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Aging riders on tall top heavy motorcycles
« on: July 27, 2018, 11:21:55 pm »
I'm coming up on 66 and wondering how many more years I want to ride a top heavy bike. I'm good for a number of years but wondering if anybody has put lowering links on their C14 to stretch their ability to stay with this bike. 1.2" lower on these links.....anybody have any input on how they effect handling and stability? I'm 6'2" tall so not a short guy but just wondering if some day this could be an option.
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Re: Aging riders on tall top heavy motorcycles
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2018, 12:06:07 am »
I opted for surgery.  :(

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Re: Aging riders on tall top heavy motorcycles
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2018, 03:36:04 am »
I have lowering links, lower pegs and a lower seat. No problem now. I don’t scrape pegs so handling is not an issue. I lowered the front as well. Geometry is the same I would think. And I am 64.

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Re: Aging riders on tall top heavy motorcycles
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2018, 03:48:08 am »
If you have one get rid of the way too high and way too far back tail trunk. It has to be the worst place there is to add weight to a motorcycle. Getting on and off is easier too. :)
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Re: Aging riders on tall top heavy motorcycles
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2018, 03:10:49 pm »
I used to keep some heavy stuff like tools on the top box. Learned that was wrong! Now I just keep spare clothes in there. Clothes I would change during the days ride and rain gear. And othe light stuff.

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Re: Aging riders on tall top heavy motorcycles
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2018, 05:58:39 pm »
Your 6'2'' and you have a problem ... :-[

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Re: Aging riders on tall top heavy motorcycles
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2018, 06:34:36 pm »
I am coming up on 62. I am 5'7" and even have a Maddog seat cushion added to the stock seat and I can flat foot both feet no problem.  Common Tread video at Revzilla had a good article on lowering a bike. Suspension expert said usually not a good idea.

Not sure how far you want to go down, but I would worry about dragging hard parts going over some speed bumps or obstacles you may encounter especially fully loaded. Reduces the lean angle too.
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Re: Aging riders on tall top heavy motorcycles
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2018, 08:55:15 pm »
At this point I'm not going to lower it.... part of it is my Baldwin GT seat has added an inch or so in height but I'm for sure not getting rid of the seat...I love it. Just thinking about ways to stay with this bike. I have 50K on it now so good for another 50K at least. I ride 15K per year so hope to make another 5 years. Maybe I should just quit reading Connie Droppers.
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Re: Aging riders on tall top heavy motorcycles
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2018, 02:28:19 am »
Top heavy is no joke!  I swear, I've practiced many a time in parking lots, but if I had to make a U-turn on a moderately narrow street, I'd be in for it!  I think the fear of dropping her prevents me from getting too gutsy and learning a tight radius turn.  And please don't send me the link for those motorcycle cop events-- those guys might as well be stunt riders to do that on a Connie!

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Re: Aging riders on tall top heavy motorcycles
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2018, 08:00:12 am »
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I am coming up on 62. I am 5'7" and even have a Maddog seat cushion added to the stock seat and I can flat foot both feet no problem.
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Re: Aging riders on tall top heavy motorcycles
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2018, 12:41:19 pm »
i am 74 years old  6ft, 32 inseam, i can flat foot with no problem. have a kawaski touring seat, but it seems to sit a little higher than the stock seat. has anyone tried high heels??? :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
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Re: Aging riders on tall top heavy motorcycles
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2018, 04:33:32 pm »
i am 74 years old  6ft, 32 inseam, i can flat foot with no problem. have a kawaski touring seat, but it seems to sit a little higher than the stock seat. has anyone tried high heels??? :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

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