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    Posted: 13 Oct 2014 at 19:07
I finally got around to lowering my V7 Stone today by pushing the forks up through the clamps. I measured before starting and noted that there was a height variation left to right of about 0.5 mm using a digital caliper/depth guage. When I did the adjustment the best I could get was a variation of 0.35mm. This seems okay to me but I'm no expert on this stuff so what do you reckon?
By the way, I did a 16mm movement on the forks and now I can actually get enough "foot on the ground" to back pedal much more easily,,,that's a result to me, being a compact package!!Big smile

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I just bought the lowered seat. Which was enough for my little legsWink
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Being a Guzzi  rider (cheap) it didn't seem right to pay out money for something less so the seat wasn't an option! But seriously, if there's a lower seat already being made by Moto Guzzi why can't they offer it as an alternative, no cost option? They wanted £120 for it when I bought mine. Another bit of bad marketing in my opinion.
The other reason I did the forks was to maintain the seat to pegs distance to save bending my knees too much,,,,they're quite high mileage and no spares are available.
And finally,  I notice the V7 mk 2 has a lower seat AND lower pegs so I may look that way in a year or two.
 

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I think manufacturers  lose a lot of sales by not offering a lower and higher seat adjustment on the bike.

Honda did it on the CBF1000 and may still do.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Oct 2014 at 22:06
I discovered on my Spada that one stanchion was up out of the top yoke by half an inch! No idea how long it had been like that. Loosen both yoke clamps, hammer, sorted. Big smile
 
 
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Well I finally got around to testing this today after finishing off some other jobs which needed doing.
What a difference it's made to the handling; nifty and light with good feedback too. And flat feet at the halt!
Chuffed is what I am!Big smile

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0.5 mm between the stanchions will make no difference.
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Hi! just picked up my V7 racer today and was searching online on how to do what you did to the forks to no avail. Sorry to revive a dead thread but can you explain to me how you made this modification to lower it? If it's something that can be found in Guzziology my copy is on it's way. Thanks!
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Undo the pinch bolts on the top and bottom yokes not all the way just so they are still holding and gently tap with a rubber /rawhide mallet until the amount of fork protruding is what you require but don't do to much or you might get your front wheel touching something that it shouldn't . have fun and hope it helps
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As above but I put a scissor jack under the sump (flat board twixt jack and sump to spread load) so the bike didn't drop quickly and give me a very low riderTongue. I then lowered the jack by the drop I wanted and pushed down on the frame to get the result.

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Originally posted by Scousus maximus Scousus maximus wrote:

As above but I put a scissor jack under the sump (flat board twixt jack and sump to spread load) so the bike didn't drop quickly and give me a very low rider<img src="smileys/smiley17.gif" alt="Tongue" title="Tongue" />. I then lowered the jack by the drop I wanted and pushed down on the frame to get the result.

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+1 for using the jack
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Sorry about that I'm used to Harley lowriders 😁
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Annie has a problem being 4ft9" her solution is platform soled boots lol
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I would strongly advise using a jack under the sump as suggested above.
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