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  • Offline ZiggyCol   gb

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    Lowered Suspension - Side stand
    on: February 23, 2019, 09:30:08 am
    February 23, 2019, 09:30:08 am
    I had the Ducati suspension lowering kit fitted from new. Expensive for what it is - just a thicker collar for the rear spring unit, but worth it given I got it fitted and there is a fair amount of labour involved including lowering the front forks as well.
    But I've been unhappy with the stance of the bike on the side stand ever since as it stands much more upright and hence is less stable. Just got around to having the side stand shortened by 15mm and the stance is now back to normal. Discovered the side stand is originally powder coated by the way not painted - although it is now!

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    Re: Lowered Suspension - Side stand
    Reply #1 on: February 24, 2019, 04:32:51 am
    February 24, 2019, 04:32:51 am
    I didnít even know there was a lowering kit for it, do you have the link???
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    Re: Lowered Suspension - Side stand
    Reply #2 on: February 24, 2019, 11:09:46 am
    February 24, 2019, 11:09:46 am
    Sorry I don't have a link. It was an option offered by the dealer when I bought my bike new. I found the bike a bit tall and they offered this and the low seat as possible solutions. I wasn't that keen on the low seat so went with the lowered suspension. As stated previously it doesn't amount to much and is simply a thicker collar which replaces the original on the rear spring unit. If interested I suggest you ask your dealer. Be warned it is expensive for what it is - even the salesman seemed a bit embarrassed when I collected the bike and asked for the original suspension parts and all he had to hand over was a simple thinner collar! But as stated previously if the price includes fitting it makes more sense as there must be a reasonable amount of labour involved in replacing the collar and dropping the front forks.
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    Re: Lowered Suspension - Side stand
    Reply #3 on: February 25, 2019, 01:52:43 pm
    February 25, 2019, 01:52:43 pm
    Do you find a lot of difference with the lowering kit?
    I have the lowered seat but am still on the tips of my toes and would prefer it a bit lower for a bit more stability when stopping. Iím thinking of lowering mine, how long did it take to do? My dealer wasnít keen on doing the lowering kit so Iíve been in touch with Maxton Suspension who have offered a couple of different options

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    Re: Lowered Suspension - Side stand
    Reply #4 on: February 25, 2019, 02:04:50 pm
    February 25, 2019, 02:04:50 pm
    Lowering made just sufficient difference for me - I think it lowers by 25mm. I didn't want the low seat because some people have said it is uncomfortable. Sorry, but I've no idea how long it took to fit the kit (and lower the forks) as the dealer did it before I collected my bike new.
    If you do go for the lowering kit consider, as I did, that you might also want to have the side stand shortened.
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    Re: Lowered Suspension - Side stand
    Reply #5 on: February 25, 2019, 04:53:11 pm
    February 25, 2019, 04:53:11 pm
    Now that is low suspension.... maybe even low enough to do this???  :007:  :745:

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    Re: Lowered Suspension - Side stand
    Reply #6 on: February 26, 2019, 04:16:10 pm
    February 26, 2019, 04:16:10 pm
    Last Edit: February 26, 2019, 04:42:40 pm by BabyD
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    Re: Lowered Suspension - Side stand
    Reply #7 on: March 06, 2020, 10:09:49 pm
    March 06, 2020, 10:09:49 pm
    May I ask what the cost was?  I'm 5.5 and even with the lower seat and my joe rocket sweetheart boots I'm at tiptoe. i've been riding for 20 years and am quite comfortable. I do feel that having my feel flat would be safer.  Honestly, I know I look like an idiot when I mount this bike. I have to step on the pegs and swing my leg around when the panniers are installed. Not that I care, just giving a visual of my shortness. I want to prepare the husband for the shock of an upgrade.  Thanks

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    Re: Lowered Suspension - Side stand
    Reply #8 on: March 07, 2020, 07:34:39 pm
    March 07, 2020, 07:34:39 pm
    As the posts for lowering the Multistrada 950 were older I thought I would provide newer information and pricing.

    I went with the Metisse lowering kit made for my 2018 MTS 950 bike: https://www.metisse.de/lowering-kit-ducati-multistrada-950-s.html?___store=english&___from_store=english

    Euro cost to ship to the US was $131.  My dealer quoted me on the high side of 4 hours of labor at $400-$450. The kick stand will need to be replaced and as the MTS 1200 stand is shorter and that is what the dealer will use. Cost is $40. I believe this is well worth it for my safety.

    I am 5.5 female and have been riding bikes for 20 years. I wear Joe Rocket Heart Breaker boots and have mastered the "left rear slide" when I have to put a foot flat.  This is the only bike I have ever owned where I cannot put my feet flat. I do believe it is making me a better rider but in case of emergency or quick stop I would feel better knowing I could flat foot it.

    Hope this helps

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    Re: Lowered Suspension - Side stand
    Reply #9 on: August 08, 2020, 04:12:06 pm
    August 08, 2020, 04:12:06 pm
    I've just had the Mestisse lowering kit fitted on my '18 950 & although I've yet to take it on a proper run my first impression is that I'm much more confident. Riding back from my local mechanic (not a dealer) traffic lights no longer were approached with trepidation & although I've yet to take it around the twisties the handling felt fine.
    Price from Germany was about 134 euro & delivery was 2 days. Price for fitting £60 or one hour's labour including adjusting the front end to compensate.