I am new here. I just bought a metallic orange '12 V Strom, and found it too high for my liking. Here is what I ended up doing:
1) I bought a set of Soupy's Performance lowering links. Outstanding quality, and VERY strong. A turnbuckle design allows one to use 19mm open end wrenches to "twist" the swingarm to the desired level. I raised the swingarm by 1 inch. Cost about 90 dollars US. BE CAREFUL when doing this. I highly recommend having a center stand installed before messing with the lowering links, OR, at the very minimum, a very solid support of your bike from a ceiling, using sturdy nylon straps.
2) In addition, I did buy the optional lowered Suzi seat (about a half inch lower, but the contour of the seal appears to allow MORE than an actual half inch of lowered "seated" height. I am estimating it is more like .75 to 1 inch. (This is NOT a cheap option, about $200 dollars US). This seat, IMO, is NOT as comfortable as the original, and feels a bit too hard. But, I am a light rider, with little "padding" on the posterior !!
3) I ALSO cut the rubber blocks on the LOWERED seat (mentioned above) in half, to give me about another .25 inch drop.
4) I bought the milled aluminum side stand from Soupy's, which is easily adjustable, and essentially made the stand about 1 inch shorter than the stock stand. VERY IMPORTANT !! I accidentally dropped the bike when the Suzi stock stand was still on...SO BE CAREFUL ! I chose NOT to modify the stock side stand in the event I sold the bike (and wanted a new owner to have the original parts). About 125 dollars US, and IMO an essential mod.
5) ALSO...I bought the optional center stand, made by Hepco and Becker of Germany, but it is now a bit difficult to heft the bike up (due to it's stock position not compensating for the lowered bike). I am contemplating RAISING the brackets of the center stand by having additional holes milled into the brackets. HOWEVER, I have not yet determined if this is feasible. It appears that only about .25 inches could be gained by this maneuver, so I may not try it.
6) I installed the optional Suzi "touring windshield" with the adjustable spoiler, but am very disappointed in that it did NOT solve the wind buffeting problem I am having (getting whacked with buffeting in the upper part of my full face Shoei). I suggest NOT going this route. Cost was about $300 US, expensive in light of other options out there.
7) I plan to extend the mirrors, using alloy extenders made by Rick Hughes of "Adventure Tech" in Kimberly, WA. Very nice quality black powdercoated extenders, for a reasonble 40 bucks US.
I have added the Suzi optional side bags and top trunk. Brackets are VERY strong, and look like the old Krauser brackets I used on my old Goldwing. VERY good quality (also a Hepco-Becker product).
9) In addition, I added the Suzi lower spoiler, mainly to keep road goop and debris off the engine-oil filter area (about 250 US dollars on eBay).
10) Lastly, I soon plan to raise and set-back the bars (up 1", and back 1"). I will let you know how that turns out. I am told I will need to extend the ABS front brake line to do this, but have NOT confirmed if this will be necessary on a LOWERED 'Strom.
11) I installed the Suzi side crash bars and also hand protectors. Total cost about 350 US for both, but do notice a bit of vibration as a result, strangely in the foot peg area (I suspect from the addition of the crash bars). Not sure if that is due to "rerouting" of energy from the engine (i.e. as a new "pathway", the steel bars, have been introduced..??????). Not a big deal, but noticeable.
MY HEIGHT: 5 ft. 8 in., inseam about 30", wt. about 148, age = 60. Former owner of '78 Honda CX 500, '70 Yamaha R5, '67 Harley Aeromacchi Sprint, and '81 Goldwing (best ride I have ever owned).
Gary in Ohio