Has anyone lowered their DS.

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by Scratch n Dent, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. Scratch n Dent

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    Hi gang, just wondering if anyone has lowered their DS? If so, what did you go with and did you like the results?

    I know there is a low seat available but expect I’ll need more than that. I stand about 5’3” with boots on.
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  2. Max Kool

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    At your height, I would guess you don't weigh as much the typical 5'10" bloke, which could allow you to slide the forks through the triple trees a bit without running the risk of bottoming the front wheel against the front fender. For the rear you could unwind the preload collar as much as possible...

    Go any further and you need to take your bike to a suspension specialist though and take your credit card with you.....

    Have you tried the Desert Sled already (sat on it al least)?
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  3. Scratch n Dent

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    Hi Max.

    Looks like it will be a few months before I can get my butt onto one (unless I can talk some coworkers into a detour from a meeting in a few weeks). Meanwhile I am doing some homework. Looking for a bike I can do a bit of everything on but something that isn’t crappy on the highway for long hauls. We have LOTS of dirt roads to play on too.

    Haven’t owned a bike for quite a while but my last one was a GSXR 750R; It was pretty wide, heavy, and I only ever had my tip toes on the ground. So I don’t need/expect to touch flat foot.

    I’m reading through the post on short riders but the bikes discussed just don’t seem to be the right fit. I’ll hit up one of the motorcycle shows before a final decision so I can sit on (or dangle my legs on) a pile.

    Thanks
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    Seems like a very good dealer could,be helpful in defining the point where adjustments like MK suggested end and actual suspension mods would have to begin. I *think* the non DS Scramblers may be a bit lower than the DS. They are dirt road capable bikes and might be worth looking at too.
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  5. Max Kool

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    Non-DS are definitely lower, but also much poorer suspended.

    If the DS is really too high, you could consider the Urban Enduro?
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    Thanks for the ideas and input. Ya, not a fan of the other scramblers as it’s the combination of off road capability, on road handling, and relatively low height that made the DS catch my eye in the first place. The whole retro look was actually a downside of the DS to me but I could live with it. :)
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    I don't own a DS but have REALLY short legs and found the seat height to be surprisingly manageable. Test ride in stop and go traffic and no difficulties. Combination of low weight and a well balanced/slim bike I suppose. PS bike was amazing.
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    Thanks; great to hear
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  9. sieg

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    My wife's dirt bikes and DS bikes need to be lowered. On the dirt bike I have a pro shorten the fork and shock springs and install bushings/spacers. And revalve them too.
    DS bikes suspension not being as important (IMHO) I can shorten or buy shortened springs for the forks and a lowering link for the rear.

    OP it's a pretty common mod on tall bikes. Any suspension shop can do it and it will be fine as most people don't use all the travel of modern DS bikes anyway. Lots of venders offer lowering links and shortened springs for the popular bikes.

    Note that lowering links change the geometry, and cutting off fork springs make the forks stiffer. So if you're wanting to do it right and improve the suspension have the shock and fork shortened, resprung, and revalved.
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  10. Max Kool

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    There is no link in the rear suspension...
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    :confused
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