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Thread: R1100GS Lowering suspension suggestions?

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    Sufferin Boothead
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    R1100GS Lowering suspension suggestions?

    Looking into possibility of lowering suspension on a '95 R11GS for a 'vertically challenged' person. Is this a big or expensive job? Can regular people do it or should it be done by a dealer mechanic? Any ideas of what it would cost or is the bike (which is in great shape) even worth it? thanks

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    There's one thread in the Similar Threads pane below that is about suspension lowering for Oilheads.
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    Lowering a 1100GS. Solo shocks front and rear. So, probably get two new shortened shocks. Maybe get the seat cut/thinned down. Maybe best to pass on a 1100GS and find a 1100R. Start shorter from the start. Just a thought.

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    Get a Harley PanAm!!! They actually lower the suspension a couple inches as you come to a stop. Woo Hoo!! Now - why couldn't BMW think of that???

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmellzey View Post
    Get a Harley PanAm!!! They actually lower the suspension a couple inches as you come to a stop. Woo Hoo!! Now - why couldn't BMW think of that???

    Just one more gizmo to go wrong. Does anybody remember the slogan; "If HD made an airplane would you fly in it?"
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    Gerard jagarra's Avatar
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    I lowered my 1100RS using the low version of Wilburs shocks, got an additional 30 mm ( 1.20) closer to ground. Cost was about $1200, Ted Porter carries some brands where you can select the drop. In any case be prepared to modify your side and center stand as they will have to be shortened.
    1994 R1100RS-(5/93)-,1974 R90/6 built 9/73,--1964 Triumph T100--1986 Honda XL600R

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    Lower a GS

    Its a shock swap, the shocks on an R are shorter if you can find a pair. If not a number of companies make them. Its not a super hard job. I went the other way with my 96 GS so I have the short shocks in my garage but they have a lot of miles and they are in California but I would let them go for lunch money and shipping. If not I'm sure E-bay has some. As the previous poster mentioned, the side stand will work but the bike stands almost straight up and you need a friend to get it up on the center stand.
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