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I use this reasonably priced one from Sealy when doing any work on the front end of the bike. Has a nice stable wide footprint and is easy to use.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ken-Guzzibear Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2015 at 12:15
Be aware on some of the bikes the sump is slightly V shaped  it will topple over.....
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote veevee567 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Sep 2017 at 20:38
Hey there,

I have recently got my V7 II Stone, Im 5' 5 but I would be happier if I could get more of my foot down when stopping on inverse chamber and to help me build confidence.
At the risk of sounding a bit like a numpty, I havent worked on bikes before (although I have an old classic car to my name), can someone explain a little more about what was done with the Forks? I dont necessarily know the technical names for bike specific terms.
I would really like to get the bike a little lower if I can. (Would like to try other routes rather than gel seat, as Im a bit cheap :p - but I do already have the heeled boots ;)  )


Please be gentle with me Im new to the forum and also to relatively new to bikes.
Thank you very much for your patience.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote johnno Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Sep 2017 at 20:49
Drop the fork legs like the first post says if in doubt take to a bike shop then Enjoy will let someone else explain I'm hopeless with the written word

Edited by johnno - 27 Sep 2017 at 20:55
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BobV7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Sep 2017 at 07:55
Just lowering the forks on their own may or may not help. Ignoring the effect on steering, lower the front and obviously the back comes up making it harder for your foot to clear the seat. You may then need shorter rear suspension units, and then the side stand holds the bike up at a more vertical angle and the sump is closer to the ground...do you see where this is going!

It's quite easy to lower the forks in the clamps once you have supported the bike properly; it's only four bolts but do you really want to do this? You may not like the idea of having the seat modified but it may end up being the cheapest and safest way to go.

PS. Just a thought, would it be possible to have the seat made narrower?


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V7 Classic Black and gold is the best colour
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote red leader one Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Sep 2017 at 14:13
Like he said.
Champher the sides of the seat as well so your little legs go straight down.

Yours tally at 5ft 6 and a half.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Sep 2017 at 15:22
Just a pedantic point - you actually raise the forks in the yokes rather than lowering them.....

Could you also get shorter rear units to match so that the geometry stays the same?

I raised the forks on my Triumph Tiger 955i but it had the advantage of eccentric rear chain adjusters that could be flipped to drop the back end about 40mm or so.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BobV7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Sep 2017 at 17:33
Interesting idea, except that the tops of the fork tubes sit flush with the top surface of the top fork yolk.........

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Originally posted by Brian UK Brian UK wrote:


I would strongly advise using a jack under the sump as suggested above.

Won't that make the handling unpredictable
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote johnno Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Sep 2017 at 20:08
Originally posted by iansoady iansoady wrote:

Just a pedantic point - you actually raise the forks in the yokes rather than lowering them.....


very good , I have done this on a number of bikes 10 mm will help lower the bike if you only need a touch to get feet down
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Nov 2017 at 23:14
And don't forget to check that the rear shocks are adjusted to the least spring preload, which is the lowest ride height position available with stock shocks. Often, these are set in the middle and no one ever checks.
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