I'm a HD guy too, just for the reason of seat height. I got a FLHX Street Glide because of the low seat height. I came from a VTX and had drooled over the Wings for years. We are 2 up most of the time and I just didn't feel comfortable with the height. My concern with lowering a bike is the loss of suspension travel that usually occurs. I had Allen at Mean City Cycles do my VTX seats, and they were pretty comfy. I am a ways from having enough equity in my HD to trade so I will ride that for a while, but if there are avenues to lower the Wing without loosing travel I may look at that in the next year or so. I wish I would have done more research before I pulled the trigger on the Glide.I'm interested in learning more about the lowering kit. I am a Harley guy but have always been interested in the GoldWing. The problem is that I too am vertically challenged and the Wing is just too high for me to get both feet on the ground.
So what I would like to know is this. Is the lowering kit a Honda option or an aftermark item? How much can the bike be lowered and what is the resulting seat height?
I had to have my Road Glide lowered to about a 26-27 inch seat height in order to be comfortable with it. Can the Wing be lowered to that level? If so, I might be changing my handle to GoldWing48!
There is a tapered "side stand shim" that is available now that goes under the base of your kick stand. Call Lowerwingproducts to get it.Welcome to the short legged mens club. I too am only 5'5" with a 29" inseam. I had the lowering kit put on my new 08 Wing and they slid the front tubes about 3/4" up in the top which put the bike a bit over 1 1/2" lower it isn't enough to be real comfortable, but because the Wing is so easy balanced, it works pretty good. The only problem I have is that I am looking to see if there is somebody that makes a shorter Kick Stand. I almost dropped the bike the other day because there is not much lean on the bike it us very easly tipped over to the right. If anybody knows about a shorter Kick Stand please let me know.