Lowering the 1800 along with dropping the front end improves the handling. The center stand should be removed or replaced as it is the lowest part on the 1800. I have mine lowered 1-1/4". My wife and I rode the Tail of the Dragon this year with ease. Yes the side clearance is lessened but is still safer for shorter people unless they are dragging pegs a lot before it is lowered. I understand that it isn't as weight friendly but I love mine. We arn't heavy-weights. The web-site seems to have many happy customers on the feedback section.I',m considering buying one of those lowering brackets (1800 lowrider) for my 06 wing as I'm only 5'8''. Can anyone tell me me their opinion re; handling, cornering etc, after having one of these installed?