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Offline Gary

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Lowering kit
« on: August 28, 2020, 02:51:34 PM »
Thinking of one of these to lower the bike. (25mm )
Anyone used them..??


Offline KneesofSteel

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Re: Lowering kit
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2020, 04:38:38 PM »
Before you consider the lowering kit I would recommend you talk to Darren at MCT Suspension
He quoted 295 + VAT to lower my (July 2020) MST 950

http://www.mctsuspension.co.uk/Home.html

Remember if you do get it lowered you need to get the side stand shortened

Offline Gary

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Re: Lowering kit
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2020, 11:56:09 AM »
Thanks, just had my suspension set up by TW Suspension. Asked him about lowering it but he advised against it unless really necessary.
Would do it by changing the spring.
I have now got thicker soles on my boots and looking at getting the seat altered instead of lowering the bike.
Not trying the low seat as they are reportedly like a plank!! A few options on the seat - altering the padding and narrowing the seat a bit.

Offline ZiggyCol

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Re: Lowering kit
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2020, 11:20:00 AM »
I found the MS too tall for me and definitely needed a solution. Reports of poor comfort on the lowered seat pushed me towards the lowering kit. Works well for me though I did get the side stand shortened for a safer stance when parked.
One thing to note is that I have fitted the IBEX crash bars and in spirited riding have manged to ground them!
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Offline Algreens

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Re: Lowering kit
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2021, 06:33:02 PM »
*Originally Posted by ZiggyCol [+]
I found the MS too tall for me and definitely needed a solution. Reports of poor comfort on the lowered seat pushed me towards the lowering kit.

@ziggyCol      Which Kit did you go with? I just picked up and 2020 950s, I'm 5'8 and not really a fan of standing on the tips of my toes. I almost forked over the $ for the 1260 just because of the 17 front wheel and I could flat foot the bike.

The 950s is all I need for touring and I'm not a big guy so it has all the power I need. I'm just concerned about the height, especially when my lady is on the back and sitting above me. I ordered the lowered set but as yo all say I don't have high hopes. So I'm leaning towards the lowering kit. I'm still fairly new to the Ducati / Euro world. I've been riding Harleys my whole life,  then I rode a ducati and was blown away. I sold the 2 Harleys I had and bought a monster 821.  The 950 is so I can finally tour again with the lady.  Sorry about the back story haha. But if you see me asking fairly stupid questions its because I'm a noob.

Offline ZiggyCol

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Re: Lowering kit
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2021, 06:49:10 PM »
Sorry I can't tell you exactly which kit I've got as my dealer sourced and fitted it when the bike was new. All I know is it consists of little more than a different sized spacer for the rear shock something like you can see here https://www.metisse.de/lowering-kit-ducati-multistrada-950-s.html?___store=english&___from_store=english.
As suggested it's also recommended to lower the front forks too. Only other thing to consider is that lowering changes the stance of the bike when on the side stand making it a bit too upright for comfort. I solved this by having the side stand shortened.
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Offline Algreens

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Re: Lowering kit
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2021, 06:55:04 PM »
thanks a ton for the speedy reply. Ill ask the dealer, he mentioned if the seat didn't solve the issue he'd go this route,  with also lowering the forks to keep the balance right. I was just curious on which kits were the best. Good to know about the side stand as well. Can you buy shorter ones or should I call my welding buddies? hah.

Offline ZiggyCol

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Re: Lowering kit
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2021, 07:25:41 PM »
I just had a fabricator cut a section out and re-weld.
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Offline Simon950

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Re: Lowering kit
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2021, 09:00:01 PM »
I've just recently lowered my Multistrada 950 (2017 model) using the kit from www.metisse.de. The kit claims to lower the bike about 25mm and is just a single part replacement for the lower end of the rear shock. It requires a spring compression tool to fit, so probably best to get a mechanic to install it as I did. I also had the mechanic adjust the front suspension by about 10mm. It made enough difference for me to get the balls of my feet down evenly on both sides, before that I was tip toes on both sides. Not sure the bike came down 25mm, but clearly enough to be worth it for my safety. I have not yet adjusted the side stand. Metisse recommend taking 15mm out of it. I may yet do that. Right now I find the stand is okay, but to flick it up I need to lean the bike over just a fraction more than normal to clear the ground as it swings up. And the bike sits up a little straighter on the side stand, so you do have to watch where you park up.

Offline ZiggyCol

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Re: Lowering kit
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2021, 10:45:01 PM »
I would definitely recommend shortening the side stand. I didn't feel at all comfortable with the more upright stance and the potential ease with which the bike could topple over the 'wrong' way. The only down side of the lowering as far as I'm concerned is a slight reduction in ground clearance if you are an enthusiastic rider with big lean angles - I've managed to ground the bottom of my Ibex crash bars. Still worth doing the lowering though for the security of feet down for us of shorter stance  :002:
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