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post #1 of 18 Old 09-09-2017, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Lowering the Seat Height

I'm considering a move up in CCs and touring capability from my Gladius to the new V-Strom 1000. My problem is that I have about a 29" inseam on a good day. I see that Suzuki offers a Low Seat for the Strom 1000, but I'm not sure how much lower it actually is. Sargent offers a Low Seat that's about 1" lower than stock, but I'm sure that only 1" lower won't be enough for me. I also see that lowering links are available, so I suppose if I got the Sargent Low Seat and some 7/8" Lower Links, that might be enough, but I surely can't go and drop the big bucks on a new bike without being absolutely certain on all of this.

Do you have any other suggestions or info that may help?

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Suzuki low seat is about 20mm (2cm) lower than stock. From what I've heard, the seat itself is a bit less padded (foam removed) therefore less comfortable. I bought AdventureTech lowering links (forum member) but I haven't installed it yet. After about 2 months of ownership I think I just got used to my bike's height. Unfortunately, it's impossible to determine if any of these remedies will be adequate, you gotta ride a bike to tell if it works for you or not.
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Suzuki low seat is about 20mm (2cm) lower than stock. From what I've heard, the seat itself is a bit less padded (foam removed) therefore less comfortable. I bought AdventureTech lowering links (forum member) but I haven't installed it yet. After about 2 months of ownership I think I just got used to my bike's height. Unfortunately, it's impossible to determine if any of these remedies will be adequate, you gotta ride a bike to tell if it works for you or not.
I am only 5'7". I did test ride a BMW R1200GSA, and didn't have any issues, but I also weighed 100 lbs more back then....so....
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I'm considering a move up in CCs and touring capability from my Gladius to the new V-Strom 1000. My problem is that I have about a 29" inseam on a good day. I see that Suzuki offers a Low Seat for the Strom 1000, but I'm not sure how much lower it actually is. Sargent offers a Low Seat that's about 1" lower than stock, but I'm sure that only 1" lower won't be enough for me. I also see that lowering links are available, so I suppose if I got the Sargent Low Seat and some 7/8" Lower Links, that might be enough, but I surely can't go and drop the big bucks on a new bike without being absolutely certain on all of this.

Do you have any other suggestions or info that may help?
I did read somewhere about removing rubber blocks from under the seat to lower it. May apply only to older Stroms..I don't know.
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You can use lowering linkage plates and raise the fork tubes in the triple clamps. Many Vee2 owners have done this. It is not hard or expensive.

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29" inseam should be no issue, and you most certainly do not need to flat foot a motorcycle.
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Suzuki low seat is about 20mm (2cm) lower than stock. From what I've heard, the seat itself is a bit less padded (foam removed) therefore less comfortable. I bought AdventureTech lowering links (forum member) but I haven't installed it yet. After about 2 months of ownership I think I just got used to my bike's height. Unfortunately, it's impossible to determine if any of these remedies will be adequate, you gotta ride a bike to tell if it works for you or not.
Its (suzuki low seat) also narrower (thus more rounded) towards the tank. The "less comfortable" is subjective... I actually find my low seat more comfortable than the stock seat.
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I am going to the dealership this evening to sign some paperwork, and actually throw a leg over the 1000. I have only ever sat on the 650, so before I take delivery I better see now if I need the lowered seat.
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Confession time. I have a 30" inseam. One of my legs is slightly shorter than the other two, and I occasionally fall over when at a stop. It's very embarrassing.
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I have the prob because I got a custom saddle, which is thicker. I got RR's lowering links and got back the in or so I'd lost. Others have also mentioned getting logger-type boots which have full last, metal plate, and Vibram sole, all which will add a good in of "leg length." I have the Forma Adventure boots, which also add at least an in in leg length and provide lots of protection. I think one forum member got a shoe repair shop to make up a High Sole boot for him by gluing material to the boot mid sole, it's kind of short platform shoe/boot and may be workable for you.

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