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    kboe, did the lowering shock affect the mana's handling? also, was it just different valving or were there lesser coils/shorter shock length vs. the oem shock? thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schumi1970 View Post
    Hi guys, i'm from italy and i'm very interested in buying the lowering shock for the mana! But, before spending 700 + 90 usd for shipment to italy, i would like to see how the mana looks like with this lowering shock for the rear, considering that the front remains at the same height.

    Could anyone kindly post some pics of the mana with the lowering shock???

    Thanks everybody and congratulations for the great forum!!!
    Schumi1970, i am from Greece and here hyperpro has two kits with lower springs for both front & rear suspension for mana850
    please check in your local hyperpro dealer. there is a kit with 25mm lowering height & one with 40mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerx View Post
    kboe, did the lowering shock affect the mana's handling? also, was it just different valving or were there lesser coils/shorter shock length vs. the oem shock? thanks!
    As installed, the Hyperpro shock is shorter than the stock shock. This may be because the Hyperpro has a threaded spring perch, where the stock shock has only a few "preset" adjustment detents for preload. Infinite preload or ride height could be dialed in (or out) by simply spinning the threaded perch up or down. As ours sits right now, the spring perch is at exactly the same place as the stock one was on the stock shock. That would lead me to believe that the new shock is slightly shorter (as it should be, to keep the piston inside the shock working in the "center" of the tube and lessen the chance for bottoming on either full compression or rebound). I would assume that the valving was adjusted for my wife's size. That info was requested from her when we put the order in for the shock so that it could come from the factory pre-set.

    The springs appear to be the same new to old. Coils are the same, length is the same, coil spacing is the same. However, it is possible that the material is different, possibly resulting in a different spring rate. I don't know if it is, I'm just saying it's possible.

    I'm sure the handling is affected. We didn't mess with the forks. Therefore the overall rake of the bike is different. Is it a negative? Not really, as my wife is a "cruiser", and far from Rossi status, but she has not mentioned to me that the bike feels different or worse than from stock. She's just thrilled that she can ride more confidently/comfortably now that she can get her feet firmly on the ground.

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    Lowering ont he cheap

    My wife took hers in to the dealer, we were going to have the sachs shock modified to bring it down an inch, then the service manager called and said they could lower it 1 inch for $50. They had a defective shock from a Tuono ( had a valve go out and was replaced on warranty,i think that was the model) and found that the lower ring that the spring rests on is the same but shorter. They installed the lower ring and $38 out the door. Lowered it about one inch and she loves it.

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    TB,
    Could you post a pic of the lower ring they swapped/installed? I want to lower the Mana too since I'm such a shorty.

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    when my lowering shock is added my shop will also lower front end by 30mm to 35mm giving about 1 1/4"

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    Ed at AF1 has been very helpful and forthcoming with info regarding lowing the Mana. We can lower the back up to 40mm. The front forks can be slid up in the trees the same amount, keeps the bike level. No extra parts needed. Check out these links:
    http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/s...d.php?t=193700
    http://www.af1racing.com/store/Scrip...dCategory=1383

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    Ed and crew did my bike before delivering it to me. I definitely would recommend using their shock. Just from looking at the bike the first thing that I was worried about was that by lowering it in the rear it places the tire closer to the fuel tank but Ed assured me that there was no way they would sell this shock if they thought it would be an issue. Well, because of the weather I have only been able to ride my bike about 250 miles but I cannot feel any difference in the handling vs the test bike I rode before buying mine. It just is a much better safety feeling knowing that at a stop I can place my feet down.

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    A mate of mine is thinking of a Mana, but is a bit short and has a bung arm. He wanted me to find out how high the seat is after being lowered and stock. Anyone know and can tell me?
    Cheers!
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    stock height: http://tinyurl.com/yjgkytf

    with lowering shock: -40mm

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    Erhm, thanks.

    I get the hint.

    Just thought...................you know...............ok..............Im a lazy prik
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    glad to see you have a sense of humor!

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    my aprilia mana 850 gt abs motorhome there.Where can I buy it shock-lowering wonder.

    [= Kboe QUOTE; 2227389] Herhangi bir sorunuz varsa bana bildirin. Dikkatli bir kelime. Düşürücü şok yükledikten sonra yan standında bisiklet ayarlarken her zaman park frenini kullanın. Alt bisiklet ile, (yan standında daha dik) kadar yan yalın değildir, ve bir gürleyen kazasında sonuçlanan tek başına stand off ileri rulo bir eğilim daha fazla olacaktır. Ben biliyorum bana sor ... barış, -ky [/ QUOTE]


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    Quote Originally Posted by dunesnstars View Post
    Thanks Ky for the info. No, I have not bought the Mana. Because of the height issue, I want to make sure I buy a bike that will/can be lowered. With the spring, I think it'll still be iffy. Aprilia should have known that target market will ultimately be females before rolling out this product!!

    My husband and I have a kawasaki C14 and he has lowered that by fabricating a new suspension link (we own a metal fab shop) using high grade stainless. I wonder if we will be able to go that route as well? And the spring? And shaving the seat or sending it out? Wow! Sounds like a lot of effort! Mike, my husband also mentioned that the suspension for the C14 and the mana is different so fabricating a link may be out of the question. But if that webstore is selling links, then it may not be so different. Hmmmm.... thoughts to ponder.

    I need to call that webstore and pick their brain some more. Stay tuned...
    There are multiple lowering options so why do you doubt it could be done? Multiple people have already done it myself included until i raised the bike a half inch above stock after grinding down my already shortened sidestand taking quick left handers. Nothing like that stand acting as a pivot point mid corner! Mind you it was on a track but if i had to make a quick left turn i always worried about running out of clearance. What is iffy about the hyperpro lowering shock?

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    No offense but what a ridiculous generalization... target market is females? Says who? Why, because it is clutchless lol. Jeez you sound like most harley riders I meet lmao. Any motorcycle is transgender I have seen women on BMW touring bikes unable to do anything but slide half their body off to get a toe down and guys on a 50 c scooter. We have already had someone on the forum who assumed clutchless=girls bike. If memory serves she crashed into a tree or something pulling away from a corner and blamed the bike.

    I would guess Mana ownership is at least 80% male based on the forums and you don't build a bike to fit a person. You build a bike to optimize it. I can tell you unequivocally the Mana handles better at stock heights or even a bit higher than stock than lowered. I am 5'6 and went from lowering the bike to raising it for handling and ground clearance. Frankly, you don't need to flat foot a bike. In fact some bikes you are lucky to get ONE toe down lol. I get toes down on the Mana and in some instances one foot flat and the other on the peg.

    If you think about it when we shorten our bikes we change the way it rides to make it easier for us when stopped... Personally I would rather have the optimum handling when moving not stopped. I tried shortening didn't like it at all if you can't tell

    Good luck whatever you decide.
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    Hi all, I have been reading the threads re lowering the Mana. Are there any forum users from the UK here that have had their Mana lowered in the UK? If so, did you purchase the lowering kit in the UK and where/who did you buy it from?

    Thanks all. x

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