available from Kientech Engineering
"Scroll down for your Manufacturer"
Well........who says "size doesn't count"? The links have worked a
treat, although I still need to wear my built up boots.I love the bike
and I think she and I have been looking for each other all
our lives! I had a fantastic ride back from picking the bike up. 1.5
hours from Palmerston North to Wellington, 3.5 hours on the ferry from
Wellington to Picton and then 4 hours with lots of twisties from Picton
to North Canterbury where I live. She handles like a dream, even though
dropped the front down on the forks, due to lack of room where the
handlebars are. This is something I may do in the near future. So all in
all - money well spent, awesome service from you and one very
take care, kindest regards
Christchurch, New Zealand
P.S. what would one do without the internet where I found your site!
Got a pair of
your links for my F-650 Dakar (great!) and now I need your help with my
wife's 2002 BMW F650i. Her factory-lowered bike needed
a new shock after less than 30, 000 km (not warrantable by BMW, grrrr)
and the BMW dealer here in Calgary, not knowing better, put the regular
GS shock on as a replacement. Do you know if your 2" links will bring
the bike back to the previous seat height? BTW, I did read all your
FAQ & those on the Chain Gang but no answer there.
Thanks for your help,
Thanks for the excellent
advice. We did take the two inch KoubaLinks off the Dakar and put
them on Joyce's F-650i GS. She is just over 5 feet tall and needed
as much lowering as she could get. I can report she is fine solo,
even with her Jesse bags loaded heavy, but there is rubbing, like you predicted,
with both of us on the bike and we hit a bump (I weigh 190 lbs).
Since she rides her BMW solo 99% of the time, we're going to leave the
two inch links installed. The ride is better now with the combination
of full shock and your links than that provided by factory-installed short
shock. This mod does have its limits though, as you mentioned.
The Koubalinks for my Bike have arrived. The installation went flawlessly.
for my comments, here it goes: I will post the following in Chaingang.
Here is to all
of us Shorties: After getting sick and tired of shifting to one or
side on my 2001 F650GSA
in order not to tip the bike when stopping at a sloped road I finally bought
and installed the Koubalinks.
Balancing the bike could
be difficult for a 28-inch inseam guy especially if the passenger
leans towards the down side of the road. The installation of the Koubalinks
is absolutely a breeze. The material and workmanship of the parts is excellent.
Besides that I am able to stop my bike "flat-footed", the lower point of
gravity provides for a more comfortable ride all together. Sliding the
front fork tubes up in the triple clamps is strictly optional. Unmodified
the ride is more comfortable as well. The side stand works perfect as is.
Putting the bike onto the center stand, however, is more of a challenge.
Using a small ¾ inch thick piece of wood under the rear wheel takes
care for that problem. All in all the Koubalinks, (www.koubalink.com) are
2001 BMW F650GSA
1" lowering links
Just a note to let you know that the links arrived today, and thanks to
your easy to
follow instructions instructions are now gracing my F650, and my feet are
on the floor!!! I thought you might like to know that your KoubaLink
recommended by some of the folks from The Chain Gang, I would also like
thank you for your fantastic service. Thanks again.
My lady, Susan Corrigan, recently ordered a set of 2" lowering links for
I am VERY DISAPPOINTED. I installed
the links and went for a ride. They did not work like you said they would.
They worked MUCH, MUCH, MUCH BETTER! I am very impressed, what a difference.
It tracks straight and works much better throughout the whole range of
travel. So, I guess you can mark me down as one of the satisfied customers.
What product from your test lab comes next? Thanks.
02 F650iGS 1" lowering links
2001 F650iGS. You called to let her know it was your experience that the
would work better for her. Well you were right. I installed the links on
( it was a breeze by the way ) and my lady can now sit on her machine and
it out of the garage :-) We took it for a spin and she mentioned the handling
smoother. Thanks for creating a GREAT product, that's EASY to install.
It's the best
mod we have made to her F650GS period!!!
P.S. I'll be adding a link to my business and personal sites listed above
Stig in Norway.
Recieved the links from my mail-delivery
today (Sat) - no expences !!
They look great, delicate like
good handicraft works well to mounted in half an hour.
Though so little, made it remarcable more like we wants it. Will
not lower front the slightely increased fork-degree makes the bike less
nervous. Thanks a lot - the whole thing has been a pleasure to me.
Therefore of course I will tell about you.
F650iGS 1" lowering links.
Those links are fantastic! They were easy to install and just make enough
difference in the reach so that I feel more confident on the bike. The
still works well too.
Santa Fe, NM
02 F650iGS 1" lowering links
I bought and installed one of your links on my GS and I have been driving
it for a few months now. I just wanted to let you know that it is amazing
how it has improved the handling. One inch lower to the ground gets the
weight down and it sticks like glue. Always was a great handler but this
gives me more confidence. I am 5’10” so my feet are flat on the ground
and my knees bent when stopped but even that gives me better control. I
reduced the spring tension to the lowest level for single up riding, which
is about ½” lower on the shock and the ride is smooth and very controlled.
I bought the link to lower the bike for my wife as it is hers and it works
for her. Hard to give it back though.
The part is well finished and the ability to grease a good idea. It
was very easy to install, about ½ hour of time.
Thanks for the design and the energy to bring it to the market for us
to buy; I would recommend it to anyone short or tall riding an F650GS-I.
