I agree, off road there will always be off camber sections that make the reach alot greater, & dismounting is common to get the beast turned around. I am tall, but dismounting with saddle bags / cases on takes alot to get use to
Dirt / fire roads won't be much different then pavement in terms of seat hieght.
Lowering links change the center of gravity of the bike (BMW F650 experience). If any lowering is to happen, do it with a shaved seat instead of altering the dynamics of the (highly) engineered motorcycle. As far as trading in an R1 for a V-Strom...hell yes! Join us and learn the meaning of brand loyalty! Happy Stromming!
A lower C/G is a good thing and lowering the front to match the rear does that and keeps the stock rake and trail. The problem is aerodynamic front end lift on Vees and Wees. Lowering the front helps with that while lowering the rear makes it worse.