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Selecting Links

Lowering Link Selection

There are typically a few reasons one may consider using lowering links. One may wish to lower a motorcycle for personal comfort, especially for the need of control when one has a difficult time touching the ground well. One may choose to lower a motorcycle for a desired appearance, either personal preference or for show. Also, one may choose to lower a motorcycle with the intention to lower the center of weight for the better ability to launch hard, be it to quench a thirst for hard acceleration or for drag racing.

For those who wish to lower for comfort or control, size selection may be only as hard as you wish to make it. We mostly only offer single position links for better strength and because sometimes multi-hole links may interfere with other parts, depending on the setting. For this reason, size selection may be more of a consideration so one doesn’t end up needing to come back for another size. One possible suggestion may be to find something of known thickness to lay at each side of the bike. Take a 2x4 or 2x6 board for example, keeping in mind that typical 2x lumber is 1.5” thick. You may try laying one at each side of the bike to put your feet on while on the bike. It would be a good idea to have assistance in doing this just in case one may lose his footing or such object may slip on you. No matter how you choose to make a selection, keep in mind that it is not typically necessary to get your feet flat on the ground. To get the ball of your feet securely on the ground should be the main intention, just enough to allow you to walk the bike and/or support it more comfortably. One thing to keep in mind is that the more you lower a bike, the more you’ll change the way it handles and feels. Smaller amounts may not be too noticeable but larger amounts will make a more significant change in handling. Lowering a bike will also reduce ground clearance and suspension travel. Also, keep in mind that lowering larger amounts will require you to cut down the kickstand or purchase a shortened or adjustable kickstand. This becomes necessary to allow the bike to lean properly while on the kickstand. One may also want to consider upping the adjustment on the rear spring preload, more so for lowering larger amounts.

For those who wish to lower for desired appearance, it may not seem so critical to make a particular selection as it is more common for those to "slam" their bike. Though “slamming” a bike may be more preferred for this interest, and many bikes look good this way, there are a few things to keep in mind. Less ground clearance means more caution when riding. You may need to watch the speed bumps and other rough areas. Also riding passengers may need to be eliminated. You will not be able to push turns as hard. And…the kickstand will need cut down for lowering large amounts.

For those lowering for the interest of launching harder….well….it may not be so easy. Although you can typically lower a bike a little and work out better hole shots, there are more critical factors to keep in mind when you are looking to maximize you launch. Front and rear height, suspension settings, tire type, compound and inflation, and rider weight and position all play a role in conjunction with throttle and clutch work. It would be impossible to advise something to work for all with so many factors at play and to hit the fine line between pulling the front wheel too hard and breaking traction.

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