Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Greater Vancouver
Call it 1001!
I have the Barons kit (BA-7500-74) on my 2012 Custom, with the rear dropped 2". I was dragging the pegs now and again at stock height (shock preload at "4" from the dealer)...so it is all about how you ride, your preload, and how much weight you plan on carrying. You can also firm-up the VN900 uni-shock by cranking up the preload...this can help when riding 2-up. I'm on "6" now, and almost never ride 2-up. You have to face it, the bike will be lower. So will the pegs and exhaust. Also, if you only lower the rear, the bike pivots down in the rear, but the front remains stock...so do the geometry...the pegs drop about 1/2 of the rear-only drop...give or take...(theoretically, if the pegs were exactly 1/2 way between the front and rear contact patch)...you get the idea.
Yes, the fender / tire relationship is better.
Warning from the Barons install instructions:
WARNING: Installing a lowering kit will decrease initial ground clearance. Care should be taken to avoid bottoming, especially over bumps or turns. To maintain proper balanced geometry, the front and rear of the motorcycle should ne lowered equally. Failure to properly install the lowering kit and operate the motorcycle after installation may result in serious injury or death to the rider.
LIMITED GUARANTEE: Because we cannot control the application of our products, buyer assumes risks for any and all damage caused to him or herself or any third party by virtue of any failure of these parts. GUARANTEE for such parts is limited to our replacement costs thereof. This GUARANTEE is in lieu of all other guaranties or warranties express or implied, and all other such guaranties or warranties are hereby expressly disclaimed. By installation of these parts, buyer irrevocably agrees to the foregoing. NOTE: Our install guides provide a basic outline on the proper installation of our products. Further tuning and/or fitment may be required. Baron bears no responsibility on installation costs associated with this product.