If your maker believed good things come in small packages you might find that your bike, made for the ‘average’ height rider, isn’t as comfortable as it could be.
Wemoto keep stock of TRW Lucas raising and lowering kits for exactly this purpose, and range from subtracting 50mm from the bike to adding 30mm. Height adjustment kits are also useful for modifying the handling of the bike, to either give you more stable handling, or to give you nippier cornering.
Now there is a bit of research to do to make sure that adjusting the height of your bike is the right thing to do, so keep reading for the pros and cons of adding these lowering kits to your bike.
Lowering your bike for height
If you’re on the vertically challenged side of things, getting your feet on the ground at the traffic lights can be a pain. The cheap way is to start hacking into your seat, resulting in an uncomfortable ride as you’re left with a flatter, harder seat. It also takes value off the bike as, even if you’ve done a good job scooping the insides out and re-covering with a new, non-standard seatcover, the only way to restore it for a taller individual if you sell it on is to fit a new seat.
Wemoto’s TRW Lucas lowering kits, for most bikes come as modified drop links or ‘dog bones’. You replace your original links (that you can always reattach later if you sell the bike on) with the ones provided which lowers the back of the bike by 30-50mm. You can lower the front by the same amount, usually by simply raising the forks through the front yoke.
Lowering your bike for handling
Lowering the mass of the bike will give it a lower centre of gravity, which makes for more stable handling – you’ll be surprised by what a few centimetres can do.
There is a trade off – you will lose some cornering speed. You’ll also need to be aware that you’ve got less ground clearance.
It is highly recommended that you lower the front at the same time – mostly because if you don’t your bike will probably steer like a barge. On most models this is a simple process that doesn’t require any extra purchase: simply raise the forks through the front yoke (or, drop the yoke further down the forks) so that you’ve lowered the front to about the same amount as the rear.
The technical stuff
All Lucas lowering and raising kits are made in Germany and are TUV homologated – made of laser cut stainless steel or billet aluminium, you can be confident they’re capable of handling all the weight and stresses the OEM drop links could.
Each kit is engineered specifically to a bike’s model for the best results, so you’ll need to browse for your model through the bike search at Wemoto.
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