FWIW - I fitted the 1" lowering link to my 690E and dropped the triples about the same amount. I rode our local APC rally in 2012 (8000kms) with the bike fully loaded on some rough and diverse terrain. And I actually like the slight change in how the suspension works. Mind you, I am no racer, but maintain a moderate pace. I found that I needed to keep the drive chain long and the wheel back in the swingarm to avoid rubbing the tank. Set up like this, a new knobby will just graze the tank on big hits. A mate, who is vertically challenged, tried the 1 5/8" lowering link on his 690R, but it is too much and does rub the tank. So he had his suspension modded and now he is very happy with the reach to the ground and suspension performance.