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Q:I ride a 2006 Suzuki DL650, which I low­ered us­ing a 3/4 low­er­ing link on the rear sus­pen­sion and by rais­ing the fork legs in the triple tree an equal amount. I can flat foot when I stop, and with low­ered foot­pegs the er­gonomics are per­fect. The new 2018 Suzuki DL1000 is on my short list for a new bike but is a lit­tle tall. When a mo­tor­cy­cle is equipped with an In­er­tial Mea­sure­ment Unit (IMU) can you safely make these type of changes, or am I lim­ited to a low­ered seat and foot­pegs?


A:As in pre­vi­ous replies, I am not a fan of low­er­ing bikes. There are many bad trade-offs that oc­cur when a bike is low­ered, not the least of which is the pos­si­bil­ity of drag­ging some­thing sturdy when you least can af­ford it and jack­ing one or both wheels off the ground. So if you must, do the very min­i­mum low­er­ing that you re­quire. First check your sag height. If you weigh less than the av­er­age per­son, you should re­set this lower first.

Suzuki’s IMU is part of a new sys­tem on this model year, so my ex­pert sus­pen­sion guys don’t have much ex­pe­ri­ence with it as of this writ­ing. But as long as the height ad­just­ments you make are small and don’t largely al­ter fac­tory spring rates, com­pres­sion damp­ing, or pitch of the bike, there shouldn’t be any prob­lems.

Be­fore go­ing this di­rec­tion, con­sider a thin­ner seat, proper rid­ing boots with thick soles and heels, and some tri­als rid­ing tech­niques, which will all go a long way to mak­ing a tallish bike less daunt­ing.

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