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Old September 11th, 2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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lowering my 1098

Hello, I just bought a 1098 4 weeks ago and love it!!! i am 5'6" and i lowered my other bike, a GSXR and made a huge difference, My mechanic just put a PSR lowering link on my Duc and its still about .5" too high. Does anyone know of a shorter lowering link than the PSR? Any suggestions is appreciated. I read a post about simply cutting the stock dogbone. Not sure if that'll be enough. Thank you in advance.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 10:14 PM   #2
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There are limitations on doing this. Remember that altering one end of the bike's ride height will upset its geometry. Lowering the rear will increase both the rake and trail dimensions, making for heavier steering.

In fact many find that RAISING the rear has a beneficial effect on steering. And you are limited in how far you can lower the front, particularly if you have yokes with less-than-standard offset (as so many have) as the front wheel gets close to the radiator on full compression (eg. braking over bumps).

I strongly suggest you try and adapt to the stock height, or as close to it as you can cope with, rather than lowering it and compromise the handling - arguably one of its best features.

There are many on here of your stature who manage with the stock ride height.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 11:28 PM   #3
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Thank you pat1098. I have heard of that by lowering the bike will affect the handling of the bike. I tried to get used to my other bike and rode it for 6 months and 6,000 miles on tippy toes. Once I lowered it so I can flat foot it, my riding and bike handling skills and my enjoyment of the bike improved significantly. I also took my other lowered bike to the track and felt much more confident. I think I will experience the same results by lowering my 1098.
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I hope it works out for you.

I guess the best advice then is to try and lower both ends by a similar amount.

You will of course lose some ground clearance with it set up that way, and of course you will have lowered your centre of gravity.

But it sounds like you need it lower to get your confidence with it. Maybe you could experiment with gradually raising it again once you are comfortable with the bike?
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I'll give it try. Thanks again for your input. My friend was right. Buying a Ducati is just the beginning. Lol!
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and it will look fully sic...
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Old September 12th, 2013, 06:57 AM   #7
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I knew a guy who lowered an 848. It was the WORST HANDLING BIKE I HAVE EVER RIDDEN! I would not recommend it at all. The bike was really hard to steer and rod terrible. I was petrified to turn the bike because i did not know if it would turn.

I have actually raised my bike significantly. I increased rear ride height and lowered the front forks. I also have a super pole seat witch makes it about 1 inch taller and with my race boots on i am tippy toeing. The bike works great when it is raised.

I would not take a lowered 848 0r 1*98 to the track unless you want to crash it!
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I knew a guy who lowered an 848. It was the WORST HANDLING BIKE I HAVE EVER RIDDEN! I would not recommend it at all. The bike was really hard to steer and rod terrible. I was petrified to turn the bike because i did not know if it would turn.

I have actually raised my bike significantly. I increased rear ride height and lowered the front forks. I also have a super pole seat witch makes it about 1 inch taller and with my race boots on i am tippy toeing. The bike works great when it is raised.

I would not take a lowered 848 0r 1*98 to the track unless you want to crash it!
I was debating lowering my 848 like an inch just to avoid the tiptoeing and to get a bit more comfortable when riding two up.

This 848 you rode was the suspension setup for the other guy? Or just a stock suspension with lowering?
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It was just a stock suspension that was lowered. It really was horrible.
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Thank you pat1098. I have heard of that by lowering the bike will affect the handling of the bike. I tried to get used to my other bike and rode it for 6 months and 6,000 miles on tippy toes. Once I lowered it so I can flat foot it, my riding and bike handling skills and my enjoyment of the bike improved significantly. I also took my other lowered bike to the track and felt much more confident. I think I will experience the same results by lowering my 1098.
Before the bike was lowered, did you set SAG and/or have the springs checked for the correct spring rate?

Don't put the cart before the horse. Make sure it's beiing done both correctly and safely.
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