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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah...I know there are TONS of lowering threads, but maybe this one is different...at least a little.

I am wondering how many of you that have had your bikes lowered using the LINK have also had the shortened kickstand, but even more interested in how many have also used the SKIDPLATE on your bike.

My main questions on the skidplate are:

1. How hard was that to install?
2. Is handling changed any at all with the skidplate installed...for better or worse? and how?
3. Did the weight make any difference at all to you? (By the way, these components from Mike at HMD are EXCELLENT quality).

So how about it...any one want to respond on ANY of these questions.

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So how about it...any one want to respond on ANY of these questions.

OK, I'll bite. Is there any intelligent and/or constructive reason for wanting to lower a bike when a common complaint is wanting MORE lean angle, not less?

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Heres your answer HMD sells the kits with kickstand
http://www.hmd520.com/products.html
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Good luck and yes its not hard to do.

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So how about it...any one want to respond on ANY of these questions.

OK, I'll bite. Is there any intelligent and/or constructive reason for wanting to lower a bike when a common complaint is wanting MORE lean angle, not less?
OK...that's fine for people that want to "lean", but not everyone wants to scrape pegs on every turn. In the years I have been riding (1979), I have scraped pegs on ONE BIKE and only ONE TIME...I enjoy riding more than I do obstacle courses...but that's just my style of riding. I have plenty of buddies that love to lay the bike over and scrape their pegs...but I'm not one of them.

So I am lowering the bike to be able to "reach" the ground. Thanks though.

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Heres your answer HMD sells the kits with kickstand and Witchdoctor.
Good luck and yes its not hard to do.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n-1bq2Fgco
Thanks....the link isn't really what I think I'll have trouble with...I was more curious about the skidplate. Thanks.

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So I am lowering the bike to be able to "reach" the ground. Thanks though.
OK, I CAN DIG THAT.

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So how about it...any one want to respond on ANY of these questions.

OK, I'll bite. Is there any intelligent and/or constructive reason for wanting to lower a bike when a common complaint is wanting MORE lean angle, not less?
I'm 5'6" tall. I've been riding cruisers for years and it's very disconcerting to operate a bike when only your toes reach the ground. It's very hard to move the bike around and nearly impossible to back it up. I've lowered my bike an inch and it's so much better.
On a side note: Weighing only 150 lbs, I don't compress the suspension very much. If you weigh 250 lbs, your ride height might actually be close to mine! That kind of goes along with the observation that the big guys sadly miss out on the performance the smaller guys feel. My bike feels much slower (and it is) with my 100 lb wife on the back. That's how it feels to a 250 lb guy. Or, another way to look at it is that the extra 100lbs is about the same as adding cams.....

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OK, OK, I get it. More power to you.

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Skid plate took me all of 30 mins tops to install (not counting set up and putting away my tools) I don't notice the weight and it has no affect on handling. The difference for me was in using my jack, which is why I installed it. I have not lowered my bike however.

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Thanks....the link isn't really what I think I'll have trouble with...I was more curious about the skidplate. Thanks.
So go buy the skid plate. It really doesn't have much to with lowering its more preventive shied. So if your a gravel road rider it would prevent a big rock of something cracking the case.
Skid plate is to give a rider peace of mind for that time when maybe you might ride over a Rather high speed bump or something.

Lowering your bike one inch gives you more strength when you have to maneuver your bike by your feet.

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