Lowering the Suspension


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Lowering the Suspension

Postby texas tracy » Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:06 pm



I have a 2006 GL1800A. I just bought it second hand, so I am new to Goldwinging. I am vertically challenged; just the balls of my feet are on the ground when sitting properly on the bike. From a safety standpoint I would like to lower the bike so I can sit on the bike with both feet flat on the ground. I do plan to ride two-up so I need more contact with the ground.

My questions are:
1) Can the 2006 GL1800 w/ABS be lowered?
2) If so, are deferent degrees or inches can it be lowered?
3) If it is lowered what other problems would that possibly create?
4) What are the pros and cons?
5) I have read when a Suspension Lowering Bracket is installed the front triple tree on the fork tubes you can lower the bike an additional ½”. Can you explain?
6) Is this procedure necessary if the 1 ¼” is enough or do you need to do both at the same time? And
7) I have heated seat, are there other ways to achieve the same without getting another bike? I have tried reducing the air in the suspension and that did not really work

Any help or advice would be great
Thanks
TT



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Re: Lowering the Suspension

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:33 pm

From what I've read, the simplest and easiest thing to do is carve (or have carved) some of the foam out of the seat. You can lower it an inch, without affecting the suspension or anything else mechanical.

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Re: Lowering the Suspension

Postby tjr002 » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:49 pm

What number is your rear spring pre-load set to? See if lowering it to about a 4 or 5 helps.
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Re: Lowering the Suspension

Postby tjr002 » Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:00 pm

Just found this link:
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=288
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Re: Lowering the Suspension

Postby texas tracy » Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:34 am

Hi Tom

Yes, I have lowered it to “0” and it has helped some. When Honda says it is “per-loaded suspension”. Dose that mean that anything above “0” is for your comfort and “0” is what considered the BASE for the pre-load suspension?

Also thanks for your feed back and the link.

I read the link and the responses and I am confused. Why go the expense to lower the bike, then turn around and put bigger tires on it to bring the bike back to stock? :?:




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