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Old 12-03-2012, 08:57 AM   #15106
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I lowered the rear about 2" with http://www.soupysperformance.com/tiger800.html. and the front 18mm-handles great.
Their adjustable kickstand is necessary or you'll need one from a Roadie. In either case, you'll need to increase the size of the ss foot print. I had a piece welded onto Soupy's (should come that way)
Still handles like a slot car. I don't drag parts as I move my ass off the seat a little if I'm hitting the twisties hard.

Really interested in these lowering links, since that's one of the things that hold off me buying one of these bikes. Everything fit ok, is it fairly easy to do? And how low is the seat height now?
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:40 AM   #15107
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Hell if I sag any more I'll have soft parts dragging the ground . But I thinkk that was part of the problem , the bike didn't settle any when I sat on it . It was just out of the crate so they may have just put it on the floor as is . Looked like a nice deal on a blue Roadie ABS .
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:12 AM   #15108
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Flat foot?

I don't get it...why do you need to flat-foot any bike?
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:04 PM   #15109
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i don't get it...why do you need to flat-foot any bike?
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:22 PM   #15110
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I don't get it...why do you need to flat-foot any bike?
you don't. ground clearance is way more important to me!
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:55 PM   #15111
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I don't get it...why do you need to flat-foot any bike?


I never understood this either. A lot of people pass over some great bikes because they can't flat foot at a stop. All I need is to be able to put one foot firmly on the ground and I am good, but there again I sit at stops checking my mirrors, with my hands on the bars, clutch pulled in and the bike in gear ready to go in case it doesn't register with "princess" that she needs to be stopping instead of going.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:56 PM   #15112
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I don't get it...why do you need to flat-foot any bike?


I never understood this either. A lot of people pass over some great bikes because they can't flat foot at a stop. All I need is to be able to put one foot firmly on the ground and I am good, but there again I sit at stops checking my mirrors, with my hands on the bars, clutch pulled in and the bike in gear ready to go in case it doesn't register with "princess" that she needs to be stopping instead of going.


You don't need to be able to flat foot any bike, just make sure you put the correct foot down at a stop. Been there done that.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:57 PM   #15113
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Hear hear. I ride XC and I am 1m69cm tall..or...short? :)
Before that I rode DR800 that was even taller with DYI suspension mods.
The only time I had problems with XC height is when I was riding for 3500 km with pneumonia (because I am dumb idiot) and felt so weak, I could only ride bike.
For me lowering adventure bike defying very principle it built on.

But if you are 1.54 like one of my friend (and GREAT long distance traveler) - no choice. He had to lower even Deauville 700 to just be able to stop on his own.
But flat-footing is not needed for riding normally for sure.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:54 PM   #15114
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Didn't say I needed to flatfoot . Just enough for to be confident at off camber stops . As I get a little more age on me the less I like to pick up my bike .
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:15 PM   #15115
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If you're on the eastern side of TN in the mountains, and like carving up the twisties, I wouldn't recommend lowering a Roadie. Bike has one of the lowest ground clearances I've ever had (a Harley included, no joke). If you tend to use all of your back tire, consider raising the rear.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:31 PM   #15116
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I need to go back for a test ride & get them to setup the suspension to spec . I know the rear didn't sag when I plopped my fat butt on it.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:33 PM   #15117
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Really interested in these lowering links, since that's one of the things that hold off me buying one of these bikes. Everything fit ok, is it fairly easy to do? And how low is the seat height now?
Seat is about 2" lower than stock & on the high setting as I like the longer reach to the pegs so my knees don't get so jammed. The Soupy link allows adjustment from 1/2" to over 4" supposedly, but you can only raise the forks so much as they are tapered.

Be sure to have the rear wheel off the ground during install, then it's easy-I didn't and the weight of the bike bent both bolts. Had to buy 2 new ones
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:49 AM   #15118
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Really ? Damn I guess I need to play with my sag because I'm the same size as you and I can't flat foot my XC.
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I'm 6'0 ft with boots on, 32" inseam (without boots). I can't flat foot my XC. You also have to remember that sometimes you will have more weight with gear, luggage, extra rider... I set mine as stiff as it goes and ride like the wind... During July- September I rode my XC with the rear shock blown out, I still couldn't flat foot.
Well fjb, just because your shock was "blown" I'm guessing the spring was in place and NOT broken. That's what holds the bike up. Doh!

I forgot to add that I have my seat in its high position. Yes I flat foot it on level ground WITHOUT the assistance of luggage. Spring pre-load is your friend. That's what it's for. My seat height is around 800mm [865 (book) minus 65 (sag)] when sat on it. That's not much higher than a bandit.
It's my firm belief that most people on forums that moan about the shock being crap or the bike doesn't fit them haven't adjusted the very things they're moaning about.

Re the flat footing thing. People seem to use that as a gauge as to whether a bike fits them. No, you don't need to flat foot a bike but, I tell you, it makes the bike much more manageable in the rough nadgery stuff. When you can get a firm foot down to aid manoeuvring you can then lift your weight off the bike which then gives the bike its full ground clearance.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:37 AM   #15119
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Well fjb, just because your shock was "blown" I'm guessing the spring was in place and NOT broken. That's what holds the bike up. Doh!
yeah ok...

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Old 12-04-2012, 06:54 AM   #15120
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If you're on the eastern side of TN in the mountains, and like carving up the twisties, I wouldn't recommend lowering a Roadie. Bike has one of the lowest ground clearances I've ever had (a Harley included, no joke). If you tend to use all of your back tire, consider raising the rear.
I'll call BS on that (lower than Harley) statement, and also add a "get your ass off the seat" to it.

Now my Buell would definatly lean over further than my Roadie.

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