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How much should I raise the bike?

I have a 35" inseam; my bike currently has lowering links that take it down almost an inch. I look like I'm riding a monkey bike. :-) So once I have it running again, I'll need to get it setup for me.

I've seen links that raise the rear 20mm (13/16 inch) and 50mm (2"). I'm an extremist, so my gut reaction is to go 50mm, but I'd like to hear from other tall riders before deciding. :-)

I've also seen those hugely expensive, infinitely adjustable ones, but I can't imagine being able (with my abilities) to get both sides the exact same, so I don't really want to go that route (although I realize that way I could get it *just* right for me).

I'll of course raise (lower) the forks in the clamps right up to the top line, too...currently they're like 12mm from the line, and I also get that I'll probably need to weld some spacers to the bottom of my center stand, and extend my kickstand, especially if I go the 50mm route.

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Get some blocks of wood of different sizes.

Roll the back wheel up onto them and test the bike for height.

When happy measure the wood.


This will tell you the answer to your question.
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When happy measure the wood.
er, uh, eh

there's also a "tall" seat by suzuki

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Bwaahahaha!!

@Rolex : brilliant!
@teevee : good catch!

I'm not looking to distance myself from the pegs, but to distance the bottom of the bike from the ground.

I'll give Rolex's suggestion a shot. A video of me measuring might not be safe for work...

In the meantime, any tall riders care to comment on how much you've raised your bike, and if you like it?

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If you do end up wanting a little more distance to the pegs these work well at a reasonable price. https://www.adventuretech.biz/footpe...ering-kit.html

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Yep; actually, I'll get the full kit when the day comes!

https://www.adventuretech.biz/gear-s...extension.html

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I have 32" inseam using the stock height and my reach to the ground is fine, not flat foot, but close enough, and then I always stop with left leg down. You having 3 inches on my length, I would think you would be perfect going up 2", and you may want to add a peg lowering kit.
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Thanks guys. I see my suggestion is catching on. Cool.

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I'm 6' but have no idea of my inseam.

On my Wee I dropped the front 10mm and raised the rear with Ricks bones 1".

This was to speed up the steering, the bike then turns in quicker and easier, this also makes the bike feel lighter and more nimble.

On my V2 can not afford any extra height because the bike is wider at the seat (custom) and the pegs are in a different place when you get your feet to the ground.

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I just ran across this: https://ofb.net/~sethml/motorcycle/vstrom/links/

Not sure if this is somebody here or on another vstrom forum, but they say:

"It is possible to make links to raise or lower the bike more, but I won't do it. More than 7/8" of raising/lowering is likely to cause problems with the sidestand and centerstand. More than 7/8" of lowering may let the tire hit the inside of the fender at extreme suspension travel. And it is impossible to lower the front end enough to compensate for more than 7/8" of lowering, possibly causing handling problems."

Thoughts on this?

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