Had a few hours in the workshop this afternoon playing with my spanners, and the result is that the Low Rider is riding lower on a new pair of Ikon shocks.
They’re only half an inch shorter than the oem shocks which I put back on the bike because I like the look of the lower skirts rather than the tapered Sportster-style shocks that came with it – which were Ikons too.
I didn’t think half an inch would make enough difference but I’m glad I didn’t go any lower: it sits nice now and I might have to invest in a primary chaincase saver! No such problems on the timing side: those one-piece pipes are tucked in good and tight.
The biggest headache was modifying the top shock mount covers to work with the Ikons, but I’m happy with the result.