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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 04-19-2010, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy lowering the 1700 voyager

My 1700 voyager has a 28.5" seat height. I have a 29.5" inseam. The bike weighs 900 lb.. I have my right leg missing below the knee. Stopping is sometime scary on uneven roads. As yet there is nolowering kit offered.
Is there anything I can do to solve my problem?
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post #2 of 66 (permalink) Old 04-19-2010, 12:05 PM
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If there is no lowering kit available maybe an aftermarket seat would be lower or you could have your stock seat shaved by an upholstery shop?

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post #3 of 66 (permalink) Old 04-19-2010, 09:21 PM
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All we have to do is find someone to be the Cavia porcellus (guinea pig) to find out if shorter progressive shocks will work.. If they do then I will definitely lower my classic with them.
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post #4 of 66 (permalink) Old 04-19-2010, 09:56 PM
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i know progressive has a 1 inch lowering kit for the 900's but i dont know about the 1700's
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post #5 of 66 (permalink) Old 04-21-2010, 03:59 PM
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Scootworks has lowering rear shocks 1-3/4" and 2-1/2".


1700 Classic / Voyager / Nomad - Custom Rear Shock pack & hardware to lower approximately 1-3/4" - $299.95

1700 Classic/Voyager/Nomad - Custom Rear Shock pack & hardware to lower approximately 2-1/2" - $299.95
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post #6 of 66 (permalink) Old 01-16-2011, 02:15 PM
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I hear that the Corbin seat will lower it a bit
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post #7 of 66 (permalink) Old 01-16-2011, 05:46 PM
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I can tell you this...
I bought my '09 Voyager in Aug 2010, it was less than a year old when I bought it. The guy I bought it from sold it for the very reasons you are inquiring about.

He had the seat shaved and put progressive shocks on it to lower it a few inches. I would NOT recommend shaving the seat as its quite uncomfortable.

When I bought the bike I immediately put the original shocks back on and the progressives back in their box. After a trip I put a Mustang seat on, you probably want a Russell or a Corbin as they can be made to suit your need.

As for the progressive shocks, mine are for sale as I will never use them, these have about 1k miles on them. I think they were 300 I'd be happy w/ say 200 or so.

If that does not work for you, I can go out to may garage and at least get the P/N so you can hunt them down on your own.

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post #8 of 66 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 10:24 AM
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I did the lower kit from scootworks as well. They send out a 12'' shock 412 series that I have since replaced with a progressive 12.5 " 430 series shock. I am very happy with this set up. After my long and time consuminig research I find this to be what I was looking for. Many are happy with the scootworks set up and I also have a complete kit available including spacers for the Voyager/Nomad if interested. Not even 100 miles on the shocks.

The bike will be easier to get off the side stand and the center of gravity for me felt right. I am now sitting in the bike rather than on top. Just be aware of 2-up riding. Set the shocks accordingly depending on weight and always include cargo as weight. This kit will drop the bike about 2''

I am 5'8'' 190 lbs 30'' inseam. I have a Mustang seat that changed my placement on the bike. About 2'' back which for me made a difference when putting my feet down. Idont take alot of stuff with me and my wife aprox 140lbs is only on the back a third of the time

My VV gets compliments on it's new stance and the ride to me is an improvement.
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post #9 of 66 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 11:22 AM
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I did the 412's and raised the forks an inch, I reach the ground now and do be very cautious entering gas stations with sharp dips with high loads as I read about a guy that smeared his mufflers. No problems cornering.

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post #10 of 66 (permalink) Old 01-19-2011, 07:46 PM
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Shock Length ?

Does anyone know the stock shock length of the voyager?

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