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Offline Undertaker

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T-rex lowering links
« on: May 11, 2017, 08:08:34 pm »
I am 6 foot tall, and after 3 years of tip-toeing when on my 2014 Concours, I ordered a set of T-Rex 1 inch lowering links and installed them. Also dropped the front-end 1 inch, (I have handle-bar risers).

Happy, happy, happy!

Handles great on the crooked, curvy WV roads!

I can now put both of my feet entirely flat on the ground when stopped. Oh happy day!  1 inch was all it took. :great:

I am going to heat the side-stand and bend it to get some "lean" when the bike is parked.
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Re: T-rex lowering links
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2017, 01:21:42 am »
Hi, I'm also six foot tall and struggling to flat foot has been an issue from day one. I also ride a cruiser which is a toy to ride in comparison to the 1400. Sounds like you're happy with the lowering link, and I believe I will go ahead with ordering one as well, but may I ask, is it necessary to lower the centre stand or side stand?

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Re: T-rex lowering links
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2017, 02:06:14 am »
I am 6 foot tall, and after 3 years of tip-toeing when on my 2014 Concours, I ordered a set of T-Rex 1 inch lowering links and installed them. Also dropped the front-end 1 inch, (I have handle-bar risers).

Happy, happy, happy!

Handles great on the crooked, curvy WV roads!

I can now put both of my feet entirely flat on the ground when stopped. Oh happy day!  1 inch was all it took. :great:

I am going to heat the side-stand and bend it to get some "lean" when the bike is parked.

Six feet tall and you are on tip-toes?!
I'm 5'-3" and I'm on tip-toes both feet (after scalloping out the seat).

Something is wrong here... :( :-[
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Re: T-rex lowering links
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2017, 03:08:33 am »
Inseam....is the key measurement. (Long legs with short torso or vice versa.)
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Re: T-rex lowering links
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2017, 05:52:07 am »
Actually, I am six foot and also wear chunky boots and yes, I still struggle flat footing the big >:( girl. What would be a major bonus would be lowering the centre of gravity and not feeling like she wants to tip over every time I do a U turn.

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Re: T-rex lowering links
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2017, 08:25:20 pm »
I put in ZX 14 links and dropped it 2.4 inches.

My seat height is now 29". Love it.
« Last Edit: June 08, 2017, 09:53:41 pm by alansides »

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Re: T-rex lowering links
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2017, 11:38:44 am »
Robcig, the center stand can be used if I lay a piece of wood on the floor and run the rear tire up on it. I never use the center stand, unless I am changing tires, so this is no hindrance.

As to the side "Kick stand", I am going to take a torch and heat it up and bend it a little so the bike has the proper lean when at rest.

Lowering the Connie one inch front and rear was a MAJOR improvement for me. After I pulled up to an intersection and put my foot down in a pothole when coming to a stop, I couldn't hold the Connie up, and over she went on her side. Right then I made up my mind to either get rid of the 1400 or fix the damn "tip-toe curse" Kawasaki engineered into this motorcycle. I have been riding dirt and street bikes since in the late 60's, and I have never had a problem with holding a motorcycle up until I bought this 1400.

Also have a Yammie FZ6R and it is a pleasure to handle at stops.
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Re: T-rex lowering links
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2017, 02:01:06 pm »
Shortening the center stand is relatively EZ to do if you have a welder and a hacksaw.
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Re: T-rex lowering links
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2017, 10:43:04 am »
Robcig, the center stand can be used if I lay a piece of wood on the floor and run the rear tire up on it. I never use the center stand, unless I am changing tires, so this is no hindrance.

As to the side "Kick stand", I am going to take a torch and heat it up and bend it a little so the bike has the proper lean when at rest.

Lowering the Connie one inch front and rear was a MAJOR improvement for me. After I pulled up to an intersection and put my foot down in a pothole when coming to a stop, I couldn't hold the Connie up, and over she went on her side. Right then I made up my mind to either get rid of the 1400 or fix the damn "tip-toe curse" Kawasaki engineered into this motorcycle. I have been riding dirt and street bikes since in the late 60's, and I have never had a problem with holding a motorcycle up until I bought this 1400.

Also have a Yammie FZ6R and it is a pleasure to handle at stops.
OK, good feedback thanks. So does the centre stand scrape at all when riding the twisties?

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Re: T-rex lowering links
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2017, 12:57:56 pm »
I've never drug the center stand and haven't dragged the pegs..
NOTE: I installer shorter pegs on my bike..

The Go-Fast guys can tell you more than me.

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Re: T-rex lowering links
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2017, 11:20:17 am »
I agree with Connie Ride. Center stand does not drag in twisty's, and here in the mountain region of WV, the roads are like the "Dragon's Tail"!  (Rode the "Dragon" a few years back).

You will loose 1 inch clearance at the exhaust/header pipes and lower front fairing, so be cautious  about speed bumps, pot holes and other such obstacles.
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Re: T-rex lowering links
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2017, 12:13:00 am »
I drug the T-Rex crash bars on the right side while turning onto a highway on-ramp. I was in a hurry and didn't expect it. The bike is lowered. Don't know if that would have mattered.

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Re: T-rex lowering links
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2017, 06:46:14 pm »
I recently purchased  2009.....1500 mile concours14 which had a lowering kit installed....the centerstand had been removed.  In any event...I have a 34 inch inseam and as such I had the lowing links removed along with the shorter kickstand.  If anyone has interest in purchasing the links , and kickstandI would love to make a very fair deal on them....please contact me with any reasonalbe offer.....thanks all and enjoy the roads!

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Re: T-rex lowering links
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2017, 03:55:31 am »
I am 6 foot tall, and after 3 years of tip-toeing when on my 2014 Concours, I ordered a set of T-Rex 1 inch lowering links and installed them. Also dropped the front-end 1 inch, (I have handle-bar risers).


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I am 5'7 with a 29- inch inseam. I was going to get the lowering kit but now that I have put on a few km, I just got used to it. I seldom drive in cities so getting stuck with poor parking options is seldom an issue. Once the clutch engages not being able to reach the ground is not an issue.
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