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post #1 of 10 Old 03-29-2016, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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V-Strom 650 (2014) lowering kit

I'm short, but want to get the V-Strom 650. My heal is 4-1/2" from the ground. Rich's custom seats advised they can remake the seat to save me 2" in height. That still leaves me 2-1/2" from flat footed. I asked about getting a lowering kit to take off another 2", but have gotten mixed messages about how it might affect the riding of the bike. I understand there are lowering kits for reduction from 1" to 4". Can anyone give me advise from their experience about performance with a lowering kit? I'm not a new rider, but I am short.
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Read about lowering at Raising + Lowering Links--Review, Installation and Pics

The maximum the bike can be lowered without the possibility of suspension parts crashing into each other is 1-1/8" in back and a little under 1" in front. You would have to get the shock altered to limit its travel. It's really the wrong bike for you. I taught new riders for years and I've see what effect a too tall bike can have on short riders. If you let us know what kind of riding you want to do, maybe somebody here could recommend a better choice. Check Motorcycle Ergonomics to see how you would fit various bikes. Trying to lower a V-Strom too much can have these results.




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... I'm not a new rider...
You are not a new rider, and this is a relatively lightweight motorcycle (compared to many) so why do you want to "flatfoot"?

I am short, but it doesnt bother because my right foot always stay on the peg, like we are supposed to do. So when I stop I just shift a little left on the seat.
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You are not a new rider, and this is a relatively lightweight motorcycle (compared to many) so why do you want to "flatfoot"?

I am short, but it doesnt bother because my right foot always stay on the peg, like we are supposed to do. So when I stop I just shift a little left on the seat.
Might have to do with a heel being 4.5 inches from the ground. like GW already said, this unfortunately is not the right bike for the OP.

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You might check out a cb500x, they are a little more friendly to not long legged people.
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.....want to get the V-Strom 650. My heal is 4-1/2" from the ground.
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My first vstrom came with dogbone installed by first owner...female. Noticed that the rear mudguard bottomed previously too...like pictures posted. I have 29" inseam, and dogbone w/ sargent seat was perfect.
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Its not so much getting both feet on the ground its confidence building, by the way if by ant chance you put your foot down going out a driveway you could easily go down.
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As stated above, you do not want to lower the bike more than 1 1/8".

I'm short at 5' 5", my inseam is about 28" and I've lower my bike .75 inch and have not had any problems. I can't flat foot, but can get both my toes on the ground.

I've learned to ride the bike on tippy toes and avoid potholes when stopped. If there was a indentation or something, get ready to shift your butt on the seat when stopped.

if you can't push the bike on flat foot while you are on it. learn to get off the bike when stopped and push the bike from one side into parking spot.

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It's also a basic tenet to park facing uphill with no objects like concrete wheel stops or curbs in front if the ground is uneven.

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