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Many have posted in threads about their experiences with lowering their bike...so here's mine. I had my bike lowered by 1" using HMD's (Heavy Metal Design) SLAM KIT, that includes the lowering link, kickstand and skidplate. As of today, I have not installed the skidplate (yet).

A little about me and the bike:
I'm 5'7" and weigh 225lbs.
I have a 30" inseam
I'm not an aggressive rider at all...so lean angles and dragging pipes didn't concern me a whole lot.

Pro's
Bike IS lower
Easier to "swing" leg over the bike
Kickstand gives a MUCH better lean angle to the bike
It looks good!
I "feel" lower in the bike
Both feet on the ground at ALL times (even on banked roads)
BACKUP power!!! Able to move bike with my HEELS as opposed to my toes.

Cons
Handling (yes, I may be the ONLY person to say its different...more on that later)
Dragging pipes (OK, I'm not that kind of rider, but my mechanic took it for a spin and he said he did scrape one time)

So that's what I have right now...

Handling...let me explain. 99% of the people that had their bike lowered said handling was not effected, but at least in my case...I can tell a difference. It's ONLY a small difference, but for me enough to notice. The slow manuevering is slightly effected by the turn radius being a little "stiffer".

Kickstand - The kickstand I got was the shortened kickstand from HMD, and I decided on the CHROME version. NICE. EXCELLENT CHROMING!!! One NOTE on the kickstand though...regardless of whether you get the CHROME one or the standard kickstand...either keep or order the RUBBER. While I have heard people say that you don't need the rubber pad (they say it was so the bikes wouldn't scuff up dealers floors)...this pad does serve an additional purpose. It keeps the kickstand from SLAMMING up against the PRIMARY cover...and it does SLAM against the primary cover HARD. I had to re-drill the holes in my CHROME kickstand and replace the rubber and now all is GOOD!!!

Skidplate - this is 1/8" powdercoated steel and is HEAVY..made extremely well!!! I bet this thing weighs 10-15 lbs. I have elected (at least for now) not to install. Although I will probably go ahead and install next week.

Again...these are INITIAL observations...I could tell after today's ride that I am already adjusted to the handling thing....and really everything else is GRAVY. cheers

I'm a happy camper!!
 

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A little less weight.

Arkiebiker , you got a tad more weight on you than me. I'am around 180. The dealer wanted to lower my bike when I did the deal, I said no. It is kinda hard backing up, I to am 5'7" and 30" inseam. I did have them move the floor boards and controls back. They were pretty insistent on lowering the bike, but I still said no. Glad I said no personally, have not drug it yet, but backing up can be a pain. It's you bike,if that works for you great, especially if it makes it much easier for you to handle. Enjoy the ride!thumb up
 

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Your not done yet. You have to re aim your headlight.
You didn't say but you should lower the front to so the bike has more balance to it.
Who did the work HMD?
You might scrap for the first ten miles but you'll learn how to lean all over again.
I have my vision lowered and scrap only when I want to.

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You're right...did not re-aim the headlight...I'll have to do that.

Also...I haven't lowered the front? I knew you could lower the front, but what are the pro's and con's of lowering the front.

Now, it wasn't Mike at HMD. It was the mechanic (one that I like) at the dealership I bought my bike at in Jacksonville, AR (Gregory Polaris).

Thanks...interested in your answers.

Wally
 

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I'm 5'9" with a 32" inseam and find my Cross Roads a little difficult to back up sometimes, especially uphill or if my footing is unsure (getting the bike out of my driveway is BOTH). I don't really want to sacrifice much lean angle, tho...what's the change there?
 

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On a Vision, sliding the fork tubes up and inch in the triple tree. On a Cross bike, not doable because of the way the forks sit in the trees. There is a ridge that actually mates to the triple tree, so they won't move up.
 

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Call HMD and ask how to lower the front he must know. Your bike will be more balanced with the front down and the looks of the bike will be correct.

As far as not wanting to change your lean angle with a lowered bike bike you don't lean as far but you do lean a lot and beside if you can't lean to far all its doing is saving you from that tip over none of us want .
 

