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post #1 of 33 Old 10-09-2019, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Lowering a 2014 vstrom 1000

Hello, I am looking for an easy way to slightly lower my seat height. I'm about 5 10 and cannot touch flat foot. I've read that the 650 seats sit lower and that is the easiest, cheapest way to lower the seat height. I have a Sargent seat installed and have the stock seat also, which I've never used. Just curious if the 650 seat will make any difference and how to find sale items on this forum. I've searched seats for sale with no luck. Thanks....
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Easiest way (and cheapest) would be to lower the suspension.
You can lower the rear with lowering links
https://www.adventuretech.biz/gen-2--3-dl1000.html

And then drop the front a bit by raising the forks in the trees
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Hello, I am looking for an easy way to slightly lower my seat height. I'm about 5 10 and cannot touch flat foot. I've read that the 650 seats sit lower and that is the easiest, cheapest way to lower the seat height. I have a Sargent seat installed and have the stock seat also, which I've never used. Just curious if the 650 seat will make any difference and how to find sale items on this forum. I've searched seats for sale with no luck. Thanks....

There are rubber bumpers on the bottom of the seat that can be removed, shaved down, etc.

But...

There's no need to flat foot the bike with both feet. You bought a bike with higher ground clearance. At stops you lean the bike to the left a bit and put your left foot down (yea flat down!). The right foot stays on the peg and brake pedal.
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There are rubber bumpers on the bottom of the seat that can be removed, shaved down, etc.

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There's no need to flat foot the bike with both feet. You bought a bike with higher ground clearance. At stops you lean the bike to the left a bit and put your left foot down (yea flat down!). The right foot stays on the peg and brake pedal.
If you ride in traffic at all, not being able to flat foot a bike gets old real quick. I dropped my 2004 3/4" with the adventuretech lowering kit so that I could stand flat foot and get my butt off the seat a little at a stop. I'm 6ft, but it is a different generation bike than a 2014.
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Hello, I am looking for an easy way to slightly lower my seat height. I'm about 5 10 and cannot touch flat foot. I've read that the 650 seats sit lower and that is the easiest, cheapest way to lower the seat height. I have a Sargent seat installed and have the stock seat also, which I've never used. Just curious if the 650 seat will make any difference and how to find sale items on this forum. I've searched seats for sale with no luck. Thanks....
I lowered my bike (2014 V 1000) using the links from member, Richlandrick http://www.adventuretech.biz/ I'm a couple of inches taller than you but still it was too tall to be able to spread my feet on the ground enough to be really stable when stopped. Walking it backwards while on the bike was ify, at best. Like a lot of folks I don't use it as a proper dirt bike, just fire roads etc.

The lowering links from Rick are high quality, moderately priced and the installation is easy and comes with comprehensive instructions.

Beyond the convenience of ground handling, the slightly lowered center of gravity has made a better canyon carver and on the fire roads it is happy to broad slide in a steady arch. I haven't bothered to lower the seat but if I did I would shave an inch off the -bottom- of the stock seat foam so that the cover still fits.

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The newer model 650 and 1000 seats are not interchangeable. Only early versions.
Lowering links and dropping the forks in the triple clamps is your best bet. 3/4" should do.

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Well, since you asked for advice (it's the magic step like invited a vampire into your home), check this method of determining how much lowering you need.

https://www.adventuretech.biz/how-mu...do-i-need.html
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My heart bleeds for you guys, ha ha. I'm 5'7" and have never had a bike that I could "flat foot". I have been riding since 1960....

My VStrom 1000 is just fine.
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5'7" with a 36" inseam?

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5'8" here and I'm managing the '18 1000. Would I like the inch back from my 650, yes! I can't put my sit n' fly cover on because it makes the bike too high for comfort.

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