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Hi,

I have a friend who is really struggling with the height on the R, she was really missold the bike, but probably test rode a lowered one in the US

The front has been lowered by BMW on the forks, I thought this on its own was dangerous, there has been something removed from the seat.

We propose to reduce the seat more, use -25mm front springs -25mm rear spring but my question is can it be lowered further with a link in the rear spring if needed?

Thanks in advance
 

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There are a lot of options, many discussed already on the forum...do a search with your own title, you will be surprised.
There are many lowering links good for 25 or 40mm, combined with raising the forks in the triple trees a corresponding amount;
also wilbers.de and progressive.com make shorter fork and shock springs and/or complete lowering kits.
Also Rally Raid may have stuff for the R.

Solutions mainly depend on your locale as for what is the most cost effective.
 

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There are a lot of options, many discussed already on the forum...do a search with your own title, you will be surprised.
There are many lowering links good for 25 or 40mm, combined with raising the forks in the triple trees a corresponding amount;
also wilbers.de and progressive.com make shorter fork and shock springs and/or complete lowering kits.
Also Rally Raid may have stuff for the R.

Solutions mainly depend on your locale as for what is the most cost effective.
Thanks for your reply, yes I have looked at the search but I cant seem to find my answer. My question is has anyone or can I use a reduced spring (-25mm) and if needed the lowering link to get another -40mm?
 

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Here is the route for easy lowering by 2 inches - - they'll post anywhere - - - and supply easy instructions to follow. Hope it helps.




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You mean lower by 65 mm? That would be a lot ! I think it's a either/or proposition. I would be worried of the wheels contacting the bike (and of possibly locking them up).
 

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Thanks for your reply, yes I have looked at the search but I cant seem to find my answer. My question is has anyone or can I use a reduced spring (-25mm) and if needed the lowering link to get another -40mm?
Hi, there is a thread on this forum that discusses lowering options ... consensus leaned towards swapping out the rear shock from the low rear shock option from Rally Raid Products. Lowers the seat from -10mm to -35mm. This option does not affect the handling of the bike The cost shipped from the UK to Canada in Cdn $$ is $740 ... lower with the US $$ It would be worth sending them an email for more info
 

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Hi,

I have a friend who is really struggling with the height on the R, she was really missold the bike, but probably test rode a lowered one in the US

The front has been lowered by BMW on the forks, I thought this on its own was dangerous, there has been something removed from the seat.

We propose to reduce the seat more, use -25mm front springs -25mm rear spring but my question is can it be lowered further with a link in the rear spring if needed?

Thanks in advance
Hi! I think to lower the bike easiest and sure to catch up safety as manufacturing is to change the smaller wheels. For example on this 310R we can look for a set of 16inch with the lowest tyres tread as possible. Its allowed 1 inch up or down on motorcycle. By this the BMW won’t put the claim on you while still under warranty.
Good luck!
 

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I agree with bbbelanger, research is all important and to reduce suspension by 65mm is an exercise fraught with danger as this much will limit ground clearance and suspension movement.
Even suspension manufacturers only make 25/40mm reduction kits and BMW makes only a low seat.
I have lowered bikes before and I would not attempt this.
Before I bought my bike, I went through everything I could find in the forum and on the net.
I also went to a specialist suspension shop to seek their expert opinion.
There are many parts on the market from full kits (shocks, fork springs,oil etc) to replacement lower shock mounts and forks up in the yokes/triple trees, it all depends on your budget.
The expert opinion was "if you want to keep the bike for a long time-then go for the full kit, if intend on replacing the bike after a short time/learner period - then forks up and replacement part".
I chose the more the more expensive full WILBERS 40mm lowering kit, which I could fit myself, I have a small workshop.
I did not bother with the seat, a reduction in padding only leads to an uncomfortable ride.
I have previously fitted improvised low suspension to several bikes eg; shorter rear shocks and forks up in the yokes, it worked but was never 100%.
The full kit was worth it to me, easy to fit, less adjusting and fitting my aim of feet on the ground with quality ride.
I am 153cm tall with 68cm inseam and with the 40mm kit I can get one foot flat on the ground and toes down on the other side, quite sufficient for my riding style.
Possibly a combination of the 40mm suspension set up and a low (or re-upholstered) seat could be your answer.
Also consider raising the bars (or changing bars to a more pullback type) as a more upright seating position will straighten your body/legs giving an easier stretch to the ground. Every little bit helps.
 
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