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I would agree that you're one of the few people who could notice a difference. But the vast majority of motorcycle riders simply don't push their bikes anywhere near the limits enough to notice. This is easily evidenced by looking at tire wear on bikes. Most of the them will have a nice thick worn stripe in then center and the rest of the tire looks brand new. I'm definitely in that crowd
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I would agree that you're one of the few people who could notice a difference. But the vast majority of motorcycle riders simply don't push their bikes anywhere near the limits enough to notice. This is easily evidenced by looking at tire wear on bikes. Most of the them will have a nice thick worn stripe in then center and the rest of the tire looks brand new. I'm definitely in that crowd

Have chatted with quite a few Service Tech's to date about lowering.


ALL have stated that if you are a VERY AGGRESSIVE rider, then you will notice a difference with the bike being lowered. But if you fall into the average rider category, you will hardly notice any difference at all. The point was also made that they have installed many lowering kits and all the riders / owners seems to be very happy with them, with no complaints.

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There are two key points to remember:
1) Many riders will not notice the change in handling from lowering the bike a little.
2) A change in handling doesn't always mean worse handling, especially considering it's a subjective measurement. Some people will prefer the agility of a nimble bike, others will love the stability of something less touchy.
It really boils down to personal preference, and until you try it, it's hard to say for sure if you will prefer it one way or another.
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There are two key points to remember:
1) Many riders will not notice the change in handling from lowering the bike a little.
2) A change in handling doesn't always mean worse handling, especially considering it's a subjective measurement. Some people will prefer the agility of a nimble bike, others will love the stability of something less touchy.
It really boils down to personal preference, and until you try it, it's hard to say for sure if you will prefer it one way or another.

Can not agree with you more.


Perhaps that is why I have considered " adjustable lowering links ". With adjustable links perhaps a rider can find a happy medium without pulling the bike apart every time they want to make an adjustment.

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One key point to remember: the kickstand! If someone lowers the front and back, then the kickstand has to be adjusted as well. It seems like common sense, but...
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That's why i guess it is recommended to buy a whole kit. I think my rep told me that you can still use the OEM one with 0.5 inch lowering, but anything more, you will need the custom one.
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One key point to remember: the kickstand! If someone lowers the front and back, then the kickstand has to be adjusted as well. It seems like common sense, but...

Everybody that I have chatted with, either factory reps or dealer service techs, have stated that whether it be the front that is lowered or the rear, the bike will sit lower and stand straighter up. Thus, you will have to change the kick stand.


Their are some real nice adjustable stands on the market.


I have watched a couple of videos where folks lowered their bikes and thought that they did not need to change the kick stand as the bike still leaned at what they considered to be a safe angle. But, they soon found out that it was not enough angle. After they paid for the damaged parts of the bike falling over, they realized that an adjustable kick stand would have been much less expensive.

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In general, I would say the drawbacks outweigh the advantages...
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In general, I would say the drawbacks outweigh the advantages...

In general, are you talking about marriage or Lowering Links

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With just a 1" lower in the rear my kick stand is fine. Obviously I need to be conscious of parking on side inclines a little more but if I can't pay attention to how much my bike is leaning maybe I shouldn't be riding a bike in the first place
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