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post #1 of 83 Old 04-09-2014, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Short people on a V-Strom?

So I'm trying to get some friends into motorcycling.
Everyone wants cruisers.

I wanna try and put some people on V-Stroms, but everyone has a hard time putting their feet down when they put a leg over my bike. I've got a 2012.
I'm 6'1" (185.5 cm)
I have a 32 inch (81.5 cm) inseam

What's the shortest leg one has to have to get on a V-Strom?

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post #2 of 83 Old 04-09-2014, 09:23 PM
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As often here, different people will tell you different answers.
I'm 5'6", 29" inseam, and no problem so far.
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I'm 5'8" with a 30" inseam. I was comfortable with the regular height of my 12' 650 Adventure but I bought some 1" lowering links anyway. I installed the links last weekend and I'm a lot more comfortable on the bike now. I used to stop with one foot planted on the ground but now I can get both feet down.
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5'5" 28". easier to handle than my DR which i have no problem with either

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5'9" 29" inseam, and built like a Greek God... (in my fondest dreams).

I put 3/4" Kouba lowering links on... standard height Sargent seat. Still on the balls of my feet (which is why I think thigh girth has something to do with reaching the ground... I'm built like a gorilla, with thick thighs).

All that being said, I'd rather be riding the Strom than ANY other bike with a 27" seat height... If anything, you become a bit more aware of road camber, parking space topology, etc... NOT a big deal...

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I think it's a bit tall for a first time rider unless they have heaps of confidence. My wife talked me into getting the V, I thought it was too much bike. Wouldn't swap for anything now
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I think it's a bit tall for a first time rider unless they have heaps of confidence. My wife talked me into getting the V, I thought it was too much bike. Wouldn't swap for anything now
I thought it was too much bike, as the V-Strom is my first bike and I had previously been looking at the Ninja 250.

Being able to put both feet flat on the ground (in tennis shoes) on the V-Strom was a HUGE benefit to me in feeling confident with the bigger bike. It's a bit heavier than I'd like, but I just need to get in shape.

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5'-4" 27" inseam rode the bike for a week while lowering links came in. With the lowering links (adjustable soupy's) and bringing forks up in triple tree I can stand one foot flat and the other on toes, or balls of my feet with both. I am thinking if raising to give better clearance, got a buddy moving back this way and he and his bmw will want to do some trails.


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I have no idea why (probably cruiser salesmen or something), but the preposterous idea that you MUST be able to flat-foot a bike with both feet has really taken hold.

Perhaps that's true for beginners, or perhaps in places where earthquakes at stoplights are common. But if you have the skills, you can ride whatever you want.

My personal favorite illustration of this was a 5'4" friend of mine who was curious about my KLR650 and borrowed it for a ride across town. Not only is it a very tall bike in the first place, but the suspension is set up to suit me, and I weigh about double what he does. The suspension barely moved when he clambered aboard.

He's a skilled rider, so no problems at all. Granted, he had to slide sideways off the seat at every stop sign and leave one thigh draped over the seat...

Another friend who's a fairly skinny 5'6" has ridden my Vee a few times with no troubles. It's wearing 5/8" raising links, plus the suspension is set up for a much heavier rider -- about as tall as you can get. Again, no trouble at all even in city riding.

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all depends on how comfortable you are without two flat feet on the ground. But i envy you at 32 inseam, -i am a 29ish inseam.

i have not lower my bike, but have cut the seat rubber feet in half and shave about 5mm of the seat locking block. I can just put both balls of my feet on the ground - it's about good enough for me.

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