Just installed the KoubaLinks on
my BMW F650 CS this weekend. The bike feels awesome and I have much
more confidence on the bike; you're a genius! I will recommend your
product to as many people as I know who ride.
03 BMW F650 CS
This is Chris Van Andel from Motion Pro. I rode the bike for the first
weekend, and it was a
blast! Using your link and I also had the front end lowered
the same amount and revalved,
it works really awesome. Backing it into a corner
is much more controllable
now, and it slides with perfection. I think I have the
trickest (maybe only!)
CRF230 short tracker in the world now! ;-> Thank you very
much for helping me out,
it was one of the best things I have done to the bike so far.
I have attached a picture
for you, there will be two more coming, I did not want to send too big
of an attachment all at once. Feel free to use the pictures as you please.
Thanks again for everything.
All I can say is OUSTANDING. I was just about to give up riding my CRF250F.
It was virtually impossible to ride on the trails. Way to tall. After investigation
on a forum your link came up as a possibility along with some suggesting
a $2000.00 suspension drop. This would be permanent. Your link delivers
as promised. After installing I rode on Sunday. It was like riding a whole
new bike. Cornering, berms, ruts, not a problem Average falls went from
20 to three and the 3 had nothing to do with bike height. I will recommend
you to anybody who will listen. I think you have a great product and should
find a way to market it mainstream.
Thank you again
I have received the Kouba
link (CRF2) I had purchased for my 2002 Honda CR250 and am just dropping
you a line to let you know I am very happy with the results. I had a chance
to install and test the link this Saturday at a local track here in Northern
California. I was a bit worried that the frame geometry would be askew
from lowering the back 1" and raising the forks in the triple clamps only
about 3/8". I was able to ride a friend's stock 2002 CR250 back-to-back
with my newly lowered 2002 and was pleasantly surprised by the way mine
handled. Not only is it more comfortable for me to ride now, but it still
handles as it did before the addition of the link. The extra benefit is
having the grease fitting on the link. Thanks from a very satisfied customer!
I was very impressed
with your product. Very clean design and the fit is excellent. Often when
Purchasing aftermarket parts the fit is less then good. What do I
think overall? Why didn't I do this sooner? I am very happy I went
this route, rather then adding the shorter subframe to change the seat
height. Install was less then 30 minutes, upon installing I pulled
the forks off and marked an additional line on the forks. The CRF2 dropped
the rear end of my CRF 450R by one inch. It wasn't a lot but enough for
me. I was expecting a little more but I had measured the total travel with
the bike on the stand and there is still 12 inches of travel. I measured
a distance of approximately 5/16 inches on the forks. the same amount distance
from the fork cap to the suggested mouting positon by Honda. I pulled the
rear shock and reset the spring height, set sag to your recomendations
and wow. I took the bike out on a 20 mile test ride on whooped sand, single
track and sand MX track and I was very impressed. Not only did the link
lower the rear end but I feel - from the seat of my pants a better working
rear end. This resulted in what I felt faster lap times. I found myself
coming out of turns faster and into jump faces faster then I was before.
This overall was a concern due to the fact I was changing the suspension
angle and the link would be giving up some handling.The result was the
rear end now works better then it did. Less hop, less fighting with the
rebound and more forgiveness. There will be additional fine tuning of the
front end, I am going to try the 22mm offset front end. This was a standard
fix on the 04 CRF that helped the bike in the front end.
Overall I wanted to say
thank you for all your help I am very happy with the link,
Just wanted to let
you know I received the lowering link for my CRF 230 on Monday (only ordered
it the preceeding Friday). Let me say I was delighted first of all
with the super fast shipping, and second of all with the inherent quality
of the link. Fit and finish is excellent.
I just got around
to installing the link today (Tuesday) and the process could not have been
more simple. My 13 year old son and I did the whole job in about
15 minutes. Your instructions are clear and straight forward. The
end result is I now have a bike much more suited to my short, tired legs.
The whole process has been a pleasure!
We changed the springs
and added the CRF3 link to our 2005 CRF250X. The bike Is balanced perfect
and no comprise on suspension what so ever. I did not know how many people
have the same problem, my daughter raced CR80 for a long time, but found
the move to the 125 class too much, not because of competition but just
a huge jump in size. After trying to set the bike up she never felt comfortable.
Problem was she wanted more bike but was not tall enough. Did not want
to a comprise OR SPEND $8000 ON A BBR. By using your link, lowering
the rear 1.7 inches and installing springs for her weight and using the
washers to adjust the front to balance the rear, no compromise at all.
We are so happy, thank you very much.
My local shop was doing
shock mods ect. to lower the bikes and claimed a lot of people trying to
do the same thing. He now will start using your link and is excited about
not butchering the handling of the bike
Dear Mr. Kouba,
Thank you very much for getting the Kouba Link to me so quickly.
The instructions that were included were easy to follow and it took me
and a friend about 30 minutes to put it on. I was dying to try it
and finally got a chance this weekend. What a great change.
The bike is no longer tippy and I am able to negotiate turns much better
and rode with much more confidence. As you know riding with confidence
makes all the difference in your ability to overcome challenges.
On Sunday I did some trail riding with a semi-pro racer who I had ridden
with before about a year ago. He commented on how improved my riding
was. If he would have seen me 2 weeks ago before I was able to lower
the bike and suit it better for my height, he would have probably commented
Thank you again.
04 CRF250/1.75" CRF3 lowering
Thought I would drop you
a line and let you know that the Kouba Link for
my CRF250X works like
a charm ---
Installed it Saturday
and went for a 40 mile woods ride on Sunday.
