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Offline rrosierider

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Lower link or not
« on: June 18, 2021, 07:57:20 pm »
Would appreciate advice from the forum. I am 5'7 with 29 inch inseam. I can get ball of my feet on level ground. Seriously thinking of getting the Soupy lowering links and stand and also lowering the front to keep handling close to balanced. Any watch outs? Love the bike but it is a bit tall and think this might help me.
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Re: Lower link or not
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2021, 10:11:21 pm »
There are several ways to lower the motorcycle.

- Crank arms to lower the suspensions
- OEM seat low position
- Pilot seat, low
- Low pilot seat, plus take out some padding
- Tilt something with a half moon washer, the support where the pilot's seat is anchored
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Re: Lower link or not
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2021, 11:04:02 pm »
29" inseam here...

Do you have the factory low seat in the low position??  Helps a lot.

I had my seat further lowered and flattened by Spencer at greatdaytoride dot com.. not sure if he's still in business.

Installed Lust lowering links and dropped the forks 12mm.  Cut down my aftermarket screen so I can see over the top.   Golden...

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Re: Lower link or not
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2021, 05:27:01 am »
I'm 70, 5'9-10" & 175lbs.
Early last summer I had a couple of Trophy low speed tip overs that really frustrated me.
I put 8mm lust lowering links  on to drop the rear a bit & raised the fork tubes in their clamps 13mm
Those changes improved the low speed control for me enormously. Obviously, they also aided my footing while stopped.
The other thing that I did was sectioned about an inch & a quarter out of the centerstand height, & had it rewelded together. Now, a 10yr old could put this weighty bike up on the centerstand.
I found no downside to lowering the bike.
I'll also state that when I put a lower Corbin seat on a larger touring bike that I had, it effected high speed cornering because it lowered me relative to the bike's C of G. That meant that I had to put more effort into wrestling the bike through fast corners. That actually added to a back strain that I still have trouble with occasionally.
So, I'm not an advocate of low seats on heavy bikes, for me.
Just my $0.02.
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Re: Lower link or not
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2021, 12:39:37 pm »
Just lowered mine a few months back and it seems to handle the same if not a little better.  Much easier to manage when riding 2-up now.  5' 9" with a 30" inseam. Used the Soupy kit and left it where it was set and shipped.  Think I dropped the forks about 14mm.  I can measure them if you want.  Can still get her up on the stock center stand.

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Re: Lower link or not
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2021, 01:07:23 pm »
I take them to 12mm, the truth is that if you notice a better condition, above all it fits better in the curves.

What I did is cut the central stand by 3 cm and change the side stand to an adjustable one, since with the OEM stand it was too high and in danger of it falling over.
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Re: Lower link or not
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2021, 02:14:02 pm »
Although I sold my Trophy last year I still lurk here to learn from the experience of others.

I also found the Trophy a little tall for me, and I am not sure what those above are referring to but Lust only makes a 20mm and a 30mm lowering link.  I used the 20 mm and it was perfect.  My inseam was the same as yours, and with bad knees, I did not want to lower the seat.  In fact I had a Corbin on the bike which was approximately the height of a standard seat, or the low in the high position.  I also pushed up the forks .5 inch.

The bike road great, the only two issues presented are the side stand if unmodified will keep the bike a little more upright which requires you to be careful how you park.  You cannot park with the slope up to the left.  The second issue is getting the bike on the center stand.  I carried a 8 inch piece of 1x4 in my pannier with my tire repair kit.  If you roll the rear tire onto the 1x4 the bike is as easy to get up on the center stand as it is when stock.

Ride safe, it is a great bike, I just had to sell it to go lighter, as old age and bad knees made it difficult to maneuver manually.

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Re: Lower link or not
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2021, 02:45:31 pm »
Since mine is lowered with 20 MM Lust links, I bought an extra used center stand for the express purpose of shortening it to make it easier to use.  From looking at where the rubber bumper on the frame contacts the stand it looks like I will only be able to shorten it by about 3/4" and still have the stand rest against the bumper.  Anyone that shortened their stand notice any problem if the bumper doesn't contact the stand, or have a simple solution for that?
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