Originally Posted by ND4SPD
Are you saying changing rake doesn't help steering?
You could lower the front end 5" and not change the rake. This is the angle of the headstock and can't be changed without a ton of modification. Lowering the forks into the triples will do nothing but lose ground clearance and decrease the trail, which isn't a good idea for the 929/954.
I have heard people say that lowering the front of the bike puts more weight on the front tire and although true, it amounts to a couple of ounces even with drastic amounts of lowering. If you want a well prepared bike to turn easier (which most people really mean when they say "turn faster"), sliding your ass 2" forward in the seat will move quite a bit of weight to the front tire and make turning require a lot less effort.
Playing with front ride height usually makes most riders go backwards in terms of lowering lap times. I see people come in and say the bike turns in much faster with the front end dropped 8 to 10 mm, yet see they can't equal their lap times with the front end in the stock position.
Riding a bike fast on a road course requires some modicum of strength and exertion and trying to adjust the bike to turn in "faster" isn't valid unless you're within a few tenths of the lap record and need "just that one little bit" to go any faster.
I think people should realize that the originator of this thread has stated that a bike with MUCH SLOWER steering requires less effort to turn than his 929. This tells me there is a problem along the lines of what CBRBob has pointed out.