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Offline rhinestone

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Lowering the concors
« on: April 04, 2013, 06:34:55 pm »
I just bought a lowering kit capable of going 4 inches, How low can I go without messin with how the bike is supposed to handle.

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Re: Lowering the concors
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2013, 07:57:22 am »
I lowered my Connie about 2" and have had no issues other than an occasional rub from the center stand. I heated the side stand and bent it out and forward about an 1.5" to allow the bike to lay over more (like a Harley) so I could use the side stand. I like the side stand mod so well I would do it to a stock Connie that hadn't been lowered. I also modified the center stand more for convenience rather than necessity.  HTH JD
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Re: Lowering the concors
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2013, 11:13:22 am »
I lowered my Connie about 2" and have had no issues other than an occasional rub from the center stand. I heated the side stand and bent it out and forward about an 1.5" to allow the bike to lay over more (like a Harley) so I could use the side stand. I like the side stand mod so well I would do it to a stock Connie that hadn't been lowered. I also modified the center stand more for convenience rather than necessity.  HTH JD

What did you use for a lowering kit?  Would you recommend it again?  Do you use the center stand and how difficult is it to get a lowered bike on the center stand.  I am thinking about lowering mine also.

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Re: Lowering the concors
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2013, 06:58:34 pm »
What did you use for a lowering kit?  Would you recommend it again?  Do you use the center stand and how difficult is it to get a lowered bike on the center stand.  I am thinking about lowering mine also.


I am using Norms lowering link, it is very robust and bullet proof.  It is not however, adjustable, but I would recommend it.  Here is some info for Norms link.  Phone # was 281-339-1156 and email was Sanleonster@gmail.com.  If you want one that can be adjusted then you might take a look at this http://www.soupysperformance.com/concours-1000-products.html  I made the center stand adjustable, if you get serious about lowering your Connie I can put up some photos of the mod to the center stand. just let me know.  JD   P.S.  If you are short wheel based like me, it is a very good modification.
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Re: Lowering the concors
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2013, 10:40:37 am »
I am using Norms lowering link, it is very robust and bullet proof.  It is not however, adjustable, but I would recommend it.  Here is some info for Norms link.  Phone # was 281-339-1156 and email was Sanleonster@gmail.com.  If you want one that can be adjusted then you might take a look at this http://www.soupysperformance.com/concours-1000-products.html  I made the center stand adjustable, if you get serious about lowering your Connie I can put up some photos of the mod to the center stand. just let me know.  JD   P.S.  If you are short wheel based like me, it is a very good modification.

Please post the center stand photos.

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Re: Lowering the concors Center Stand Mod
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2013, 06:23:42 pm »
Here is a photo
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Re: Lowering the concors
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2018, 02:06:01 pm »
All advice told me not to change the suspension because it would change the way the bike will ride, steer and the possibility of scraping on sharp cornering.

I am not getting any taller. I was 5'6" when I left high school but now in my 60's I am 5'4" and a 29 inch inseam. I can not stop at a stop sign without leaning the bike far to one side Which is pretty rough on my leg muscles. So I did it without lowering links. 

I measured the seat and found that the pad is several inches thick so I shaved away an inch and a half.  I put a new cover on it and now I can stand straight up at a stop sign. I still struggle on the balls of my feet but at least I have some control when the bike is not moving.

This is the first time since I bought it that I was not scared to take it for a drive in city traffic.

I kept the original seat cover and the pieces of foam I removed in case I need to return it to stock. 

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Re: Lowering the concors
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2018, 11:15:36 am »
I just got a suggestion for a Norms rocker.  Said it made a big difference for him. Anyone else have experience with Norms rockers?

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Re: Lowering the concors
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2018, 01:36:37 pm »
The info was in reply #3. {above}
JDM said; I am using Norms lowering link rocker, it is very robust and bullet proof.  It is not however, adjustable, but I would recommend it.  Here is some info for Norms link.  Phone # was 281-339-1156 and email was Sanleonster@gmail.com.

Many have used Norm's Lowering Rocker over the years {including myself}.
He offers them in many sizes. (I think from 1" to 3" drop")
Bearings are included.

He {and I} recommend the 1 1/2" drop.

NOTE: If you lower the rear you must also lower the front to keep the settings of the bike's geometry almost the same as original.

Ride safe, Ted

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Re: Lowering the concors
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2018, 09:04:28 am »
I email him and so far no answer. Maybe he has quit the business.
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Re: Lowering the concors
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2018, 04:50:50 pm »
I suggest a phone call. I talked with him last year.
Very informative and knows what size lowering rockers he has available.

Ride safe, Ted

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Re: Lowering the concors
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2018, 12:46:53 pm »
He did finally respond with a price. It will have to wait. We had a hailstorm last month and I have to replace my roof. No more expenditures on toys for a while.
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