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Should I buy lowered cbf?
« on: 20 July, 2020, 06:57:56 PM »
Hi all,

New to the forum. Planning to trade my Deauville for a cbf1000. Found one that looks perfect but, its been lowered (dealer mentioned a different shock bu I don't know more than that).

I'm about 5'10"

Anyone got any thoughts on this? Any advice gratefully received

Cheers

Ian

PS I did have poke around the site on this subject. Apologies if this has already been done.

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Re: Should I buy lowered cbf?
« Reply #1 on: 21 July, 2020, 04:12:32 AM »
The usual way to lower the CBF is by replacing the shock arm link or dog bone as it is affectionately called.

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Re: Should I buy lowered cbf?
« Reply #2 on: 21 July, 2020, 11:12:56 AM »
And the seat has two settings. I'm vertically challenged (trousers 30") 5'7". On the lower setting I could flat foot, so at 5'10" I guess if it has been lowered you would have to put the seat up to its high setting. Sit on it to decide!
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Re: Should I buy lowered cbf?
« Reply #3 on: 21 July, 2020, 12:52:38 PM »
Yeah I'm thinking of taking it for a test ride this week and see how I get on. If it's just the linkage that was changed, then that sounds a cheap-ish fix anyway (assuming the bolts aren't all seized). Don't suppose it's possible to tell if the shock itself is a different size.

I suppose the question is, if you couldn't tell if it was the shock rather than the linkage that had been changed, would it stop you buying it (it has all the touring kit I'm after)?

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Re: Should I buy lowered cbf?
« Reply #4 on: 21 July, 2020, 03:50:46 PM »
You should also note the shock link arm modification only lowers the rear, it lowers the lower fixing for the shock. This affects the balance and handing because the bike sits up at the front. Some get around this by raising the fork stanchions in the yoke, as factory standard the the stanchions should be level with the top of the top yoke. Lastly if the bike as been lowered as a permanent modification the side stand and centre stand (if fitted) would have been shortened too.

If I found the bike too low I'd be asking the dealer to put it back to standard s part of the deal, failing that I'd walk away.

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Re: Should I buy lowered cbf?
« Reply #5 on: 21 July, 2020, 05:36:50 PM »
Excellent point about the stands. Thanks, I'll be sure to check that out

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Re: Should I buy lowered cbf?
« Reply #6 on: 24 July, 2020, 12:20:52 AM »
Coming from a Deauville you'll buy it for the engine alone regardless of the height :031:
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Re: Should I buy lowered cbf?
« Reply #7 on: 28 July, 2020, 07:46:15 PM »
 All my Biffers have been lowered by the dealer before i took them home, its only this Mark 2 that they changed the suspension on however they all were dropped through the front yoke and yes the side stand was shortened.

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Re: Should I buy lowered cbf?
« Reply #8 on: 28 July, 2020, 09:00:42 PM »
They lowered my bike prior to me buying it, as said the seat has three settings, I would ask the bike shop to alter the seat to its higher setting "two bolts under the rider's seat" before taking the test ride, and also if you can't put the side stand down whilst sitting on the bike, and it catches the ground. They have lowered it, look at the stand it may have signs of being cut/bent to allow it to clear the ground.
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Re: Should I buy lowered cbf?
« Reply #9 on: 29 July, 2020, 08:14:28 AM »
Hi,

Great advice from all, much appreciated. In the end the dealer sold the bike before I could try it, even though I had a test ride booked. Grrr.

Still, I know what to look out for now

Cheers

 


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