the 500 can't have the forks slid through the triple tree like on most sportbikes because of the type of handlebars that they come with. You need a true style "clipon" that clips AROUND the fork, not clamp to the top of the triple tree.
Stick with 1-2" drop....too low and it really handles like crap and you run the risk of damaging lower parts of the bike over speedbumps, potholes, etc.
You'll have to excuse my ignorance here, I love riding... but when it comes to the mechanics of motorcycles I am still learning. Now I understand what you mean here, for the most part. I can clearly see that the handle bars on my 500r do sit on top of the triple tree (never knew they were called this
) as apposed to my zx12r that clips around the forks.
Where I am a tad confused is, if I lower the rear of the bike with the lowering links, from my understanding, I need to lower the front of the bike as well... will simple lowering the front handlebars (which, again totally just assuming, is what you are suggesting) will that do the trick for me? or do I still need to actually lower the front of the bike?
I've also looked into getting the seat shaved down so the bike wont have to be lowered as much, I was told I can get it lowered up to an inch without major loss to comfort.
I really appreciate the help man, I'm trying to keep this whole lowering process as cheap and simple as possible.