Lowering your ride (for short legged people)


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PedroTQ
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Lowering your ride (for short legged people)

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I nearly have my #1 & #2 projects complete and I have started on my #5 project.

I am just building up a mock of what she will look like when finished so don't look at the cancerous rust, these are just junk parts for research and development.

I have extended the forks by 2" and lowered the rear about 2", the tyres are about 15 years old and the engine has no crank, pistons or anything else, just the outer casings.

I drilled and tapped the final drive (which is only the outer casing, nothing inside) 60 degrees out from stock to re-locate the shock mount further away, then shortened the shocks by about 3/4"..... that was the easy side.

I machined a collar on the rear brake calliper and machined a bracket to fit around it and to the original shock mount.

I guess someone good with a welder could do something similar, but I like machining things out.
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#1 - 1975 GL-1000 - showroom
#2 - 1976 GL-1000 -DJP sidecar fitted
#3 - 1978 GL-1000 - RIP
#4 - 1975 GL-1000 - RIP
#5 - 1978 GL-1000 - RIP
#6 - 1988 GL-1500 - HRD sidecar fitted
#7 - 1998 GL-1500C - Valkyrie
#8 - 1990 GL-1500 SE - Naked 90
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PedroTQ
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Location: Perth, Western Australia
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1976 GL-1000 DJP outfit
1988 GL-1500 HRD outfit
1998 Valkyrie

Re: Lowering your ride (for short legged people)

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Happy & Safe Riding to Everyone.

Peter.
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Fork extensions.
Fork extensions.


Shortened shock.
Shortened shock.





#1 - 1975 GL-1000 - showroom
#2 - 1976 GL-1000 -DJP sidecar fitted
#3 - 1978 GL-1000 - RIP
#4 - 1975 GL-1000 - RIP
#5 - 1978 GL-1000 - RIP
#6 - 1988 GL-1500 - HRD sidecar fitted
#7 - 1998 GL-1500C - Valkyrie
#8 - 1990 GL-1500 SE - Naked 90
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Re: Lowering your ride (for short legged people)

Post by WingAdmin »

That's some really nice work! Impressive machining, and a great overall result.
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