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post #1 of 11 Old 08-23-2013, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Lowering the seat

I've had the 650 V-Strom for less than a week now and am now looking for a way to lower the seat. I assumed there would be a tread regarding this subject but I have not found it. If there is a thread, could someone post the link?

If I were to remove the under seat "bumpers", what issues/problems would I run into? Would there be clearance issues with anything under the seat? Would there be damage to the seat itself?

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-23-2013, 09:03 PM
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I did a search and found several, maybe give it another go. Lowering the seat or buying a lower profile seat works OK, but lowering links is the most popular route. If you are looking to flatfoot, you need to get that notion right out of your head. Lowering does affect handling, so keep that in mind.

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There are several threads that discuss this. Look for threads that discuss options to lowering the bike.
To answer your question, some have removed the rubber bumpers under the seat while others (like me) simply cut them in half. Cutting them in half will lower the seat by approx. 1/4". When you do, the seat will feel loose since the sliders that keep it in place are now 1/4" lower on the frame.
I solved this by attaching pieces of felt furniture sliders to the seat sliders.
The seat is now lower and firmly in place.
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-24-2013, 09:31 AM
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Lowering the seat a 1/4" by shaving the bumpers, may not be enough. Check out Kouba Links for lowering the bike. Depending on how much lower you go, you will need to shorten the side stand by cutting and re-welding. A lowered bike will handle differently and will have less cornering clearance.

Another technique to use to flat foot on one side is to scoot your butt off the seat wen coming to a stop so your leg reaches the ground better.
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-24-2013, 10:51 AM
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Soupy's so you can adjust the height you like. 3/4 " worked for me after trial and error. Soupys Performance, Motorcycle Lowering Kits, Motorcycle Raising Links
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I am 5'4" I softened the suspension just a little and I removed the bumpers. I have had it this way for about a year, and I have seen Zero wear on the underside of the seat. I also have not noticed any play, vibration, or shifting. The bike rides smooth for my size. I should also note that I can not achieve flat feet when I stop. I agree that you need to move your but to one side when you stop.
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Tried all the above

Removed all the rubber bumpers. This is good and will do no damage, the seat is actually easier to take off and on, a bonus. The downside, if you take off the two front ones on the tank itself, you do tend to slide forward onto the family jewels.

As for the side stand shortening thing, if you ride on the right, then yes, this MAY be a useful option, don't try this if you ride on the left, you may have difficulties picking the bike up The camber of the road can hinder or help. Whilst in the states I always had parking issues, to me, the side stand was on the wrong side of the bike compared to road design.

I do use lowering links also( I am 5'4"), and have raised the forks through the triple tree to keep the bike balanced.

NOTE- The effect of all this(as well as a bash plate) means the ground clearance is severely affected. On corners, my lean in angle is dependent on road condition. If there are big bumps or potholes through the line, then I back off right away because if I am at extreme lean and hit a bump the bike will usually touch the ground, usually the bash plate, but sometimes the peg sensor, the result of this is that usually the back wheel unloads(and sometimes be airborne), steps out, reloads and kicks up, this can lead to a high side . This will happen more often than a normal height suspension, I have learned to compensate, but speed is affected through the corner!

Note - ALL of the above was with a fully loaded bike, metal panniers, top box, tank bag and extra camping bags strapped on wherever. Your results may differ.

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Thanks

Thanks for the info regarding the lowering of the seat. May look at shaving the under seat "bumpers". The link for the lower Suzuki seat was helpful. The price listed was reasonable when compared to what I've been quoted elsewhere.

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post #10 of 11 Old 11-13-2015, 06:06 PM
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good to hear just bought an XT just removed the bumpers flat foot know , much better.
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