Thanks again for this Thread! Today, a Swiss friend and I (mostly him) followed your detailed procedure and everything turned out just as you said.
I was having lots of problems getting on and off the bike especially after spraining my left ankle. Many rural roads here in Thailand have a strong crown, so if you stop on the left the bike leans so far over it tries to fall on you when getting off and on (I am old) have short legs (30") and I carry a rear bag for raingear and cameras etc
The bike seemed a little stiffer in the rear and front as I rode it home today...perhaps it shortens the wheel base just a tad, but it was raining and slippery so I couldn't really get it on....I will say, it handles well...and tomorrow if not pouring, I will take it for a spin up the big hill to Phu Rua.
I really like the idea the bike can be set back easily....