I was a bit tentative
about the turning since my bars are slid up to their max,
but no problems..
Bike turns great, no
problems thru many whoop sections...
Thanks so much for having
a part for us short legged people....
I fitted my link to my bike and the differance is unbelievable. I can now
reach the floor, corners are no longer a test of nerve and rough sections
are a breeze as the bike no longer throws me about. The only problem I
have had is the back wheel was hitting the back mudguard during heavy landings,
however an extra 5 mm's of spring preload and a little tweaking soon had
things back in order. I would like to say that I am very impressed, not
only with the performance of the link but also with the superb workmanship
of the piece, looks really trick.I am a very happy customer.
Hi Norm, couldn't be happier with the link I purchased form you.
My 2001 xr650r has 17" super-moto wheels , I am 5' 7" tall and shrinking,
with your link installed my feet are flat on the ground, The handling is
incredible, I ran circles around a Kawasaki Ninja the other day, It has
helped to make this Super-moto beast a blast to ride on the street.
I installed your link
on my XR650R and wanted to give you a ride report.
Installation was a breeze…high
quality piece and I love the fact that you put a GREASE FITTING on it!
Now if that factory would just wake up and do that. I did see what
you mean about clearance issues in the shock tunnel, but I just indexed
my spring so that the actual lower end of the coil was toward the front
of the bike not the swingarm. This gave me the necessary clearance.
I slid the ole forks up to about 9/10th of an inch and set the set for
3 ¼” I thought this initial set-up would be too aggressive
and the bike would shake it’s head. Boy was I wrong! I rung
it out for an entire day. Everything thing from the slowest first
gear trails to the fastest fifth gear stuff….not even a slight wiggle.
It’s as stable as it ever was. The change in handling was unbelievable!
My bike now turns like an MX’er. I can carve much tighter lines and
throw the big XR places that would leave me in the weeds before.
It just flat rails! I’ve got a new found excitement for the bike
again. Like I said I didn’t get it because of my height, I’m 6’2”
and never had a problem with the height of the bike. The squattier
nature of the bike and lower center of gravity just lets me throw it around
from side to side like a lightweight. So, thanks again for all your
help. I’m definitely going to recommend this to riders on Thumpertalk
especially the east coast type woods riders.
Lt. Lee Presgrave
Prince William County
Dept. of Fire and Rescue
Personnel Section 703-792-6385
I am Experiencing
great results with with the new link. Lowered the red beast center
of gravity, and crotchability factor so much, that I don't have to sell
it now. I dreaded selling this bike, but it was too tall. I
struggled with it so bad, I broke, I listed my most favorite bike
ever, my 2001, XR650R. I had searched previously for a lowering
link, but could only find one for 2001, XR650L models. When I saw,
the Kouba-link for sale, I jumped for joy, (you laugh, but I did).
I ordered, payed for, and received the link within 4 days. I installed
the link that day and went riding with my son the next. Just because
I'm only 5' 9", doesn't mean I can't ride my bad-ass red monster anymore>
Thank you, Mr Kouba.
Mill creek, WA
Thanks for your prompt
service, excellent support and product. Pity
the rest of the bike
isn't to the same quality as your part. Fitted it up
in no time at all, too
easy. Didn't quite get the full 1 3/4" drop, more like
1 1/4" but it certainly
did the job.
CHEERS MIKE (Aust)
The installation was
a breeze. The directions were precise and complete.
I'm 5'8" and riding in
the slow stuff has always been a challenge with the stock set-up.
Your link did the trick. I rode a 250 mile Dual-sport south of Yosemite
last week-end. The link made riding much more pleasant. It
kept me from going down at least 4 times during the course of the week-end.
The link arrived at the weekend and I fitted it last night. It works
great. Feel welcome to use the following as a customer testimonial:
"I was surprised to see that my KoubaLink had arrived, it took just
five working days to the UK. The instructions made fitting the link and
making the necessary adjustments really easy. I'll definitely be in touch
next time I buy a bike and my feet don't touch the ground! James"
I spotted one tiny omission in the instructions, at no point does it
tell you to re-fit the seals from the original link to the KoubaLlink.
Installed the KoubaLink a couple days ago, about 45 minutes & easy
& did a 70 mile evaluation this morning. Bike has 4 inches of rider
sag & raised the forks 1 inch in the triple clamps. First thing I noticed
was I will not be tipping the bike over in front of my buddies when I stop!
Both feet flat on the ground at stop lights, confidence inspiring! 60 miles
of my ride was forest roads, rocky up & down hills & some sand
washes. Much more planted while cornering, much easier to steer using the
throttle. Rocky up hills taken a gear higher, added speed & confidence.
Heading the wrong way down a sand wash I needed to turn around in a sandy
fairly narrow spot. With booth feet on the ground & just using the
throttle turning was much easier. No teeter totter effect while turning.
The suspension if anything seems to work even better. I am 6 ft 185lbs
& have a 31 in inseam. I also think the weight of the bike is slightly
lower which helps. Does it make this 350 lb bike lighter & easier to
pick up? NO! But with the link you may not be needing to pick up the bike
near as much. A good investment in my opinion. Make sure you do a proper
set up & ride some miles before forming your opinion.
