I am currently testing my bike to see how much I can drop it.
For the SV there seems to be a couple stages of drop (with fixed dog bone) seems to be from 1/2" to 4"
so what I did (because Iím worried about the front shock dust boots getting beaten up by the lower triple trees).
What I did is marked out 4 grease pencil marks on the front forks.
One 1" from the bottom of the tree, one 2" down, one 3" down and one 4" down.
Iím going to ride it like that for a few weeks and then view the results. I would like to get it as low as possible (for pure aesthetics and the fact that Iím short) but I donít want it to beat its self to death.
so the theory is that if the 4" grease pencil mark is warn off but not the 3" I know its safe to lower it 3". Shock wise, thatís not mentioning ground clearance.
The SV kick stand doesnít settle much when you put it down. so I am going to cut mine down. I ride out to the country allot so that means parking on very un-even land. I am paranoid enough as it is much less with the bike standing straighter up.
If you only ride and park on pavement I wouldnít worry too much about it with only an inch drop.
I have seen lowering straps. Does this compress your front shocks, making a stiffer ride and lowering it?
That was another thing I was considering. Doing my grease pencil markings at the stock squishy setting, then with the pre-load kicked up. and then maybe get my hands on a set of cheap straps and doing the same.