DME Racing Custom lowering links for your Suzuki motorcycle are made to order.
- Suzuki Hayabusa – All Years
- Suzuki GSX-R1000 – 2001-2005
- Sold in pairs
- Made from aircraft-grade 7075 aluminum
- Made in the USA
- There are no refunds on custom orders; measure twice!
What is the purpose of lowering links on a motorcycle?
Lowering the links on a motorcycle refers to the process of adjusting the suspension components to lower the overall height of the motorcycle from the ground. This modification is typically done to achieve specific goals or accommodate certain rider preferences. Here are some common purposes for lowering the links on a motorcycle:
- Drag Racing: In most cases, motorcycles used for drag racing need to lower their motorcycle to improve aerodynamics and traction off the line.
- Track Performance: On certain track-focused motorcycles, lowering the suspension can improve cornering performance by reducing the bike’s overall height and center of gravity. This can contribute to better handling and stability at high speeds and aggressive lean angles.
- Improved Stability: Lowering the motorcycle’s center of gravity can enhance stability, especially during low-speed maneuvers or when coming to a stop. This can be particularly beneficial for riders with shorter legs who struggle with balancing a taller motorcycle.
- Confidence for Shorter Riders: Shorter riders might find it challenging to handle taller motorcycles, especially when trying to plant their feet firmly on the ground at a stop. Lowering the motorcycle allows these riders to reach the ground more comfortably, boosting their confidence and making it easier to handle the bike in various situations.
- Custom Aesthetics: Some riders lower their motorcycles for aesthetic reasons, as a lowered bike can have a more aggressive and streamlined appearance. This can be especially popular in certain custom or cruiser bike communities.
- Easier Maneuvering: Lowering the motorcycle can make it easier to handle and maneuver, especially in tight spaces or in traffic where frequent stops and slow-speed movements are required.
- Adaptation to Physical Limitations: Riders with physical limitations, such as knee or hip issues, may find it more comfortable to mount and dismount a motorcycle with a lower seat height.
It’s important to note that lowering a motorcycle can have some downsides as well:
- Reduced Ground Clearance: Lowering the motorcycle can lead to reduced ground clearance, which could cause issues when riding over obstacles, speed bumps, or uneven terrain.
- Altered Suspension Dynamics: Lowering the suspension can change the bike’s suspension geometry, affecting its handling characteristics. This might require adjustments to other components, such as the front forks or rear shock, to maintain proper balance and performance.
- Less Suspension Travel: Lowering the suspension might result in less suspension travel, potentially leading to a harsher ride, especially on rough roads.