2004 Honda XR 650L
I received my XR650L link and it works perfectly. As I'm not
the tallest bloke around the XR was a bit too tall for me. But now
getting on and off, stopping and turning on the road and dirt is easier
and safer for me, now that I can get more foot on the ground when I need
it . I went for a 200 km road ride and instantly felt more confident in
the tighter corners even for a dirtbike. I wish I had found this
product a lot earlier as my riding would of been more enjoyable and I wouldn't
be so hesitant of the rougher terrain. Thank you for your prompt replies
and delivery, it was all so easy .
I have the
links fitted and must say handling has really improved especially cornering
and overall control of my KLR250. I guess that has something to do
with lower centre of gravity as I have also raised the forks up to maximum
about 28mm.They still have sufficient clearance at that setting.
I am very satisfied with the KoubaLink lowering kit. Thank you from a kiwi
I wanted to send you a quick thank you for the lowering
links. My husband has the yahoo group that is all about Super Sherpas.
He talked to you via email on the 18th of this month and you sent him a
set of links for my 2009 Sherpa. I have heard from other members
of the group how much of a difference the links made but until I actually
felt it, I didn't believe it. I also couldn't believe how easy the
change was from the stock links to your lowering links, even with long,
manicured nails! You really have a great product and I am very proud
of my links. The links made a AWESOME birthday gift. I am so
happy with the bike now. It feels so much more stable and comfortable
for me to ride.
I don't know if you ever have checked in with the
group but I bragged about the links and how much of a difference they made.
There are many others that have done the same. Thank you for the
KoubaLink.com decals also. They, as you probably can see from the
picture, are proudly displayed on my bike. I am so thrilled with
the bike! Since the change, I have put around 100 miles on the bike.
I've only had it for about 3 weeks or so and it's almost got 275 miles
on it. That's more than I put on my previous bike (Kawasaki Vulcan
500) in the first 4 years I owned it! No, joke!!!
Well, I like to go on and on talking but I won't.
I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you sending Mike a set
of your great lowering links and let you know I have put them and the decals
to good use on my bike.
Thank you so much!!!
Tracie G Brantley - aka SchraderFan
wife of Mike Brantley aka Dr Jekle
I couldn't be any happier as how well your 1.5"
lowering links worked for my Kawasaki Super Sherpa. I use the bike now
for my drive back and forth to work and not as much off road. The
rear "knobby" tire was getting worn really quickly on pavemant at highway
speeds, so I replaced it with a new rear highway tire. The
new rear tire made the bike even taller! Well I am glad I found KoubaLink.
I'm 5'5", 130 lbs and am not the least bit muscular. I have to admit
that when I got the KoubaLinks I was a little worried that I couldn't install
them. I'm not very mechanically inclined. I gave it a shot
though and it was nowhere near as hard as i had thought. The one
page instructions was a little confusing at first, I didn't even know what
a lowering link was. I read from step one...........
Remove the 10 mm headed bolt from the sidestand switch to allow the front
link mounting bolt to be removed out the left side. I thought "OK,
now I can see what it is I am replacing". Thank goodness!
Each and every step was clear and easy to understand
after that first bolt was removed.
Let me say it again, thanks guys.
Just wanted to say thanks for providing
such a quality product. I just installed a set of your lowering links on
my sons new KX-65 and can honestly say that that is the best 65 dollars
I have ever spent. My little man's confidence is soaring. He can now start
and stop the bike by himself, and he is having more fun than ever.
I just wanted to say thank you so much for a great
product. Our son just turned 8 and was ready to move up to a new
bike. The KX65 was just a bit tall but otherwise a great choice.
Now, with the KoubaLinks installed Caleb can touch easily and feels much
more confident on his new bike. He’s really rippin’ it up on our
track now. He learned how to wheelie over the weekend—yikes!
Anyway, I’m sure you hear it often but I just wanted to say I appreciate
your product and especially the great customer service, very personal.
You just don’t get that kind of thing much anymore. I’ll be singing
your praises whenever I get the chance.
Thank you and have a wonderful day!
I installed the DRZ3
links on my 2003 KLX400R and then dropped the forks 3/4" per your instructions.
I got the links in three
days - WOW that was great shipping service.
I left the stock shock
compression/rebound settings per your recommendation. The installation
took all of 10 minutes and that included a 5 minute phone call to you since
I did not bother to read the instructions before installation. The
only thing I did different was to apply a thick coating of Bel-Ray grease
to the needle bearings since the factory had left them dry.
The Results Are:
(Drum roll please):
The balls of my feet now
gently touch the ground and with my dual sport gear loaded up I am ready
for the creek crossings and mountain climbs throughout Mexico and Central
Many thanks from an old
70's Hodaka Ace retread rider,
"we don't need no stinkin'
support trucks . . ."
I got your links, and had the dealer install them, as well as raise the
forks up even with
bottom of handlebars, on my new 2004 KLR250. I also had a full two
inches cut from
the sidestand, as it would no longer stand up after the link install. I
went from too-tall
seat with toes-only on the ground, to a perfect (for me) seat height,
that allows me to
not only put my feet fully flat on the ground, but with my knees slightly
bent, even! Also,
as noted in your instructions, I watched for any unusual handling from
mods, and found the bike handles completely normally, after setting-up
just as you
recommended. Now, I control the bike MUCH better, and can really
enjoy playing in the
dirt without the top-heavy feel it had before, since the center of gravity
is now so much
lower. Without your links, I would not even own this bike, due to the original
being just too high for my taste. Your links are worth every penny.
Thanks you for a great
product and excellent service too!
