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Offline Msblade

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Any Lowering Kit Suggestions
« on: March 20, 2018, 07:51:37 PM »
I'm looking into the Wild Hair Accessories lowering kit. $175.00    :084: Wondering if anyone has lowered their bike?  Any goods or bads?  I have used a bracket for my Versys which worked out great! It was easy and just had to cut the kickstand a bit, and drop the front forts a little.  I'm hoping I can find the same kind of easy fix without modifying and altering everything.

Here is a link to what I have found so far.  http://www.whaccessories.com/Lowering-Kits-Ducati.htm 

Yes, I have the lower seat, yes I have added to the bottom of my boots, but just a bit more would be great.  I have seem to drop the bikes in the driveway, stop signs, garage or gas stations. :430: The little stupid stuff.  Once I'm going it's no big deal, feet on are the pegs and off I go, zoom zoom. It's the parking and stopping.  Just gotcha laugh sometimes.

Yes I'll be looking for the a better bark buster to help save the handle bars.

Offline Beitsta

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Re: Any Lowering Kit Suggestions
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2018, 09:15:53 PM »
*Originally Posted by Msblade [+]

Yes, I have the lower seat, yes I have added to the bottom of my boots, but just a bit more would be great.  I have seem to drop the bikes in the driveway, stop signs, garage or gas stations. :430: The little stupid stuff.  Once I'm going it's no big deal, feet on are the pegs and off I go, zoom zoom. It's the parking and stopping.  Just gotcha laugh sometimes.

Yes I'll be looking for the a better bark buster to help save the handle bars.


I also have the lower seat (short legs) and have to concentrate each time I come to a stop, checking the ground for undulations or potholes as I put my foot (feet) down.

I find it best when coming to a stop to use the rear brake just before I stop, turning the front wheel slightly to the right and then place my left leg on the ground. Other times I come to a final stop after braking with both legs down and touch both feet off the ground as if I'm walking.

I hope that this information may be of assistance in some way. I know that we are all tough and experienced motorcyclist's but hey - merde (French) happens from time to time.

I have stone chipping in the yard outside my house and a week ago, after cleaning the bike out in the yard - I gently took off - but had to turn a reasonably sharp left hand turn and instead of stopping and doing a two point turn on the chippings, I repeatedly said to myself 'back yourself, back yourself - you can do it - just go for it'

Unfortunately, I went for it and stalled the engine in the middle of the turn and bang - down we went, breaking off the ball-end of the clutch lever, which is still usable. There was no other damage to the bike or myself other than my pride.

No matter how hard I tried, I could not lift up the bike as it was to heavy and had to turn to the last resort - which was to call my wife and try to explain to her why this very expensive piece of shiny metal was lying on its side on the ground. Between us we eventually got it upright and I immediately (with her blessing) went for an hours ride to calm down, clear the head and heal the wounded pride.
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Offline buzzardbilly

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Re: Any Lowering Kit Suggestions
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2018, 08:48:02 AM »
Sorry to hear you damaged the bike Beitsta . Just to share experiences , I was knocked off my bike last year so I know exactly what gets damaged on a 950 when it goes down - bar end sliders area great and would probably have saved my clutch lever - but not my handguard/indicator unit  and I think the standard bar end  look a bit ugly so I fitted one of the alternative colour coded guards that are on e Bay for 50 (hopefully the photo is attached ) Not an ideal colour match but I personally think it looks good (It matches the shorty levers I fitted - so happy days)

On the subject of vertically challenged riders , I am a tad under 5' 8", I do not find the bike too high (it is the same seat height as my old Versys ) but I do find it high and top heavy at the front . To my mind it carries a lot more weight higher up at the front - perhaps due to the 19" front wheel which must raise it a bit higher than a standard 1200 MTS. My only problem comes when taking it off the centre stand as , if I try and cover the front brake, I find I am leaning into/over the bike too much risking it toppling away from me   - OK for a taller person to control perhaps  - so now I adopt a procedure of always having the side stand down , putting it into second gear (engine off of course !) and then taking it off the centre stand with my right hand on the rear grab rail and leaning it slightly towards me -  it comes off centre stand and straight onto the side stand - nice and easy
 

Offline Murf46

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Re: Any Lowering Kit Suggestions
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2018, 09:48:22 AM »
Sorry about your bike

On a lighter note have  you thought about wassers idea for the vertically challenged


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Offline Beitsta

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Re: Any Lowering Kit Suggestions
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2018, 10:12:51 AM »
*Originally Posted by Murf46 [+]
Sorry about your bike

On a lighter note have  you thought about wassers idea for the vertically challenged




You have nice legs Murf46 :005:
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Re: Any Lowering Kit Suggestions
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2018, 10:51:56 AM »
*Originally Posted by Beitsta [+]
You have nice legs Murf46 :005:

That's nice of you to say so mate  but it's wassers legs actually  :745:
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Offline Msblade

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Re: Any Lowering Kit Suggestions
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2018, 07:30:38 PM »
Well, I'm only 5'4 so 5'8 would really help.  Yes, I have dropped the bike in the garage and my husband wasn't home.  Had to borrow some muscle from my neighbor to help me lift it before my hubby came home to see my embarrassment.  Whoops.  The 800 Triumph tiger was just fine with the stock lower seat adjustment.  Oh well, I'll figure it out and let you know how I did it.   I broke the right top hand guard and part of the fairning. 

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Re: Any Lowering Kit Suggestions
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2018, 09:03:44 PM »


I rest my case
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Offline Simoncelli58

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Re: Any Lowering Kit Suggestions
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2018, 04:43:48 PM »
Anyone tried a 17in front wheel from the 1200 or maybe the hypermotar etc.....

In theory that would lower it further by another 1in ,,  quicker steering too   :084:

Assuming of course that you dont use it off road   

Offline Beitsta

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Re: Any Lowering Kit Suggestions
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2018, 11:01:31 PM »
*Originally Posted by Msblade [+]
Well, I'm only 5'4 so 5'8 would really help.  Yes, I have dropped the bike in the garage and my husband wasn't home.  Had to borrow some muscle from my neighbor to help me lift it before my hubby came home to see my embarrassment.  Whoops.  The 800 Triumph tiger was just fine with the stock lower seat adjustment.  Oh well, I'll figure it out and let you know how I did it.   I broke the right top hand guard and part of the fairning.

Sorry to hear about the damage to your bike Msblade - and your embarrassment, but its refreshing to know that there are others out there who have done the same as I have.
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