Originally Posted by swimbikerun247
I'm looking to buy a 230 Avon rear tire and a lowering kit for my 09 900 Custom SE. When you guys lower the rear two inches what would you suggest lowering the front and how do you go about doing it?
I'd agree with Bill. Leave it be for a bit and see how you like it. I lowered my Custom 1-1/2" at the rear shock and left the front alone. I'm quite happy with it.
Originally Posted by diehard rider
If i may ask a question that i have wondering about is whats the point of lowering your bike, and wouldn't that give it a ruffer ride?
Two reasons. One is purely cosmetic. I (and others) just don't like to see the big gap between the top of the tire and the fender. I prefer seeing it tucked up. Another is to reduce the reduce seat height. This makes you feel like you're sitting "in" the bike and allows easier leg reach to the ground.
Some might argue it lowers the center of gravity, but in the case of the custom, i feel that's sort of a moot point.
As far as it being a rougher ride, not in my experience. The shock is still as adjustable for a firmer/softer ride as it was before.
The concern with lowering a bike in the rear is whether or not you have enough clearance inside the fender. You don't want to be banging into the fender as you go over bumps.