Feel free to
include this in your Customer Feedback if desired. Other folks
should know how good these links work!
Art from Maryland
The shipment arrived
in a couple of days and installation on my KLR650 was very easy. The rear
of the seat was lowered about 1-3/4" and the front of the seat about 1".
I slid the fork tubes up 1" in the clamps and shortened the side stand
1" also. The 1-1/2" lowering spec is accurate. I can place both feet
flat on the ground while sitting on the bike-it is great! I am amazed
every time that I stop and put my left foot down flat on the ground with
no effort! I have to think about the fact that I am on the same bike!
Cornering is improved also with the lower center of gravity. Thanks
John S. from Va.
Just a quick note...the 2" lowering links for my 08' KLR650 arrived in
only 2 days!!! (that's almost coast to coast by the way !!!)
Took a few minutes to
install them...what a difference they make.....I now feel much more secure
on my bike when starting & stopping.
The quality & finish
was top shelf by the way! ...and thanks for helping me decide which
links to order...that was much appreciated!!!
Take Care & Thanks!!!
The KDX links went on sooooo very
easy and they work GGRRRREAT. I love you man !!!!!!!!! My wife thanks you
and I thank you.
Wow! These are great.
Where were you 10 years ago. I felt unstoppable on the mountain. I am able
to get a foot down when needed and still keep the bike upright. I stayed
ahead of the pack all weekend... I do notice that I am bottoming
out. I have adjusted about all I can out of the shock and I am thinking
you were correct about the weight being a little much. If the offer still
stands I would like to return the 3's for the KDX # 2's. If so I
will send them out and include postage in the package to cover the trip
back to me. Please let me know at your convenience and once again I just
want to say
Thank You..... :-)
We received the KDX3 links
today and I just finished installing them on my wife Karla's KDX. I can't
tell you how thrilled she is! She said to send you her thanks.
I got the bike all set
up and she did three cold kick starts in a row! She is just jazzed about
her bike again and I'm pleased that she's happy.
I'm certain that you've
not received my check yet, as it was just posted yesterday morning. I would
hope it arrives by Friday or Saturday. Not sure about regular post from
ND to ID but I would hope it's no more than 4-5 days. Would you please
let me know when you receive it? I'll sleep better. :-)
Again - thanks so much!
Thank you for your tech
help and instant return phone call to answer my question. I installed
your KDX 3 links on my KLX 300 and it was like riding a NEW bike. The best
part was I did not have to find a rock to stand on to start my bike at
the end of the day. Your product installs like you said it would,
it performs better than you said, and they are well built and look like
a part that would go on a race car. The first time I was out with them
one of the guys I ride with said he has been looking for something to lower
his bike and wanted to know where and how to get them, so by now you have
sold him a set also.
I just wanted to thank
you. The lowering link for my son's KX85 works great. A special thanks
for the lightning quick shipping and the response to my questions before
ordering. You have the best customer service I have encountered
Thank you for the quick
turn around on the links. You can't imagine how happy my son is to be able
to ride his KX65 now! The links you sent fit perfectly so if anyone else
inquires about them for a 2005 you can tell them that they will fit right
in. Just wanted to let you know that you have a nice product shipped with
good installation and set-up info. It's been a pleasure doing business
Thanks again, Jeffrey
Just to let you know that I was really pleased
with the lowering link on the KTM690 Enduro. The quality was excellent,
it survived a 22,000 mile RTW trip without any problems and brought
the bike down to a manageable height for travelling. Thank you so much
for your help.
I now need a lowering link for my 04 BMW FI Dakar
- please could you confirm the price for me including shipping to the UK.
Sorry to take so long to get back to you, I received
the lowering link for my ktm690 in just 4 days from when you sent it, amazing
considering US to Australia. I have fitted the link, but haven't
completed all the adjustments yet, i.e. the rear spring adjustment, but
it all works great as is. I dropped the front 20 mm,which seems to work
ok,no bad stuff. I,m 60 y.o, so I don't go hooning to much and the mere
fact that my two feet reach the ground is fantastic, thank you so much
for your help, good luck.
I got the
links day before yesterday, and paid them and assembled them yesterday.
the product: To my opinion, much better quality than original pieces. First
I was afraid about changing the suspension geometry, but in fact my first
impression is that it works even better than stock.
my Duke feels now much more suitable for my own needs and driving style.
Money well spent.
I have installed
your lowing link on my KTM. My KTM feels like a new bike, handles good
I can touch the ground and is easier to control. Thank you for making a
You now have
another set of links running around New Zealand. They went on fine thank
you. Not sure how detailed you like to keep things but for the record it
appears on the 04 640 Adventure KTM in their infinite Austrian wisdom have
changed the right hand side leading link nut to a 17mm instead of a 19mm
which the other side still is. And the little 'holding bolt' that's inside
the 17mm nut is now a 8mm. May well be that Hans had too much ale
over lunch the day my bike left. Either way the links are great thank
The link arrived
at the weekend and I fitted it last night. It works great. Feel welcome
to use the following as a customer testimonial:
"I was surprised
to see that my Kouba link had arrived, it took just five working days to
the UK. The instructions made fitting the link and making the necessary
adjustments really easy. I'll definitely be in touch next time I buy a
bike and my feet don't touch the ground! James"
one tiny omission in the instructions, at no point does it tell you to
re-fit the seals from the original link to the Kouba link.
