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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Promach 1, May 30, 2011.
Need some ideas or suggestions on lowering a 2011 650gs twin.
also under "suspension" here.
OK, forgive me right off the bat....
How damned short are your legs? :huh
I have a 30" inseam ( actually 29", but dont tell these FFs that) and I have no problems with a 650GS, nor a 1200GSA, or a 950/990.
IMHO, lowering them ruins the suspension. Bumps suck more, hard leans are more hairy.
BUT if ya gotta do it follow the links above
Leave the suspension alone and cut down the seat.
I'll sell you my lowered version rear shock and side stand from my 2010.
My dad just got a new F650GS three days ago with the factory lowered suspension because he's 81 years old & dropped his previous bike (1200GS) a lot & thinks the lower the better. I got to ride the new bike quite a bit today & I think it's horrible, the suspension that is. Possibly even dangerous. I'll play around with the adjustments a little & see if that helps.
I have a standard f658 and thought the suspension was terrible as it would sag the front 2" under just the weight of the bike, add my 220 lbs. and you only had about 2" of travel left. by adding a 5/8" preload to the front and a wilbers shock to the back i now have good suspension action which will absorb a pothole or good sized bump. To go shorter than stock unless you weigh 90 lbs is a mistake in my opinion as there just is not enough travel to absorb road hazzards.
Damn, not looking like I'll get rid of that shock. In truth, I replaced it with an Ohlins as well as adding Ricor Intiminators up front, the difference in ride is stark and for the better.
Before hitting a pot-hole at highway speed was harsh to the point of being hairy.
Now it is a lot less harsh.
Also with the lowered suspension, the bike does not turn as well given the increase in rake.