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Old 01-04-2011, 09:56 AM   #4501
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I just got to looking atthe KTM microfihe and discovered that the rear shock is linkage less.
To effectively lower the rear of the bike, what is the option?
Have the shock cut down at the bottom and drill new eyelet?
Use a 1" shorter spring (shock won't be in the middle of it's stroke anymore-maybe sacrifice in suspension control?)
Move the upper mount on the frame up an inch or 2?
Bolt a link to the swingarm shock eyelet, and allow the shock to be bolted up farter rearward, laying the shock down more, and maybe lowering the rear? (might hit tire?)
Any ideas?
If it can't be lowered a little, it may not be a viable option for me....which sux. See attached link to video- seeing this makes me NEED the SMR so bad!! 3/4" off the seat isn't quite enough. I read someone said they had a Renzaco extra low seat. Anyone know how much that option lowers the seat height? IS it still comfortable? I am not worried about legroom while riding-I am used to being folded up on crotch rockets, so even a lower seat won't hurt me....and I have super short legs.

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Old 01-04-2011, 12:07 PM   #4502
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I just got to looking atthe KTM microfihe and discovered that the rear shock is linkage less.
To effectively lower the rear of the bike, what is the option?...
I'd say the best way (so as to not mess with the overall geometry) to lower the suspension is to have one of the specialists (SuperPlush, TrailTricks, etc.) do it. I had my SE lowered 1" front and rear by Superplush (http://www.superplushsuspension.com/), and am just one of many pleased customers for them and TT.
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:55 PM   #4503
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Augh.
Bet that's pricey. The bike is alreay at the upper echelon of what I can spend this spring on a bike....if I can sell the GSXR

My buddy just called me saying his friend has an 07 Multistrada with 18K miles for 6 grand. Similar size, weight, and all out performance, puch in the face looks, more frequent scheduled mainainance. No liquid cooling, but FI added to the mix. There's always tradeoffs I guess.

I am lost.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:46 PM   #4504
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Augh.
Bet that's pricey. The bike is alreay at the upper echelon of what I can spend this spring on a bike....if I can sell the GSXR

My buddy just called me saying his friend has an 07 Multistrada with 18K miles for 6 grand. Similar size, weight, and all out performance, puch in the face looks, more frequent scheduled mainainance. No liquid cooling, but FI added to the mix. There's always tradeoffs I guess.

I am lost.
18K Multistrada is probably approaching a few thousand $$$ in maintenance costs..belts, valves,etc...FI is nothing special to crave, my Uly had FI and it was the worst fueling bike I have ever ridden...
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:37 PM   #4505
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Belts and valve adj is closer to $450 last time my friend had his 996 done.
And 07 and up has twice the length of time between services apparently.

Moot point- I called the guy and it sold yesterday.6 grand
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:39 PM   #4506
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Belts and valve adj is closer to $450 last time my friend had his 996 done.
And 07 and up has twice the length of time between services apparently.

Moot point- I called the guy and it sold yesterday.6 grand

Belts are cake on a 2v or 4v duc (I have a 2v 900ss) Valves are easy as well once you get your head wrapped around it (not that big a deal) 4v valve check is a little more involved but it's all do-able by the diy guy.

Keep that in mind. . .
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Old 01-04-2011, 04:20 PM   #4507
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MS is 2 valve?

As weird as the bike is, it is an option for me.

With the 950 SMR I need fuel range, windshiled, and lower height.

With an MS, I need lower height. This can be easily accomplished with a link.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:18 PM   #4508
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MS is 2 valve?

As weird as the bike is, it is an option for me.

With the 950 SMR I need fuel range, windshiled, and lower height.

With an MS, I need lower height. This can be easily accomplished with a link.
Pretty sure they all are 2 valve air cooled engines. 1000ds and the 620 engines are both air cooled 2v
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:35 PM   #4509
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MS is 2 valve?

As weird as the bike is, it is an option for me.

With the 950 SMR I need fuel range, windshiled, and lower height.

With an MS, I need lower height. This can be easily accomplished with a link.
If I don't sell my 950SMR first, I'm going to have it lowered. Guys I spoke to said well under a grand and he can take it down 2 inches.

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Old 01-04-2011, 09:17 PM   #4510
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If I don't sell my 950SMR first, I'm going to have it lowered. Guys I spoke to said well under a grand and he can take it down 2 inches.

http://www.dicksracing.com/index.php
I researched dropping my 950SM a year ago and the price for rear shock internal spacer and front fork internal spacer with shorter springs was well below a grand. At the moment i do not recall which company i last spoke with as i decided to instead get rid of the tall renazco seat and picked up a stock seat and had it re-worked and lowered by Sargent.

Still would like to drop the bike an inch, but for now the lower seat and sportbike pegs (more ground clearance) have satisfied my lowering desire.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:22 AM   #4511
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How tall are you guys who are wanting to lower it 1" or more? With the lowering, are you trying to flat foot both feet or just one or something in between?
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:41 AM   #4512
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How tall are you guys who are wanting to lower it 1" or more? With the lowering, are you trying to flat foot both feet or just one or something in between?
I'm 5' 11" (used to be 6' before my corrective operation). 33" inseam. I'm totally fine riding a good bit of stop and go with the 3/4" lower Corbin seat on mine. I'm not flat footed, just on the balls of both feet.

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Old 01-05-2011, 07:42 AM   #4513
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How tall are you guys who are wanting to lower it 1" or more? With the lowering, are you trying to flat foot both feet or just one or something in between?
I am 5' 11" and shrinking more every year. I was not looking to flat foot, just to get the balls of my feet on the ground. Redone seat and little fork tube adj. helped some.
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:43 AM   #4514
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NattyMo, wow we responded with almost the same info at the same time. Weird huh
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:39 AM   #4515
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If it can't be lowered a little, it may not be a viable option for me......and I have super short legs.
Have you tried to ride one at stock height? I'm only 5ft 6 (30 inch inseam)
& find the bike so light that it's seat height is not an issue. Look at it like a dirt bike with a huge motor (it is). The only issue I have had is backing up hill, then I get off and push.
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