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Lengthened swingarms: Huh?

This has been bugging me for awhile now. It might be more appropriate for a different forum, but I know the combined mental firepower and overt street cred of the members of this forum (naked tho they be) can address this question.

Yes, I said naked member(s).

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What's the deal with the elongated swingarms on all the sportsbikes I see for sale on Craigslist, and everywhere else, for that matter?

The longer wheelbase motorcycles I've ridden have been intended more for longer distance riding, rather than corner carving.

Why do sport bike riders do the lengthened swingarm thing?
Is it for appearance?
Is it for bike's that will be used more for drag racing?
Won't this modification decrease cornering "quickness"?

Am I no longer cool enough to comprehend?


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I don't quite get it either, if you want a drag bike, build a drag bike, it can't be very practicle on the road...

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I believe its a dickhead thing lessn' you are like bucky and actually drag your rig. Then it's just psycho.

的 said I never had much use for one.
Never said I didn't know how to use it."
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It's "trendy"..................


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It's "trendy"..................
Ya, like I said............

的 said I never had much use for one.
Never said I didn't know how to use it."
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Seems *extremely* prevalent in this neck of the woods.....

Lot of bikes with a lotta' dough spent on this kind of thing....


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Cause it's "cool" i bet 99 percent of 'em still live with mommy and it's their 1st bike. So their not real into riding just "flossin"

I didn't get it either till I went to a bike night and asked a few if they dragged their bikes and they didn't understand the question.... then it all came to light, I was swimming with squids. If you bike is a dedicated 1/4-1/8 mile rocket then perfect but if it's just for looks you're an idiot, like the a-holes that put turbos on civics that drives me nuts as well.

Don't feel bad you didn't get it, most people that really ride laugh at em. It's like the guy that buys the 1000 cause a 600 is a "chick" bike.... then wrecks it.

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Weird.
Wouldn't a stock 919 eat their lunch in the corners after they've modded their swingarm?
Kinda' sounds like the motorcycle equivalent of hot rod cars..


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The longer the swingarm the more neon lighting you can run under it. It's a safety issue.

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The longer the swingarm the more neon lighting you can run under it. It's a safety issue.
Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahaha

的 said I never had much use for one.
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Because "custom" and "bolt-on" have become synonymous ?

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first, most of them are just $300 swingarm extenders, not "one piece" swingarms" per se. second, yes, it's a "look", but if you did want to go at it with a 'busa that just so happens to roll up, if he's got "length" you're not going to have a chance from low speed. A reason, but by no means THE reason, for a longer arm is accleration from low speeds on torquey bikes. i mean, there's LOTS of people in all sorts of cars and bikes that still race on the street. if i see a tubbed and slammed muscle car with a proper drag racing suspension on the street, my first thought isn't "poseur", it's "he's got REAL gear under that car".

i tend to be opinionated. ("NO ! Bucky ?!") i also tend to make up sayings for myself to remind myself to be more accepting. so one that i have for bikes is, "if he's on two wheels, he can't be ALL bad".

same here. at least these people are riders. i don't "get" harleys, but i understand that people ride for different reasons.

i've ridden on the street with my 8" stretched , 3+ inch dropped hardtail drag bike and it's rideable. it's not carvable, but it "works". plus, i can't describe how much fun it was to paint stripes on city streets. just WHACK the throttle open in first and have my 919 step out just a scoche, just like my '88 5.0 used to do, and stripe the street with a touch of "countersteer" through the bars. GRINS !

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Bucky....you are such the hooligan.

的 said I never had much use for one.
Never said I didn't know how to use it."
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45 years old and still stupid as shit.

thank you. i'm almost proud.

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Proof that youth is NOT wasted on the old. GO BUCKY !

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there's no reason to have to choose: i do both. spinning the tire and wheelying is fun. in second gear...

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I think Bucky explained it best. I left the east coast last a year and a half ago and that's the look for that area right now. i rode with guys with extended swing arms and not all raced on the track but that doesn't mean they don't race if you get what i mean. it helps with keeping the front down. i've seen a guy on a busa who used to get left at the line by smaller bikes improve big time when he stretched his bike. his bike was in 2Wheel Tuner a couple years ago as the feature user bike it was a red busa with a dragon theme painted on it. he had shorty exhaust which he loved but i thought it was too loud sounded like he had a big block chevy with dumps but to each their own. loved his bike but think most on this forum would think it was overkill

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every time i see a bunch of rice riders blasting down the highway...way way in the back is the extended swing arm bike...going down the highway like an old lady

dont need a bike to ride the fast lane
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45 years old and still stupid as shit.

thank you. i'm almost proud.


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Hey Bucky can I see more pics please. I'm thinking of doing same thing to mine. How long did you go and how did you do the drop? Are forks dropped in the triple trees? Looks like just what I need. Trying to get away from wheelies. But I'm still willing to drift some curves. Any help would be great!

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If I read his post correctly I believe he runs a hardtail rear. Are you sure you want that kind of ride

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No hard tail going to try a shorter shock hopefully.

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The lengthened swing arm without purpose is a bling fad and is rampant in your area. It projects a facade in essence.

It's your ride and you are free to embellish as you see fit, but it is what it is, fellow WT'er.

的 said I never had much use for one.
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I like watching them do their 20 point turn when they gotta park some place narrow....

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I like watching them do their 20 point turn when they gotta park some place narrow....
My buddy failed his driving test because of his stretch and having to pull a U-turn

This is America dude. Learn the rules.

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Hmm..a guy has a zx14 down the street that is stretched. But it also has a turbo and is heard to be putting out some serious hp.

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Hmm..a guy has a zx14 down the street that is stretched. But it also has a turbo and is heard to be putting out some serious hp.


Well, that dude might be making some serious yingum with that bad ride or else
he has too much money to begin with and a warped sense of fashion.

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Never said I didn't know how to use it."
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I want to relax more when ridding and just cruz. A bit of a drop and stretch looks nice any might be better on my back

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Dually stretched swingarm lol

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