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    New to BMW

    Just bought a BMW F700GS. Love how the bike handles but would like to get the bike lowered. Can it be done? If so who does it? I live in Rhode Island.
    Thank you

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    Okanagan Valley, BC
    This thread is about going in the other direction but it tells you what you need to know about the parts that need to be changed.

    In a nutshell:

    Change rear shock.
    Change damper rods in forks.
    Change sidestand.

    If your bike has a centerstand you will find that getting it up there will be difficult. BMW does not offer a lower centerstand. SW Motech did at one time but it may no longer be available.

    Any competent mechanic can do the work.

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    Back in the saddle again mikegalbicka's Avatar
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    Welcome from central Florida.

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    And congrats on buying a bike with a motor having an excellent track record made by Rotax.

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    New_AlaBeemer HSVPhil's Avatar
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    Rocket City, AL
    Welcome to the MOA community, Ms Trig!

    You’re certainly close enuf to call MAX BMW: 493 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT 06776 [ (203) 740-1270 ].

    As I said to U on the Feed, Mrs-HSV still has the chopped/rewelded center stand (done by Morton’s BMW) which is certainly a necessity for someone of smaller stature {like when you must lube your chain}! It came off her F650GS-twin, but we put the bike back to its original height when she became more proficient in the dirt. She’s proven her metal now, and has applied for her 200,000 mile BMW certificate.

    Just keep at it; don’t be phased when you drop it. It happens to everyone sooner or later. Engine Guards are installed I hope.

    Professional M/C Coaching is also worthwhile. We took a whole 3-day safety course with Ken Condon up your way years ago.
    Check out his curriculum: >>> <<<

    Happy Trails whenever U can - Ciao!
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    Welcome from Newfoundland. There are those who would say the height of a bike doesn’t matter. There are drills you can do to learn to get comfortable on a tall bike. Lowering a bike geometry of a bike and rarely for the better.
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    Welcome trigollet1! Hope you make the bike into exactly what you want. Share pics is you can.
    Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun...but Mama, that's where the fun is!

    2009 R1200RT Sand Beige Metallic (aka Champipple), 2007 Honda VFR RWB

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