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Dave, just wanted to say thanks, I ordered a set yesterday, should help a bunch. I'm not as short overall at 5'11" but I only have a 30" inseam and the bikes height on anything but a flat surface is an issue and even then I'm on the balls of my feet, the Laam seat I added last year ( great seat btw) only made it worse so this should allow me to flat foot it in most conditions. I realize that I'll give up some cornering clearance but I have yet to come close to grounding anything (old age & common sense) so we'll see.
I hope it works out for you. They were very much the same as OEM.
They were stamped and possibly galvanized, it appears.
For $28, I'm very happy.
Dropping the forks an inch really levelled things out.
It handles great.
I'm not familiar enough with the bike to worry about dragging anything yet. LOL
Usually my boots touch first anyway..... like curb feelers.

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the Laam seat I added last year ( great seat btw) only made it worse .
I specifically had Seth narrow my seat near the tank. That has helped me with getting feet on the ground. Seth will rework your seat for free. You should send it back to him during your down time and have him shave some material off the sides at the tank.
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Dave, just wanted to say thanks, I ordered a set yesterday, should help a bunch. I'm not as short overall at 5'11" but I only have a 30" inseam and the bikes height on anything but a flat surface is an issue and even then I'm on the balls of my feet, the Laam seat I added last year ( great seat btw) only made it worse so this should allow me to flat foot it in most conditions. I realize that I'll give up some cornering clearance but I have yet to come close to grounding anything (old age & common sense) so we'll see.
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?
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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?
Hello,

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! :-)
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FYI, These are the one's I used on my 2014. They work great.

Also put the Yamaha comfort seat now I stand flat footed. I am 5'7 with a 30ish inseam.

Have used it on the twisties with no ill effects. Makes it safer in those gravel parking spaces fo sho.
Interested in the lowering link you used. I know that company from a dirt bike I had. Is your bike an ES? I would think it would not work if it were?
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Interested in the lowering link you used. I know that company from a dirt bike I had. Is your bike an ES? I would think it would not work if it were?
You are correct my bike is the A model.

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My friend has set of adjustable links that I'm going to get from him ( he has a 32" inseam, so no need) and I'm going to start with a 1/2" lower setting, after a ride yesterday I think that it will be enough but we'll see, just want to lower just enough to be flat footed, I don't want to repeat the stop light tipover of last year but still maintain as much ground clearance as possible, I'll let you know once I get it done and have some ride time to evaluate it.
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My friend has set of adjustable links that I'm going to get from him ( he has a 32" inseam, so no need) and I'm going to start with a 1/2" lower setting, after a ride yesterday I think that it will be enough but we'll see, just want to lower just enough to be flat footed, I don't want to repeat the stop light tipover of last year but still maintain as much ground clearance as possible, I'll let you know once I get it done and have some ride time to evaluate it.
Just a humorous note on the difference between Gen. 1 and Gen. 2 footpegs.

My left footpeg rubber recently became detached on my 07 Gen. 2, so I replaced it with an old one I had, a long time ago, taken off my 03 Gen.1 FJR.

When comparing the two footpegs, the Gen. 1 footpeg was a good half inch {12mm} longer than the Gen. 2 footpeg, and had a larger ball on the end. {which made it's overall length, that much longer, than the Gen. 2 footpeg}

I am guessing that the Gen. 1 FJR's touched down a little too much and Mama Yama shortened the pegs to make folks less nervous.

The funny part is, I used to drag the pegs on my 03 all the time, and I almost never drag the pegs on my 07 so I was thinking that I just didn't ride as fast as I used to. LOL {Gen. 2 shocks and springs are a little stronger as well, and might be part of this equation}

PS I am not totally positive the pegs I had taken off the 03 were original equipment, and I am not totally positive the one I took off the 07 was original equipment either, as I bought both used, so this whole post might be like most of my posts, drivel. YBTJ.
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Well I finally got round to installing the adjustable links from my buddy and I lowered the bike 1/2" front and rear. I'm very happy with the results, I can sit on the bike fully flat footed and with my knees slightly bent, perfect for me. Now I haven't ridden it yet because of the weather here that's been terrible, so I'll report once I can ride it. The side stand still works correctly and getting it on the center stand is only slightly harder.

One thing I'll add is that I strongly recommend that you check your bikes rear linkages out, mine were bone dry with no lube and the front link bolt was beginning to gall and was pretty rusted, so everything got cleaned and coated with moly grease, should be a bit more compliant over bumps. Take the rear links and shock linkages apart and inspect them, you won't be sorry...

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