(As posted on ThumperTalk)
After having my DRZ400S for a few months I finally decided that it was
too tall for it's weight. I searched and read everyones input on lowering;
new seats, lowering links, suspension shortening, etc. I really liked the
seat/peg relationship, so I ruled-out a new or lower seat and decided to
try the DRZ-2 lowering link.
It was quick and easy to install as per the good instructions. To match
the front end I installed some inexpensive bar risers so I could raise
the fork tubes a full inch and still clear the key assembly.
First impressions on my first ride was exactly was everyone said; the
link will make the rear soft. But it also made the front-end feel too harsh
so I softened that up to try and get it to match. Once I got home I also
stiffened up the rear as much as I could. Now I feel that everything is
perfect for me.
My overall impression is that I love my DRZ-S even more a little closer
to the ground. It feels much more stable and controllable with the lower
center of gravity - now it seems to go where you're thinking about going
and you don't have to muscle it around as much.
As far as "screwing up the suspension", in my opinion, absolutely not
- everthing still works great!
Final note: DRZ-2 lowering link, highly recommended!
You are a blessing to all of us vertically challenged Dirt Biker’s!
I am 5’7” and this is my second set of links. I purchased
a set for my new DRZ250 Suzuki in 2003 and was so impressed with the difference.
It not only allowed me to reach the ground but significantly improved the
handling and suspension response without any other modifications.
I was also pleasantly surprised to even find the Links available for the
250 Suzuki since aftermarket items are in short supply for this bike.
I have ridden the wheels off the little Suzy and now I have just bought
a new DRZ400S which I am going to add the DRZ3 Links before the wheels
You have a wonderful product, thanks again!
Please see that NORM
Gets this personally !!!! Hello Norm,
Received the mirror extenders
today, Saturday Oct.1, 2005, for my Suzuki GZ-250 2003.
They fit like they were
a part of the bike. I am very pleased, With the parts, and the way you
do business. Treat the customer like a customer, That you appreciate there
business. Rare these days. I would recommend your company 100 %.
Thank you so much Norm.
Hi.. well today I took
the drz for it's first ride in the woods w/the drz1 link.. WHAT A DIFFERENCE..
I cut over an inch of foam out of my seat, and a combination of that and
the drz1 link make this bike fit me like a glove.. I was slamming through
whoops and the rear tire did not bottom
out once.. I thank you again for your help with all of this... how
do I go about leaving positive feedback on your site? Thanks.
Norm, please add this
to my feedback:
"In addition to suppling
a fabulous product, you are a pleasure to do business with, as you are
genuinely concerned with each customers success (with the links) and their
Thanks again Norm.
My wife and I recently completed an overland trip from the UK to Central
Africa riding Suzuki DRZ 400s. My wife is 5' 3" and she wouldn't have stood
a chance of even getting on the DRZ if it wasn't for the Kouba links we
We covered 23,000 miles over 12 months and although the suspension was
tired by the end, the links stood up to the daily abuse perfectly. We have
a bunch of photos online here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/melkin/collections/72157600231362443/
- though unfortunately none that show the Kouba links up close! We'd just
like to say thanks for a quality product and a great idea.
We are planning our next trip, this time through Russia, Mongolia and
the Far East. We are interested in using Honda XL600LM bikes (around 1985
to 1988), but I see that you don't list links for this bike.
Do you know if the links from the XR600 (1985+) will fit the XL600LM
Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you.
We have not been able to locate an on line parts fiche for the XL600LM,
seems they were not available in the US and all the parts fiches we have
found do not list them. The stock link PN for the US 83-87 XL600R
is 52470-KFO-010 but it has bushings rather than needle bearings in the
eyes so assume our XR/XL650 Koubalink will not work on those models but
may work on the XL600 "LM". Glad the DRZ links work out well for
her and surely appreciate the feedback. Mind if we put your letter
up on our "Customer Feedback"web-site? Nothing like a positive review
from a trip like that. Great pictures. Thanks
Just installed the Koubalinks
on my VStrom 1000. Lowered the front per your recommendations also and
the bike is like a new breed. The height is what I needed for my inseam
and the handling improved tenfold. Friends say that visually I turned it
into a sport bike. It seems the centre of gravity of the bike is significantly
lower and as a result the handling is sweet. Love the product.
My name is Ken Lowdon
from Melbourne, Australia and you recently sent me a pair of lowering links
for my new V-Strom 1000 and I have to say they are terrific.
Picked new bike up on
Sat last (24/07/05) and had dealer fit them for me as time didn't permit
me to do it myself and they are absolutely great. My shortness of
leg meant the bike's standard height meant tip toes when stopped which
is not good, but now balls of both feet on ground which is perfect. Initially
tried lowering shock etc and it made handling very "soggy". With
your links, height is lowered and suspension performs as normal.
The dealer was so impressed after he took my bike for a ride I believe
he is looking into ordering some links from you for his own V-Strom.
I had to write to tell you how pleased I am with the Kouba Links I recently
you for my Suzuki V-Strom DL1000. I have been riding for 35 years and have
than 20 bikes. I have added to and changed things on all of them over the
years, but nothing
I have done ever made such a marked improvement in handling for so little,
and so easy. I
lowered the rear 1 & 1/8" and the front 1" I put on 700 mi. since
and can't get over the
change. I am 6'3" and over 300lbs. so with a 460lbs. bike it was
easy to overpower it, now I
am able to just throw it around corners and never feel top heavy on it.
