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Lowering a Vaquero

I just got my 2011 Vaquero this spring and it has the Kaw Touring Gel seat on it. I am 5'10" but with my riding boots on my feet aren't 100% flat footed when stopped. Is there an easy way to lower the bike some to make me a little more sure footed when stopped?

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I just got my 2011 Vaquero this spring and it has the Kaw Touring Gel seat on it. I am 5'10" but with my riding boots on my feet aren't 100% flat footed when stopped. Is there an easy way to lower the bike some to make me a little more sure footed when stopped?

Thanks for the help.
It's probably easier and cheaper to raise your legs than lower the bike, i.e. get riding boots with elevated soles. Lowering the bike decreases your max lean angle, which is already to little to begin with. I laid into a left turn yesterday and the frame scraped so hard I almost lost it.

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well, if you don't want to spend the money for new front and rear springs from progressive to lower the bike you could always have your seat modified to sit you a little lower.
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well, if you don't want to spend the money for new front and rear springs from progressive to lower the bike you could always have your seat modified to sit you a little lower.
I am willing to spend some money if I have to to make the bike fit me better. I just wanted to see what options exist to accomplish this goal.

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I am willing to spend some money if I have to to make the bike fit me better. I just wanted to see what options exist to accomplish this goal.

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Reshaping the seat is actually an effective and economical option to accomplish your goal, and as a bonus, you don't lose any ground clearance or lean angle.

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I am willing to spend some money if I have to to make the bike fit me better. I just wanted to see what options exist to accomplish this goal.

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sorry, I probably worded that wrong. I wasn't implying that you didn't want to spend any money, just that a cheaper option then new springs would be to have the seat modified. Hope you find something that works.
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Saw a thread a couple weeks ago about removing a bushing of some sort at the top of the rear shocks to lower the bike about an inch. Think its in the 1700 forum, free lowering? Do a search, see if be something for you.


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I bumped up the preload on the rear shocks to create more cornering clearance. Bike turns in better too.

If money is no object, why not get an air ride system with on board compressor. You can have the ride height for the curves and then with the press of a button the bike drops down for putting your feet down or showing off in a parking lot.

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It's probably easier and cheaper to raise your legs than lower the bike, i.e. get riding boots with elevated soles. Lowering the bike decreases your max lean angle, which is already to little to begin with. I laid into a left turn yesterday and the frame scraped so hard I almost lost it.
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Someone on a 2012 voyager lowered their bike one inch by removing the wire clip that hold the spacers on each of the rear shocks. Did it to my Vaquero and worked well. Will look for the thread and post.
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