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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-21-2014, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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To low or not to lower...

Came home from Daytona inspired! I decided to finally bite the bullet and start powder coating all of my chrome. Well, as you guys all know, one thing leads to another and here I am in the suspension thread... Since the forks are coming off, now would be the best time to do something. I had never considered doing any suspension mods but after reading a few posts, I am sold on the progressive monotubes. Now the question is, should I lower it? I plan on running the stock wheel (for now), I am 5'10 200 lbs, I ride 2 up probably 30% of the time. I'm in the northeast so I am no stranger to frost heaves and potholes. If I do go lower I would only do it by an inch. My wife and I do many long day trips, have logged a couple 500+ mile days. I don't want to give up ride-ability but I also don't want to regret not lowering it. Also, If I did decide to go -1 should I also lower the rear, (one thing after another again). Thanks for your input!

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-21-2014, 04:43 PM
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If this is a long haul bike and you don't have to lower it then I wouldn't. I wouldn't want to loose the fork travel.

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If you plan on riding your bike keep it level. I raised my rear form 12" to 13' for more shock travel & better handling. Good luck.

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I'm with Hillglide. Higher is better. I did stock height mono tubes and 13" shocks in place of the 12"'s. I still scrape my head pipe in the canyons. I dunno but it seems to me lowering the bike makes it look cool but it will never handle as well. I'll the Pepsi challenge with anyone with a lowered bike on my local roads. You'll be scraping before we are close to halfway through.

I am getting this in before all the -2" guys chime in as there is no way a bike lowered 2" in the front will ride as smooth as one at stock height. Now that I have said my peace, have at it.
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I agree with lowering the bike will compromise the ride quality. However if you do lower it it will look cooler

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I was going to lower my glide -1 at first, but after reading all the post related to the monotubes decided not to. just finished the install with the stock 31-2500 monotubes and the recommended 2 spacers 3 days ago. already had 12" Ohlins S36 rear shocks installed last year. I am 5'9, 185 lbs - bike handles awesome plus I do not have to mess with any kickstand, windshield and handlebar issues or readjustments. very happy with my decision. Unless you are changing to a 21" front wheel I would go stock height.

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+1 on NOT lowering the bike. Besides the RG looks cool just the way it is

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Lowering takes away lean angle. Depending how you ride this could be a bad thing.

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Taking away travel sucks! I did it on my last bike a batwing ultra we got best up on ny roads, I'll never do it again!

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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-14-2014, 06:47 AM
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I've been back and forth on the lowering idea. One day I want to go -2" and the next day -1".

I've finally resolved to keeping it stock height simply because I ride aggressively and don't want to give up any clearance plus I had a lowered softail a few years ago and the day I lowered it was the last day I had a comfortable ride. Good luck in your battle of deciding because they sure look good slammed!

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