This is the page where I'm going to show you the various parts of my ST2 that I've scraped while leaned over in the curves. One of the largest problems that I have, which causes this, is that my suspension is stock, and I'm a "little bit" over 200 pounds.....far larger than the average Italian that the bike's suspension was designed for. Throw in occasion two-up riding and treating the bike like a full-blown sport bike, and you get hard parts dragging the ground.
Originally, the stock suspension was left exactly as I received the bike from the dealership. This resulted in the exhaust "can" scraping the ground on the right side of the bike, and I ground down some of the center-stand on the roght side of the bike. Here are the pictures for each side.
I eventually increased my rear-ride height, changed the rear shock pre-load, and even got aftermarket slip-ons (smaller diameter, and now the locations that I scrape are different. On the right side, I tend to scrape the 90-degree bend in the slip-on (coming out of the intermediate pipe), and on the left side, I scrape the side-stand at the bend/kink and the center-stand on the little tabs near the "feet" of it. Here are those pictures.
On a recent trip in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, just north and a little east of Asheville, Vicki and I scraped the right slip-on twice and bounced the side-stand and center-stand down the road at least five times.......Looks like it is time to upgrade the rear shock to an Ohlins or Penske shock.
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