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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-01-2017, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Lowering the bike

Have any of you who have lowered your bikes noticed any problems/differences in handling. I read a couple of reports that say lowering drastically changes the handling characteristics. I would like to drop my rear end to improve the looks but not at the expense of handling.

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my 1300 is already super low and I scrape on many tight turns.... I am not sure I would want it lower.

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Yeah, I've already scraped my floorboard a couple of times. Maybe I'll just leave as is.

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Depending on which end of your bike you intend to lower..... lowering the front will of course increase floorboard scraping, lowering the rear....not as much.

I'm not sure what bike we're talking about here....every one is a little different...but most Yamaha cruisers can be lowered 1" in the rear and I seriously doubt you'd even notice it. I have my 1100 at stock height for the first time since I bought it almost 10 years ago since I bought it and the only thing I noticed is that it leans over more on the kickstand.

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I guess it would help if I had specified the bike. 2016 1300 tourer. I was interested in lowering the rear. To me, it just looks a bit jacked up,even with the sissy bar removed.

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I raised my Bolt rear end by an inch, don't really like the increased gap between wheel and rear guard but I'm not scrapping pegs all the time now and it has much better compliance over bumps. I'd leave it if I was you, cruiser don't have all that much cornering clearance to start with.
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i lowered my back end 2.25" and it improved balance since it lowered the center of gravity. it didn't make it more difficult to handle at all.

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