Anton is right up to a point. You really can't effectively get more than about an inch out of the suspension. However, I did the suspension, the tires and the seat on my RT and the overall effect is around 3". The inch or so you get by lowering the suspension doesn't really come into play in cornering for me, because I never have gotten this old dear over that far, and isn't harsher because the shorter shocks are operating within their intended range of compression as are the fork springs which are just riding up a little higher relative to the frame. Trust me, you just can't balance that big, fully laden airhead with your tippy toes and getting down on your flat foo is 150% easier especially after an hour or so in the saddle. Still, if the seat was an inch narrower at the front, that would be also a vast improvement.