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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-20-2012, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Lowering your bike

Why the hell do people bitch about guys lowering there bike? People lowering there bike for one of three reasons. They enjoy being flat footed at a traffic light, they are drag racing, or they just want the look of there bike lowered. I am personaly fed up with people complaining about how the bike isnt gonna handle like it did at stock height. Not everyone rides there bike to the limit into corners.

There I feel better now.
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-20-2012, 08:48 PM
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They enjoy being flat footed at a traffic light

I'm trying to think of exactly how I could equate this to some other equally stupid reason to do something else equally stupid.
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Re: Lowering your bike

I don't know of many people that enjoy standing on their bike at a stop more than riding it.
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post #4 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-21-2012, 12:05 AM
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Re: Lowering your bike

This is a public forum so everyone can post their opinion, just like you did with this post.
If you want to stretch your bike, you can. If you want everyone to like it, wont happen.
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Re: Lowering your bike

Just like when people bitch about spelling on the interwebs; There =/= Their
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Just like when people bitch about spelling on the interwebs; There =/= Their
That's not spelling, that's grammar
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Re: Lowering your bike

Why the hell do people start threads complaining about people who are fed up with other people who bitch about lowered bikes?
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post #9 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-21-2012, 09:30 AM
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Re: Lowering your bike

The OP is correct.
If the owner of the bike wants to root it's handling by lowering it, so be it.
But a drag racer does it for a specific reason, with different rebound and spring characteristics for optimum performance on the 1/4 mile.
A douchebag that does it to reach the ground at traffic lights should get platforms and then learn how to ride. Or just buy a cruiser.
Just my 2 cents worth.
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post #10 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-28-2012, 11:56 PM
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Re: Lowering your bike

I lowered and stretched my bike because it is my bike and it is what I wanted. I can take it back to stock easily if and when I want to. I don't track ride yet. I agree that it seems like people think these bikes are made for only people that drag knee through every turn, and if you don't then you should sell your bike and get a cruiser. Build your bike for you and you will be happy about it.
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it seems like people think these bikes are made for only people that drag knee through every turn.
That's because they are....just ask the boys back in Hamamatsu, they'll tell you the same


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Re: Lowering your bike

I bought my bike slammed, it rides like shit and handles the same. And im not even talking about aggressive riding, just normal day to day stuff. The left toe of my boots is getting ground down from how often it hits the pavement just riding around town....shit sucks and the slammed look "to me" isn`t worth it.

I come from a long background of slammed cars and ill just leave the lowlife to 4 wheeled vehicles....and yes these bikes were only made with knee draggers in mind.
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Re: Lowering your bike

That's because lowering a car and lowering a motorcycle have completely different effects on the handling characteristics. Lowering a car closer to the ground improves its handling but a car sits flat on all four of its tires at all times (OK it rolls very slightly onto the edge of the tire when you are cornering REALLY hard).

A motorcycle is the opposite, it completely rolls over onto the edge of the tire in order to get around a corner at speed. In order to do this properly it requires ground clearance so that the suspension can compress as you enter into the corner. Most race bike are actually RAISED UP in order to achieve better ground clearance so they can do this without dragging pieces of the bike on the ground.




The only purposeful need for lowering a motorcycle is if you take it off a trailer, stage it up, do a burnout and run it down the dragstrip. The only thing that bike is doing is running flying down a straight line and coasting to a stop. For a street rider that needs their bike to actually turn and stop properly for emergency maneuvering situations, slamming the bike to the ground is completely counterproductive.

Know what happens when you need to slam on the brakes and you run out of front suspension travel because you had to lower you bike because it looks cool......the tire start compressing because you ran out of suspension travel, washes out from under you and you crash.


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Re: Lowering your bike

I bought my bike lowered 3 inches - and I raised it back up almost immediately. For those couple days I rode it to work before it went back up, it handled like absolute shit on a stick. And to each his own but there was nothing sexy about seeing my gsxr slammed. at all.

IMO it should be a last resort to a short person, after shaving a seat and getting thicker soled boots. If you still can't tippy toe then ok, lower it.
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Re: Lowering your bike

We still bitching about lowered bikes in the Extreme Performace section? There is a legitimate reason people who drag race&run the standing mile lower their bikes. All others do it for the "look". If your bike is slammed&runs 7's at the dragstrip or 250mph in the mile then you have my undoubted attention&respect. If you park your shit at Starbucks to look cool you are a douche....
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How can you spot a squid a mile away?

Look for the lowering kit!
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To each his own
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How can you spot a squid a mile away?

Look for the lowering kit!
My bikes are lowered,so that makes me a squid?
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That gsxr looks nice without a stretch.


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My bikes are lowered,so that makes me a squid?
No, the highchair wheelies on the highway and the burnouts do. As well as the fear of turning.
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