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I haven't seen any products for lowering the front end. What is available to do this ?
Was searching the net last night and apparently Progressive suspension now has a drop in kit for lowering the front
 

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THis is my wife's bike. She has two, the lucky lady. The problem is the dealer installed 2 inch pull back bars, slammed the rear suspension (I am trying to find out how much) and installed more rear padding (2 inches) on the heated tour seat in order to bring her more forward. While she loves the bike on the highway, city drives her crazy and she is leaning away from riding the bike anymore. She has had it since early last year.

Despite finding the Progressive drop in lowering kit, I think the bars and the seat and the rear suspension should be put back to stock and then start all over again. Your thoughts would be appreciated and where do we go for help in Phoenix or Calgary? The bike is up north as I type.
 

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This is my wife's bike. She has two, the lucky lady. The problem is the dealer installed 2 inch pull back bars, slammed the rear suspension (I am trying to find out how much) and installed more rear padding (2 inches) on the heated tour seat in order to bring her more forward. While she loves the bike on the highway, city drives her crazy and she is leaning away from riding the bike anymore. She has had it since early last year.

Despite finding the Progressive drop in lowering kit, I think the bars and the seat and the rear suspension should be put back to stock and then start all over again. Your thoughts would be appreciated and where do we go for help in Phoenix or Calgary? The bike is up north as I type.
Lowering the bike really has nothing to do with where she sits. Yes maybe the bars have to adjusted a little different. Take a wrench and go for a ride and do what she thinks she might like.

Keep in mind like a lot of us we hate city riding.
 

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Instead of changing everything back, go one step at a time. Begin with the least expensive and easiest to change, as was suggested, start with the bars..... go from there.
 

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switching the seat is first because I went to the dealer and got the one off my aerodynamically altered XR they STILL haven't looked at. So she can try that this weekend, see if it changes things for her... Thanks.. Still don't like the idea that it seems to ride uphill... and wonder if that screws up slow riding ability...
 

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okay... talked with the dealer in Phoenix.... said they lowered it 3 inches..... with the lowering kit, keeping the stock shock. How do I cut that in half?
 

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My wife's c50 is slammed 3" in the back as well. It's VERY low to the ground now. So much so that I have to try not to grind the boards. It did NOT make the bike feel much different to ride though.

My point here though is that the height of it may not be what bugs her about the bike... and moving back to 1.5" drop will lose her a little footing again. You might want to be REALLY sure before you make that particular change. BTW - you'll need new "lowering links" to cut the drop in half. You can probably sell the 3" easy enough though to save costs.

I rode my wife's c50 before and after the drop (when I took it to the shop) course and it doesn't seem like it rides 'up hill.' Nor does the headlight *need* adjusting. None-the-less, the did tweak the headlight to make it perfect.

I offered to drop the front for her as well, but she likes it as is... and if it ain't broke...

What *may* be bothering your wife is the long reach to turn sharp at slow speeds. She'll REALLY have to concentrate on leaning over the tank to reach as the turns the bars.

Good luck - keep it simple.
 

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could you send me the link on that, my searching has turned up nothing
Go to progressive suspension.com And search news and product line
 

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I am looking for a front lowering kit also has anyone found one yet? I have verified that there is not one from Progressive Suspension.

Unfortunately we do not offer anything for that bike yet. Sorry
Frank van Es
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I am looking for a front lowering kit
Wear boots with a taller sole.

At best, lowering a bike does nothing but reduce ground clearance. Even if you are not an aggressive rider by nature, having the ability to evade an obstacle is a good thing...letting the hard parts take control as they slide down the asphalt...not so hot.

If one lowers the rear with a different dog bone, then the rake gets jacked causing it to become harder to steer.

 

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Good points tough I would need boots with at least a 1" thick sole to even get close to being flat foot. I have now embarrassingly tipped twice. The last caused significant damage to my fairing. I am also really struggling with backing up.

I'm considering the 1"drop from HMD but would like to drop the front to match so I keep the bikes geometry correct.

I have also considered the Victory Low Rider seat but I give up my heat to do so.
 
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