Kouba Lowering Link Review

“The Kouba Lowering Link is a well-made, easy to fit and relatively inexpensive mod that makes a big difference to the CRF300L’s seat height.” 

Kouba Motorcycle Lowering Link Review

Snapshot

  • Price: £140
  • Time tested: 4 months
  • Miles tested: 8,000
  • Testing conditions: USA and Canada
  • Functionality: 5/5
  • Durability: 5/5
  • Ease of fitting: 5/5
  • Value for money: 5/5
  • Where to buy: srcmoto.com

Features

Kouba are a well-respected name in the world of motorcycle lowering links. They produce links for a huge range of bikes. But this review specifically discusses fitting the Kouba to a Honda CRF300L.

As soon as we bought two CRFs, we immediately bought a Kouba lowering without a second thought for Alissa’s bike.

The CRF is a tall bike at a staggering 880mm – compare that to big adventure bikes like the BMW R1200GSA, which has an 840-860mm (adjustable) seat height.

Alissa is 5’4”, making the CRF way too tall for her. So, the Kouba lowering link was perfect.

It drops the standard height by 1.75” (44.5mm), which is quite a significant drop for the vertically challenged.

The link works for both the CRF300L and CRF300 Rally. 

Kouba Motorcycle Lowering Link Review

What’s good?

First impressions are the Kouba Link is very well-made. It’s a high-quality product and looks and feels solid.

It is exceptionally easy to swap out the stock link for the Kouba and is a quick job. Just make sure you grease the bolts when re-fitting.

Once fitted, it makes life far easier getting on and off the bike and adds more confidence when riding on the rough stuff – especially if you like being able to dab your foot down on tough sections.

What’s not?

This isn’t a negative on the link, more on the bike itself. When lowering a bike (any bike) it does affect its geometry. The CRF already has an exceptionally soft rear spring as standard and adding a lowering link makes it even softer. So, a stiffer spring may be necessary or a new rear shock system if you’re riding primarily off-road.

You will also want to raise the forks through the triple clamps as much as possible, which on the CRF isn’t very much. This is an easy and quick job to do and massively improves the handling.

The Kouba goes a long way to improving seat height for a very tall bike, but if it’s still not enough, we recommend doubling it up with a lower seat option from a company like Seat Concepts.

Round-up

The Kouba Lowering Link is a well-made, easy to fit and relatively inexpensive mod that makes a big difference to the CRF300L’s seat height. If your bike is too tall, we’d definitely recommend opting for the Kouba.

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