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anyone have any new pics. or info on lowering the rear shocks on gf 1200. I have researched most of the older threads on this topic but haven't seen good drawings of the lowering method used by several owners. I would like to see or talk to someone who has seen or done this mod and hear any problems associated with it. Left side looks simple with a u-bracket welded back of the stock mount, however the right side seems more difficult.

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i would use taller shoes. and you can also lower the seat.. i wouldn't mess with the shocks or suspension. cuz the point is not to lower the bike, but to lower the riding position right?. with a lower bike you will hit everything on the road. kinda dangerous for turning or taking curves

thats just my humble opinion i dont know if you have tried that. ride safe.
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Luckey9, I think you would be better off either getting your seat redone and having it lowered at that time or getting a Corben seat which is really low. I have a short inseam of 28" and find it hard to keep both feet on the ground. I bought another seat and it ended up being higher. So that's my .5cents worth. Old Hawkeye.

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I've had good luck with both my G/W's re-cutting the seat myself. Removed the cover, mark with a marker & cut with a utility knife. Replace cover with 9/16 staples & staple gun. You can always replace the foam if you take too much & replace with newer material.

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I am also cursed with short legs. On my best days I'm only 5'-0". On my worst days, well I'm still 5'-0".

I cut my seat down myself, took at least an inch or inch & a half out. It helped, so does riding 2 up with the wife alot.

I can only get one foot down at a time when stopped.

Best thing is keep the air pressure in the shocks, front and rear.

I would advise from moving the shock attachment location. One day you might need to install a 1500 rear tire/drive. The rubber grommets in the 1200 are not replaceable whenwore out. The 1500 is. Mine has one on it now, and it is a little larger than the 1200 and will rub on hard bumps.

I even had to modify the rear fender and the brake caliper mounting bracket.

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Hi Lucky, I believe this was discussed in an earlier post! Try this, https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum1/16670.html. Hope this helpsBob
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I wish to thank all who replied to my lowering question, I now feel the seat option to be the safest especially knowing about the 1500 rear end swap if ever required.
While i'm shoveling snow i shall get right on it !!!

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Luckey9 I should have added that not only do they recommend cutting the height down, they say the biggest thing is narrow the front up a little bit. This allows your legs to close up the angle a little and that adds some reach!

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send me a pm and i'll send some pictures of brackets i used
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