How do you lower a sportbike? Sportbikes are the new trend, and bikers often wonder how to lower their new ride. When it is decided to lower a sportbike, expenses have to be kept in mind. It is a tedious job that requires capital. There are two ways to lower a sportbike. One is when the front is sunken to reduce ground gap, and the other is when the rear is lowered. The former is considered in cases of drag racing. Some people are shorter in stature and cannot reach the ground when mounted on a sportbike. In this case, the rear is altered to fit their physique. The process of lowering a sportbike will be explained below.
- The first step is altering the front suspension. For drag racing, the front has to be lowered to accomplish various torque angles. There is a simple method to lower the front suspension. Straps are used to drag the suspension down. These have to be mounted with care using the proper technique.
- Before starting the procedure, the sportbike rear is mounted on a jack support. A permanent lowering would require attaching blocks to the front suspension, but that causes many problems. An easier, temporary solution is introducing straps that drag down the suspension and give it a pull.
- The front suspension has two calipers, one at the front and the other a little further down. The screw of the caliper is loosened and then secured after passing it through a plate with the straps. The caliper screw has to be adjusted so as to provide free movement to the strap. It is recommended that you use longer screws to maintain safety at high speeds. Align the strap with a triple clamp and attach the strap plate with the other caliper. When the strap is safely secured on the sportbike, the stand is retrieved and the strap pulled to tighten.
- Lowering the rear of a sportbike is a simple process. Some sportbikes are factory adjusted to different heights. There is, however, a part easily available to do that. This part, called a tie rod, has pre-measured holes that determine ground distance. The process is started by positioning a jack in a way that it compresses the slack of the sportbike suspension. This accomplishes lowering, thus giving space to the new tie rod which is fixed in place.
- The screws of the tie rod are loosened one after the other. The first one removed is replaced, securing the required hole of the new tie rod. The first hole gives maximum height and the last gives the lowest possible length. If the tie rod holes do not align with the screw, a little power will help lower the suspension enough to tighten the screws in place.