Why spendy lowering?

So this came up in the comments for my last entry, but I thought it was worth breaking it out into its own entry.

The question was, why go for the amazingly spendy professional lowering instead of using lowering links and raising the forks in the triple tree?

The short answer is that it was completely personal preference.

The long answer:

Lowering links change the angle of the shock, thus changing the compression rate. I’ve heard from many People On The Internet that it can cause a much stiffer/harsher ride. If this were just my daily commuter, that wouldn’t be a problem, given my low weight. I tour, though, and since I’m still doomed to the stock seat, I didn’t want to add more stiffness.

Next, there’s a very limited amount of space for raising the forks in the tree. There’s really only about 1.5 centimeters of room there, and I’d be a little nervous to do the whole 1.5 cm. The mental image of causing the tire/front fender to bottom out under emergency braking….no thanks.

So, for me, all that was worth blowing my entire February budget. Again, I really think that it’s a personal preference thing.

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3 Responses to Why spendy lowering?

  1. VIVID1 says:

    I think you did the right thing lowering the bike via suspension shock rather then a lowering link (back) raising the forks (front), although more expensive, you get to retain a softer ride and the bike should handle close to stock as well. Although the bike is physically closer to the ground now, so in the back of your head you will always have to remember that this bike does not have the cornering clearance of a stock Z750. But that should not be a problem if you are not an aggrieve rider. My old F4i was lowered two whole inches front and back and I didn’t have too many clearance issues, although it was very easy to scrape pegs on tight/steep roads. I did have clearance problem running the bike at the track though, not enough clearance to get a knee down. That’s why I only lowered the 954RR 1.25” in the back. The more cornering clearance you have the better.
    Enjoy your midgetcycle!

  2. VIVID1 says:

    Blasted MS Word, instead of correcting my spelling it just decides to substitute words… I meant “aggressive” rider not aggrieve – duh

  3. Stephanie` says:

    But does lowering the bike properly at least give you enough squeege-room to add some sort of comfort to the stock seat now? I’d hate to think of how little fun several long days in that saddle would be.

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