if you ride two up, Period!

I am 5'7" Got my first Goldwing, (GL1500) and immediatly got a pair of boots with heels.

I also recently added a ventilated seat cushion which puts me up about 1/2" higher, but the cool comfort is a dream.

I have had my seat off and noticed that the vinyl cover is stretched and stapled to a plastic frame. I am planning shortly to saw off about 1 to 1 1/2" off of the bottom of the foam, and then restretch and staple it using my powerline hand stapler. (it takes T50 staples but is way more powerful than Arrow).




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