Has anyone lowered an SV650s? Some say it's bad for the bike to lower it/bad for handling etc. Any difference?
If you lower the bike 1" ride height in the rear, you need to compensate by lowering the forks the same amount in the triple to keep the same trail. If you have stock forks this will probably result in the forks bottoming out. I have 0.8 kg/mm spring and the cheap emulators and have not had a problem. I lowered the rear by using an 08 GSXR rear shock (9.4 kg/mm spring rate vs 9.2 kg/mm stock on 1st gen)Has anyone lowered an SV650s? Some say it's bad for the bike to lower it/bad for handling etc. Any difference?
Personally, I think you just need to get use to it. I am short and I have to tip-toe when I am on my cbr, and just like oneasterisk, if you have trouble backing out, just push it while off the bike.well, I'm not that short or anything I just would feel more confident having my foot totally flat on the ground. at the moment I'm just on the balls of my feet. I know it's not too bad but i had a few sticky situations when for instance I had to reverse backwards and my foot slipped.
Another trick I've used is to use the front forks as a pogo stick. Grab the front brake, push down on the forks and as it pushes back let go of the brake and let it push you back.One trick I use when I am on a tall bike and have to back out while on the bike is to yank the bike backwards as you rock it from one side to the other and repeat the motion. Just imagine you are on a kayak and try to back up with the paddle.
If you actually do the math, instead of relying on "probably" you'll see rear ride height changes directly correlate to fork/triple height changes. Meaning if you drop the rear ride height 1", pulling the forks 1" out of the triple will give you a net 0 change in trail.You *should* drop the front as well, dxaxrxc, but prob'ly not the same amount... maybe like 10mm if you're only going down 1/2" in the rear.
Stock trail isn't the end all be all. Shorter trail = faster turn-in = needs less lean angle but less stable in a straight line. Longer trail = slower turn-in = needs more lean angle but more stable in a straight line. Bikes with short trail tend to be equipped with steering dampers to offset instability. It's all relative though. Saying "less trail = less stability" doesn't mean if you go shorter than stock it'll be unstable. Just be careful and go slow with your adjustments, and do the math to understand where you're at.What I meant was only doing the front and not lowering the back.
I didn't want to start a new thread because I have been told to do a search first. this seemed like the right arena to ask the question. My bad.
I didnt mean that you did anything wrong just thought you might be able to get more relative feedback if you started your own but it seems you got the answer you were looking for ccasion14:I didn't want to start a new thread because I have been told to do a search first. this seemed like the right arena to ask the question. My bad.