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post #1 of 7 Old 02-15-2018, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Lowering ride height

Hi guys only just bought my vstorm 650 and finding the height of the bike a tad too high for me. Nor feeling comfortable about how much of my feet are touching the floor when I'm stationery. Whats the options to remedy this I'm 5fr7.
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-15-2018, 10:49 AM
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You can take the seat off and remove the rubber bumpers underneath the seat. I leave the front one on to keep me from sliding into the tank. Drops the saddle height about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. Don't like it, put them back on. Might help!

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post #3 of 7 Old 02-15-2018, 10:55 AM
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There is a Suzuki accessory low-seat option, 20mm lower than the stock seat. I would prefer to do that than use lowering links, raising the forks in the triple clamps, dealing with a possible sidestand shortening, etc.
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-15-2018, 11:36 AM
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I was able to raise the fork tubes 19mm (3/4") in front and use lowering links in the back lowering it the same amount. It made it harder to get on the center stand but the side side worked without shortening and the bike kept its stock attitude with each end lowered the same amount.
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-15-2018, 03:35 PM
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One of the forums vendor supporters has lowering links.

Gen 1 and 2 DL650 and Gen 1 DL1000 - AdventureTech, LLC.

A set of these, and adjusting the forks, as Greywolf suggested, and you should be good to go.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-17-2018, 08:32 PM
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I did the same as Greywolf per his advice back in 2013. Lowered the rear 3/4 inch as well as front. My Russell seat is made narrow in the front making it easy for my 5'8" frame to flatfoot at a stop. Miss the ground clearance when riding rutted out service roads but around town riding the lowered stance is very nice. Never had to shorten my side stand. More difficult to get on centerstand as stated above but not a big deal either.
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-18-2018, 03:52 AM
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I don't know why you guys are talking about your 5'7" or 5'8" frames when what really important is your inseam...
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