Yes, shorter links raise the bike.
There's a system of levers under there. Might want to grab a beverage and spend some time on the floor staring at them to figure out how it works.
Also, there's a lever ratio in play, I forget exactly what it is (something like 3:1), so if the holes are 10mm closer, it'll raise the bike 30mm (or whatever the actual multiple is).
As far as the forks, it's common for people to pull the forks up in the yokes a bit; there's a specific amount that's considered safe. If you pull them up further, stuff can whack into other stuff at full compression. In stock configuration, the tops of the tubes are flush with the upper surface of the top yoke. Basically, you'll see the cap and then set the line between the cap and the fork tube even with the yoke.
It's also possible to monkey with the fork innards to reduce travel and lower them that way. This is very rare or unknown on V-Stroms (it's mostly a chopper/cruiser thing), so I suspect the fork is simply wearing Racetech fork springs to go with the groovy sticker. Whether the spring rate on these springs matches your needs I dunno. You may need to pull them out and see if a spring rate marking is still visible. You might also check to make sure there's a proper preload spacer in place; I wouldn't put it past some misguided soul to leave this out in search of lower forks.
When you get the suspension back where it's supposed to be, you may find that the kickstand was modified, so I'd take a look at that as well. If you see some welding at the foot, you might want to scare up a stock example on fleaBay first.
A V-Strom lowered that far is a pitiful, neutered thing; you really need that clearance to get around corners at a decent pace. Long story short, someone has had their greasy little fingers in the suspension altering things and you need to set it right. Make no assumptions about what was done.
This may be a lot easier with a more experienced set of eyes on the problem; it's hard to tell what's changed if you've never seen it in stock form. If you care to reveal your approximate location in a vague way, perhaps there's a local Strommer who could help. I'm in Indianapolis and if you're within striking distance, you're welcome in my laboratory.
2002 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom, Dark Metallic Space Blue
1983 Suzuki GS850G, Cosmic Blue
2005 KLR685, Aztec Red - Turd II.2, the ReReTurdening
Last edited by bwringer; 07-07-2019 at 07:08 PM.