Great Job, Thanks
Jay from Wisconsin
I just finished adding a set to my DR 250. The only way they could be better
is if you lived by
Just a quick note (long overdue) to thank you for the Koubalink now
sitting on my V-strom 1000 here in England. This was arranged via my cousin
Geoff Hrach in Cleveland. It works very well and I can put my feet flat
on the floor at last! It was very easy to fit although I must confess that
I took rather longer than half an hour as I used the opportunity to remove
the rear wheel and carry out some cleaning and lubrication of all the rear
suspension components whilst I was down there (well worth doing!).
Following a ‘rider-to-ground interface problem’ in the mud of an English
summer, I had thought I was going to have to part company with the V-Strom
but now I can confidently keep it a while longer. I don’t think my
pension will buy another bike so it’s got to last!
Norm and could talk him into putting them on for you. I find the action
of the suspension to be
much improved. Well worth the money.
You helped me out with my spring rates and settings and I finally got to
ride my bike today.
The bike was great! The bike was much better in the whoops and chop. Your
links really did
the trick! It never kicked the back end up or throw it sideways. I just
wanted to say thanks for
your help and a great product!
I just wanted to follow up on my experience with installing your links
and spring on my
DR350. It has been GREAT!! I ride a lot of washboarded dirt
roads where I used to have to
stand up over sections that I can now sit down and ride over like they
Also, I went to one of my favorite riding areas which has some really deep
on a downhill curve, and the bike just soaked them up so well I was amazed.
I am totally
pleased with the huge improvement in performance. The installation
was easy - The amount
of pre-load you recommended on the spring before I installed is was almost
I have already recommended your links to 2 other DR owners who I ran into
(not literally ;-).
Thanks for your great service and product.
Finally got a chance to ride with the new links. I am amazed at the
in the bike's handling and ride! The bike used to buck me like a bronco
riding through the whoops. Now the bike stays on top
and shoots like an arrow
across the tops of the whoops. Going over the top of an incline used to
thrown over the handlebars, now I can control the bike without any fear
of the bike
kicking me. The bike was literally unsafe in stock form or anything but
flat trail riding.
I was considering trading it for another dirtbike. Now it handles completely
I cannot thank you enough for a great solution for a serious problem.
I have installed
my KoubaLinks on my DR350S and the suspension action is very much improved.
The rear end seems to track changes in the track (trail) so much better
now. I also discovered that the various rear suspension members were
not lubricated very well, and fresh grease really helped smooth things
out. I also changed the fork oil. Overall I am now very pleased with
DR350S for trail riding - it tracks better and feels lighter somehow and
much more managable. Being closer to the ground also never hurts
for tight woods riding! Great product.
Happy New Year!
Buy KoubaLinks (if you do
nothing else). You'll love your suspension.
I just wanted to drop you a note
and let you know that I installed a set of your links on my 99 DR350SE.
The difference in how the bike handles is remarkable. Things that used
to practically bounce me off the bike can now just be ridden over and suspension
compliance seems to not have suffered at all. With these suspension
mods, the difference in this bike is nearly unbelievable. Thanks for a
great product and expert advice.
The Kouba links are the ticket for
lowering a DR350. They will lower the bike about 1 1/4 inches while improving
the handling. Norm is a great guy to deal with.
Your links installed and worked
exactly as advertised.
Guys, I am 43 years old, 5'6" with
a 30" inseam. I ride a DRZ400S lowered with Koubalinks (the longest ones)
which lowers the bike 1.75 inch in the back. This is my first bike ever
and I simply LOVE IT! With the mods, I have about half my feet on the ground
on both sides when I stop.
Regards from Canada.
Just got the links installed last
week. It is so difficult to convey the difference between “just touching
the ground with your tip toes” compared to having the “balls of your feet
on the ground.” However, the conclusion is like converting
work into pleasure….all for 1 ¼ inches! Also, thank you for
your prompt shipping.
Thank you for my DRZ2
links they work just great, I lowered the forks to the bars and now the
bike is alot easier to ride, it even stopped the head shake at high speed
on the gravel roads, I am very happy. I let my buddy ride my bike and now
he will be ordering a set from you. Thanks very much.
P.S. The mirror extenders
work great too, not that I look back that often. I don't like to see my
buddy's eat dust!
The Kouba links were installed and
the rear now seems much more compliant than before. Big improvement for
just $70. I installed the type #1 KoubaLinks because the suspension on
the rear of my DRZ400 S model was so non compliant. The KoubaLinks cured
the problem. They are probably the cheapest (and easiest to install) big
improvement you can make to the bike.
When I sat on the bike
only the first half of my feet would touch the ground. This would
not cause any problems until I started
riding more technical trails. Steep hills with rocks and mud are the problem.
When I get into trouble during a hill climb and I wanna put a foot on the
ground to try and regain stability I really notice that the bike is a bit
tall for me. Installing the KoubaLinks themselves was a walk in the park!
I am now flat footed when sitting on the bike.
I love your links. They make my
DRZ 400 so much easier to ride. I`ll send all my stubby legged buddies
your way. What else can I say? There just too cool.
Several months ago, I mounted your
DRZ1 links (3/4" lowering) on my 2000 DRZ400S (the heavier street model).
I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the result. The 3/4"
lower chassis (front & rear) gave me very good results for my 30" inseam.
Thank you, I am very pleased.
