Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
Yup. Practically no mod comes without a tradeoff and modifying frame geometry always does. Some riders can put up with the tradeoffs. Pop can't anymore. I have enough leg to reach all the way to the ground so I can opt out of lowering.
A lowering link can end up a multithousand dollar mod (after all the additional odds and ends get done to offset it) and the result is not as good a ride as factory which often is the single thing that sells the bike to begin with.
I like to wear out as much of my tires, sidewalls inclusive, as the laws of physics allow. Lowering links force me to ride within the confines of motor vehicle laws, at least in the twisties. Hell, at the speed I'm carving on a hawg, I could just as well be piloting the family truckster.
I don't like the profile of the Cross bikes stock as much as I like the lowered ones. Too high visually. Fortunately, the visuals mean nothing to the operator, only the passersby. Passersby who didn't pay for it. I did.
Not that many will heed your wisdom from experience but they would do well to since this list of miseries ain't a newly reported result of lowering, Vics or otherwise. You know that crate where you throw stuff that was on your bike and you took it off for whatever reason thinking that you or somebody might use it again. Those crates often have lowering links, struts, and short shocks down in the bottom.
After peeps restore the original suspensions it's not unusual to have a Doh!, what was I thinking moment. Nobody uses them again, and nobody gives them to people they like.
But hey. Some folks go years replacing floorboards and tips, scraping bag rails and bars, rewelding cracked exhaust pipes, pogoing on kickstands, highsiding, leaving mama home, trying various aftermarket shocks, many which find a home in the crate, and so it goes. These are the guys who swear lowering is the best thing they did to their bikes.
I tell my daughter to stay away from those guys and date somebody more stable, like maybe a holocaust denier or Nigerian internet loan specialist or an insurance actuary.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry