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post #1 of 18 Old 05-23-2014, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Lowering the bike

I am 5' 8" and struggle on my new 2014 Vstrom 1000 when it comes to backing out of a parking space. I decided to take my bike to my buddies shop to get it lowered. i already have the 1" lowered seat from Suzuki but it wasn't enough. here is a pic i wanted to share that lowered my bike down 2 more inches. I love it and no issues!!
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post #2 of 18 Old 05-23-2014, 11:30 AM
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Unless the suspension travel was limited along with the lowering, you may get the tire hitting the bike on deep compressions. Two inches is a lot. It will also affect aerodynamics with the higher angle of attack so be careful at higher speeds.

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That's a welded dogbone? Don't know if I would put all my trust in that.
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That's a welded dogbone? Don't know if I would put all my trust in that.
Ditto. If that thing fails, you're gonna have one hell of a squirly ride
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Take them off and go back to stock "or 1 inch links", that is just bad waiting to happen. I do not get vertically challenged people choosing a V-Strom or any ADV bike for that matter, but hey that is just me.

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Take them off and go back to stock "or 1 inch links", that is just bad waiting to happen. I do not get vertically challenged people choosing a V-Strom or any ADV bike for that matter, but hey that is just me.
+1, why on earth would a shortass bother getting a bike that is too 'big' for them, if you can't ride it stock that's got to be something telling right there,no? Somedays (okay, very rarely) I wish I was a squat build, that way I could ride dozens of bikes from dozens of makes. And that 'weld' thing, really? and you wanted to share what? That you were looking to get a Darwin Award?
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Making new links or waiting for somebody to produce them is the way to go. PM richlandrick about it. He makes lowering links and just bought a Vee2. Welding links seems dangerous to me.

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Wink No strange handling?

Is there a way to take one inch off the back and one inch of the front (ie push the forks up 1" thru the triple tree) ?
Is that doable?

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post #9 of 18 Old 05-23-2014, 01:28 PM
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Based on this shot, it looks possible. I don't have any info on what clearance problems may be created. Remember though, lowering the front doesn't have nearly as much effect on seat height as lowering the rear. Lowering both ends by the same amount eliminates aerodynamic angle of attack changes though.


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I am 5' 8" and struggle on my new 2014 Vstrom 1000 when it comes to backing out of a parking space. I decided to take my bike to my buddies shop to get it lowered. i already have the 1" lowered seat from Suzuki but it wasn't enough. here is a pic i wanted to share that lowered my bike down 2 more inches. I love it and no issues!!
I'm 5'8" as well and I made the adjustment to the 3/4" Kouba lowering links and sliding the forks the same amount and a lowered custom seat.

I would listen to GW and BigB-two inches is a lot and the welded dog bone worries me and sends a bad message. We all like to take small chances on the road and I need to know everything is solid under me when I do.

Congratulations on getting the bike and don't listen to those guys that are beating you up because you chose a V. Lots of us short guys have done it and you can too. Stay with it and watch your parking and low speed turns until you get a few thousand miles on you.

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