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Offline yogibear

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Lowering suspension
« on: January 05, 2016, 09:51:51 AM »
The wife currently rides a lowered version of the XR, however is ever so slightly too high still.

I have ordered the following adjustable suspension links which apparently work with ESA based bikes too.  Our local dealer has also agreed to fit them for us so that seems if not a complete endorsement at least indication that they are unlikely to be too much of a problem.

http://soupysperformance.com/bmw/s1000xr.html

Offline RichS1000XR

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Re: Lowering suspension
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2016, 05:15:43 PM »
Daytona do some boots with a higher sole, which should also help.

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Re: Lowering suspension
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2016, 06:23:06 PM »
Thanks for the tip, but she has those already. 

Unfortunately having owned and ridden a K1300S she is a little addicted to the extra POWER from the bigger machines and is not keen to go back to the smaller less powerful machines. 

This makes height a big challenge for her at 5'4".  That said she does really well on most machines that can be brought down to a seat height of say 800mm, but the XR seat is a little wide and that makes the bike seem a little higher than say her GS which is a similar height with a fairly narrow seat.


Offline robbob

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Re: Lowering suspension
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2016, 07:37:23 PM »
hi its robbob
i have just had a friend (boat Trimmer) thin and lower seat recover with xr embroidery £100
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Offline isaacani

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Re: Lowering suspension
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2016, 06:11:18 PM »
I installed Soupy's lowering link 3 weeks ago, lowered the bike by 1.5".   Bike is handling great, had to lower the front suspension too.

Highly recommend it,

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Re: Lowering suspension
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2016, 05:36:55 PM »
How much did you let the fork stansions protrude through the top yoke?

Offline isaacani

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Re: Lowering suspension
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2016, 06:33:43 PM »
I lowered an extra of 4.5mm(measured from the line down), total 10mm

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Re: Lowering suspension
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2016, 05:15:33 PM »
Done some deep homework / research on the after market lowering kit and on another forum there are complaints that the rose joint links have been snapping where the thread starts, ( pictures shown ). The stresses and strains put upon the linkage are obviously not factory R&D tested and therefore a gamble. Check it out yourselves, the concequences are horrific.

Offline RichS1000XR

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Re: Lowering suspension
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2016, 09:57:21 PM »
If you're a short arse, just get an S1000R and slap a windscreen on it!

This advice is free of charge. :008:

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Re: Lowering suspension
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2016, 01:59:53 PM »
+1 with isaacani.  Highly recommend it too.  I just did mine with similar settings.  At first I dropped it too low, and have since raised it to about 1" lower than stock.  I don't consider myself short - 5'10", but now I don't have to be on tippy toes at a stoplight - just a slight raise of my heels.  I don't have any concerns about the strength of Soupy's Links - all steel, no aluminum.  It is difficult to get the 3/4" (19mm) wrench to tighten the front locknuts, but it is do-able.  Handles just fine, and ESA works fine also.

 


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