After my 1" rear drop (see above post) I must admit that I have touched down hard parts twice, though coming from a cruiser where this happened often I am not bothered by it.
I would not however like it if the front fork travel bottomed. Have you actually looked at the clean/dirty line on the forks to see how much remaining travel you have? Like I said, mine does not have much, so I did not lower the front though I would like to... I'll be interested to read what you guys decide after some miles. Maybe you'll change my think'n on this....
What year is your bike?
I have not looked at the dirt marks on the forks of my 2004 FJR1300 ABS.
Yesterday was my first opportunity to ride over 100 miles, 2up with gear.
Prior to that, all my rides have been solo.
This bike is VERY new to me. Less than 700 miles.
Front lowered 1", rear lowered 1&3/8" with the 35mm lowering links.
I weigh 185 and the girl weighs 135 - 140 (she won't say.... LOL)
I had a GIVI V46 hanging off the back.
The suspension is "new" at only 7,000 miles on a barely used 2004.
I flipped the lever on the rear shock to "hard", and off we went.
We started on my favorite back roads, and the first tight corner
I dragged my right boot accidentally.
That got my attention and I took it pretty easy from that point on.
(Hitting the same corner 2x before solo, that did not happen.)
The rear suspension, which normally jabs at me a bit (too hard)
really softened up with the girl and the bags & trunk fitted.
Our back hill country has some really great roads with a lot of tight turns.
The ride was very good and I progressively started to ride harder
until finally I hit a raised expansion joint on a bridge at a pretty good clip
and bottomed the rear suspension out.
(at no time did I feel I came close to bottoming the forks out)
I doubt I would ever have bottomed the rear riding solo.
Lowering the bike was really not my favorite thing to do,
but in reality, I really had no choice.
I was going to have a no-speed drop incident sooner or later at stock height.
Because I do half my riding 2 up, I am going to keep it lowered,
and start saving for an up graded progressive rear shock with remote adjustable preload,
so I can easily crank it up higher than the stock unit when riding 2 up.
I only ride about 8,000 miles a year here in Upstate New York.
That will increase with the FJR I'm sure,
but I plan on riding that bike for 10 years or whatever I can get out of her.
Any money I spend on improved suspension or seating will be justified.
I'll post here again if I notice anything else, or touch down boots or hard parts.
I can be a maniac at times, but it's calculated.
I'm 56 years old, have no medical insurance, and no money for a new bike.
I value everything I have, and that dictates the way I ride.
I definitely ride beneath my ability for safety.
Someday I'd like to own a DRZ400SM (super moto) for terrorizing
back roads and dragging pegs.
My 2004 FJR1300 ABS is for fun all-round riding, not testing the limits of physics. LOL
God bless and enjoy! :-)