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    the forks have been dropped more than is safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by murrayf View Post
    the forks have been dropped more than is safe
    Is that because of the drive shaft angle? How much is too much? Just wondering, I'm a little new to the world of modding bikes. You're advice and knowledge is appreciated.


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    if you lower the forks in the triple tree you are changing the trail of the bike that gets very twitchy and dangerous very quickly and in some cases with total surprise

    any more that 1 inch can become unsafe

    in this case it will also reduce suspension travel way more than is reasonable and may in fact bottom out and tear the handle bars out of the operators hands

    modding a bike safely so it can be ridden at designed speeds is never just a function of desired looks

    there are a lot of modded bikes out there you could not pay me to ride or take off the trailer

    here a quick read thru this may save your life

    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...explained.aspx

    and then last but not least in a shaft drive bike yes you have to maintain the correct driveshaft angle

    but the angle you need to maintain is in relation to the out put shaft in the motor NOT IN RELATION TO THE GROUND

    so the front forks do not affect this
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    Thanks for the reading material Murray. That was very informative. So the more you lower the tree on your forks the less trail you will have and the more unstable your ride will be at high speeds. Now could you compensate by using a taller front tire? How about lowering the rear suspension (within what is capable considering drive shaft angle). The article said that lowering the rear of the bike will increases trail and rake. What do you think? Am I correct in thinking now that even if you swap forks for a shorter pair they still will be dangerous because your rake has not changed?



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    What do you believe is the minimum amount of trail that you can have and maintain a safe ride at high speed at the same time?


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    I say do the calculations for sure, but then ride it and see how it handles before making that determination. If it's borderline, snag a set of leading-axle forks off a later (81, 82) CX500 Custom to give you a little more trail.

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    do not test drive it beyond safe limits unless you have a lot of riding time a tank splapper is hard to recover from

    and often dumps the bike

    this is not novice stuff

    chopper charles and many others here have a lot of seat time and building time

    we are more attuned to what a bike is doing and the signals of what might come

    dont hurt your selves going after a look

    post apicture before test flight we may save you some road rash or worse
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    Also, it looks as if you've lowered the rear significantly. Lowering the front and rear the same amount will have no net effect on trail. Although with stiffer rear shocks, you're probably actually lowering the front more than the rear by a bit. Load the bike, check the sag, make the measurements, and see if it's reasonable.

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    Spokes came in today! Look at what I've got brewing!! Gsx-r750 hub with a warp 9 rim and stainless spokes, all from cognito moto.

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