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    Teaching my wife to ride - Lower suspension?

    So, after seeing my new TW, my wife decided she wants to learn to ride, so I bought her one, too. The problem is, it's a little bit too tall, and I'd feel a whole lot better about it if her feet both touched the ground at the ground at the same time. She's 5'-2", and if one of her toes is touching the ground, the other is about 1" off the ground. Is there a way to lower the suspension on her bike?
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    1. Adjust the rear monoshock. It has about 20 mm of adjustment, without removing the shock (unlike my XT250!)
    2. Lower the forks in the triple trees
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    A very very wise man once said “it’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slow”.

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    Thanks for the advice. I've done some research and understand the available options.

    I'm going to install the Vstar 1100 shock. For those of you who have done this, should the shaft end of the shock be mounted in the up position, or the cylinder end?
    Last edited by imlost; 09-30-2017 at 10:25 AM.
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    https://tw200forum.com/forum/technica...tar-shock.html

    Post number 5 – confirmed in place in post number 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    https://tw200forum.com/forum/technica...tar-shock.html

    Post number 5 – confirmed in place in post number 8
    Got it, thanks. Rod end up is the correct way to install it.
    Too bad nobody caught that the last two guys in this thread back in 2015 installed it upside-down. Bummer. https://tw200forum.com/forum/performa...e-rubbing.html
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    Never needed to try it myself – but TWROG knows what he’s doing

    If you consider the principal of a basic shock, with all the attendant oil dampers and valves etc – it’s very rare that they’ll work upside down – TWROG (like yourself) was wise enough to question it, and has proved it in that thread …….
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    Quote Originally Posted by SportsterDoc View Post
    1. Adjust the rear monoshock. It has about 20 mm of adjustment, without removing the shock (unlike my XT250!)
    2. Lower the forks in the triple trees
    i must have been missing something here. where is and how do you adjust the rear shock on a tw by 20mm? without removing it from the bike?
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    Not sure if this was included in any of the previous links. Can’t vouch for the materials and techniques, but this guy made it work. Cheers

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    On the older models from ’87 to ’16 – the spring is held in place by a circlip

    This circlip can be adjusted to three positions, by removing it, and putting it back in a higher or lower position. As the circlip is in effect the spring stop, you must first remove the shock from the bike, compress the spring (be careful here, those things can punch a hole in the roof), shift the circlip into its new position, and release the spring against it – then replace the shock (now relaxed) onto the bike

    There are three positions the circlip can be put into – but I doubt that any single one of them involve a 20mm drop unless you’re going from one extreme to the other

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