I did the same for my 1050 Sprint. I cut out about an inch from the middle, sharpened each end to a point and welded it back together. A little finish grinding and some black spray paint and you can hardly tell it's been shortened. That was several years ago and it's still in one piece!When I had my 1050 the local machine shop cut some out and welded the foot back on. Worked great.
I also cut an inch out of the side stand after lowering with JBQ 35MM links.
Much better. Smooth it out, spray it black and looks like new.