Well folks I tried a set of Norm
Kouba's DRZ-1 links. These links lower the bike about 3/4 of an inch. My
DRZ has always been a little tall which makes is real hard to turn around
or backup etc. I am 6 feet tall and I have problems touching my feet. So
shorter folks are really going to have problems. It just so happens I have
short legs. Another problem is the rear end seems to bounce off of things
instead of compress like it should. I was having lots of back problems
because the rear end would hit something and slap me in the back. It also
made the bike a hand full in rough terrain. Logs, roots, and rocks all
these things were very painful experiences not to mention making the bike
bounce all over the place. The DRZ-1 link cured these two problems. I can
now flat foot the bike no problem. Also that rear end "kick you in the
ass" is gone. Before it felt like you had 60 lbs. of air in your rear tire.
Now the action is smooth and predictable. The front and rear work much
better together. Also, the bike wheelies much better so you can get the
front wheel over things. The bike will squat on acceleration instead of
spinning the rear wheel and going sideways. Today I rode in the worst possible
muddy conditions lots of slick roots and mud coated rocks. I rode better
than the last time I rode before Xmas and it was dry then. I could go over
roots without being jarred to death. The rear end compresses like it should.
So I recommend these links for anyone who has short legs and rides in really
I was cleaning up some of my saved emails and this reminded me to do
something. I wanted to let you know that I finally got your KoubaLink's
installed on the bike and they work great. I did lower the forks
a little (< 1/2") and it complimented the lowering of the bike, that
I was seeking from your links. Although it wasn't absolutely necessary
to modify the side stand to increase the angle of lean while parked, I
did so anyway because I had purchased a spare to do just that. I
actually shortened the side stand by 1/2". Now everything looks normal
except that the bike is satisfyingly lower. Your product did what
it said it would and I appreciate what it did for my 2005 Yamaha FJR1300.
Sugar Land, TX
I recently installed your 7/8 inch lowering links on my
’06 FJR and wanted to let you know I am very pleased with your product.
I took your advice per the instructions and raised the front fork tubes
less than 1/2 inch. No adverse effects have been encountered with the setup
and the bike handles well. You have a good quality product and the enclosed
instructions are far better than provided with most products. Thanks a
© Copyright 2011
I COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT I GOT ON THE RIGHT BIKE AFTER THE KOUBA LINK
WAS PUT ON MY YAMAHA FJR 1300 2008. THE RIDE IS GREAT, THE SUSPENSION IS
GREAT, AND IT STILL HANDLES LIKE A DREAM. THAT YOU AGAIN, I FEEL SO MUCH
MORE COMFORTABLE MOTORCYCLE WITH THIS GREAT LOWERING KIT. WITH GREAT
DAVID G. CONTE.
I got the Links in the mail this Wednesday, I wanted to let you know
I not only got these, but I got them extremely fast, thanks! I also wanted
to let you I installed them yesterday afternoon without any problems. I
got the bike out for about a 30 mile ride and I can't believe the difference.
I can now get most of my feet on the ground, and just that was worth the
price. I did notice a little difference in the handling too, it may be
my imagination but the FJR handled great before, now it seems to be more
like a little sports car in the handling department.
I wrote a small piece about your product and the install procedure in
one of the sites that cater to the Yamaha FJR's I belong to.
In this write-up I told those who would read this how happy I was with
your product, that it was a safe and cheap way to alter the bike's height
for those who are short legged like I am. I also wrote I didn't do anything
to the front of the bike, I just installed the product, and that was it!
From what I had been reading earlier some were concerned about what this
type of change would do to the handling, I said I thought it handled better
than before, but it may just be me. Anytime you lower the center of gravity,
things have to get a little better. Another good thing is I didn't have
to alter the side stand, so with minimal work and money I got my bike a
lot more rider friendly............Great Product!
Installed the Koubalink
on my wifes TTR 250 today and it works great. Really good quality part
and everything fit great. My wife feels better being able to touch the
ground comfortably. I also compressed the forks fully without the caps
on and was able to move the tubes up a bit more in the triple clamps. I
put 3 washers between the triple clamp and handlebar mount and came up
with an additional 1/4 " or so. After compressing the forks all the
way I still have about 1/8 " between the front tire and fender at the back
of the fender. I don't think I would go any further than that because the
nuts on the handle bar mounts are flush with the bolt which is my minimum.
Also the 1/8 " fender clearance doesn't allow for much margin for error
such as mud buildup or anything like that on full compression. Total fork
tube sticking up above the triple clamp (not including the fork cap) is
5/8 ". Understand that I cannot guarantee that
all TTR 250's will be
that same because of all the possible variables, but that should get most
people in the ball park. Just riding around the yard I didn't notice any
ill handeling or anything so I think it will work out fine.
I would like
to thank you for making the links available for my TTR250 Yamaha. Just
by installing them my bike is 1.75" lower, that's without adjusting the
forks or the sag. I installed them with one hand (my wrist is broken) and
my brother's motorcycle jack. I would also like to thank your FAQ section
on your web page, I now know what sag means. One thing I don't understand
is, why not one dealer that I visited knew about your links. The only thing
they could suggest was to modify the seat. Since I don't like riding with
my knees touching my chin (a slight exaggeration) I didn't think that was
a good idea. My son did a search on google and that's how we found your
product. I printed the information and gave it to a dealer in Long Beach,
California. It seems like good business sense to pass that information
to their customers. Three dealer's lost a sale because the seat height
on the TTR250 is to high for me. Thank you again.
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